Tackling the Toughest Immigration Problems
When Stakes Are High, Clients Rely on the Knowledge and Experience of Our Immigration Attorneys
“They do not give false hope. They give realistic expectations.” — Sandip P. (client)
Oswald, Ojo-Ade, Pineda• Is your career — or your family’s happiness — in danger because of your immigration status?
• Have you or a family member received a deportation or removal notice that threatens the life you’ve built in the United States?
• Are you an employer who needs to bring more workers into the U.S. — or to protect a key contributor whose visa has expired?
The immigration team at The Employment Law Group® law firm can help you face such challenges. Our managing principal, R. Scott Oswald, has more than two decades of immigration experience. He has litigated clients’ cases successfully up to the federal appellate level, one step below the U.S. Supreme Court. Tomi Ojo-Ade is an associate attorney who deals exclusively with immigration law. A naturalized U.S. citizen herself, she understands how to navigate the system. Client services specialist Evaristo Pineda brings language skills and international experience to our firm. He previously worked at an immigration law firm in Atlanta, Ga.
The Employment Law Group team offers a full range of immigration law services, representing clients nationwide before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; overseas before the U.S. Department of State ; and at all levels of the federal court system. We’re happy to help with routine matters, such as visa processing, but our greatest strength is serving clients with high-stakes cases that require special knowledge.
A sub-specialty: Cases that need “saving” after things have gone wrong. Some of our clients are far into removal proceedings by the time they call us — perhaps because they’ve relied on the wrong immigration lawyer, or because they’ve tried to represent themselves.
We often can help such clients. If you’re facing immigration trouble, however, please try to call us sooner!
OUR IMMIGRATION ATTORNEYS
OswaldScott Oswald is a seasoned immigration defense attorney. He is known for pushing complex cases past bureaucratic obstacles and, if needed, into federal courts, where he has won several favorable precedents. Mr. Oswald has a particular interest in the immigration consequences of criminal arrests and convictions. A member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), he also serves as chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Professional Ethics Committee and holds a Top Secret security clearance.
Ojo-AdeTomi Ojo-Ade is a passionate advocate for her clients, having immigrated to the United States herself more than a decade ago. She holds a law degree from her native Nigeria and a Master of Laws from the American University Washington College of Law. Ms. Ojo-Ade concentrates her practice on deportation defense; employment- and family-based immigration; waivers of inadmissibility; and the visa process — including non-immigrant visas. Like Mr. Oswald, she is a member of AILA.
IMMIGRATION CASES WE’RE PROUD OF
DISCLAIMER: Our firm’s past results do not predict or guarantee future success. Each case is unique. Read more.
We’re proud of all our immigration cases, of course, but a couple stand out because of their impact on broader immigration law.
In Scheerer v. U.S. Atty. Gen., 445 F.3d 1311 (11th Cir. 2006), we challenged the validity of an immigration regulation that barred arriving aliens from seeking permanent resident status if they’ve already been placed in removal proceedings — as is technically the case with millions of foreign nationals who are routinely “paroled” into the United States. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit agreed that the regulation “is not based on a permissible construction of the governing statute,” invalidating it for cases brought in that jurisdiction.
The Supreme Court declined to reexamine the decision, which made Scheerer the law in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. The opinion has since been applied or cited in immigration cases across the country.
The result in another case, Etape v. Chertoff, 497 F.3d 379 (4th Cir. 2007), was perhaps even more far-reaching. After U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) failed to act in a timely manner on our clients’ applications for naturalization, we advised them to pursue their case in a federal court instead, as the law allows. While the lawsuit was pending, however, USCIS tried to deny our clients’ previous applications — an action for which we claimed the agency no longer had authority.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit agreed, leading to one of the first modern-day trials on a resident alien’s application for citizenship. More generally, the Etape case gave hundreds of thousands of U.S. green-card holders a new legal option when USCIS drags its feet on their citizenship applications.
Here are other examples of cases we’re proud of — “smaller” cases, to be sure, but just as important for each individual client:
- After being in the U.S. for five years, J.P. was placed into removal proceedings. He never received the notice to appear, however, and was ordered removed without his participation or knowledge. When he eventually found out about the removal, six years later, J.P. hired our firm to represent him. We successfully argued that J.P.’s notice wasn’t served properly — and therefore that he had accrued the 10 years of “continuous presence” required to consider cancellation of a removal. Having met this threshold, our immigration attorneys then argued that J.P.’s removal should be cancelled because it would result in exceptional hardship for his family. J.P. received his green card. Today he is a U.S. citizen.
- By the time he retained our firm, N.P. had been in the U.S. without lawful status for 13 years. He had an outstanding deportation order and no obvious way to regularize his status. Through creative lawyering, our immigration attorneys office had N.P.’s deportation case reopened — and terminated. Then, based on an employment petition that had been filed on behalf of N.P.’s wife several years earlier, we sought permanent residency for N.P. Today he is a U.S. citizen.
- Our firm represented G.P. in a complicated immigration case that required us to establish his good moral character notwithstanding a criminal conviction. By presenting strong evidence about conditions in G.P.’s country of origin, along with expert testimony, our attorneys were able to secure approval for G.P.’s lawful permanent residency.
