J1 Visa Guide: Everything You Need to Know About the J1 Visa

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The J1 visa is a great option for people who want to visit the United States. This visa allows you to gain experience by receiving on-the-job training, teaching, or conducting research. The J1 visa allows foreign nationals to visit the United States to participate in programs performing as:

 

  • an au pair
  • camp counselor
  • college or university student
  • government visitor
  • intern
  • international visitor
  • physician
  • professor
  • research scholar
  • secondary school student
  • short-term scholar
  • specialist
  • summer work travel
  • teacher or
  • trainee

 

In this guide, I will discuss the important details of the J1 visa. If you have any questions, feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I’m very responsive via email and I would be happy to help you.

 

Overview:

 

1. What is the J1 visa?

 

2. Benefits of the J1 Visa

 

3. What programs are available under the J1 visa?

 

4. What are the requirements for a J1 Visa?

 

5. What is the role of the sponsor?

 

6. J1 Visa Process

 

7. What documents are required to get a J1 Visa?

 

8. J1 Visa Processing Time

 

9. J1 Visa Fees

 

10. Special J1 Programs

 

11. Two-Year Home Residence Requirement

 

12. Conclusion

 

1. What is the J1 visa? 

 

The J1 visa allows foreign nationals to visit the United States as exchange visitors. As a visitor you can participate in programs as an au pair, camp counselor, college or university student, government visitor, intern, international visitor, physician, professor, research scholar, secondary school student, short-term scholar, specialist, summer work travel, teacher, or trainee. An immigration lawyer can determine if the J1 is appropriate for you.

 

2. Benefits of the J1 Visa 

 

There are several benefits to getting a J1 visa. Here are just a few:

 

You can gain experience in the United States. 

 

The J1 allows foreign nationals to gain experience. You can work in a wide range of fields. The J1 provides an opportunity for foreign nationals to improve their English. You can also learn about American culture and learn relevant career skills.

 

Your dependent spouse and children are eligible to come to the U.S. 

 

Most programs under the J1 visa allow dependents (unmarried children under the age of 21 and your spouse) to come with you with J2 status. People with J2 visas are eligible to work after for an Employment Authorization Document. Please be aware that au pairs, camp counselors, secondary school students, and those conducting summer work travel are not eligible to bring dependents with them.

 

A wide range of programs are available under the J1 visa.

 

There are 15 different categories covered by the J1 visa. Some visas are limited to certain nationalities or specified jobs. This is not true for the unique J1 visa.

 

3. What programs are available under the J1 visa?

 

There are 15 unique programs under the J1 visa.

 

AU PAIRS

 

Au pairs live with an American family and provide childcare for a minimum of 12 months. A 12-month extension is available. In exchange for work, au pairs receive a stipend and room and board. Au pairs must also complete a minimum of six hours of academic credit at a US university.

 

To be an au pair, you must:

 

  • Receive a job offer from a family
  • Be between 18-26 years old
  • Be in good health
  • Have previous childcare experience
  • Speak and understand English
  • Have a secondary school education
  • Pass a police report clearance
  • Have an international driver’s license
  • Was not an au pair previously

 

CAMP COUNSELOR

 

The camp counselor program allows foreign nationals to work at summer camps. Camp counselors receive housing, food, and pay. People in this category are not eligible to work as staff; such as, office workers, cooks, or janitors. The maximum length for this program is four months.

 

To be a camp counselor, you must:

 

  • Speak and understand English
  • Have experience with children
  • Be 18+ years old

 

COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY STUDENT PROGRAM 

 

This option allows university or college students to participate in up to 24 months of academic program in the United States. This is different than the F1 visa. On an F1, the primary intent is to complete a full-time program at an accredited school.

 

To participate in the student program, you must:

 

  • Receive adequate funding
  • Have a written agreement between the US and your home country’s government
  • Or between the American and foreign country’s educational institutions
  • Be enrolled full-time

 

GOVERNMENT VISITORS

 

This program allows distinguished international visitors to come with the purpose of strengthening international relationships. Participants may engage in conferences, meetings, or workshops.

 

To participate in the government visitor program, you must:

 

  • Be an influential or distinguished person
  • Be selected by a US federal, state, or local government agency

 

INTERNATIONAL VISITORS

 

This category is intended for people-to-people programs. The program has a maximum length of one year. Participants may observe, collaborate, and train with American organizations.

 

To participate in the international visitor program, you must:

 

  • Be a leader in a “field of specialized knowledge or skill”
  • Be selected by the US Department of State

 

PHYSICIAN

 

This program allows foreign physicians to enroll in US graduate medical programs. They also can receive training at accredited US schools of medicine. The program must be focused on observation, consultation, teaching, and/or research and not include patient care.

 

To participate in the physician program, you must:

 

  • Have a signed agreement demonstrating program acceptance
  • Be competent in both spoken and written English
  • Have passed either Parts I and II of the National Board of Medical Examiners Examination and Step I and II of the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination, or passed the Visa Qualifying Examination
  • Provide a statement of need from the foreign government. This statement would outline the need learn US medical skills. It shoul also state that the foreign national will return to their home country upon completion of the program

 

PROFESSORS AND RESEARCH SCHOLARS 

 

These two programs allow foreign scholars to come to the US. It enables the international exchange of ideas.

 

To participate in either program, you must:

 

  • Not be a candidate for a tenure track position

 

  • Not have completed a similar program within the last 24 months

 

  • Not have participated in a J-Visa program in the previous 12 months unless:

 

    • You are currently in a J1 program and is transferring to another institution to continue the program
    • The previous program was less than 6 months
    • The previous program was as a short-term scholar

 

The main difference between these two programs is the participant’s emphasis.

 

The emphasis of research scholars are: research, observing, or consulting on a research project. However, research scholars may teach or lecture unless otherwise stated by the sponsor.

