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L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens

Immigration Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   14 reviews

also known as Batya Ehrens, Batya Schwartz Ehrens

  • State Years
    New York - NY 16 years
    New Jersey - NJ 18 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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Ms. Batya Schwartz Ehrens is a licensed attorney practicing exclusively in the field of immigration law.  She is recognized as a passionate advocate for immigrants, and is widely published and lectures on topics including: the DREAM Act; visa options for start-ups, techies and other entrepreneurs; issues affecting physicians; E-Verify; I-9 compliance; naturalization; and grassroots advocacy.  She co-edited "The Immigration Compliance Book," a comprehensive reference book on worksite compliance and E-Verify.  More recently, she co-edited "Forming and Operating an EB-5 Regional Center: A Guide for Developers and Business Innovators."

Ms. Schwartz Ehrens is involved in the immigration community as an adjunct professor of Business Immigration Law at the City University of New York (CUNY) and as a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) where she active on the Advocacy and Comprehensive Immigration Reform committees.

 

In her spare time, she loves yoga, gardening, and dancing.

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Schwartz Ehrens Immigration Law
L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens, Esq.
3 Columbus Circle, 15th Floor
New York, NY, 10019

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Posted by Tom | August 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Brilliant!
Batya was wonderful in supporting me and my husband through the Greencard process. She was very clear and factual and always willing to discuss every part of the process. She made the whole process, which was incredibly stressful, much easier. Batya was careful and made sure we were prepared for every stage. She is very detail focussed, which is so important when it comes to immigration applications. I am so grateful to have had her as my lawyer and could not recommend her more highly.
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Posted by Gary | April 11, 2018
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Great experience
Batya is informative, supportive, and thorough. She pays extra attentions to details and will prepare clients to every possible scenario possible. She is also responsive to clients' questions and needs. Highly recommended.
Posted by Char | December 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
My husband and I were so lucky to have Batya represent us for obtaining my Permanent Residence! She was highly recommended to us by a friend and we are glad we chose her. We felt confident with Batya from the very beginning. Our initial phone consultation was extensive and highly informative. She gave us a step by step breakdown of our timelines and what to expect. Although we didn’t meet her in person until our mock interview, she was very responsive via email, phone call, or even Skype if you prefer that method. Her responsiveness was beyond appreciated. Most of our correspondence was via email and she usually responds within a few minutes. She is also very organized, detail oriented, and made everything easy to understand. We finally met her when she prepared us for our interview. She was incredibly thorough and was as detailed as possible so that we were prepared for anything! She gave us so much confidence and made us feel comfortable at the same time. Batya is an incredible lawyer. She is very knowledgeable, personable, and easy to talk to. We truly enjoyed working with her and would highly recommend her to friends and family!
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Posted by Katarina | May 1, 2017
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J-1 waiver and Marriage.
Batya she provided great advice and wonderful service. From the time of our first consultation, she was very clear, knowledgable, and honest. I thought my case was straightforward, since I was marrying a US citizen. We even considered handling our case alone after consulting with another attorney (who seemed like a used car salesman). We were hesitant to make an appointment, but decided to try one more consultation after our friend highly recommended that we speak with Batya. I'm so glad that we hired her to handle our case. It turned out that I had a more complicated situation than I realized since I was on a J-1 visa, and needed a waiver (but I had no idea that I needed a waiver because there was a mistake on my visa). The other attorney did not even notice this issue. My case would have been denied if Batya had not detected this. She is extremely careful and knows the law. We got my J-1 waiver, and eventually I got my greencard. It was very stressful for me, but I felt safe because Batya explained everything to us along the way, was extremely organized, and replied to our emails (I had a lot of questions throughout the process!!!) at lightning fast speed. Batya was perfect and the entire process was smooth. Thank you!!!
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Posted by Caitlin | March 1, 2017
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Excellent immigration lawyer
Batya helped us to obtain a marriage based green card for my husband. The process was long and stressful, yet, we always felt at ease knowing Batya was handling our case. Not only was she knowledgeable, prepared, and up to date with all the most recent information, but she was easily accessible, and prompt in responding to any questions or concerns. I felt Batya was invested in the success of our case and she is a caring and concerned person as well as being a wonderful lawyer. I cannot recommend Batya more, if looking for an immigration lawyer, you can't do any better.
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Posted by Merel | April 25, 2016
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Excellent service, great immigration attorney
My husband and I hired Batya for a greencard procedure (application to register as a permanent resident through marriage). Batya has been of tremendous help. She's very meticulous, well-organized and she knows exactly what needs to be done (and when to do it). I felt very comfortable about and throughout the whole process. Also, Batya always answered any questions that I had right away (often within an hour). She's very trustworthy. I would definitely recommend Batya as immigration attorney.
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Posted by Colleen | March 1, 2016
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Green card process
