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. For more information about the IWT Program, click here.

 

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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Susan Borzou
03:41 05 Mar 21
I couldn't be more blessed by finding Ashoori Law on google. Mr. Ehsan is so professional and helpes his clients from the heart, which was genuinely precious for me. I am also thankful for the bunch of useful videos they have on youtube 😇
Sarbjit Singh
04:49 25 Feb 21
Michael Ashoori is the Quickest ANSWERING Immigration Lawyer in the entire USA, even it’s 08:38 pm In west cost Los Angels and I texted him thru google and he immediately replied to me Question and answer booked my Free appointment for tomorrow... which is gonna be February 25 ,Well I feel very positive about it so let’s see what happens TomorrowJust want to sayThank you MichaelBestSabiread more
Ale
00:03 24 Feb 21
Karla Samayoa was very knowledgeable regarding my case and gave me thorough advise. She was very professional and kind. I will definitely look of Ashoori Law's help should I have a case to proceed further. I recommend to contact them for your legal... case regarding immigration.read more
Harim
01:10 10 Feb 21
Ashoori Law was very helpful throughout the whole process of applying for a travel document (re-entry permit). I asked them to process my case ASAP and they tried their best to expedite the process. They were informative and responsive. The most... helpful part was their prompt responses to my emails, especially given the pandemic situation. Also, their online system for filling out necessary documents was convenient and allowed me to easily track my case status. Overall, I definitely recommend working with them!read more
Natasha Methwani
00:49 10 Feb 21
We are really impressed with their services. Really professional, knowledgeable, up to date with all immigrantation changes. Our case got approved. We will recommend them for any immigration services.
Jaskiran Dhillon
17:05 03 Feb 21
My friend Ujjwal recommended Mr. Rohit Srinivasa. Had an amazing consultation with Rohit. He was very helpful and kind. He gave me ample time, guidance and resolved all my queries. I am looking forward to work with Ashoori Law Firm. Keep it up,... Rohit. Good Luck.read more
Emily S.
16:00 26 Jan 21
When I decided to engage an immigration attorney in December, I knew I needed someone that had a track record of successful execution, had a support team that could collaborate to expedite the timeline, communicated professionally, and most... importantly, was confident in my ability to get the case approved.I interviewed thirteen highly experienced immigration attorneys that were recommended by my extensive business network. I came across many issues. First of all, I was quoted astronomically high rates with long timelines. I was recommended visas that did not fit my needs, which would ultimately result in more lengthy filings and high fees. Many of these attorneys had their own private practice where they had a bias towards one type of visa they were specialized in, so they recommended immigration solutions that did not meet my profile whatsoever. Further, they did not have a strong and large enough team so they couldn’t confidently work on an expedited timeline. On the other end of the spectrum were the attorneys who worked at large firms with hundreds if not thousands of employees – they recommended the most expensive and lengthy visas, which were unrealistic for my budget and timeline.When I shared my difficulty finding an immigration attorney with a friend of mine who is a corporate lawyer in Los Angeles, he was quick to recommend Michael Ashoori. After only a few minutes of speaking to Michael on the phone for our initial consult, I knew Ashoori Law could help me with my immigration case because of their customized approach, experienced team and confidence in the visa they were recommending. Over the course of a week, I worked with his team to put together a stellar and thorough case. A few weeks later, we received an approval! Working with the Ashoori Law team on my case was a great experience! I highly recommend Ashoori Law to anyone who needs US immigration services.read more
Roberto GCB
23:38 11 Jan 21
My experience with Ashoori Law was really! Lahaina Araneta helped me through out all of my visa process and everything was really amazing. They really pay attention to every detail and try to deliver the best case possible. Totally recommend it!
Sameer Agashe
23:08 29 Dec 20
Keep up the good work!
Yousuf Dadi
02:34 29 Dec 20
I had a great experience with Ashoori law Working with Lahaina has been great. She is very professional and knowledgeable in her field. I would strongly recommend this firm. I would like to thank all team of Ashoori Law from bottom of my heart.... They respond me immediately when i need their help, I appreciate all that they have done for me.your consideration,guidance,help and time. Thanks in bunchesread more
Rhys Gray
22:07 28 Dec 20
Rohit is a credit to the company. Really took the time to listen to & understand our situation, then talked us through all of our suitable options clearly & concisely with a friendly & pressure-free manner. Absolutely would recommend to anyone who... needs help & guidance in navigating what can be an incredibly confusing processread more
karla marro
05:23 22 Dec 20
Michael and Lahaina are the best they support me from the beginning and always answering my questions and concerns and following up so I super recommend them !