 

The emphasis of professors are: teaching, lecture, observing, and consulting. However, professors may conduct research unless otherwise stated by the sponsor.

 

SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENT 

 

This program is for foreign secondary school students to attend a U.S. high school. Students under this program are eligible to participate in extracurricular activities, including sports. Yet, they cannot work part-time or full-time jobs. Students must live with a host family or a boarding school, and not a relative.

 

To participate in the secondary school student program, you must:

 

  • Be between 15 and 18 years
  • Not have finished more than 11 years of primary and secondary school (excluding kindergarten)
  • Not have previously participated in a secondary school exchange program
  • Not have attended school in the US on either an F-1 or J-1 status

 

SHORT-TERM SCHOLAR 

 

The short-term scholar program allows professors and researchers to visit the United States. This program is limited to 6 months. During this time, participants may give lectures, provide training, among other things.

 

To participate in the short-term scholar program, you must:

 

  • Be a professor, a research scholar, or someone with similar education and experience

 

SPECIALIST 

 

This program allows experts to come to the United States for up to 1 year. Specialist may observe, consult, or give demonstrations to American organizations.

 

To participate in the specialist program, you must:

 

  • Be an expert in a field of specialized knowledge
  • Not fill a permanent or long-term position of employment in the US
  • Not be enrolled in a different J1 program (professor, research scholar, short-term scholar or physician programs)

 

SUMMER WORK TRAVEL

 

This program is for students enrolled full-time in foreign colleges to participate in temporary work and travel opportunities. This program has a maximum length of four months. Yet, you can be admitted to the program multiple times. Jobs must be temporary and provide opportunities to interact with Americans. Additionally, there are some regulations on what type of jobs may be included under this category. Sponsors for these positions are responsible for ensuring the safety of the participants.

 

To participate in the summer work travel program, you must:

 

  • Speak English proficiently
  • Be a post-secondary school student outside of the United States
  • Have successfully completed at least one semester (or the equivalent) of post-secondary academic study
  • Already have a job placement prior to entry (unless you are from a visa waiver country)

 

TEACHER

 

This program gives primary or secondary teachers the opportunity to work in the U.S. Teachers are available to repeat the program provided they have resided outside the US for two years. They must also continue to meet the eligibility requirements.

 

To participate in the teacher program, you must:

 

  • Have sufficient English language skills
  • Meet the requirements of the primary or secondary school’s state licensing
  • Meet the qualifications set in your home country for a primary or secondary school teacher
  • Be working as a teacher in your home country OR have completed an advanced degree within the last 12 months
  • And have two years of full-time teaching experience within the previous eight years
  • Have a degree-equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree in either education or the academic subject you intend to teach
  • Have a minimum of two years of teaching or related professional experience

 

TRAINEES AND INTERNS 

 

Internships and training programs must be within one of the following categories:

 

  • Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing
  • Arts and Culture
  • Education, Social Sciences, Library Science, Counseling and Social Services
  • Health Related Occupations
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information Media and Communications
  • Management, Business, Commerce, and Finance
  • Public Administration and Law
  • The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics, and Industrial Occupations

 

Most training programs are up to 18 months. Yet, internships, as well as training programs in the Agriculture and Hospitality and Tourism fields, are up to 12 months. Extensions are limited, but are possible.

 

An intern is defined as a foreign national participating in a structured and guided work-based internship program in his or her specific academic field and who either:

 

  • Is enrolled in full-time post-secondary institution outside of the United States or
  • Graduated from a university no more than 12 months prior to the start date of the program

 

A trainee is defined as a foreign national participating in a structured and guided work-based training program. This must be in his or her specific occupation field, who has either:

 

  • A degree from a foreign post-secondary institution and one year of prior work outside the US or
  • Five years of work experience in his or her occupation field outside the United States

 

4. What are the requirements for the J1 Visa?

 

You must be a foreign national with proof of appropriate qualifications.

 

To be eligible for a J1 visa, you must have a valid passport. You must also have documentation showing your education and/or relevant work experience.

 

You must have proof of sufficient financial means to cover your stay in the United States.

 

All J1 visa applicants must demonstrate that they will be able to cover their transportation, housing, and daily living expenses in the United States. Stipends may be provided by some programs. Although, those on J1 status are not allowed to take non J1 employment.

 

You must display nonimmigrant intent. 

 

All J1 and J2 visa applicants must show that they intend to return to their home country. Evidence to demonstrate nonimmigrant intent can include property deeds, mortgages, lease agreements, documentation of continued enrollment in school, documentation of future employment offers, or other indications of family or community ties.

 

You must not displace an American worker. 

 

This means that the program cannot negatively affect the occupation status of U.S. workers. The purpose of this is to ensure that businesses do not use these programs to undermine American opportunities. Instead, J1 work should be seen as additional or supplementary to the employer’s current workforce.

 

You must have a sponsor.

 

A sponsor is required to approve the program and assist with the hiring of a foreign national. A sponsor will only approve specific programs that satisfy J1 program regulations.

 

5. What is the role of a sponsor?

 

A sponsor approves a program and oversees the foreign national working in the position. A sponsor often does not work directly with the foreign national. Oftentimes, a host organization or other third party does this. However, the sponsor is accountable for the third party and assuring the program’s success. Some of the duties of the sponsor include ensuring that the position satisfies all conditions for the J1 visa program, hiring foreign nationals, ensuring that both the program and the J1 visa holder uphold their responsibilities for the program, and updating the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) if there are any changes in the program.

 

6. J1 Visa Process 

 

Getting a J1 visa is a multistep process. The following is the general application process, followed by a more detailed explanation of each step. Please be aware the process can vary depending on one’s program and sponsor. An immigration lawyer, including myself or another member of my team, can help you through this.

