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Alena Shautsova

Immigration Attorney at Brooklyn, NY

5.0   53 reviews
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  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Alena

Learn Alena’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Asylum
    45%
    Asylum helps saving lives. It allows those who were persecuted in their home countries to enjoy normal life that we all deserve.

    16 years

  2. Immigration
    45%
    Coming to a new country is an exciting but daunting matter. I know, I am an immigrant to America myself. I can meet with you, draft, and file documents and petitions. I stragegize long term solutions to all types of immigration problems including for people who have run afoul of visa provisions and those who have had criminal convictions. I also draft and advise asylum seekers and give my clients strong representation in Immgration courts and in the Federal court.

    16 years

  3. Discrimination
    10%
    Sexual harassment, age discrimination, gender discrimination, discrimination based on sexual orientation, disability discrimination are all prohibited at work. Do not wait until it is too late: you have a right to be free from offensive behavior.

    16 years

DO YOU HAVE AN IMMIGRATION CONCERN? HAVE YOU BEEN MISTREATED AT WORK? CALL TODAY WE ARE HERE TO HELP

I enjoy practicing law and helping people. I believe in justice, and equality. I work hard to help my every client, and to make sure that client knows that he/she is not alone.  I represent clients in Asylum, Deportation and Removal proceedings, Immigration Court, Appeals. I help them with Hardship waivers, green card applications, work and business visas, marriage petitions, work authorization, humanitarian parole, parole in place, and all other immigration challenges. You may visit my website for more information.

Another area of practice that I enjoy helping people in, is Employment Discrimination: sexual harassment, discrimination on religious grounds, race, age grounds, gender, pregnancy discrimination. Please visit our employment law website to learn more.

I am a Russian speaking New York attorney, but my practice reaches far beyond language skills.

I can promise you a prompt response, dedication and hard work.

Awards

Client's Choice 2018,2017,2015,2014,2013
Client's Choice
2018 2017 2015 + 2 ...
Top Contributor 2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012
Top Contributor
2018 2017 2016 + 4 ...