3 Dots IT Solutions
18:20 07 Dec 20
I just want to say Ashoori Law firm has been the best I ever dealt with. Starting from the front desk receptionist, everybody is very professional and responsive. Lahaina is my attorney whom I worked with. She is very well organized and guided me on... the right direction towards a successful approval of H1 for my consultant. To my surprise, there wasn't a RFE at all. Thanks so much for your service and I would highly recommend them for any immigration related service.read more
Art E
18:49 30 Nov 20
After multiple, futile attempts to seek Immigration Attorneys who are knowledgeable in worker visas (specifically L1A), we were finally able to find Ashoori Law! Our first L1A case submitted to Ashoori Law was successfully APPROVED. Despite the... most recent restrictions and suspensions with worker visas, Ashoori Law was able to put forth a compelling petition. Ashoori Law's internal processing systems and network of subject matter experts makes submitting a petition much easier and understandable. Highly recommended!read more
Jaco
23:58 19 Nov 20
Working with Michael and his team has been a great experience. You can see they have been doing this for years and everything is very well organized. I would highly recommend them for any immigration or visa requirements.
ujjwal luthra
18:43 13 Nov 20
I had wonderful Chat with Mr. Rohit Srinivasa. He was very kind, loyal and helpful. He is truly an asset for the firm. Looking forward to work with Ashoori Law firm. Keep it Up. Stay Blessed.Good Luck.🤝
wei zhang
21:37 10 Nov 20
I have a free consultation with Karla Samayoa. She is very nice, patient and professional. She answered all of my concerned questions. I strongly recommend her as your attorney.
Karthik Easwaran
16:47 10 Nov 20
Rohit S was very responsive!
Kemi Bamidele
18:26 05 Nov 20
Ehsan Mehri was very professional and compassionate when I spoke to him. He answered all my questions and I was so at peace after speaking to him. I absolutely recommend this law firm. They are a bunch of geniuses and they know what they are doing.
Lung Lee
05:02 29 Oct 20
Professional, kind and really helpful. I'd like to special thank to Rohit for his passion and caring.
Deepak Chandani
19:10 23 Oct 20
Michael, Lahaina and team are the best immigration lawyer firm - I wish I had them before I see the difference in service they are very responsive and professional. They got my H1B approved for three years.
Vincent Morrow
05:57 19 Oct 20
First of all, let me tell you why you should take my review seriously. I've lived in the US for almost 14 years, and I've always kept my visa status current. So, in the past 14 years, I worked with 4 immigration law firms. I've also met, exchanged... emails, and/or talked with countless other immigration attorneys and lawyers. So, I have A LOT of experience with immigration attorneys (by the way, you should also know that there is a difference between an attorney and a lawyer. You'd want an attorney if possible). And 3 out of the 4 firms who actually worked on my case(s) were excellent (that's why my visa status is still current… obviously haha). I don't want to talk about the one (out of the 4 firms) because that one was bad (thank god, he didn't end up working on my case). I only want to talk about the good ones, and in this case, it's Ashoori Law firm. And I'd like to tell you that, if you're looking for an immigration attorney and/or an immigration law firm, look no further! You have found it! You don't even need to read the rest of my review. Just go, sign the contract, and start working with them now, period!Okay, so you've decided to read further down the line? Fine. Here is why you should choose Ashoori Law. I'm a small business owner, so I know a thing or two about how a group of people get things going and get things done. And in order for something to go right, a lot of other things have to work right as well. Your dinner tastes good? The person(s) who cooked it must have done it right. And so does the farmer who helped grow the veggies you’re having now. Similarly, Ashoori Law must be doing a lot of things right because they just got my visa extended in 14 days! How great is that!?In addition, I’d really like to talk about the one attorney at Ashoori Law who worked on my case and got my visa extended. Her name is Lahaina Araneta (I also want to mention her paralegal, Daniel