 

  • Find a J1 Sponsor
  • Apply for the Form DS-2019
  • Complete Form DS-160
  • Pay fees
  • Interview with US Consulate or Embassy
  • Request I-94 Card and endorsed DS-2019 form

 

Find a J1 Sponsor 

 

In order to be granted a J1 visa, you must have a sponsor. A sponsor provides you with an opportunity to enter the United States. You will need to provide your sponsor with documentation of your qualifications. These documents will be discussed in the following section (Section 7: What documents are required to get a J1 Visa?). For a complete list of sponsors, click here.

 

Apply for the Form DS-2019, the “Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status” 

 

The DS-2019 requires your biographic, exchange program, and financial information. This form is issued through the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS). It enables the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to monitor your immigration status. This document is used to prove you have a sponsor and enables you to schedule a visa appointment with the consulate.

 

Complete Form DS-160 

 

Form DS-160 is the Nonimmigrant Visa Application. This document is required for anyone seeking a nonimmigrant classification, such as the J1 Visa.

 

Pay fees

 

Before interviewing, you must submit your SEVIS and visa fees. You must also keep a receipt as evidence of your payment.

 

Interview with US Consulate or Embassy 

 

Even after being approved by a sponsor, you are not guaranteed a J1 Visa. You must schedule an appointment with the consulate. This consular interview will determine if you meet the J1 requirements. You will also need to submit documents to the US Consulate to demonstrate your qualifications. (More information about these documents is provided in the following section: “What documents are required to get a J1 Visa?”)

 

Form I-94 and endorsed DS-2019 form

 

After being approved for a J1 visa, you will obtain an I-94. You must also request an endorsed Form DS-2019. These documents are proof of your legal J1 status. Additionally, you should keep your sponsor informed about any changes to your name, address, program departure and change of status intention.

 

7. What documents are required to get a J1 Visa?

 

Several documents may be required for your J1. The following is a general list. Please be aware this may not be comprehensive. The documents you may need will depend on your program or sponsor. An immigration lawyer can help you determine the necessary items.

 

  • Form DS-7002: The Form DS-7002 is the Training/Internship Placement Plan. This must be completed prior to the issuance of Form DS-2019. This contains information about the specific goals for the program. It also contains outlines regarding the program’s potential skills or knowledge or provided. It should also explain how the foreign national will be evaluated, and the foreign national’s role.

 

  • Signed third party agreement

 

  • Copy of biographic page(s) of passport(s) for you and any dependents

 

  • Copy of your resume

 

  • Copy of your educational documents, with translations

 

  • Copy of experience confirmation letters, with translations

 

  • Check to cover application fee

 

  • Proof of enrollment in foreign university

 

  • Confirmation of health insurance

 

  • Confirmation of financial support or budget

 

  • Letter of offer from host organization

 

  • Basic information about the host organization and program

 

  • Evidence of sufficient English skills

 

  • Evidence of sufficient funds

 

8. J1 Visa Processing Time 

 

J1 processing time depends on many factors. This includes which host organization is used, consulate processing times, and the time of year you apply. An immigration lawyer with knowledge about your specific situation can provide more information.

 

9. J1 Visa Fees

 

  • At the time of publishing this guide, J1 visa fees are as follows. Make sure to check these fees as they are subject to change.

 

  • Visa Processing Fee: $160

 

  • SEVIS Fee: $180 (some sponsors/host organizations cover this fee)

 

  • Other Costs (including transportation, insurance, and living expenses): costs vary from country to country and case to case.

 

10. J1 Special Programs 

 

There are several special programs under the J1 Visa. These are just two examples:

 

Korean Nationals internship program:

 

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs established the Work, English, Study, Travel (WEST) program. Here, Korean university students and recent graduates can spend 18 months in the United States to study English. They can also participate in internships and travel. This opportunity provides participants to learn about business practices and procedures. The host company can be an employer, nonprofit, or academic institution.

 

To be eligible, you must be a citizen of South Korean. You must also be approved by the South Korean government, be enrolled in or have graduated from a university in the previous 12 months, have proof of financial means, and not bring any dependents with you. For more information about the WEST Program, click here.

 

Irish Nationals internship program:

 

The Department of State established the Intern Work and Travel (IWT) Program for Irish nationals. This program is for 12 months to participate in internships and travel. To be eligible, you must be a citizen of Ireland. You must also be enrolled in or have graduated from university in the previous 12 months, have proof of financial means, and not bring dependents with you. Unlike other programs, you do not need to have an approved internship prior to acceptance.

 

11. Two-Year Home Residence Requirement

 

Some J1 participants and their dependents are required to return to their home country for two years after completing their program. Both the participant and their dependents may be subject to this requirement. Additionally, those seeking new visa status may be subject to this requirement. Please note that you can ask for a waiver of this two-year requirement. Here, significant negative impact can be demonstrated. Alternatively, you can show that you would face persecution as a result of this requirement. An immigration lawyer can help you determine if you are subject to the two-year home residence requirement and/or qualify for a waiver.

 

12. Conclusion  

 

The J1 visa allows foreign nationals to visit the United States as exchange visitors and participate in programs as an au pair, camp counselor, college or university student, government visitor, intern, international visitor, physician, professor, research scholar, secondary school student, short-term scholar, specialist, summer work travel, teacher, or trainee. You should now have a much stronger understanding of the various aspects of the J1 visa, including the J1 visa benefits, the J1 visa requirements, and the J1 visa process.

 

If you have any questions on any of the information discussed in this guide, feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I’m a US immigration lawyer, very responsive via email, and happy to help you.

