5.0 stars 15 totalReview Amy Novick
Posted by Pablo
I work at the World Bank Group, and thus my whole family holds a G4 Visa. My three children had met the 7.5 years required for them to apply for a Green Card, so I started to ask colleagues for Immigration Lawyers. In the WBG intranet page there is a list with a dozen of possible options. I called and/or emailed at least 7 of those names. Most of them had an assistant that knew nothing about the process and, at best could, book a consultation appointment within a week. Others had answering machines.
Amy was the only one that picked up her phone the first time I called, kindly responded all my questions in my first phone call with her, and showed real interest in me and my family as clients. She explained what we were responsible for, what she would do, how long was the whole process likely to take, how much we had to pay the US Immigration Services, and how much were her fees.
A week after we spoke over the phone, we were signing a service contract, she accompanied by email the whole process, confirming we were going to the appointments we needed to go to, biometrics, etc, and after no more than two months, in what for us was a seamless straight forward process, my three kids got their green cards in the mail.
Some of the other lawyers responded latter, but to be quite honest, they made me feel that they would be doing me a favor and/or they could not be bother, thus had me talk with their assistants. Amy was the only one that had a service oriented attitude, heard what I was asking, and provided knowledgeable straight forwards responses.
Price-wise they all charge more or less the same, but kind-quality service has no price.
I recommend Amy Novak to anyone.
Posted by NL
My wife needed legal help for a 2-yr home restriction waver. Upon meeting with Amy, we already had some idea about the likelihood/risk facing our case through consultation with other lawyers. We decided to stick with Amy for 2 key reasons: First, DC is a highly dense market for immigration lawyers and Amy's firm appeared both competitive and reasonably affordable. Second, through consultation with Amy on the phone, we were impressed with her attention to details, which proved critical as the case progressed.
We would work entirely on the phone, occasionally on Skype, without much difficulty. Just the number of pages of primary evidence - mostly doctor letters that Amy drafted and edited - and personal statements alone was probably worth the entire legal fee we paid. On top of that, I believe that the case she prepared, including circumstantial and secondary evidence, left no stone unturned. The last part was probably critical since we had friends whose cases were similar to ours but failed due to inadequate preparation.
USCIS and the State Dept took nearly all of the 8 months allowed to come back to us, thankfully, with an approval. Amy kept in touch with us throughout the waiting period and only closed the case once we had the paperwork in hand. Her professionalism was an important assurance for us during the entire process. With her help we always knew that we did all we could for our case.
Posted by Mingji
Our encounter with Amy started shortly after we received a devastating GC denial letter from USCIS. The letter requested me leave the US in a month stating that I failed to provide any documents that could waive my J1's 2-Year home residency requirements. I came to the states as an Au Pair from China. Unlike most Au Pairs from other countries, my J-1 visa had a 2-Year home residency requirement that typically applies to exchange scholars sponsored with government funding or anyone with special skills. None of the above applied to me. Therefore after I was able to change my visa from J-1 to F-1 status, I really didn't think too much after I married my husband. Like many of my friends, I thought I could prepare all the paperwork myself and I couldn't be more wrong.
I started dialing everyone on the list. I narrowed down my list to only two lawyers in DC. Amy was one of them. We went with our family lawyer to both consultations in hopes of deciding on one. We didn't choose Amy first because the other lawyer offered a cheaper rate. Our case required a couple steps. First was the advisory opinion from the department of the state that states I am not subject to 2-Year requirements; then we had to refile for my permanent resident status. I also had to apply for a J-1 waiver from Chinese embassy. My lawyer couldn't be of much help since the application process was all in Chinese. This lawyer was not proactive. When I asked him a few questions regarding my case, instead of advising me based on his professional opinion, he would ask me if he should or should not proceed. He was not good with communication and that made my anxiety even worse. As time went by, I know my confidence in him had gone downhill and I decided to ask Amy to help me with the rest of filing.
My husband and family lawyer both expressed concern over changing to a different lawyer at this point but I knew I couldn't work with him any more. After working with Amy for about 6 months, I received my GC in Dec last year right before Christmas. It couldn't have been a better Christmas gift for us. There are three main reasons why Amy was a success for us and why you should hire her too.
First and for most, she is extremely thorough in preparing a winning case. A friend of mine once complained about the fact that her immigration lawyer went with them to GC interview but seemed to know nothing about their case, it made them furious and never wanted to refer him. Amy made sure she knew every aspect of our case and she found a big issue with our last filling that was somehow missed by USCIS. My husband's income wasn't enough and we needed a co-sponsor. Once we got that figured out, she finally considered it ready to be resubmitted. She was right.
