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Navigating the immigration maze can be daunting, with life-altering consequences.  Whether you are applyin gfor a visa, sponsoring a family member for a green card, or are at risk of deportation, you will need straightforward, individualized advice on what benefits or relief you can expect to obtain, and a thorough explanation of the process.

I handle all immigration matters, including green cards through work, family, or marriage; citizenship; deportation defense; asylum and other humanitarian relief; and non-immigrant visas (fiancee visas, work visas, tourist visas, and extensions and change of status).  I do not employ paralegals and will handle all aspects of the process myself.  In most cases, I can offer a flat fee, depending on the complexity of the matter.

I am happy to offer one free office consultation of up to 45 minutes regarding your circumstances and options, and the legal assistance I may be able to provide.  Please request your consultation at




Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Justine Isolde Borer

    I am a New York attorney and I hold Laurence in very high regard, both professionally and personally. Laurence has worn several professional hats as a New York attorney, and the unique perspective he gained from each position (including several years as a commercial litigator focusing on immigration issues at a large corporate law firm in Manhattan, time as an Assistant District Attorney, and time as a senior attorney at the non-profit organization Children's Rights) make him a trusted colleague and advisor of mine. Laurence is a rare combination of fiercely intelligent, decent and modest, and a "true believer" who fights zealously for his clients. We could use more lawyers like Laurence.


    Justine Borer Family Attorney
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  • Gunda Johanna Brost

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Borten is clearly a sharp thinker and has shown via his answers on the avvo forum that he possesses creativity and analytic skill when considering solutions for immigration-related matters. His portfolio is furthermore impressive. Top-notch attorney.


    Gunda Brost Immigration Attorney
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Contact info

Law Office of Laurence Borten

269 West 72nd St.
New York, NY, 10023


NYCurrently registered 200307/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Attorney of the WeekSafe Passage Project2016
Louis J. Lefkowitz Memorial AwardNew York Attorney General's Office2008
Kent ScholarColumbia Law School2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Laurence Borten2013 - Present
Senior Staff AttorneyChildren's Rights, Inc.2009 - 2013
Assistant Attorney GeneralState Of New York Office Of The Attorney General2007 - 2009
AssociateFriedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman, LLP2004 - 2007
Judicial Law ClerkUnited States District Court, Southern District Of New York2002 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers Association (New York City Area chapter)Member2012 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
UnknownHearsay and the Rights of the Accused: A Comparison of U.S. Law and Anticipated Practices of the International Criminal Court2005
102 Colum. L. Rev. 1089Sex, Procreation and the State Interest in Marriage2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Columbia UniversityPhysicsMA - Masters1984
Yale UniversityPhysicsBS - Bachelor of Science1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
VietAbroader's First Regional MeetupWorking in the U.S.: H1B status and Other Employment-Related Classifications2014