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Location

NEW YORK IMMIGRATION LAWYER
2908A Emmons Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11235
Alena Shautsova, Law Offices
175 Eileen Way
Syosset, NY, 11791
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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by Oksana | June 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, competent, and very pleasant
My mom applied to US citizenship with medical N-648. On her first interview an immigration officer denied her disability waiver, she is a qualified applicant but the form was rejected anyway. I was happy to find Alena Shautseva and she took care of this issue gracefully. Alena knew exactly what to propose as a strategy for the next interview. My mom’s passed the exam successfully with this lawyer’s assistance and became a U.S. citizen. Alena was professional, pleasant, and kept the promises. My family is greatly appreciated for Alena’s competence and expertise in this matter.
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Posted by Terence | February 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Intelligent, Flexibly Intuitive, and Sincerely Caring
My experience with Alena Shautsova has been more than pleasant, & I mean that in all aspects. From start to finish, she not only gave my wife & I the confidence we needed to go through all the necessary steps but she was always informative, polite, easy to talk to, & understanding. I’m someone that always does a great deal of research before I spend money on something, whether it’s something as important as a lawyer or doctor, or something as basic as a mousepad. Anyone researching Ms.Shautsova will find that she has a stellar record & a prestigious background in immigration law. It was the start of my confidence & what led me to contact her in the first place. I am extremely keen when it comes to extrapolating on-paper data into real world scenarios, no matter how abstract the connection. It’s a gift that allows me to see other people’s gifts & how good they can be at it. Believe me when I say, Alena met & EXCEEDED all my expectations no matter the hardships we encountered. To give a brief description of the situation we had, my wife is Canadian & I am an American citizen. In one of my visits to her, an uncontrollable event forced us to have her cross the border with me on my way back to the U.S.. She overstayed the 6 months that Canadians are allowed to stay within a 12 month period. By this point we’ve been together for 2 and a half years. Another issue was that the border officer who checked us on the Amtrak did not stamp her passport upon entry. I actually had to ask for mine to be stamped as that is something that I prefer to have for my own records. Fast forward a year and a half into gathering records, filing documents (all of which is made easy with the fact that all you have to do is hand what she asks of you to her), Ms.Shautsova training and preparing us, and my wife and I attending the necessary government protocols such as her getting her biometrics done, we were finally scheduled for an interview. The man who interviewed us was an extremely unfair person and was not satisfied with what we had so we were scheduled for another more in depth interview. This had my wife and I really worried, not so much that we had anything to hide or did anything wrong, as our relationship was as real as it can possibly be, but when someone is the most important thing in the world to you, even the small notion of possibly being separated from them even for a brief moment, is going to eat away at you. This is where Ms.Shautsova is not only one of the most knowledgeable, skilled, clever, and intelligent immigration lawyer around, but also very considerate, kind, and keenly knows what to inform you about in order for you to regain your composure and your confidence. She briefed us on all our options, what each path would require, and trained us extensively for the interview. She even briefed us on the possible negative outcomes and the solutions for them to keep us from worrying. If you have anything specific to ask, you can be comfortable in asking her. She does not judge. For the two years we knew her we always felt like we were talking to an extremely reliable friend who was helping us get through a stressful situation, instead of just a professional who we were paying to solve our problems. Speaking of payment, Alena’s prices are more than fair. For two years we only paid once, which was the initial payment we agreed to at the very beginning. With Alena Shautsova, you are getting ELITE quality service for the price of your normal lawyer, and I do not exaggerate. At the end of it all, Ms.Shautsova fought for us and we were able to acquire residency for my wife. If an immigration lawyer is what you’re looking for, I can’t give you a reason why anyone would need to look further. Knowing her for two years, it’s easy for me to see how vast and extensive her knowledge in the field is. One final thing I want to add in here: Her assistant is a great guy. He played a big role in keeping my wife and I from worrying too much.
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Posted by Bibi | August 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Received Greencard 2023
I am very grateful that Ms Alena Shautsova accepted my case from the beginning to end she was successful. I had a pleasant experience with the attorney, she and her assistant Greg are very dedicated, experience and work very hard which resulted in my success. Ms Alena is honest, her fee is fair with the high quality of work she produce . All immigration forms , right type is filled correctly and on time. Ms Alena is the type of attorney that you can go to sleep after submitting your documents and attorney fee, knowing that a HONEST person is working on your behalf. On my interview I noticed that an attorney and his client was arguing over documentation that was missing, and this happened after their interview. Can you imagined that after waiting so many YEARS for an interview, that the wrong and incomplete forms were submitted? I had non of those troubles, Ms Alena submitted all my documentation electronically correctly. My greencard was mailed to Ms Alena and Greg contacted me and mailed it to me via Priority mail. Ms Alena/ Greg you both will always be my attorney . Thank you for being professional in your service and most of all HONEST.
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Posted by Rimma | May 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Очень грамотный адвокат
Мне и моей дочке очень повезло попасть именно к Елене Шевцовой, после нескольких консультации с другими адвокатами. Когда дочка приехала в Америку, мы обращались к нескольким адвокатом, но только Елена дала нам профессиональный совет и убедила что у моей дочки есть очень хороший шанс на победу, и со дня начало работы с ней до получение одобрение ушло ровно 40 дней, и после одобрение через 8 месяцев моя дочка получила грин карту. Елена очень грамотный адвокат, который очень хорошо знает свое дело, я говорю это со сто процентной уверенностью, так как сама убедилась в этом! Я искренно благодарна Вам Елена, за вашу профессиональную работу! И спасибо Вашей команде, за то что они всегда оперативно отвечают на все вопросы/письмы и всегда обьясняют грамотно, ясно.
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Posted by Jules | April 14, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Grateful
She is providing updates and clarifications about USCIS on social media. I really appreciate you, Alena.
Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very patient person, gave me all the nitty-gritty of various kinds and possibilities of visa
We went through all the visas suitable for my wife and me. She answered all the question in details and gave me extra time to discuss ways of possible immigration as well. Thanks
Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Immigration services
