5.0 stars 45 totalReview Matthew Kolken
Posted by Allan
Matthew initially suggested a scheduled telephone appointment and was very thorough with questions concerning our case. His knowledge of immigration law is extensive. We were very pleased with the strategy and process that he and his colleagues constructed for a successful conclusion.
Posted by jack
Mattehew and his firm did a great job to help my wife to regain the TN visa which was revoked by a US border officer, however it is taugh to correct the officer's mistake.
Normally it takes long time time too, but Matt and his team solved the problem for us in 2 months only in very professional way, thanks a lot!
Posted by Mohammed
Kick-ass lawyer on my side. Wanted to give my late update. Mathew had my administrative hearing suspended until a appeal of my criminal case is decided.
I can't thank Mathew enough for his great work. Thanks a lot!
Posted by Anne
I found Matthew Kolken to be an extremely competent immigration lawyer. Friendly and knowledgable, Matthew was very eager to answer any questions and clearly explained all my options to me. I was very pleased with his handling of my case, and want to thank him and the team for all their help. I would highly recommend this lawyer. My circumstance was a little unusual, but Matthew was quick to find multiple solutions to my case.
My parents abandoned my greencard on my behalf when I was under 21 years old and the whole family moved away from the states. I moved to Canada to pursue a PhD, but intended on returning to the US upon the completion of my degree. In the interim, I was travelling to the US 4 - 5 times a year for conferences, workshops and leisure. In entering the US following the greencard abandonment, I was informed by a border official that I had the right to retain my greencard if I intended to return to the US. Since I had not given up my greencard willingly, the border official started a petition to reinstate the greencard on my behalf. In order to reinstate the greencard, the border official explained I would have to be seen before a judge and win a "Removal Proceedings" application.
Matthew helped me understand what steps needed to be taken in order to reinstate my greencard in trial. Matthew also highlighted potential risks of this application being denied (e.g. deportation and inadmissibility of 5 years). Together, we deliberated what would be the best outcome for my case. I decided I did not want to risk deportation, and was happy to enter the US as a visitor. Matthew successfully helped me withdraw my application for the reinstatement of the greencard without facing deportation, and thus ensured that I can visit the US as a visitor.
Posted by Tom
In December of 2015 we received a denial notice for my wife's (Canadian) I 212 application. It was stunning and devastating news. My wife and I along with our 3 yr old daughter had waited 15 months for a response and were quite confident it would be approved. It was not. At this point, we decided to change attorney's and were referred to Matthew's office by a colleague of mine.
Matthew reviewed our denial notice and went over our case in great detail, empathy, and passion in our consultation. We were desperate for a favorable decision and Matthew gave us the confidence we needed to move forward with him.
We wanted an attorney that would understand the struggle the past 16 months had been for our family. We wanted someone who would answer our emails and phone calls in a timely matter and who would take the time to explain the process to us. In short, we wanted someone who cared about reuniting our family in America.
Matthew and his colleagues went above and beyond our expectations. His office was always available to us, they were prompt with their responses. If we wanted to speak to someone on the phone they were there for us. We had a very poor taste in our mouths after our previous I 212 filing and Matthew's office provided us with a completely satisfying experience.
Matthew's credentials and background speak for themselves, he is a very clear communicator, he speaks with passion about immigration law and the impact it is having on people. However, what stuck out to us throughout the process is that Matthew and his colleagues cared about our family and made us feel important.
My wife's I 212 was approved a few weeks ago. We cannot adequately express our gratitude to Matthew and Robert for their hard work and expertise.
I would HIGHLY recommend Matthew to anyone who finds themselves in the same situation. Our only regret was not hiring him from the beginning.
Posted by a client
Very happy with the outcome of a recent stressful encounter with CBP/DHS during the renewal of a NEXUS (trusted traveller identification for Canadians/Americans) card.
I created a company somewhat casually with a partner in the US not realizing that CBP would have concerns that we would work in the US on behalf of the US corporation without a US visa. After the initial interview with CBP for the renewal of the NEXUS card, there were a few intense series of questions and supporting documents they requested with moving goalposts of what they wanted so we retained Matthew Kolken.
After an initial consultation, it became quite clear that I likely had been red flagged in the system - and it was timely in that I had intended on travelling to the US within a few days. While I had to cancel the trip, Mr. Kolken was quite helpful in outlining the potential but severe consequences if the issues were not resolved prior to travelling.
Within a few intense and stressful weeks however, the issue was resolved and I was even issued a new NEXUS card. Through this period, Mr Kolken and his associate Rob Mietlicki were very helpful and candid about the process and risks. I would recommend their services (in fact, I already have) and I was very appreciative for their help!
Posted by a client
I am a native of an African country. I had entered the US on a J-1 visa and successfully converted that to an H1-B visa. But somewhere along the line, I overstayed my visa and fell out of status. To make matters worse, I had gotten married during my stay in the US, and my marriage had been deemed a pretense by the immigration authorities. I was able to leave the US for Canada after my Canadian residency was obtained, but my overstay caused a 10-year ban on re-entering the United States.
After I became a Canadian citizen, Kolken and Kolken were recommended to me by an award-winning firm in Vancouver that dealt with US visa waivers and pardons. They told me that my failed marriage to a US citizen made mine a complicated case. I would have to hire a top law firm with proven credentials. They happily recommended Kolken and Kolken to me.
My dealings with Matthew Kolken's firm have left me very impressed. Working with Mr. Kolken and his staff was smooth and professional. Calls are always returned promptly, and there is no delay in attending to issues as they arise. Documentation and instruction are very thorough, and even if there are mistakes, they are never more than one or two in a thousand possibilities. Most of all, they get the job done: in my case, my waiver (of the 10-year ban) arrived in under 3 months, and my waiver renewal in 6 months. I had no problems whatsoever with the immigration authorities.
I have extensive experience with lawyers and have seen the ugly side of the immigration law pool, on the US and Canadian sides. I have also worked with other top immigration firms, a few of whom tried to fleece me. Kolken and Kolken are, by far, the best of the US immigration law firms. You may have to pay high charges but you'll get your money's worth. I very strongly recommend them.
Posted by joseph
I never would have believed how hard it could be to marry a Canadian citizen. Mr. Kolken's service was commendable. He was able to handle the paper work that the average person would have little idea of completing. He and Rob were always available when we had any questions. His professionalism was at the highest level. I would highly recommend Mr. Kolken.
Posted by a client
Mr. Kolken is a wonderful and professional attorney who assisted myself and my husband process his application for permanent status after our marriage. He was very thorough and involved during the whole process. The entire office staff is well versed in the rules and regulations of the US Immigrations department, allowing for our application process go through very smoothly. We loved working with Kolken and Kolken and would recommend anyone with a straight forward or complicated case to consult with him! He definitely relieves a lot of stress and prepares you thoroughly the whole way through!
Posted by a client
I want to say a "big thank you" to the kolken team. words failed me when I received the call today that my waiver has been approved. i sobbed and cried like a baby because i thought it was not going to be possible after i messed up my first chance back in 2008/9 of getting the waiver it was denied and it was all my fault. i take responsibility for not been truthful at that time. You decided to take up my case again last year when i approached you. You worked diligently and with your expertise you built a good case on my behalf , i was approved exactly 8 months later. After 15 years i will now be able to enter the US freely without fear of been deported. I entered the united states without inspection back in 1994, applied for asylum and lived in the US illegally for 6 years before moving to Canada. My first waiver was denied due to my fault, now my second waiver has been approved
I will always recommend Kolken & Kolken to anyone with immigration issues.