 

Resources: 

 

  • Business Immigration Law & Practice: Second Edition

 

  • Exchange Visitor Program (j1visa.state.gov)
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04:43 19 Feb 22
Knowledgeable, Effective, Methodical and Professional:I am very pleased to provide a recommendation for Ashoori Law firm and its ability to provide expert immigration service and counselling. Last year I worked with Lahaina Araneta from Ashoori... Law, who I found an exceptionally experienced immigration lawyer. I was fortunate to have her available to represent my case to file my NIW petition application. Lahaina was very helpful, friendly and informative as she guided me throughout the application process. I was reassured with her quick response and detailed information with clarification whenever I have questions regarding the process. She guided me to gather all the required documents for making a strong case. In the end, Lahaina prepared the application package professionally and skillfully with care and submitted on time. My NIW petition got approved within 8 months of submission. Ashoori Law is now working on my immigration application and I am so grateful to have Lahaina, especially Ashoori Law to represent my case. They are easy to deal with and is highly recommended!read more
Tariq Shahin
18:39 17 Feb 22
The best lawyers ever … so professionalTotally recommended
Julia Levy
18:56 16 Feb 22
My husband and I contacted Ashoori Law as we were looking for an immigration lawyer to help us with an E2 investor visa.Michael got back to us immediately and we had a call to discuss the project. He explained the visa process in details and... suggested a change of status inside the US as we were already here under another visa. This was wise advice! Due to the pandemic we would have been stuck outside the US with a change of visa.The premium package included the business plan and business formation. We also had an EAD application.Everything was taken care of by Michael, Lahaina, Ehsan and James, an extremely responsive and knowledgeable team, who did a fantastic job answering all our questions along the way and making sure everything was right so we could get the business started quickly.We feel very fortunate to have found Ashoori Law and will definitely work with them again in the future! Highly recommend this firm.read more
Saaim Aslam
07:37 16 Feb 22
Ashoori is hands down the best law firm specializing in immigration. Their staff is very courteous and responsive. They give you the best advice at a very reasonable price. Michael himself takes personal interest in every case which is... commendable.I would recommend them to any one looking for expert immigration law services.read more
Alex S
14:59 09 Feb 22
great service, fast and reliable. Got the results I wanted
Deal Today
00:48 09 Feb 22
Thank you. Appreciate your excellent service.
Kosta Janko
14:15 08 Feb 22
The Ashoori Law was able to navigate a complex process with a demanding timeline in a succesful and efficient way. Their staff has acted in a highly professional and competent manner. Following their advices enabled us to finalize our legal request... with success. We would highly recommend their services.read more
Ashok Shah
04:02 03 Feb 22
I highly recommend Ashoori Law to anyone without a doubt. I came across Michael youtube videos and ended up setting a free consultation. From there I join them and the whole process has been very seamless.From gathering information to filing all... the petitions everything went very well.The best points of Ashoori Law firm I would like to mention are1. The Lawyers assigned are very friendly so you can share all your concerns, they are going to help you with all the options for your situation and suggest you the best from their expertise.2. They are amazingly responsive to any of your emails which I think is biggest plus. So they will reply to all of your email within hours if not minutes and they will entertain all your calls and queries.3. When you have some question and they are not sure they will do proper research and get back to you with detail explanation rather than giving you speculations.I would always come back to them for my any immigration related needs in future as well.read more
Rami Wehbeh
16:41 01 Feb 22
We have been using the services of Ashoori Law since 2019. It has been a very pleasant and satisfactory experience. Not only is the team professional, dedicated, and well versed with immigration matters, they are very kind and pleasant to work... with. The human touch is always there, despite the dry legal matters they deal with. In addition, Ashoori Law has always been responsive to our inquiries and requests, and would always respond expeditiously. We are truly appreciative of their assistance.read more
Aman Ahuja
21:59 31 Jan 22
I had the most wonderful experience working with Ashoori law. Michael and team are super helpful and extremely knowledgeable people in the market right now. They deliver what they promise and are with you throughout the journey. Best part is YouTube... videos from Michael which helps us in keeping posted with latest news from USCIS.read more
ehsan3soul
21:07 31 Jan 22
The best immigration lawyer in LA, Michael Ashoori is very smart, honest, accommodating and explains to you clearly the problem and the solution. You can easily approach him if you have questions and he gives him personal utmost attention to your... case. If you want great results, Michael Ashoori is your lawyer. Him and his team will fight for you and will be with you all the way. I want to thank him and his awesome attorneys to help me throughout this process.read more
Andrea Gómez
07:20 27 Jan 22
I want to say Thank you to Ashoori Law firm, specially to Lahaina Araneta for her professionalism and excellent work. She is the best Lawyer I have ever met . I got my EB2 NIW APPROVED. I 100% RECOMMEND this firm. They are going to take you to the... success.read more
Arian Shahidi
03:58 26 Jan 22
Ashoori Law has been handling my cases and giving me immigration consultation for years. Thanks to Michael and his team my problems and questions have been solved up until now.
seema banda
01:20 26 Jan 22
I had the most wonderful experience working with Ashoori Law firm. Michael, Lahaina, and their team are super helpful, extremely knowledgeable, and very professional. They deliver what they promise and are with you throughout the journey. I highly... recommend this law firm. Thank you so much!read more
Van Thang
01:17 26 Jan 22
I need my travel document In November 20 21 because I have a some emergency they do helping me to get my travel document as soon as possible while even in Pandemic 😷 All their stuff/teamWhen you call them Or Email 📧 them they will... respond you very soon /right away not like other place taking long to respond !! Who need help from the new arrive to USA 🇺🇸;)definitely I like you guy go ahead and tried it this place ( Ashoori Law)Is Totally worth itThanks you all ( Ashoori)read more
