Many law firms include immigration law as only one part of a broader portfolio of specialties. In 2018 Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig established an Immigration Department headed by a veteran Immigration lawyer and whose exclusive responsibilities are to handle immigration cases and to focus on keeping up with and understanding the ever-changing immigration landscape to best serve Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, PLLC (DBL) clients. Knowledge and experience are the best defense, and dedicated visa immigration lawyers understand how to manage unique situations. The fact is that immigration law changes quickly – and new rules are implemented all the time.
Our Immigration Department provides consultations and personalized legal advice to fit any immigration need our clients may have. We are a full-service immigration law department with a focus on:
- Business Immigration
- Family Based Immigration
- Immigration Court Representation and
- Immigration Appeals
You will work with a lawyer who only practices immigration law, and who handles cases such as:
- Employment Visas
- Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visas
- Permanent Residence
- Treaty Investor Visas
- Immigration Appeals
- Consular Visa Processing
- U Visas and
- Removal Proceedings, among others.
We pride ourselves of being dedicated and responsive to our clients’ needs and pursuing every path until a solution for their case is found. Clients placed, their trust in Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s Immigration Law Department because we work hard to make sure we are fully deserving of their trust where dedication, honesty, and the highest ethical standards are at the foundation of everything that we do.
Absolutely! The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national association of more than 15,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. Founded in 1946, AILA is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that provides continuing legal education, information, professional services, and expertise through its 39 chapters and over 50 national committees.
Immigration laws can change quickly and being part of a AILA helps ensure that the immigration attorneys at DBL continually receive new information, stay abreast of new developments and best practices.
DBL two senior immigration personnel have handled over 50,000 cases between them over their combined 50 years of working on immigration cases with a 95% plus success rate. We have seen them all and we have handled cases like yours. While no attorney can guarantee a specific outcome. We can say with absolute confidence that we can put you in the best position to achieve your desired outcome whether you are asking about visas, Permanent Residence, citizenship and naturalization, immigration appeals or asylum.
Aside from an impeccable success record, we have the knowledge and experience to design the best strategies to achieve success in the often murky and challenging terrain of US immigration law.
Our lead Immigration Attorney has been practicing immigration law for over 33 years. Our Senior Paralegal has been handling immigration cases for 21 years. We both started practicing back when Citizenship and Immigration Services was Immigration and Naturalization Services. We have seen the evolution and growth over the years including the H1-B temporary workers program, the “PERM” process, and Labor Certification Applications (LCA) and DACA. Knowing how immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals operate, understanding the specific role and interests of the Department of Labor, Requests for Evidence (RFE), or even having gained the respect of the officials involved can put your case in a more favorable light.
The fact that a friend went through the immigration process and his/her circumstances are like yours does not mean the same route will work for you. First, laws change all the time and often very quicky. Second, no two cases or set of circumstances will be exactly alike. Even the timing of a petition can alter a strategy. After you have described your circumstances and shared your objectives, our role is to propose a plan of action. include a timeline and defined deliverables gets you the best possible outcome.
We will be able to tell you whether we can help once we have all the facts related to your case. We do not accept cases where we do not think we have a 90% chance of succeeding. We do not control what the USCIS Reviewer/Officer or an Immigration Judge will decide when presented with our case. However, we do know whether we have a strong petition or not. If you do not have a strong case, we will advise you and we will try to work with you to strengthen it. If strengthening it is not possible, we will tell you that we will not submit your petition.
We will start on your case immediately after the agreement is signed.
We only take a case load that we can comfortably handle. No doubt we are very busy but one of the DBL’s immigration practice’s founding principles has been to prioritize communications. We pride ourselves on communications with clients and this distinguishes us from many firms who pump out thousands of petitions and offer only software responses to inquiries. We like to think of ourselves as part of the corporate human resource team or the family lawyer who is responsive to questions and concerns and carefully explains the complicated steps and processes and is always on call and accessible. We understand your case is important and you deserve to work with an attorney who has time to devote to getting you the best possible outcome.
The Lead Attorney is involved in your case from beginning to end. While we do have a team of professionals to help work your case — Associates, paralegals, investigators, researchers, and administrative assistants, the Lead Attorney is the first point of contact for ALL immigration cases.
We typically charge a flat fee for immigration services. Our flat fees will cover you from beginning to the end of the process with hidden costs or surprise fees. If we did not agree to the fee, we do not charge it. We recognize that immigration is expensive. It has become harder and harder to navigate the landscape successfully and subsequently more time an expertise is needed to succeed. That said, we do not want to wear clients out with nagging charges and extra billings and nickel and diming. This allows you to plan and budget for legal expenses and us to do our work without interruptions.
A formal written contract is essential to ensure that both the immigration lawyer and the client are aware of the expectations and responsibilities. You can expect to enter into a written contract with Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, PLLC to kick off the work.
The contract will include things like payment terms including US Government filing fees and attorney’s fees, what the attorney will do for you (such as filing forms with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, mailing documents, and spending time preparing your case) and what you need to do to change the scope of your attorney’s service (such as asking your attorney to appeal an adverse immigration decision or defend you in removal proceedings.
USCIS Service Centers and the National Benefits Center process applications and petitions from the different jurisdictional regions of the U.S.:
- California Service Center
- Nebraska Service Center
- Texas Service Center
- Vermont Service Center
- National Benefits Center in Missouri
Depending on the number of applications or petitions files with a Service Center, the processing times of the different Service Centers may vary. The USCIS issues periodic processing time reports for each Service Center.