My husband and I used Batya for the process of switching his work-based visa to a marriage-based green card. We could not have been happier with her work. Throughout the process she was incredibly efficient, responsive, and accurate. She took the time to explain every step of the process - we never felt rushed and she treated all of our questions or concerns, however minor, seriously and thoroughly. We knew that we could always email her and get a quick response. She was there to advise us through every step of the process, even with complications like when my husband changed jobs or when we left and re-entered the country during the application process. We really felt like we lucked out finding Batya and would recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Jane | February 12, 2016
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An Excelllent Immigration Lawyer
My husband and I worked with Batya to obtain a marriage-based green card. She was extremely thorough and patient throughout the entire process. Not only was I completely confident that we were in good hands at all times, she also helped to answer any and all questions we threw her way, taking the edge off what can be a pretty stressful situation for first-timers like us. I would highly recommend hiring Batya for an immigration case, and would work with her again in the future as the need arises.
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Posted by Lia | January 16, 2016
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Professional, human and effective legal counseling
Batya handled my Green Card application in the most professional, effective and human way possible. I was already under an L1 visa and with a job that required frequent travels. A situation that complicated my application process. But that didn't deterred Batya, as she was fully knowledgeable of the process applicable to every scenario that could apply to my case. She answered all my messages promptly, she was always available, and there were no complications on my case. She even joined us on the last interview. We spent 5 minutes at the Immigration officers' office as everything was in order by the time we reached this last step. All these with a very respectful and human approach to both my husband and myself. I would recommend Batya 100%, and I already have recommended her to people who have asked me for a good immigration lawyer. Thank you, Batya for all your hard work.
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Posted by Jason | January 12, 2016
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Difficult H-1B Visa approved twice
Batya helped me with my first h-1b first visa , and then helped me again when my employment situation changed and I needed to transfer to a new employer. I knew I had a difficult case. We received an RFE on the transfer (but not on the first one) which sometimes happens (Batya actually said that there was a high chance of it happening). Batya prepared me and my employer for this and was extremely careful when dealing with the response. My employer had never sponsored anyone before, so Batya had to explain everything to them. She is so knowledgeable, explains things very simply, takes her time to explain things, and never made me or my boss feel rushed or unimportant. She is careful about every detail, and really cares about her clients and her work. My case was approved. After working with her twice through the past few years, I can say that she is consistent and highly recommend her.
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Posted by Sung | July 8, 2014
Immigration attorney highest integrity
Batya really lives up to her excellent reputation. She is extremely through and very knowledgable about Immigration law and options. She was able to address my complicated immigration situation with clarity and explain exactly what needed to be done. She successfully was able to get my Visa approved even when other attorneys that I had dealt with could not. She kept me informed in every step . I think her communication skills, knowledge , and genuine concern for my situation were really top notch , the best! I would highly recommend Batya and her Schwartz Ehrens Immigration law firm without reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2013
Great Immigration Lawyer
Batya helped me obtain my O1 Visa and she was a pleasure to work with. She was diligent and thorough and did a great job coordinating every facet of my application. I would work with Batya again in an instant. I cannot recommend her more highly.
Posted by Bajir | July 31, 2013
Batya saved us from an incredibly frustrating Green Card application situation. Highly recommended!
Before we contacted Batya, our post-interview Green Card application was inexplicably stalled in an opaque bureaucracy that wouldn’t provide us any answers. Our previous lawyer was doing little to investigate what was wrong, and only seemed to think of us when we’d contact him. With my wife’s advance parole and work permit about to expire, we followed a friend’s recommendation and contacted Batya. From the very beginning we could tell that Batya was different from every other lawyer we’ve interacted with. During our first talk via phone, Batya suggested we call USCIS together. She waited with us on the line for a half an hour for the first available agent. She knew the right questions to ask and the right protocol to follow. She explained to us what we should expect, what our plan-B would be, and the likely time frames. We felt optimistic for the first time in months. In each of our following calls and emails, she demonstrated the same incredible knowledge and sympathy. Within a few weeks, Batya had unjammed our case and facilitated it’s reassignment to a new agent who issued my wife’s green card within the week. Batya is the rare lawyer who is supportive both professionally and personally. Too often, it felt like previous lawyers were merely keeping track of their 15-minute increments and having some assistant fill out paperwork we could’ve done ourselves. Batya was the opposite - she was generous with her time and support. We consider ourselves incredibly lucky to have her in our corner and would recommend her strongly.
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Posted by Joseph | May 27, 2013
Best Immigration Lawyer
Ms. Ehrens prepared my extraordinary ability green card petition. In every phase of my case, she provided me with excellent guidance and great expertise. She always gave me advice that was realistic for my complicated situation, and told me about any risks, along with her recommendations for my family and me. She acted extremely professionally, with the highest degree of ethics, and I got my green card approved because of her hard work. She always answered my questions and communicated clearly with me so that I understood what to expect in my case. She was honest and straightforward, and never rushed me. It's hard to find a lawyer who will take the time to listen, but Ms. Ehrens is committed and truly a gem. I would highly recommend her if you want to hire a caring and conscientious lawyer.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Schwartz Ehrens Immigration Law
  • 2013 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • CUNY School of Professional Studies
  • 2011 - Present

Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA
  • 2004
  • Emory University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Associations

  • American Immigration Council
  • New York Chapter Ambassador
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (New York City Area chapter)
  • Advocacy and Corporate Practice Committees
  • 2006 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Hebrew
  • Japanese

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Guardian
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Benefactor
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Pro Bono Benefactor
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Benefactor
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Benefactor
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2010
  • Changemaker
  • Inside the Activist Studio
  • 2009
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Publications

  • The I-9 and E-Verify Blog
  • What Employers Should Be Doing While Waiting for Mandatory E-Verify
  • 2012
  • LawLogix, the I-9 and E-Verify Blog
  • I-9 and E-Verify Practice Tips from the Experts for 2012
  • 2012
  • LawLogix, the I-9 and E-Verify Blog
  • How One New York Village Tackled the E-Verify Issue
  • 2012
  • LexisNexis Immigration Law Community
  • mmigration Debate Does an About-Face
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Immigration Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A top-notch immigration attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Batya is professional, courteous and super knowledgable attorney, who always goes extra mile for her clients."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Ehrens is a meticulous lawyer who shows compassion towards her clients and noteworthy mastery of immigration law. I heartily endorse her..."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Batya Ehrens is an excellent attorney who is very passionate about the practice of immigration law. I had the fortune of working with Ms. Ehrens a few years ago, and I would highly recommend her immigration legal services."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Batya and I served on an AILA committee together. It was evident from our first conversation that she is knowledgeable and compassionate. She has the ability to explain complex immigration issues in a clear, concise matter. I hope to work with her in the future!"
Immigration Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Ehrens is one of the finest immigration attorneys in her state. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend her legal services."
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New York Immigration Lawyer L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens
L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens
Immigration Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 18 years