Alena is a very professional and excellent attorney for immigration issues.She gave me hope with my case and was very realistic with the timelines regarding my case. She worked tirelessly to make sure all my documents were filed on time.I am forever grateful for her help.I also want to appreciate Greg who works at Alena's Brooklyn office location ,he was very professional and always encouraging to look at the bright side of things when I had no hope. Alena is the best attorney I have come across and I s will refer anyone and will go to her for any legal situation as I am confident she will represent me well. Thanks a million Alena .You gave me hope when I had none.I have my green card because of you. God bless you and your staff.You are all a group of very professional and good people to work with. Thanks again Anthea
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Posted by Corina | June 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional in her field! She helped me succeed!
Alena is the best lawyer I ever worked with, her professional attitude saved me a lot time and money. She helped me create a really strong case that achieved our goal and I received my documents in a short period of time. She guided me during my process and after. Always supportive,reassuring and in general a genuine person. Very satisfied & will always recommend her. Thank you so much!
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Posted by Bernard | April 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So lucky I found her
My wife's immigration case was denied due to identity theft. Negative information was entered on her record by DHS. My first attorney did not really know how to go about to resolve this. My 2nd attorney was very slow, hard to get a hold, even though he had 10+ years of experience. Out of desperation I found Ms. Shautsova on Avvo. I had 3 consultations with her while I was still with my other attorney. Each time I came away with extremely valuable information that help my case progress forward. She helped me with getting my wife's record corrected in CBP. Finally, I decide to retain her as the legal representative for me. She was able to get my wife's waiver of inadmissibility approved. I cannot even begin to describe her level of knowledge. I was always able to get in touch with her whenever I needed to. She was very professional.
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
I hired Alena in 2017 in order to obtain my permanent residency and earlier this month I finally received my green card and it is all thanks to Alena. She has been incredible throughout the entire process and has been very understanding, communicative and informative at all times. Although the process seemed long, she certainly provided me with the necessary confidence and patience. I would highly recommend her services!
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Posted by Sharon | March 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A good lawyer.
Anyone who needs a attorney you have just found a good one, Ms. Shautasova was very helpful in my case, she did not stop ever and was there when I needed her. Very resilient, articulate and understanding as she share her stories with us and speaks with a deep conviction. I wouldn't be anywhere far without her help, she has my deepest condolences and respect.
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Posted by Fariha | December 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional , Knowledgeable and Experienced Lawyer
Alena Shautsova is the great immigration Lawyer. I'm very glad that I chose Alena Shautsova for our case. Our case was very difficult because my husband lost his passport which he entered the country. We went to other lawyers but they didn't give us enough hope. Than I start researching for a good lawyer and I found her on the web. Alena Shautsova and Mr Gregory were very flexible with very good attitude to us. When we explained our case to Alena Shautsova,she listened very carefully and said I will work hard for your case and gets your green Card by one year which she does. I can't explain how happy and excited we are now. Yes I highly recommend Alena Shautsova to anyone who needs for immigration issues and being thankful to her.
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Posted by Helen | June 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional Immigration Lawyer
Alena is a truly professional immigration attorney. We found Alena's info on the web when my mother-in-law needed an immigration attorney to help her with the citizenship exam process. My mother-in-law is 77 year old and was uncapable of going through the process on her own. Alena not only helped with all the necessary paperwork, but also literally took her hand and walked her to the exam room. Not only a great immigration lawyer, but a very nice person as well.
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Консультация
Очень хороший адвокат. На интересующий меня вопрос получил развернутый ответ. Буду рекомендовать этого адвоката всем знакомым.
Posted by Christina | March 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremly helpful!
I was desperate after my husband died. I filed for green card as a widow, Alena was professional and caring. The best help anybody can get!
Posted by Leonard | February 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Approved fiance visa
My Wife and I are very happy with Mrs. Shautsova's services. We were able to be united here in the US after a few short months. She made the process simple. I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to have had Mrs. Shautsova's assistance.
Posted by Anna | December 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you
I had the good pleasure of working through my Immigration process with the most sincere, thorough, personable, and professional attorney Alena Shautsova and her very able Assistant Gregory. They walked me step-by-step through the process of obtaining my permanent residency. There were many times I got uptight about or did not understand some issue or the other and they were always there for me. Alena made herself always available, helped me out with questions that appear time to time. If you want a 1st class Immigration/legal professional look no further. She is my go to attorney and I recommend her to everyone I meet who has a need for legal intervention. I am thankful and Lucky that I walked into her office in Brooklyn 3 years ago. Today I am granted asylum and thankful client. THANK YOU Alena!
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Posted by Angel & Karla Sanchez | November 10, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
grateful
I give thanks to ALENA for everything she is doing for my family in less than 30 days. She showed me how professional she is and that she talks about the truth. She did it in less than a month. She showed me the first success for my family I recommend a lot is a very good lawyer very professional loyal thanks, ALENA my wife is very happy and grateful to you
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Posted by Anastasia | October 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fighting and winning
Alena was a big surprise to me. A young lawyer with a great and deep experience in even difficult emigration questions. She helped me much with not one second of loosing her unbelievable power to fight for my interests. I would choose her every time again!
Posted by Svetlana | October 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
CONFIDENT AND KNOWLEGIABLE
Immigration law is very complex and immigration process may be very long, scary and exhausting. Alena is a very confident and knowledgeable attorney. Her help during my immigration court was tremendous! Alena is very efficient and professional and because of that we have received a positive result despite on dealing with the judge who was rated #1 for the rejection of cases, at that time.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-475 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Alena Shautsova
  • 2008 - Present
  • Lawyer
  • United Nations and UNCHR Project in Belarus
  • 2002 - 2004

