5.0 stars 46 totalReview Jan Pederson
Posted by Sandeep
After having done rigorous training in the US medical system for last 6 years years, finally I started a job. I was on J1 physician and got hardship waiver as I have a US born Child with cerebral palsy. Started my job with a major university as academic faculty. For my Job my employer filed for change of status to H1 b from J1 AND it was approved by USCIS. I started my job after fellowship but within a month received a notice from USCIS to revoke my visa as it was wrongly approved. Cant even express in words that moment. I was shocked, shattered and terrified. My employer should not have filed COS. There were two mistakes 1. My employer filed for J to H COS after hardship waiver. 2. USCIS approved it as well.
Now what?? I am stranded. MY EMPLOYER EXTREMELY UNFRIENDLY. DID NOT HELP ME OUT. I begged, pleaded to them for next four months to fix this issue but they had no clue and no desire to help me and my family. My repeated attempts to discuss the issue failed. Then one of my friend colleague suggested me to reach out to Jan Pederson. That was the best day of my life that I came to know this Goddess of Immigration. Jan, took bull by horns!! I still remember her mail to my employer and my boss...that did the trick. Only her efforts, made them file another H1b petition to be processed through consulate. IT was filed and approved. Jan got my all papers ready to fly out and get it stamped and came back in. It was the toughest period of my life. To be honest, During my employer filing my first COS H1b, many lawyers suggested yes I am eligible for COS but Jan was the first one to tell me that I was never eligible and it was filed wrong. Apparently as per the law, one cannot file for COS from J to H after hardship, persecution waiver however, you can after Conrad 30 and IGA waiver. Finally, me and my family was so relieved after all this nightmare for almost 6 months. I don't have enough words to express my gratitude to her. I would certainly like to meet her in person one day. She is phenomenal. If you have any issues, do not hesitate to talk to her. Best thing about Jan is, her personal attention, I think she has a passion for this. She used to call me even in the middle of night to discuss things etc. Ms Pederson's knowledge and experience is unmatched. She is honest, sincere, very knowledgeable. DO NOT THINK TWICE IF YOU NEED AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER---JAN PEDERSON is the answer! Merry Christmas All!
Posted by Narges
I am an Iranian born physician in last year of my residency on J1 visa. Few months ago I went to Canada to visit my family and when I applied for my return visa, unfortunately, I got stock in Administrative processing. I had no idea how long this will take. I was in last year of my residency and could loose that easily beacuse of this processing time. during this tough time, some body gave me Ms Jan Pederson's name and told me that "she is the only one can handle the toughest immigration cases ever". I talked to Jan on the phone for one hour. The very first moments of that phone conversation I could feel that she is extremely professional and knowledgeable, she even reached to an Iranian-American lawyer on the phone to know exactly what my original documents say regardless of their English translation. I hired Jan as my lawyer and I have to say that was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I definitely could not go through this without her help. I even talked to few other immigration top lawyes and they all mentioned Jan Pederson's name as the most well connected with high reputation in immigration cases specially physicians on J1 visa. Jan Pederson is a superb immigration lawyer with broad experience in complicated immigration matters. Jan brings great judgment and integrity to such matters. Her analytical ability and years of experience enable her to provide thoughtful, thorough, and, most importantly, practical legal advice regarding a wide variety of immigration issues. I would highly recommend Ms Jan Pederson and her team for immigration cases speceillialy for physician on J1 visa.
Posted by Maria
We were on a very tight time table and Jan proved other attorneys wrong, by expediting our process with decisions that only a seasoned and respected lawyer would know. Other attorneys told us we had no other options. It is clear, that through experience and a variety of past unusual cases, one would have a global network that is critical to chasing paperwork into the hands of those with authority.
Not only was Jan knowledgable and efficient, her paralegal was equally as amazing and well versed in every detail necessary to complete such a task. Our situation involved numerous phone calls/emails, etc., over several time zones. A swift and thorough response was not unusual.
There is no reason not to hire Jan and her team for your immigration needs.
Posted by SHAHABUDDIN
Ms.Pederson has made our dream come true of living as a united family again in United States of America. It wasn't an easy journey though but Ms.Pederson and her Associates always made me feel relaxed & assured. Being apprehensive about the issues related to my wife's visa, she and her immigration firm has done an excellent work. The time frame she expected for our case was exact and our case was solved within that time. I am glad I met Ms.Pederson and her associates & chose them, the excellent firm dealing with immigration laws. I can only describe this woman as an ANGEL as she took as out of the emotional pain due to family separation. We cannot thank her enough.
