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Matthew Joseph Merrick

Immigration Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   22 reviews

also known as Matt Merrick

  • Licensed for 23 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2001
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    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Matthew

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Practice area
  1. Immigration
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    All immigration-related matters, including, Family-Based Immigration, Consular Processing, Hardship Waivers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Asylum and Refugee Protection, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Special Immigrant Juveniles, Immigration Options for Victims of Crime, VAWA Self-Petitions, LGBT Immigration, Criminal immigration issues, Employment-Based Immigration, Work Visas, Citizenship & Naturalization

    24 years

Matt Merrick is an immigration attorney serving the needs of individuals, families, businesses and the community.  With more than a decade of legal experience, Matt offers knowledgeable and professional representation to those seeking advice on U.S. immigration law or in need of representation in immigration legal proceedings.  Matt is fluent in Spanish.

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Location

Merrick Immigration Law PLLC
1325 Avenue of the Americas
28th Floor
New York, NY, 10019

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Posted by Sam | May 13, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Comprehensive and thoughtful
I consulted with Matt regarding the immigrant visa petition I submitted on my wife's behalf. After we discussed the details of my wife's case, he detailed possible scenarios we may encounter during this immigration process and courses of action for each one. Talking with him was illuminating; I hadn't known much, if anything, about some of the intricacies of the US immigration system before speaking with him. Even when his analysis may have been difficult for me to process at times, he advised in empathetic bites and followed up with me later to reconcile any fears I may have had. I not only recommend Matt to anyone looking to navigate the immigration process, but I am following up with Matt further because after only one consultation, I find his perspective and approach indispensible.
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Posted by Felix | July 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Perfect Immigration Attorney to work with
I came into contact with Matt Merrick after my marriage immigration case have been denied and messed up by my first attorney. I told him everything about my case and how saddened I was due to the duration my application have pended. Matt was very patient and explained all my questions by given me the best options to take for my case. After the first consultation I had with him, I was convinced to hire him to work on my application. We started the case processing to refile to immigration as suggested. Matt was very detailed in answering all my questions, and briefed me on a lot of vital points for my case. His paralegal, JOHNNY, was awesome! Very professional in handling all cases and applications. Johnny also packaged my application very nicely according to USCIS procedure. Matt was always available to respond to my questions, and I often receives updates on the of my case from him. Matt legal fees are reasonable considering the services he rendered to me. Comparing him to other lawyers I have worked with, I can boldly say, MATT MERRICK is the best of all. With his excellent services, I would recommend him as the suitable attorney to handle any immigration cases. Would love to work with him every time.
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Posted by Paul | April 2, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great human being!
Matt Merrick was a very good immigration lawyer for our needs. He was excellent at listening to our (rather complicated) situation and helping us to both better understand our position, and offer productive, practical solutions. Matt is incredibly friendly and easy to talk with and I happily recommend him.
Posted by Arnab | March 11, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Matt is lovely to work with
I called Matt about my green card and naturalization application. Matt was patient and attentive as I explained my situation and asked some of my questions. He was thorough in answering all my questions, he anticipated some of my follow-up questions, and gave me a few options on what to do next and explained them in detail. His services are very reasonably priced as well, and I would be happy to work with him again.
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Posted by Abraham | September 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding overall job.
After a consultation I hired Matt to review my case. Matt performed his due diligence and showed professionalism from the beginning. I would definitely recommend his services.
Posted by Vil | September 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best immigration lawyer in NYC
Matt Merrick is one of the best immigration lawyers in NYC. Choosing his law firm was the best decision. Matt is an expert in his field and the process of getting my green card couldn't go any easier. I didn't even have to go to the interview! I'm so thankful to Matt for the outstanding job that he did with my case and I would absolutely recommend his firm to everyone !!!
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Posted by Chris | May 13, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Meticulous and thorough
Matt provided very meticulous and thorough legal advice for me during a difficult time in my family's immigration case. He covered all of the complex, entangled issues of the case with significant precision. Matt listened carefully to all of my questions, which were numerous. He also arranged some helpful printouts for me, which touched upon various parts of my case. I would highly recommend his legal counsel.
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Posted by David Owens-Callan | March 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, professional and personable service
Matt assisted me with applying for my Green Card through marriage. I did not know anything about the process, and Matt was able to expertly guide me through the various forms and procedures. My case had a number of complicating factors that I initially thought would be big issues. Matt's reassuring tones put my mind at ease that we would be able to work through the complexities. Matt was quick to respond to my numerous questions and was always helpful. He has a deep knowledge of the various timelines and who to follow up with. I cannot recommend Matt highly enough, and I would definitely use him again.
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Posted by Luke | March 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I sincerely encourage you to challenge Matt Merrick with your Immigration needs!
Firstly, this is the first and only review I have ever written and I truly hope that it will help you in making your decision. Matt Merrick is an exceptional lawyer, talented at his profession, personable, honest, and very diligent in his work. I have trusted him once, and would again trust him with my life! I met Matt after a string of unfruitful encounters with several other immigration lawyers who were all unable or willing to take on my case. I was applying for a green card based on my marriage to a U.S. citizen, but it was a challenging case because of some criminal matters on my record from the United Kingdom, including a “Caution” for some charges that could create difficulty for me with U.S. immigration system. The other lawyers I had spoken to did not want to take the case because it was not a “sure thing” or because it would require in-depth research, planning, knowledge and plenty of skill and experience dealing with USCIS. Matt not only was willing to take on my case, but he rose to the challenge with an air of confidence and reassurance. His attitude lifted me from what was a dark and challenging experience. Matt gave me the assurance I needed so I could focus on my family life, knowing that the matter was in good hands. Matt was also always available to communicate with me directly, whenever I had questions or needed advice. After extensive efforts and due to Matt’s meticulous preparation of my adjustment of status application as well as preparing my wife and I for our immigration interview, I am so happy and grateful to be able to say that my Green Card application was approved. USCIS needed extra time to review the legal arguments Matt had prepared to show USCIS that the U.K. caution was not a conviction and that the other matters should not prevent me from becoming a lawful permanent resident of the United States. I recommend Matt without reservation and will continue to use him throughout the rest of my immigration processes.