Van Thang
21:25 22 Jan 22
They are amazing 🤩
Sikander Zullu
18:10 17 Jan 22
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H. Moghaddam
05:53 17 Jan 22
Rohit Srinivasa, has been a great consultant for me, very responsive, patient, knowledgeable, to the point and professional. I have a complicated situation and been looking into different scenarios, and Rohit has been with me along the way,... clarifying each of the routes via email.Thank you Rohit & Thank you Ashoori firm for making free consult available to all prospect clients. Is very time saving on both ends, educating the clients before they start their case. .read more
Richelle Mendoza
00:10 15 Jan 22
We never expected for the paper work process to be so soon.We are very suprise to heard that USCIS have shedule our interview early next Month.Thank you for ashoori Law office for being so professional and help us for short cuircuit the USCIS... paper proccessing. We are glad that we made the right decission for selecting Ashoori Law. We are are very happy with bthe outcome.We are highly recomend Ashoori Law for future Clients.RICHELLE MARTINEZread more
Lisa Wilson
21:49 11 Jan 22
Ashoori Law, what can I say went ABOVE and BEYOND to help us with our K1 Visa and getting my wife her Green Card. Before Ashoori Law, we were stuck trying to figure out how to do the process ourselves only to waste money and energy while getting... nowhere. After consulting with a previous Lawyer, she told us everything we needed to do for the process. When we were finally ready, she then started working for Ashoori Law, and we were excited to get started with the firm. Ashoori makes sure you are well informed every step of the way, and exceeds your expectations on what to expect throughout everything. The case is so well organized and structured, and the CUSTOMER SERVICE is TOP NOTCH!! To be honest, it doesn’t feel like you’re just paying for a service, it really feels like everyone there is rooting for you in your case. I can’t recommend them enough. They were more than wonderful and there’s not enough thank you’s that can be given to such a wonderful group of people.read more
Angus Benfield
00:12 08 Jan 22
Ashoori Law provided such great service, they were very responsive to all questions, fast, great value and have a streamlined modern process which was really easy to use. As with anyone who is in the position of immigrating to the US knows, it can... be a intimidating process, but Ashoori Law make sure that you never feel in over your head. I was impressed at how much Lahaina Araneta, Esq, understood my case (EB1 Green Card) and not only did Lahaina to help with any questions along the way, several assistants were always available to cover anything else needed.I could not have asked for anything more and am very grateful to Ashoori Law for their guidance through this process. I would recommended Ashoori Law to to anyone seeking representation for any and all Immigration matters. It is easy to see why they have such a high rating!read more
Michele Bevilacqua
23:13 06 Jan 22
What a great Team, Ashoori Law is the best immigration firm ever, always super fast responsive ,From Mr Micheal to Lahaina, Kelly, Matthew, Vaneskha, Milena, if you need some help they can respond back quickly day and night .I just get my Green... Card confirmation. Thank you Thank you Thank you guys for your amazing job, Very high recommended if i need to choose a immigration firm of course 1000 times Ashoory Law. See you guys for my naturalization process grazie cheersread more
ALBA CRISTINA RENGEL RIVAS
03:47 30 Dec 21
Ashoori Law is an excellent law firm. They helped me get my Re-entry Permit. Michael and his team are very professional, helpful, and responsive. The responded my emails (questions and concerns) all the times and they kept me up to date on... everything. I highly recommend this law firm. Thank you so much!read more
Harry Duggal
20:02 21 Dec 21
We have been working with Michael Ashoori and his team for almost a year now and appreciate everything they have done. They are quick to respond back with all our questions. They update us quickly with new information. They have made the whole... process easy and less stressful for us. Highly recommended!read more
Amit Pardasani
20:00 20 Dec 21
Amazing ExperienceAshoori Law firm is a fantastic law firm , they have a great team , especially Micheal , James & Lahaina who helped me in my case and answered and my questions patiently.I would highly recommend Ashoori Law firm
Meg Clohessey
23:41 14 Dec 21
I found Ashoori Law in TIKTOK. I watched and followed Atty. Michael and we decided to seek counsel and assistance for green card application thru Marriage. My husband and I are satisfied with their job. Starting from gathering documents towards... receiving my card. I trusted them because they absolutely know how USCIS operates. I told my family and friends to watched his tiktok/youtube videos and not hesitate to set an appointment because they have a friendly and helpful staff. More Power to you Ashoori Law!!!read more
Sejin Kim
17:21 14 Dec 21
Everyone at Ashoori Law was very thorough and was able to answer all questions I had for my unique situation. I was able to really trust them with their level of expertise and experience. From the initial consultation and throughout the process of... gathering everything needed for the application, everything was simplified as much as possible and they held my hand all the way to make sure my case is taken care of with no issues, even though we were in different time zones. I would highly recommend Ashoori Law to anybody for immigration. Thank you so much Ashhoori Law!read more
Ousseynou Barry
23:15 13 Dec 21
My name is Ousseynou Barry, and I have lived in the U.S. since 2018. I am a permanent resident and am of the clients of Ashoori Law. I would like to share a comment to that extraordinary office and to fantastic employers who make my case approved... in less than 6 months. I strongly recommend to all immigrants who wish to get their family in the U.S. to come to Ashoori Law because of their competence and ability to treat cases with brilliance. I am so grateful for all of them who make possible my dream which is to get my family in the U.S.read more
Yousuf Dadi
22:41 13 Dec 21
The best lawyer ever!!! Mishael Ashoori is best choice. I recommend him as the best immigration lawyer I am happy with the service and the outcome.Efficient ,timely ,informative and friendly service his firm provides is impressive Highly recommend... .Micheal is wonderful attorney and his team respond me immediately when i need their help, I appreciate all that they have done for me.your consideration, guidance ,help and time. I appreciate Lahaina Araneta and James blunt for working on my case .read more
Tal Dror
23:20 10 Dec 21