I highly recommend her to all the people who are facing visa issues
Posted by Khalida Brohi
I am a social entrepreneur, and this April I was invited to receive an Award in Chicago, where I wanted my mother to join me. This is, of course, a lot to ask because U.S. visas for Pakistanis are usually long and extremely difficult processes. And for my mother who had no job affiliation and less documentation to support her, I knew the task would not be easy. Jan came highly recommended and I reached out to her. I couldn't believe what happened next. Jan made sure she was very clear in her messages to us, about the documentation we need, about the application process, and I will never forget that long phone call to prepare my mother for her interview. We were sitting in a village in Pakistan and the phone connection was really bad, but with her patience and brilliance she prepared my mother for her interview appointment. The following week when my mother gave her interview, she came out of the consulate beaming with a new light on her face. My mother was now able to join me in my speeches in the US and talk about her journey. It has been a big hand in changing many peoples' lives. Thank you so much Jan for doing this for us. My mother has had a great visit. She is soon going to NYC to meet with great world leaders, and going back to Pakistan with great learning and development. I am forever grateful to you.
Posted by Ali
I contacted Attorney Pederson to resolve two years home country residency requirement that is applied to my GF. She and I are both from Iran.
I chose Ms. Pedesen because of the great reviews from her customers. But I am totally dissatisfied and do not recommend her at all. Here is my reasons.
My GF is subjected to two years home country physical residency requirement because she was supposed to receive scholarship from Iranian government when she was in the U.S on J1 visa.
However, she never received the scholarship and the right process as far as I know is to get advisory opinion and submit supporting documents.
First of all, Ms. Pedersen asked for $475 for one hour consultation. Other attorneys usually charge $150.
I though it is a good investment if she helps us.
Anyway, I asked her about an estimation if we want to retain her as our attorney, but she said she cannot give an quote until she diagnoses the problem and knows exactly what she is going to do.
Anyway, I got the consultation time.
During our phone conversation I realized that she had not reviewed the docs that I had sent to her and she was not prepared well. It was obvious from our conversation that she was looking at the docs I sent to her three days before and tried to understand them during that one hour period.
After explaining the situation, she said Iran does not exist and your GF is not subject of two years home country residency.
I asked her what you mean, are you serious? and she said yes, I am serious. Iran and the U.S. does not have diplomatic relation, therefore, from the U.S. side its like there is no Iran!!
She said I will appeal the two years home country residency based on this ground.
I was very surprised and very confused because I did not find such an opinion in any other publicly available information.
I trusted her and said that's perfect. Then she asked me to tell my GF to go to Europe or Canada and apply for the U.S. visa from there.
My own experience from many Iranian who got the U.S. visa is US embassy in Armenia, Turkey and other countries around easily give U.S. visa to Iranian scholars. In contrast it is not that easy to get the visa from for example U.S. embassy in Toronto. Furthermore, it is risky because what if the U.S. visa processing time takes longer than the time the Canadian visa or Schengen visa is valid. I tried to raise all my concerns over our phone conversation, but attorney Pederson insisted that my GF should go to Europe or Canada and apply for U.S. visa from there.
Then, I asked her can she apply for another J1 visa or should she apply for an H1B? She said she can try another J1 and if it did not work she can go for H1B. By the way, my GF has a job offer from a U.S. University.
Although these advises seemed very strange to me, but I convinced myself to trust attorney Pederson because of other good reviews.
At the end of our phone conversation I asked about the cost of retaining her and she again said it depends what you want me to do. I said we want you to resolve this two years home country physical presence requirement. But she did not give me any quote.
After our phone conversation, I sent an email and asked her what happens if my GF goes to Europe and her Schengen visa expires before she gets the U.S. visa? She did not reply me back for on week.
Then attorney Pederson sent me an email. In her email she asked for $5000 to get advisory opinion!! while in the phone consultation section she said she resolves the issue based on the fact that Iran does not exist not by requesting advisory opinion!!
In her email she wrote "I advised that there could be intending immigrant problems if she applies for a J-1". It was again in contrast to what she said in the phone conversation.
I replied to her email and told her this is not what you said in the phone conversation. She never replied me back.
I tried to write the whole story as is. I hope you do not waste your money and time with her.