Chausow, who also did a great job on my visa extension. Moreover, there may be other people at Ashoori Law who helped with my case that I don’t know about). In short, Lahaina is one of the best immigration attorneys I have ever met. She is smart, thorough, resourceful, and positive. She is a genuinely good person who actually cares about immigrants and understands the hardships immigrants go through (let’s face it. The system is stacked against immigrants in every possible way, so having an excellent immigration attorney who truly cares about immigrants is crucial). She always answers my emails within 24 hours if not immediately. She is resourceful, and she has ideas. She knows how to present a case and get positive results (I mean… you may have a good case, but you still need to present it in a good way to get the result(s) you want). And like I said, if something works right, a lot of other things must be working right as well.Okay, I’ll stop here for now (I’ll update my review and write even more as time goes on). In short, just go and work with Ashoori Law. You’ll be glad that you did. Thank you!read more
eddie lavian
21:58 16 Oct 20
MR Ashoori was amazing!!help a lot with the case. Thank you
highland cell24connect
18:45 12 Oct 20
I give an excellent 5 star review to Michael Ashoori law firm and his team especially Lahaina Araneta for their excellent service for E-2 approval. The whole team is very professional and detail oriented and they provide response very promptly.... Along with being compassionate towards their clients, they provide amazing legal advice on immigration matters which helps clients get approval in quickest time possible. Hats off and highly recommend to others !!read more
Life Mizrahi
19:30 08 Oct 20
I would like to thank Michael Ashoori and his wonderful team!We had a very complicated immigration situation that he and his team were able to clear up and accomplish our goals.The price was very reasonable and The timing was excellent.Thank... you for all of the wonderful work.read more
chaya mizrahi
19:17 08 Oct 20
We had a very difficult situation with our legal immigration status and thanks to Michael and his Wonderful team they were able to fix everything within a reasonable amount of time and for a decent price.We highly recommend this team of attorneys... for all of your Immigration needs and beyond.read more
Bhavna G
21:10 29 Sep 20
Phenomenal service! Rapid response and attention to detail. The team were extremely diligent with the entire process and kept me up to date through the process! We had lots of hiccups with USCIS and CoVid causing multiple delays. I was extremely... impressed by Lahaina and her team. Right until the very end they messaged me, shared updates and provided guidance on next steps. Phenomenal service and. I’ll definitely be using them again. Thank you to the entire team at Ashoori law! I couldn’t have gotten through this process without you!!I highly recommend for all your immigration legal needs!!! Thank you so much!read more
Gene Boekhoudt
02:22 29 Sep 20
Lahaina Araneta of ASHOORI LAW was instrumental in assisting me to get my E2 Visa. The service was always on point and result driven. I was always well informed and prepared for my Interview.I highly recommend using the service of ASHOORI LAW.
Umesh Joshi
20:49 26 Sep 20
It was very nice experience and really helpful for all kind of services
Dmitry Bak
23:46 13 Sep 20
Michael helped us a lot preparing and sending all the needed documents to USCIS. We were very squeezed in time, and I even had to drive from SF to LA to deliver the originals in person, quicker than USPS or Fedex could do, to save one day. Michael... met me in his office at night time, so kind! During the entire period, Michael's team kept us informed about every single step they did, and finally we got all the needed approvals from USCIS. I highly recommend Michael, his company is a great example of how an ideal lawyer/attorney should work.read more
Freuet Solutions LLC
22:49 08 Sep 20
Mike reached out to me personally and gave a good and detail explanation of possible options to take in my case.I recommend you reach out to him with your immigration matters.
Ha Ka
17:48 02 Sep 20
I can only recommend Michael Ashoori for all your immigration needs and inquiries . Very proffessional. Thanks to Michael Ashoori and all his team. I will be back soon again!