I had a pretty complex situation after I messed up my first re-entry permit application and needed some professional help to sort things out and re-apply. I couldn't find a better firm to work with. Everyone - starting from the free consultation, to... the awesome attorneys and the superb paralegal team were absolutely amazing! Super nice, responsive, and professional. I got all my questions promptly answered, even on more general topics that didn't directly concern the application. Oh, and the fees are super reasonable too! I just got my application approved a few days ago thanks to them. Look no further, just go with Ashoori Law, satisfaction guaranteed.read more
ladan tabar
19:45 09 Dec 21
It has been a great pleasure working with Ashoori law. They have been very professional and took care of me like a family. I highly recommend them to anyone needing immigration help.
jimmy garcia
18:08 09 Dec 21
At Michael Ashoori office they helped me to get my re-entry permit, they are very professional responsable, they take good care of people, i recomend them 100%
Clarina He
01:25 07 Dec 21
The team at Ashoori law has been so helpful, attentive, and empathetic when it has come to helping my fianceé and I apply for a US visa! I couldn't ask for a more thoughtful team and we are so grateful we get to embark on this journey with Ashoori... law!read more
Nicole Baca
23:21 03 Dec 21
The team at Ashoori law has been from the beginning very responsive...most of the time responding to emails within minutes! Also very professional and knowledgeable. I can't recommend them enough. Thank you all for providing a great service.
Simone Malferrari
01:48 03 Dec 21
I personally had to change my status from the student vis (F-1)to E2,the Ashoori team walked me step by step through the process and was always available to answer my questions through phone calls and emails.Throughout the process I always felt I... could rely on their expertise and that the steps they were taking were in my best interest to achieve my goal of creating a business here in the US and be able to operate it in the best possible way.I absolutely recommend the Ashoori team!read more
Algirdas Laurinavicius
14:46 02 Dec 21
Thanks a lot Michael Ashoori. Everything went so smoothly and super fast. We are glad that we choose You. Definitely recommending to all our friends.
David Ham
04:56 23 Nov 21
Ashoori law is a Fantastic law firm, as soon as I signed on they got to work right away and they got our E2 approved in a timely matter and everything went very smoothly. Anytime I had questions they had the answer. I felt our case was in good... hands. The team is very responsive and knowledgeable, and they work hard to keep up to date with all the latest changes in immigration law. Highly recommend.read more
Raghavan VS
03:55 23 Nov 21
I would highly recommend Ashoori Law, they were able to assist with my case professionally and get the approval with out back and forth queries in first goThank you !
Alain Nangha
02:29 23 Nov 21
I don't like to write reviews because my English is poor but for Ashoori Law I have to.I have hired lawyers before but I surprise for the professionalism of Ashoori Team.After the consultation I did with Michael Ashoori I realized the knowledge of... the law , I hired him and just received 2 days ago 4 approvals letters from immigration for my kids.Thank you Michael Ashoori good job.read more
Peppe Öhman
15:01 20 Nov 21
Me and my husband immediately knew Ashoori Law was the law firm we wanted to help us with our green card application. The approach of this firm is friendly and professional. All our inquiries were answered rapidly and we felt very secure in out... journey to permanent residency.read more
Mohamed Zaghloul
02:39 20 Nov 21
I would like to thank Ashoori Law team for their great service. I highly recommend them, I had an excellent experience with this superb team. They are very attentive, responsive, friendly and professional. They provide outstanding service with... reasonable fees. Also, I follow Ashoori on TikTok and I learned a lot. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!read more
Nigma Talib
22:35 17 Nov 21
Excellent service
Simon Holland
00:24 10 Nov 21
Had a great experience with the team from Ashoori Law from start to finish.
Kritika Shah
22:41 09 Nov 21
I had a very good experience with this law firm. I will definitely recommend this to my friends.
Akolom Gebreamlak
03:45 09 Nov 21
Friend of mine recommended for Ashoori law firm for my spouse adjust status application.All team members at Ahoori law firm are responsive and professional. My spouse application approved with their help. I recommend ashoori law firm anyone who... want apply any immigration application.read more
Winta Alem
18:29 08 Nov 21
Ashoori Law team went out of there way to show us they cared and give us the best service. So far Because of them my green card application process is going very well. I really recommend to anyone who is looking immigration process advice.
Heena Saini
18:11 08 Nov 21
They are very professional. I got my EAD card with the help of Michael on time. His team is really responsive and hard working. I was really worried about my application. But they made my life easier. Thank you. Highly recommended if anyone wants to... apply for adjustment of status.read more
Mohamed Gharib
17:52 08 Nov 21
I had the chance to work Ashoori Law office and team. They were able to help with my case in a very professional and efficient way. very grateful for their help.
Fazel Roustaei
06:04 07 Nov 21
Thank you Michael Ashoori to you and your team for your continued help with my adjustment of status application! I highly recommend Ashoori Law to any who need a great friendly team. Always honest and highly efficient and helpful. Definitely great... customer service and professionalism. Very precise, orderly and organized with a great platform to get the documents in. Thank you all again for your invaluable help!read more
Rahul Nair
21:16 06 Nov 21
Had an excellent experience dealing with Ashoori Law! Michael and the team made everything seamless + efficient without lots of back and forth. Thank you!
Peter lazarczyk
11:33 05 Nov 21
Ashoori law was available to answer any question or deal with any issues that came up. Their expertice in the process was a obvious and their knowledge of the system will achive your goals faster.
A A
03:20 05 Nov 21
Very good immigration lawyer and prompt services, highly recommended. I always love reading their newsletters and emails which have relevant info and helpful services. Definitely my go to immi team state side. Big ups Ashoori Team✊🙏 -... Anand ALread more
Flawless Stone
00:49 05 Nov 21
From the comments, I am giving 5 stars 🌟 ⭐🌟⭐🌟
Aida Walker
23:55 04 Nov 21
Thank you Ashoori Law! I got my reentry permit thanks to you.
Anthony Depatie
18:02 03 Nov 21
Ashoori Law were great, responsive, and attentive partners. Their intake and case management technology also made the process as seamless as immigration proceedings can be.