Secondly, she is very good with communication. I believe a great lawyer knows how to address clients' needs by providing timely correspondence. Amy never had me waiting for a response more than a day. Any questions that we had, she made sure to answer promptly. Unlike some lawyers who have their associates to correspond with clients to great extent, Amy emailed or talked to us directly for the most part. We felt our case was being taken care of by an immigration lawyer that actually cared about us and her work.
Last but not least, she is such a compassionate lawyer who also addressed our emotional needs. One thing that my previous lawyer never provided was compassion. After all, not everyone is capable of compassion. We could feel that for her, we were not just another client but someone who needed her help and someone she was ready to help. She listened to our stories and recognized our anxiety and fear. She was kind and capable.
It was such a great experience with her that we couldn't be happier that she was our lawyer. We were very fortunate to have her and I hope if you are in need of great help facing a devastating immigration situation like we did, Amy is certainly the one to go for. We truly recommend her
Posted by a client
We were referred to Amy by a colleague at my job who had great success with her Green Card process with Amy. She too had heard about Amy from another one of our colleagues who was in a similar situation. Needless to say, Any has now become by work group's go to lawyer for immigration and green card processing needs. Amy is not just an excellent attorney she is also super kind, caring and genuine. Very hard to find these days. She ensured we understood the entire process well, set reasonable expectations and delivered results. She was calm and composed and handled everything with ease. It was an extremely simple process getting the green card with her guidance. She and her team handled everything. I 100% recommend Amy for any of your immigration needs!
Posted by a client
Its my pleasure to write a review for Ms. Amy Novick. I had a major immigration problem in the airport when I came to the US for the second time from India. I was given a stay of one month in the US from the airport authorities. My girl friend was a US citizen but we did not know how to proceed with the case. We consulted numerous lawyers. Most of them asked us to go back to India and file papers from there. We were very confused and worried. We did not know how to tackle this situation. We heard good things about Ms. Amy from online searches. The office was kind enough to schedule an emergency appointment with her. Though we spent more than hour discussing about our case, she still charged us for one hour. This is in contrast to some lawyers who could not even spare us anytime to discuss the case and were charging for just a call on the phone. When we met her for the first time, she was very thorough with the immigration laws. She did not give us any false hopes or promises. She treated my girlfriend as her own daughter and advised our family what she would do if she was in our place instead. She did an outstanding job from the very beginning to the end of the case. We are getting married soon and this is happening mostly because of Ms. Novick.
I wanted to write, and thank you for all your help. Starting from the initial advice, to taking us through the process, your guidance has brought us to this happy conclusion. We are both thrilled, as is the whole family.
Thank you, very very much.
Posted by Peter
Amy is a professional and very competent immigration lawyer with a pleasant personality. She has a particular knowledge of the complications of persons employed at international organizations such as the World Bank and provided me with a first class service.
Posted by a client
Amy Novick was advising us on our Adjustment of Status. Her valuable legal advice, her amazing diligence, her knowledge and contacts as well as her ongoing tracking of the status of application were crucial for the successful acceptance of our application. Thank you, Amy!
Posted by Sam
I've worked with Amy on two matters. The first was a petition for adjustment of status for my husband. It was relatively straightforward, but it was obviously of the utmost importance to us, and I (myself an attorney) was nervous. Amy's calm competence did wonders for my state of mind. She was highly responsive and addressed all of our questions. The insights she shared ensured that we sailed smoothly through the process. The second matter was a complex H-1B visa application for the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization. I am the President of the Board, and as soon as the issue came up, I knew that we would have to take it to Amy. She was terrific. She did the research needed to figure out how to best position our application, and she was a source of good advice throughout. I have no doubt that our petition was granted because of her fine work. I have already recommended her to others, and I will continue to do so.
Posted by Nick
I met with Amy Novick after having met with three other experienced immigration lawyers. She was by far the most competent and knowleadgable. She took care of my EB 1-1 extraordinary ability case within three months while being extremely available, especially on email, and very professional. It was not an easy case, but she made it look like a slam-dunk. She also provided sound advice on my nonimmigrant visa status, which was expiring shortly after I retained her.
Let’s put it this way: I cannot imagine recommending anyone else for immigration-related work.
Posted by John
I worked with Amy for a consultation on an immigration case for my wife. I had previously met with another attorney as well as done a good deal of research on the internet.
Amy really seemed to know her stuff - she answered our questions crisply and (seemingly, based on my own research) correctly. She put our minds at ease and did not seem intent into scaring us into signing up for unnecessary additional business. At the same time, she was very clear on points where we needed to be attentive and careful as we go forward. She was also helpful in followup queries.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Amy to others. I am now planning to use her firm for some separate professional matters, which is as strong an endorsement as I can make.