Tarek
11:57 02 Sep 20
Started working with Michael Ashoori firm around march this year during the pandemic, but despite these difficult times they guided me step by step and they were always there when ever i had a question or clarification.Lahaina was great, very... professional immigration attorney and of very help through out all the process.She guided me all the way till i got my L1 visa approved.They have this portal system while they post in details every single document needed to ensure the success of the petition. I just had to collect all these documents, upload them on the portal and then they take it from there, they prepared everything and filled up the petition. Their job doesn’t stop here since most of the petitions gets an RFE from USCIS, so they continue by preparing whats needed and resubmit again till i got the reply that my petition was approved.Over all, Michael and his team are very professional and they really know what they are doing and they stay updated with all the recent laws and regulations going on. Highly recommendedread more
Ahmed Gaber
21:44 03 Aug 20
Good office because he offer free consultation
Vj M
03:58 14 Jul 20
Mike and his team helped me with E2. They were very patient and professional throughout the process which got significantly delayed due to Covid. The attorney assigned to me was very knowledgeable and available to advise even at a short notice.... Overall, I had a very pleasant experience and would highly recommend Ashoori Law. Looking forward to working together again in the near future.read more
Gustavo Mas
18:03 07 Jul 20
My experience with Michael is remarkable, he is very professional and has profound knowledge in immigration laws, he made me feel like I was with the right lawyer, so rest assure, if you decide to work with him, you are very likely to be successful... at your case.read more
Allen Pourkhomami
18:58 25 Jun 20
Great institutions like Ashoori law firm are made by great people, and there are no finer individuals than those who dedicated themselves to assist clients with different cases like mine. “HONEST & EMPATHETIC” are the words that come to mind when I... think of Lahaina and the rest of her amazing team! Highly professional and experienced immigration attorney who provided excellent service, demonstrating personal attention to all details of your cases. They show compassion by studying clients' stories.They certainly know the immigration process and help you fully prepare for the case and interview. They are always making sure that the whole process goes very smooth. I especially want to thank “Lahaina Araneta” attorney & Michael Ashoori. If you are a really nervous client like me, these people are always super patient and kind with you. If anyone is looking for immigration help, “Ashoori law firm” should be your very first choice for sure because they can really get things done!Working with Lahaina Araneta was absolutely great. She helped me through my entire journey without any hesitations. I always got answers whenever I had questions. I will definitely work with “HER” again on my next journey. She helped me a lot from the beginning of my case (naturalization case). She is attentive to details and very informative. She also quickly responded to my questions about my status. I can't say enough about her. I was completely dazzled by her communication skills and courage in communications with the USCIS office. I am blown away by her integrity and all the hard work she has done on my behalf. I will always be grateful for all of her efforts. Lahaina I just want to thank you for the excellent work you did as my immigration attorney. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for all the cares and concerns you have shown me, and for working tirelessly. if it weren’t for your analytical skills and knowledge, the matter wouldn’t have been settled by now. I knew you have a lot of clients, so your prompt responses and attention to detail really meant a lot to me. Having an experienced attorney like you on my side was a good sign that I was walking into the right path to win the case. Thank you Lahaina for your support during my N-400 application process, and for helping me to get the desired outcome. You don't know how much your passion impacts the lives of others.read more
Sandie Galloway
18:41 10 Jun 20
Lahaina was one of 4 lawyers that I had an Initial consult with. She was the only one who took the time to truly understand my case. She was patient with me and very responsive. The most important thing is she was the only lawyer who believed in me.... She has world class professionalism. We successfully got my visa and I couldn’t have done it without her. Will never use another law firm. Highly recommend. She truly cares about her clients and goes the extra mile.read more
Rw Right
17:39 06 Jun 20
Look no further. There are solid reasons why they get straight 5 stars in this review.They work as a (great) team and everyone is very knowledgeable and reliable. Micheal posts timely insightful topics on Youtube, in addition to answering all of... your personal questions quickly and responsively.read more
Morne Begemann
09:10 03 Jun 20
We recently needed the assistance of a law firm and due to the fact that we had limited time available to submit our application, many of the law firms that we contacted were not able to assist us. We then came in contact with Michael from Ashoori... Law. Not only did they assist us with our application, they also provided us with efficient, professional service. They really went out of their way to make sure that we meet the deadline and provided us with regular updates on the process. What a wonderful and stress free experience! I would definitely recommend Ashoori Law’s services to any potential clients.read more
larajnjkn essatrtc
00:03 16 May 20
Very helpful expert in immigration he help me out in temporary passporthighly recommended
Jackson Lee
02:08 15 May 20
Ashoori and Lahaina are very professional and detail. They responded to my questions with terms that I can understand without any hidden agenda.I wish I hired them when I first applying my E2. They are the lowest in fees and most professional... immigration lawyer that I had encounter. We go through all the process through phone and email without meeting in person and I got my E2 renewal approved.Way better then any immigration lawyer that I had meet in person in NYC.Will definitely stick with them and recommend them to all my friends and family.read more
Paula T. Lança de Lima
19:27 08 May 20
Michael was amazing!! He gave his full support all the way through with my process and he would always update me and guide me when necessary. Extremely satisfied with his work. (real client)
persia falcon
21:00 05 May 20
Michael and his team were experienced, responsive, knowledgeable, and honest. I would recommend them to my friends.