Van thang
01:19 30 Oct 21
They quick respond
Vw
18:17 28 Oct 21
Micheal and his team were extremely professional and responsive right from the get go as they walked us through the entire immigration process and handled everything in a timely manner. The most impressive thing was all the paperwork and... documentation was handled through their cloud platform which brought transparency and clarity to the whole process.read more
Bar B
18:43 27 Oct 21
Ashoori law has assisted and keeps assisting me in a proffessional manner ever since I first aproached them. To me, immigrations matters can be very complex and cause great distress, however my many questions and concerns are always addressed in a... timely manner. I have a few immigrations issues and having such a dedicated team backing me puts my mind at ease.read more
Travis Martin
03:10 26 Oct 21
Thank you!
Matt Grayson
17:52 25 Oct 21
I am greatly satisfied with the services provided by this law firm (marriage based green card). The responsiveness and accuracy of provided information exceeded my expectations. Thank you for your help.
Edmund Yang
01:29 21 Oct 21
Mr. Michael Ashoori. Thank you for your help. If I need any immigration service, I will definitely work with you. Your law firm and every staff member of your firm is professional and helpful. Your employees even helped solve some unrelated issues.... Highly recommend to your future clients.read more
Raveena Mathur
20:44 14 Oct 21
Ashoori Law is amazing! We collaborated with Jesser and I only have great things to share about the experience . Extremely accountable, humble and responsive work by him. Whole immigration process is hard but having him by our side was such a... blessing. Those difficult times with no answers, were made easier by Jesser. Would highly recommend:)read more
Ahmed Mohamed
02:37 14 Oct 21
I highly recommend Ashoori Law and the team that works there. Great and easy to work with, highly efficient and helpful. I will certainly continue to use their service.
Annette llanera
17:35 12 Oct 21
I like Ashoori law office because they are very good. They helped me with my papers to get my permanent residence card .All the staff were professional and responsible. Ashoori law office is very trustworthy and I highly recommend... this to my friends. A million thanks to all the staff and most of all to Michael Ashoori .God bless us..read more
Mufakhar Raza
19:46 11 Oct 21
They've been really helpful. Responded to all my questions and everything went really smooth so far. Strongly recommended!
Amit Patil
14:55 11 Oct 21
I am very happy with the service provided by Ashoori Law firm. I have processed my green card and employment authorization card from Ashoor Law. They are very professional and responsive.Throughout in my green card process Ashoori Law is very... cooperative, knowledgeable and supportive in the process. I really recommend Ashoori Law firm for the immigration law services.read more
Alannah Paul
18:12 10 Oct 21
Great experience with Ashoori Law. Very straight forward process and additional guidance provided when we needed it. Took me 5 months from application to interview for a spousal green card. Very pleased with the service and outcome!
Rijo Joy Kattukaran
16:51 10 Oct 21
My experience so far with Ashoori Law has been awesome. I was in a hurry as it was years of waiting, and then the turn came up quickly, I had to act fast, am very glad I made the decision to choose Ashoori Law. Right from the initial request for a... consultation, the entire team was very responsive, attentive, prompt, detailed oriented. They were very transparent, with their fees (which is very reasonable) and clear. Especially during this pandemic made it as much as they could easier for me through virtual online submissions as much as possible. Ashoori Law exhibited had prepared documentation which was very easy to fill in and complete. Special mention to Lahaina Araneta, who helped me with all my queries and I hardly had to wait more than a day for all those to be answered. Though my journey is still not yet complete, would use Ashoori Law for any of my future needs and also would recommend them for all who is looking for immigration needs. Again a big note of thanks for all your help.read more
ALI ALNASAR
21:26 08 Oct 21
They are quick to respond and answer any questions I have. The staff was friendly, helpful, and easy to understand. This is the most professional office I had dealt with!
Seann Farrell
01:36 08 Oct 21
Citizenship acquired from beginning to end in under 10 months. Professionally prepared paperwork, documentation easy to submit online, very pleased with the outcome. Without the professional services of Ashoori Law there's a good chance delays and... issues could have occurred. I recommend Ashoori if peace of mind is your goal.read more
Juliana Chen
21:30 04 Oct 21
My experience with Ashoori Law was excellent. The teams were very attentive, always there to help with any of my questions. Always quick to respond and deal with any of my concerns. They are very knowledgeable and professional. I couldn’t be more... pleased with the services that they provided to me. I would highly recommend Ashoori Law to anyone with legal needs.read more
amit singh
16:04 04 Oct 21
I had a consultation with Rohit today. He patiently listened to my case and questions and provided satisfactory responses to all. I am happy with the discussion. I may end up taking a paid consultation for more details. I would recommend them to... others as well. Thanks Rohit!read more
Ashish sinha
00:27 02 Oct 21
I reached Michel to get help on i765(L2 EAD) expedite request. He explained me the chances are slim yet filed the request on my behalf.They are just a message away and revert phone calls anytime. They try to explain every bit of your... case.Despite of my expedite request having a low chance of approval, I am glad that my case was picked it's all because Michel and his team prepared my case so well that I got the expedited request approved.I am so happy, kudos to Michel, venshkha, jaser.Ashish Sinharead more
Dina Ibrahem
22:56 01 Oct 21
I've been dealing with them for a year now, they helped me a lot, very professional and friendly! I am always comfortable taking their advices and consult them through my case and they never let me down. and most importantly is that they are very... humble and available literally any time i needed an advice or if I have any concerns.I also LOVE that they email me before any important appointment I would have, making sure that I receive the mails and always sending me soft copies just in case which is GREAT and they constantly keep reminding all the way till my appointment comes. I am still a client with them and very happy, Thanks to Vaneskha Wilson, Jeser Romero, Lahaina Araneta, Milena Manukyan, Elaine Leduna , Karla Samayoa and of course Michael Ashoori.read more
Sach Gill
19:39 30 Sep 21