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Posted by Enrico | February 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding! Absolutely the best
It's been years since last time i reviewed a service online and the fact that i am doing it now even though my immigration case is not over yet says it all! I've known Matt Merrick several months now and i am very happy to let everyone know how thankful i am to be represented by him. For reference i am letting know that the visa we are working on is a Marriage Visa and that my immigration case is a lot more complicated than a conventional application of a Marriage Visa. Since day one Matt has shown outstanding knowledge, dedication and responsiveness and his extremely thorough work has had a great impact on my immigration case. Frankly i can't imagine how complicated my life could've been without his help. Obviously when a Marriage is involved, it is not just a holiday in the US and the seriousness of the case can affect your future life in several ways and requires extreme attention to details. I have had the chance to be introduced to Carla Lopes Dos Santos, his paralegal, and i can only spend great words about her. Me and my wife love Carla, she is really a wholehearted person and absolutely helpful fulfilling all our needs and doubts 24/7 just like Matt who has always been available. Sure this is not an invitation to take advantage of that since a professional working hours should be respected, but it clearly shows the level of their commitment. Matt and Carla grabbed our case like it was their own and i can't describe how thankful we are to be represented by both of you. Grazie mille! Enrico & Melody
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Posted by Akhilesh | December 21, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great and thorough professional
I would highly recommend Matt Merrick. I needed a consultation on a family immigration case. While other lawyers did not call back, or were not particularly helpful, he spent time on the phone with me understanding and responding to my concerns. He was thorough, professional and advised me well. I would definitely hire him in the future if I needed any immigration related legal services.
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Posted by Janna | July 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Matt Merrick recommendation
If you are seeking an immigration attorney, Matt Merrick should be at the top of your list. He had us prepared every step of the way. We did not experience any of the problems that we read other couples had. I am sure that is due to the thoroughness of Matt. Our process took about one year, and there was not one issue or delay along the way. Matt was also available to answer any questions we had at any time, and we always felt informed as to the status of our case. If you are going through the immigration process, I would highly suggest not trying this on your own and hiring an experienced attorney in Matt Merrick. We were lucky to have found Matt, as the first attorney we consulted gave us erroneous advice which would only have caused problems.
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Posted by Jose | June 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smooth sailing
I would highly recommend Matt Merrick for any immigration case. I hired Matt to represent me with my Naturalization application. He prepared my application in an efficient, professional manner and ensured that it was processed smoothly. His office made the entire process effortless. Matt was very attentive and answered any questions I had along the way. Matt is not only very knowledgeable about immigration law, he is also very personable and easy to work with. I really enjoyed working with Matt, and I would encourage anyone contact his office for help with any immigration matter.
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Posted by Rodney | June 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thoughtful & thorough, a real pro
obtain a green card for my husband. We always felt like we were in good hands. He coached us through providing the information needed for his team to produce a very thorough application -- even our USCIS interviewer noted this. His guidance throughout the process was first-rate. We highly recommend his services.
Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, Smooth Service
The process for my K-1 was smooth. Matt Merrick provided helpful, detailed information as to what was happening every step of the way and provided great advice when filling in forms (what to put, how to word it, what evidence to provide/not to provide). He was always friendly and responded to any issue we had in good time. He made the process much faster and easier than I expected - he even contacted the embassy for me when my appointment date got confused (and helped sort it out.) Once I got to the US, he helped in the transition to a green card in next to no time; he estimated it would be about a year and I got it in a few months. Overall, Matt Merrick was an excellent lawyer.
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Posted by Thomas | April 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Service
I have no complaints w/ the services performed to obtain my wife's greencard. Matt was knowledgeable, responsive and flexible. We decided to pay for professional services and we are glad we did. We obtained a peace of mind and a great resource. We saved ourselves many headaches by hiring Matt.
Posted by Olga | March 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent job and support! Highly recommended
Matt did an outstanding job with our case regarding the fianceé visa. We did not have the knowledge of the procedure and he guided us every step taking care of everything. The process was organized and smooth. In addition, he was always answered our questions when we were in doubt. Highly recommended!
Posted by david@anthony | March 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
outstanding immigration law firm
Matt did a very outstanding job with our case. We were seeking a fiancé(e) visa for Anthony to come to the United States, and our case posed some significant challenges, since our relationship had been entirely online, and it was impossible for us to meet in person. Matt was clear about the difficulties we faced, but he persevered to ensure that the waiver we needed would be approved and Anthony could get his fiancé(e) visa to come to the U.S. so we could get married. No words can express how we feel about the outstanding work Matt did for us. We would highly recommend Matt to anyone who is in need of qualified lawyer to represent them in an immigration case. Thank you so very much, Matt.
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Posted by Mario | March 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend - Diligent, knowledgable, and responsive
Matt did an excellent job. I was seeking a green card via my marriage status, and he was very instrumental in guiding me (and my partner) through the process. He was very respensive everytime I had a question or concern, and was proactive in reaching out to me every step of the way. He is clearly very knowledgable in his space, and I trusted his advice throughout (which served me well). Matt went out of his way to help me navigate my complex situation. He helped me gain approval to travel outside of the country, even though it was outside of the perview of the green card process and the primary reason I hired him. An excellent experience overall!
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Posted by Wayne | March 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended!
We hired Matt for my spouses immigration case. It was a particularly difficult case and we had been turned down by other lawyers. Matt took our case and kept us informed with every step. He is incredibly professional, honest and meticulous. He was always available if we had questions or concerns. He changed our life and we just can't thank him enough. We highly recommend him.
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AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Davies & Associates
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Matt Merrick Esq.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Staff Attorney
  • CUNY Citizenship Now!
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Director, In-House Counsel
  • BNP Paribas
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Counsel
  • O'melveny & Myers, LLP
  • 2001 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Arnold & Porter, LLP
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Editor - Legal Publications
  • Commerce Clearing House
  • 1988 - 1998
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Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Citizenship Granted Early
  • Naturalization Application was approved after just 2 years
  • Hardship Waiver for Same-Sex Spouse of US Citizen
  • The I-601A hardship waiver was approved, and the foreign national is now a lawful permanent resident.
  • Fiance Visa - Waiver Granted
  • Petiiton for Fiance visa, with Waiver, approved
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Associations

