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Sharon L. Ames

Immigration Attorney at Syracuse, NY

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1983
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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Practice area
  1. Immigration
    An attorney for 35 years, 19 in the area of Immigration Law. Practice is devoted exclusively to Immigration matters including "Crimmigration," visas for family members (spouses, fiances and other family members); citizenship /naturalization.

    25 years

I have been the Immigration Law Director for the New York Regional Immigration Assistance Center, Region 2, for the past two years, practicing exclusively in the area of "crimmigration," providing advice to criminal and family law attorneys about the immigration consequences of criminal arrests/convictions for their noncitizen clients.  I have also conducted numerous and extensive trainings not only to attorneys, but also to Judges at all levels within the NY state judicial system.  "Crimmigration" is a specialized area within the field of Immigration Law, and is rapidly evolving, as the consequences of even an arrest become increasingly adverse for those who are not U.S. citizens.  Contact me if you are a noncitizen defendant facing criminal charges, a Respondent in a Family Court matter, or if you are an attorney representing either who needs proper immigration advice.

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Ames Immigration Law, PLLC
247 West Fayette Street
Suite 300
Syracuse, NY, 13202

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Posted by Reta | July 12, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Immigration Attorney
Sharon is a valuable member of our immigration legal community. I have sought Sharon’s advice on a number of immigration cases and her guidance was instrumental in obtaining successful outcomes for my clients. Sharon’s experience and solid knowledge of the law, coupled with her sharp personality makes her an excellent counselor. I strongly recommend her to anyone seeking an immigration attorney.
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Posted by Charles | March 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Immigration Lawyer
Sharon did a great job with my K1 Visa application. A usual 6 month process was completed in 3 months. Sharon is very detailed and organized. I would recommend her for anyone in need of an experienced Immigration Lawyer.
Posted by Rosalia | October 1, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Very well cared for by Sharon
Sharon took away all of the stress for me while immigrating to the United States. She was always available to answer my questions, was deeply caring, honest and incredibly hard working. Hiring Sharon Ames was the smartest decision I made. I would highly recommend her services, as her help during this process was invaluable.
Posted by Mais | March 7, 2015
Ms. Ames is amazing and the best lawyer ever
Ms. Ames helped my sister to get her green card. She is amazing and very much trustworthy. She explained every step and always had the time to answer our questions. I can't thank her enough.
Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2014
Sharon is amazing
I have worked with Sharon on a number of occasions and her help and assistance has been invaluable. I would recommend Sharon to anyone and think she is a true asset to the legal community.
Posted by Vlad | September 5, 2014
Great result
Helped my wife to get her permanent green card,when we thought nothing could be done. Really trustworthy attorney, thank you very much Sharon.
Posted by Brad | October 8, 2013
An excellent lawyer
Sharon worked with me and my wife all the way from our journey from Germany to the USA, through our marriage, my wife's permanent resident application, and finally my wife's US citizenship. She has been wonderful throughout the entire process, answering all of our questions and helping us navigate the sometimes complicated immigration and naturalization laws. Thanks to Sharon's knowledge and experience my wife received her permanent resident status in less than 3 months from the time of application. Most recently, she helped us immensely during my recent deployment overseas with the finalization of my wife's N400 application and her interview. Now my wife is a US citizen! Sharon knows what she is doing and thanks to her the whole process felt almost effortless.
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Posted by Wayne | November 15, 2012
Sharon Ames has played a tremendous role in the growth of our US subsidiary.
Our company engaged Ms. Ames to help us apply for US work visas, specifically an H1B for one of our Canadian sales managers and an L1A for myself, the company's President (also Canadian). Ms. Ames helped us to understand the various categories of visa that we could consider for each candidate and helped us to choose the most appropriate categories. The application processes were long and very detailed. In both instances there were also RFEs (requests for further evidence) and again Ms. Ames helped us understand the process and worked patiently with members of our team to draw out and assemble the data required to satisfy the requests. Even now, as our company expands and our manager moves across the US opening new operations for us, Ms. Ames stays on top of us to ensure we file the appropriate amendments and forms to maintain compliance with the requirements of his visa. Ms. Ames' fees were very fair and despite the fact that we were hundreds of KMs (CDN version of miles!) away we always felt that our interests were extremely well represented and that we could have absolute trust in Ms. Ames advice and integrity. Finally, I should mention that Ms. Ames is a real pleasure to work with and someone we are pleased to have met and hope to continue to have a relationship with. We have worked with many lawyers and I have enjoyed working with Ms. Ames more than any other lawyer who has represented us. I would recommend Ms. Ames to any friend, family member or business associate without equivocation.
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Posted by michael | December 24, 2010
Fine immigration lawyer
Sharon works tirelessly to represent immigrants She helped me apply for humanitarian visas for my Guatemalan clients who needed to come back to the U.S. to give deposition testimony in their personal injury case. She was responsive, honest and diligent. She has my full endorsement
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • 2005 - Present
  • Owner/Sole Proprietor
  • Law Offices of Sharon L. Ames
  • 1985 - 2005
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Cortland County Public Defender
  • 1984 - 1986
  • Associate
  • Heath, Rosenthal & Weissman
  • 1983 - 1985
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  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • St.Lawrence University
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 1979


  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Onondaga County Women's Bar Association.
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Pro Bono Attorney
  • Onondaga County Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • 2015
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1979

Speaking Engagements

  • Community Forum: The Right to Work
  • Employer/Employee Immigration law forum
  • 2011

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Immigration Attorney | Mar 20
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"Very knowledgeable immigration attorney!"
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