Posted by anonymous
As a physician, I have been taught to strive for these qualities to be an outstanding professional – availability, affability and ability. Having Jan represent us on a myriad of complicated and time-sensitive immigration issues over the last couple of years, I can confidently state that she not only epitomizes these qualities but goes much further by being an ardent advocate for her clients.
Able – I was introduced to Jan when she was under contract with my wife’s new employer and was working on her H1 transfer. Under the circumstances, the transfer was a sensitive issue for us with possibility of losing AC21 eligibility. Unlike other employer-contracted lawyers, who are often condescending or uncommunicative towards the beneficiaries, Jan and her team treated us as their personal clients. She understood our predicament and personally directed quick preparation of the petition, allowing us to keep the benefits. After this great first experience, we decided to retain her for our H4-EAD and EB2-NIW petitions and she has delivered on all counts. Our H4 and EAD petitions were filed right around the time the rule came into effect and we were served with a difficult RFE. Jen and her partners brainstormed the questions and came up with a very effective reply. I am certain that without Jen’s encyclopedic knowledge of immigration law, commitment and personal attention I would not be able to obtain the EAD and continue to work in the US. Jen not only prepared our EB2-NIW petition but she was personally able to obtain letters from state government which was a key to the petition. Without her help, obtaining those letters would have been a significant investment of our time and efforts. Jen also referred us to her equally outstanding partner, Elizabeth Quinn, regarding EB1EA petition. Both the EB1EA and EB2 petitions have since been approved.
Available – Jan and her team have set the bar for open communication. From day one of our interaction, Jan has been available to us by phone and email, day or night. On urgent matters we had direct access to her and she would often respond within minutes to hours regardless of the time of the day.
Affable – Communicating with Jan has Zen like effects. She is the ‘Yoda’ of immigration law. At every stage of these multiple petitions Jan gave us comfort, encouragement and inspired confidence. Talking to her, I knew she is the person I can totally depend on for the right advice without needing to scour the internet for obscure facts.
Advocacy – Jen truly goes beyond the call of duty. She promptly called and refereed us to another attorney to protect our interests when a conflict developed during her dual representation of my wife and her employer.
I am truly privileged to have her as my attorney and I unreservedly recommend her on all immigration matters.
Posted by Christos
Jan Pederson helped me make the final switch from H1B to Green Card a little over 10 years ago. I remember every conversation I had with her, especially the last one when this process was finally approved. Pretty much all my prior experiences with immigration attorneys were marred by carelessness, inadequate communication, lies to cover up their mistakes, losing my documentation, covering up the loss of documentation (including my original graduation certificates /ECGMG papers etc), and worse things during the extremely painful transition from J-1 through O-1 to H1B.
Jan is in a class of her own, rises above all this (as many immigration attorneys treat us a "poor visa problem doctors" who should be grateful for any help whatsoever), treats us with the dignity we deserve, and goes far beyond the call or duty through her consummate professionalism, and genuine interest in our lives and our struggles.
We do not forget these things, and we do not forget those who stood by us in our time of need.
Today, one of my friends is going through the same thing through an employer taking advantage of, and mismanaging his H1B position; I insisted that he reaches out to Jan. I know you are reading this and Good Luck!
Posted by Mahrokh
It is really hard to be truly thankful to someone who saves your life and takes you out of a sudden misery. Religious people would say it's God's gift, spiritual people would say universe, but me... I wanna use a simple globally recognized word to describe this woman: ANGEL
I am on J1 visa doing my residency training. This June I went to Canada for one week visit and also to get my US visa renewed in my passport. Very unexpectedly I heard from the US consulate officer at Toronto that it will take Washington D.C 3-6 months to clear my Iranian passport! Now imagine that I am in middle of residency, there is not such a leave in any residency program and I could easily lose my residency spot due to this delay.
Thank to a friend who gave me a name! Name of this angel who miraculously and within 24 hours made Toronto consulate issue my visa. Still I can not beleive how expert this woman is and how I came out of a total darkness in few hours!
Not only Jan Pederson herself, but the entire team that are working with her are unbelievably nice, caring, passionate and THERE FOR YOU.
I will not only be thankful of Jan Pederson and her company for the rest of my life, but I'm honored to know such an amazing inspiring woman in my life.
Posted by Arash
Bo matter what the result is gonna be, she was super passionate regarding all the J-1 exchange laws and she went out of her way to help me out of her situation. She fullfills the true meaning of perfect lawyer.