Had a chat with Rohit Srinivasa. He is informative and possess good knowledge about the immigration related matters. Highly recommended.
Aniruddha Ghosh
16:53 30 Sep 21
Talked to Rohit Srinivasa from Ashoori Law. He is incredibly knowledgable about US immigration laws and is quite freindly. Highly recommended if you are a student on F-1 (OPT, STEM) or are looking to file H-1B.
Kristina Karalic
18:56 29 Sep 21
We accidentally found Ashoori Law online, but we're so happy we did because they have been nothing but outstanding! Ashoori Team has been helping us with multiple cases, including B, L visas and green cards. Their portal is very user friendly, and... their staff is always responsive, caring and detailed. I'd like to give a special shout-out to their Director of Legal Operations, Lahaina Araneta, who has been an absolute delight to work with. I am highly recommending Ashoori Law to anyone seeking immigration services!read more
Zulfa Sultana
18:18 29 Sep 21
I am glad I chose them. Above everything, they are friendly and work closely with you. Owner of the law firm himself is available to talk if needed. Highly recommending them.
Ahmad Jawid
01:45 28 Sep 21
Ashoori Law, Michael and his team are very professional , helpful and great people for their clients . i am very glad that i had Ashoori Law team for my paperworks . I recommend everyone Ashoori Law especially for Immigration purposes ask for... Michael .read more
Ariel 0054 Realty
01:43 28 Sep 21
Extremely professional teamWithout any doubt, they can handle with knowledge and expertise any caseYou are in good hands with them
Mittal Patel
20:29 27 Sep 21
Have worked with many immigration Lawyers. Ashoori law was very affordable and got back to me in timely manner. Made sure I was on time with my fillings and that we responded to our RFE with adequate info. Lahaina is one of their E2 lawyers and was... expert with these kinds of cases. Will hire them again for renewals.read more
Pragalath Mohandas
20:30 25 Sep 21
Amazing experience. Ashoori Law firm gave me hope and prepared a strong case & I got my E2 case approved in one week. I spoke to other immigration lawyers & i was not satisfied. its easy to communicate with everyone! I highly recommend them to... anyone looking to get immigration help!read more
bhakti savai
12:26 21 Sep 21
I had great experience with Ashoori Law. Professional, knowledgeable, responsive, client-centric, and timely! Highly recommended!
William & Heather Oon
01:17 20 Sep 21
We are grateful and thankful to Ashoori Law and its team. They are very understanding, patient, responsive with all our enquiries and prompt in providing updates to our status. We highly recommended their service.
Kaushik Kuila
19:43 17 Sep 21
I have used Michael Ashoori's Law Firm for my mother's Green Card processing. I have found them very professional and responsive along the way, answering all my queries in a timely manner. I'll readily use them for any immigrations needs in future.
Hyunwook Shin
07:45 10 Sep 21
Michael Ashoori and his firm helped us navigate the complex filing process, answer any questions we have with care, and eventually attain successful approvals. Highly recommended!
Sharon Shanaya
21:53 05 Sep 21
My case was a bit complicated due to my ex-husband and his family but this firm dealt with my I-485 case so nicely and professionally. I was given only 2 weeks to lodge my application due to my messy divorce. This firm made sure my case was filed... before my conditional green card expires. Got my green card in 5 months even during this Covid time when everything takes ages to process. I Will recommend them to anyone who is having difficulty with immigration. Absolutely the best. Don't waste ur time with other attorneys.read more
H. George
02:10 01 Sep 21
Very professional, they have a very good system to prepare your case and make proper follow ups.My case was a little bit complicated and other places they were taking advantage trying to charge me a lots of money but Michael never did... that.Recommending 100% best lawyer ever.read more
Linda Bradley
06:06 25 Aug 21
Very happy with your services 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
jarka sakacova
01:08 24 Jul 21
I have a very pleasant experience with Rohit from Ashoori Law , he was very patient, professional and had a strong knowledge and answered all my questions in detail. I would recommend highly to use Ashoori Law service.
samah elwakkad
15:36 23 Jul 21
I would like to thank Ahoori law office and all the team who was helping us to obtain our L1A approvalThis office Law is truly dedicated to clients, very responsive and professional, they helped me get through so many obstacles.Can't thank them... enough for their effortsIt's really amazing how they guide their clients until they achieve their goals.Thank you Michael for the amazing dedicated team and a special thanks for Lahaina who is really an amazing person and very knowledgeable and really helpful and supportive, also Christina who has helped me a lot through this.You're the best guysKeep it upread more
raechel schofield
22:07 22 Jul 21
Highly recommend Ashoori Law. My adjustment of status was a smooth and easy process. They are always happy to answer any questions you may have along the way.
Kishore Kumar
21:13 22 Jul 21
I highly recommend Michael and his legal team for being thorough professionals. I worked with Lahaina Araneta and Kelly Raposa. Both are so helpful. They made my adjustment of status to register permanent residence a smooth and seamless process. I... definitely recommend their service !read more
Manoj Gunawardena
13:46 22 Jul 21
My experience with Ashoori Law is very good, all of my questions were quickly answered and clearly. The staff was qualified, friendly. Specially I worked with Mr. Rohit Srinivasa . I can highly recommend them.
Mohammad Ahraz Hussain
19:55 20 Jul 21
The whole process of evaluating the case, submission of RFE and then correspondence was extremely well done!
Zed Karkar
15:06 20 Jul 21
A Very helpful and professional law firm. helped us out with our application.
Inger Nicolaisen
14:57 15 Jul 21
Michael Ashoori’s professionalism and expertise is unmatched in the industry! My experience with Ashoori Law is very positive, all of my questions were quickly answered making my adjustment of status a very smooth process. The staff was... unbelievably friendly and ensured the best amount of care was taken with my case! I can’t recommend them enough!!read more
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Michael Ashoori, Esq.

U.S. Immigration Lawyer

I’m a U.S. immigration lawyer and I help families, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs get visas, green cards, and citizenship to the United States.

Since starting my law firm, I’ve helped hundreds of people from all over the world with their immigration needs. I’m very passionate, hard-working, and committed to my clients.

Got a question? Send me an email.