Posted by James
[We are especially pleased to write this today as we just received confirmation that the immigration visa we had long sought has just been granted.]
Finding Joy Haynes of Haynes Novick Immigration was the best thing we could have done. We had gotten in touch with Joy after having decided to seek a Green Card for my spouse, who is South African.The dismantling of DOMA and the expansion of foreign same-sex partner rights afforded us the first real opportunity to seek immigration to the U.S. and while were excited, we also had trepidation. From our very first Skype meeting, Joy gave us the big picture -- all of the ins and outs, various scenarios as to how we could proceed -- and provided us not only a clear game plan but the confidence to move forward.
We can tell you with certainty that Joy's advice and ongoing counsel saved us a lot of time, money and anxiety simply by directing us around hurdles and common mistakes that we saw a lot of other people making. It the end, what could have been anxiety-making was a breeze. It took time, as these things do, but the whole affair was as pain-free as anyone could have hoped it to be.
What we learned is that the process can vary significantly from country to country, particularly if you are applying from the country of origin. Joy was able to identify and outline the process particular to South Africa, as well as some of the pitfalls that regularly trip people up. (Trust us, we consider ourselves relatively well educated but the process is actually quite tricky and we could have easily messed up at different stage in the process. Don't fools yourselves into thinking you can do it on your own; you can't.)
Joy makes a point of crossing every "t," dotting every "i," and reviewing every piece of documentation coming and going. She and her team couldn't have been more meticulous. Moreover, she answers emails generally within a day and communicates completely, simply and with clarity.
As for cost, we could say with that her counsel is a bargain at any price, but that would be glib. What we can say is that her firm's rates are incredibly reasonable by any standard. As far as we're concerned, we got far more than we paid for.
We are fans, plain and simple, and remain grateful to Joy for finally enabling us, as an American and South African same-sex couple, to return the U.S. after 15 years. Thank you, Joy, Raisa and the rest of the Haynes Novick team!
Posted by a client
We decided to retain Joy rather than our firm-sponsored attorney primarily because she was accessible. After my wife and I met her, we knew immediately we made the right choice. Joy made us feel at ease as she and her team outlined how they would manage our AOS case. Throughout the process, her team was always responsive (at times, even proactive). As expected, our case was approved on schedule. We recommend Joy without reservation.
Posted by Luc
My partner and I had an amazing experience with Joy Haynes at Haynes Novice immigration to get my green card. We had been especially concerned when we filed our case because we are a same-sex couple and DOMA had just recently been overturned, so we were not sure what to expect. We are also both transgender, so finding a lawyer who was knowledgable in trans issues and immigration law was a top priority. We were impressed by Joy's professionalism, expertise, and ease with which she handled our case. We highly recommend her for other LGBT couples seeking a great lawyer for their green card applications!
Posted by Dmitrii
We just got my green card after this past Christmas and as Joy said "It’s a Christmas miracle!"... I believe so too. We got married in August 2015 and applied all the forms by the end of September 2015 in Cleveland, OH. All the process of collecting necessery documents was really easy by the guidance of Joy and Raisa (our case manager). I would strongly recommend Joy as your immigration attorney even though she is in a different city as you live. All our conversations with her were accomplished via Skype or e-mails (this method worked really good because she responded really fast, on weekends, late in a day). Thank you, Joy and Raisa.
Posted by Eduard
We have been fortunate to have Joy as our attorney. She is absolutely knowledgeable and caring immigration attorney. Joy has a lot of experience working with LGBT couples in regards to family immigration matters. As an LGBT couple, we had a peace of mind having Joy as our lawyer. She always responded to our inquires within a couple hours, sometimes just minutes! She always encouraged us for the better. I am recommending Joy Alegria Haynes and Haynes Novick Immigration Law Firm to anyone seeking A+ quality representation in immigration matters. Thank you very much Joy!
Posted by mor
oy has been my lawyer for the last 4 years during that time i receive my temporary green card, my permanent green card and my american citizenship.during the entire time i worked closely with joy and her office stuff.service was super fast, efficient and professional.there was not a single question that haven't been answered within hours and every thing went smooth and stress free.
i would highly recommend Haynes Novick Immigration.
As a person that makes his living in the service industry i know and appreciate good personal service.
you will find that with joy and her stuff.
Posted by Jennifer
Joy Haynes was recommended to me and my husband by another immigration attorney to help with my husband's green card application. My husband was in the country on an H1-B visa (through his employer) and we were eager for him to receive permanent residency through marriage.
We were married in December and Joy helped us to file our paperwork literally the day after our wedding. She is quick, efficient and navigates the system easily. Joy made sure we were well-prepared and well-informed each step of the way. She is extremely responsive and communicative. Joy provided us with accurate and helpful coaching in advance of our INS interview, and we felt well-versed and ready the day of. We received my husband's green card just a few weeks later. All in all, Joy made this process (which can seem overwhelming) smooth and easy. She clearly enjoys what she does and is a pro.
I would absolutely recommend Joy to those searching for an immigration attorney.
Posted by a client
We retained Joy shortly after the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2013. Joy provided us with excellent advice and counsel - she got nothing wrong and everything right. She was very available and empathetic to our anxieties.
I'm pretty good with navigating government systems on my own (I'm not a lawyer), but I did not want to take any chances with CIS. She had insights I would've never had and helped us present a case that sailed through (as it should have). We were successful and my husband is on the road to full citizenship. I can't recommend Joy highly enough. And I'm a pretty tough critic. We are deeply grateful.
Posted by a Immigration client
Because of the repeal of DOMA, my wife and I wanted to have the help of a lawyer to assist us with our adjustment of status. We called around to a few lawyers - each wanted to charge us just to speak with them and we even had one who found it ridiculously amusing that we wanted to do what we set out to do. It got to the point where when I called each lawyers office I asked first "how much would it cost to get information". When I finally called Joy's office, Mr Haynes just simply said "why would I charge you to just answer your question?"... let's talk he then said. Since we started working with Joy, she has been patient and extremely understanding and just so positive and encouraging. Her assistant Tyler also has been very helpful and thorough. They made our process seem so easy. We supplied information, they supplied the encouragement. Our prep session before our actual interview went so well, my wife and I felt so confident that our green card was going to get approved. Joy was even there before us on our interview date. We went in and we were out in about 15 mins or so with our approval. Joy and her team made a daunting experience seem like a walk in the park. Her experience and expertise is endless. I would absolutely recommend anyone searching for a lawyer to allow Joy and her team to work with you. You will not be disappointed.
Posted by Wojtek
I had to apply for a Green Card to be able to live together with my wife in the US.
At the beginning we were really nervous. The vision of being separated was really scary to us. We knew that we need guidance and help.
We’ve decided to work with Joy Allegria Haynes and her team.
In the very first conversation Joy diagnosed our situation, calmed us down and came up with the great plan.
In next few months we were consequently working on it with guidance of Joy.
There were so many details in the process and any time we had questions - Joy and her assistant Tyler were right there, always with the answer.
Joy is not only extremely experienced and professional lawyer, who went to went to one of the premier law schools in the country but on top of that she is wonderful human being who understands people and families of all different backgrounds.
She supported us in every stage of the process.
We went to the final interview very well prepared and confident. After a short interview I got approved and received my green card.
Joy Thank you for everything! We could not have done it without you and your firm.