Vergel Cornelio
02:15 02 May 20
Michael's law firm is compose of professionals who are working more than the sake of their clients. They care on their clients with their situation and help without limitation. They attend to all questions timely and return with immediate solutions... to secure all will be resolved and all worries were eased. I highly recommend and refer this firm to all related US re-entry and immigration concerns.read more
Brandon Kim
09:17 01 May 20
Utilizing the services of Ashoori Law has been a pleasure and an outstanding experience. I highly recommend Ashoori Law to anyone who needs immigration assistance. With the help of Ashoori Law my spouse and I were able to get our immigration... documents seamlessly and without no issues. Ashoori Law is very customer oriented and from Day 1 is always available for you if you have any questions or concerns. Going forward, my spouse and I definitely plan to use Ashoori Law for future immigration services.read more
Divina Chingcuanco
01:33 29 Apr 20
Michael Ashoori is reliable and responds to inquiries with very short waiting time. His law firm handled my travel document efficiently even if it was within a very narrow window. He has kindly mailed my travel document in the most expeditious way... possible. I will definitely engage his services again if I need this type of legal service.read more
Jerome Berniere
00:04 25 Apr 20
Michael and his team are great! I had them recommended to me by my community who used them. Starting from an initial consultation, to working on the paperwork, to submitting to USCIS, everything as been smooth without any issue. In addition, they... answered all the question we had - SUPER fast - or whenever we called them they were very responsive.read more
Richard Norton
03:17 24 Apr 20
I recently employed the services of Michael Ashoori and Ashoori Law to help with the lodging of a Re Entry Visa for my wife and myself. I am delighted with the result and the expediency with which Asoori Law handled our application.We now have... approval of our visas and couldn't be happier. One of the stand out aspects of dealing with Ashoori was the fact that I could tel or email Michael at any-time and would always receive a prompt response by return email. This personal connection with the company during the process made me feel I was dealing with a friend and that I could reach out to at any time I had a question, rather than being treated as another client. I can in all confidence recommend Ashoori Law for Immigration matters due to this wonderful experience and the way my application was handled. Sincerely. Richard and Judy Norton.read more
Beth Jinks
22:17 23 Apr 20
Ashoori Law handled my green card travel document renewal application professionally and got results faster than I anticipated. Their preliminary phone advice saved my family from unnecessary Transpacific travel, and their subsequent paperwork... management and guidance made the process much less daunting. Ashoori understand the nuances of a changing USA immigration system, and I highly recommend retaining them to navigate it with you. I've tackled similar paperwork alone before, but after this experience I'll be working with Ashoori again in the future.read more
Kuldeep Kaur
17:42 10 Apr 20
I had question about eb1 process and my alternatives to stay along with priority date timelines ie options to move over to another visa type like h1, to continue waiting for green card processing, all of my questions are very well taken by the... immigration consultant ( Karla Samayoa) , she has very strong hold on the processes and options available to candidates, i would certainly recommend her for immigration consulting on l1a visa and eb1 visa and green card application. I give her 5 startsThank youread more
Hansel Gonzalez
13:56 09 Apr 20
I reached out to Ashoori Law in order to obtain my US Re-Entry permit late last year. The whole team was friendly, knowledgeable and prompt to my many questions. Michael himself would answer any questions along the way after submission, which... assured me my case was important and on their radar. Having worked with various immigration lawyers in various countries I’ve worked at (6, so far), I know that is not always the case. I recommend to consider Ashoori Law for your US immigration needs, and I expect to reach out to them whenever I next need services in regards to US immigration.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.

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