  • Bronx Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Association of the Bar of New York City
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Lesbian and Gay Law Association of Greater New York
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English
  • Portuguese

Honors and Awards

  • Safe Haven Award
  • Immigration Equality
  • 2007

Publications

  • Sentencing Commission Takes on Corporate Crime, Federal Ethics Report
  • Editor
  • 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • Immigration Forum
  • Immigration Law
  • 2014

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Given (24)
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Immigration Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"Matthew's extreme competence as an attorney is wonderfully matched by his warmth and consideration as a person. He is widely recognized for his indefatigable spirit and dedication to his clients, and his great record of success in securing positive outcomes is a reflection of this diligence."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"Matt is an exceptionally intelligent and thorough lawyer. He is a leading expert on all family-related immigration matters. I endorse him without hesitation."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matt Merrick is an excellent lawyer and person. I have known him for several years now and can confidently say that his skills and work ethic are at the top."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Matt is an experienced immigration attorney. He is exceptional with Family, Asylum and LGBT immigration cases."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matthew for several years and have found him to be an extremely dedicated immigration attorney who truly cares for his clients. I highly endorse Matthew and would recommend him to any client."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Matthew professionally. He is a hard-working attorney who is committed to helping his clients. He is also very passionate about immigration law. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Matt for more than 15 years. He is among the most knowledgeable, dedicated and hard-working attorneys I know, and is sincerely committed to helping his clients. I would highly recommend Matt to anyone."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matthew is an outstanding immigration lawyer. His training in an Amlaw 100 law firm give him a thorough background and training that truly distinguish him and enable him to deliver superior services to his clients."
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