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • LLM
  • 2006
  • Belarussian State University
  • Master of Jurisprudence
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Rodriguez v. NNR Global Et al
  • Resolved
  • Schaub v. County of Olmsted
  • http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/minnesota/mndce/0:2006cv02725/84547/165
  • Luz Cardeno v. John Potter (Postmaster General of the United States of America)
  • Plaintiff verdict for $33,000.00
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Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • representative to the United Nations Social and Economic Council
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • District Representative for New York, District 4
  • 2011 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Co- Liaison to Section of International Law from YL
  • 2011 - Present
  • Special Committee on Immigration Representation of NYSBA
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Co-editor Criminal Practice Management Committee Newsletter
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Delegate to the House of Delegates
  • 2015 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • Russian
  • English
  • Belarusian

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star 2016 NY Metro
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star 2015 New York Metro
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Cali Award for Business Associations
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2006
  • Edmund S. Muskie Scholarship
  • USA Dept of State
  • 2005
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • ABA YLD
  • Marketing For Young Attorneys
  • 2014
  • NYSBA Annual Meeting
  • Representing Non US Citizens
  • 2012
  • International Law Student Conference
  • Labor Law
  • 2005
  • International Student Conference
  • Labor Law
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (123)
Given (99)
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Immigration Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Shautsova's number one priority is to protect her clients' best interests and to provide highly knowledgeable, experienced and aggressive representation on their behalf. A highly recommended immigration lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alena is an exceptional attorney. Her credentials and experience and bolstered by her personal experiences. She entire resume is impressive and inspiring. I gladly endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Shoutsova is very knowledgable and always provides excellent answer to Avvo user questions. I endorse her without hesitation."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Alena is a very effective and passionate advocate for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alena is a dedicated attorney also working hard to get her clients the results they desire."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Intelligent and compassionate with superior communication skills."
Immigration Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I know Alena for three years. I only have wonderful things to say about her. Alena is an excellent attorney. Alena is dedicated, hardworking, and devoted to her clients and her profession. Hire her you will not be disappointed."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"7 years of immigration practice is experienced. Knowledge of both immigration law and procedure is excellent and evident in her pro bono contributions here. Her client reviews are a reflection on her results which are fantastic. READ THEM! Peer endorsements from other lawyers are outstanding. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Amazing attorney. Cares about her clients, and gets results. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Shautsova. She is a trusted member of our bar and a frequent avvo contributor. I highly recommend her for any one in need of competent immigration attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer...an extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible.I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Avvo Contributions

Top Contributor 2018
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Brooklyn Immigration Lawyer Alena Shautsova
Alena Shautsova
Immigration Attorney
Brooklyn, NY
Licensed for 15 years
Virtual consultation available