- V.K. and his spouse were placed into removal proceedings after the failure of an employment-based petition for V.K. After they hired our firm, we presented evidence of the couple’s strong business, community, and religious ties to the U.S. — and a compelling case of hardship for their American-born minor children. We successfully guided V.K. and his spouse through the proceedings and subsequently helped them to obtain permanent resident status.
- Our immigration attorneys showed great perseverance in representing the P. family: A father, mother, and daughter, each with an outstanding removal order in a different immigration jurisdiction. The case required reopening and terminating all three individual proceedings, plus asking a federal court to force USCIS to rule on our clients’ I-485 applications. In the end, all three family members got their green cards — and two of them are now pursuing citizenship.
STORIES FROM OUR IMMIGRATION CLIENTS
“We had an attorney before TELG regarding my wife’s situation. After so much, they couldn’t decide which way to go forward with my wife’s case. I reached out to a friend who suggested I contact TELG for a second opinion. We didn’t know what else to do at that time. The other firm was taking too much time and they didn’t know how to proceed. After spending a few minutes meeting with Scott, he said “yes we can do it.” If you talk to Scott and he says it can be done then you can be confident it will be done. I am very happy that we talked to Scott. My experience with the firm was very much positive. Scott gave me a ray of hope where before I had none and the firm did not disappoint. In fact they far exceeded our expectations.
My wife’s case had many important factors and we had to pull information from different agencies. It was a long and stressful process but Scott and Tomi were with us every step of the way always providing us with important and regular updates via email and telephone calls.
When my wife’s application was finally approved we had no words to express how relieved and happy we were. It had been such a long process with so much uncertainty but everything ended well and we now have so much peace of mind and happiness.
I definitely refer so many people to TELG. It’s important that TELG listened in the beginning and made proper suggestions as to what needed to be done to resolve my wife’s case. The attorneys know what they are doing. They do not give false hope. They give you realistic expectations. My experience with TELG has been excellent!”
— Sandip Patel
“My mother was referred by family friends. They were not clients of TELG but they knew other family members who had been clients in the past and received positive outcomes. We were looking for a lawyer because my father was recently deported due to his lack of status in the U.S. My mother and I were concerned that she would be at risk of deportation as well. We initially had an immigration attorney for my mother’s case, but we weren’t sure about her expertise and had serious difficulties communicating with her. It was so frustrating, especially during such a stressful time, that we opted to hire another attorney to replace her. As soon as we sat down with Scott, he was so knowledgeable and confident about our case that I didn’t feel the need to look any further. My experience from the first meeting onwards continued to be positive. I have never felt more comfortable with reaching out to an attorney as I did when I called TELG to speak with Tomi. In past experiences, I was always afraid of being bothersome and was often treated as though I was. However, Tomi always returned my calls and my emails without delay, and she was always patient and understanding of my concerns. It was such a huge relief to know I could be in touch with her when I needed and to be sure she was going to respond to me positively.
All of the staff is extremely helpful and kind. The paralegals have always been polite and the attorneys knew how to address my concerns even if I did a poor job at expressing them. That’s really what I loved the best about Tomi, she knew how to get to the bottom of whatever I was stressing about before I could even name what it was. She explained everything to me step-by-step so that I’d understand it and took the time to give me more details than I knew to ask for.
If I knew someone looking to hire TELG, I’d let them know how professional, caring and timely the staff is. TELG is very experienced and I felt that I could fully trust them with my case. I had no issues communicating with them or understanding what was going on. I also felt totally comfortable talking with my attorney about the difficult and personal aspects of my case.
I was satisfied the most with how quickly my mother’s U-visa application was put together and how TELG had a network of investigators, psychiatrists, etc. they pulled into our case as needed without us having to find or hire them ourselves. It saved us a lot of fuss and headache. I also really liked that Tomi came with us to our hearings even though she didn’t really have to — it made us feel much more secure and confident in our choice of attorneys. This firm and the people in it have good character and integrity, and you can trust them to do what is best for you.
We absolutely got the support we needed throughout this case. It was difficult at times and I’m not sure we could have done it with anyone else. I know that I was advised and represented extremely well. My mother and I are so grateful for TELG’s hard work, and how much effort they put into being the best attorneys they can be. We truly feel as though we’ve been supported throughout this process, both legally and emotionally. I can sleep at night knowing that such a sensitive and important case is in their hands. Thank you so much!
I would absolutely recommend the immigration attorneys at TELG based on my experience!”
— Janki Kaswala
“After a Florida immigration attorney notified me that there were no options for me to regularize my status, I decided to forget about my immigration case. I didn’t try to do anything because I was scared. Then a friend of mine told me about Scott at The Employment Law Group. He told me that Scott was really good and that he would be able to help me out.
I called Scott and he was confident about my case, so I retained his firm and they helped me through the whole process of resolving my immigration status up until me becoming a U.S. citizen. Once I retained Scott and Tomi, in my mind I didn’t think anything else, I just stuck with them since the beginning. Ms. Tomi and Scott worked very hard. They did everything from the paperwork and planning.
When I had my interview for my green card in Kansas, Scott came with me and as soon as I saw him I wasn’t nervous anymore. The officer at the interview did not have any of my case documents and she wasn’t prepared. Luckily, Scott was prepared and had all the documents for my case. Each time the immigration officer needed a document, he would reach into a binder and bring out the document. Because of how prepared Scott was, my interview was able to go forward and at the end of the interview the officer approved my case. Two to four weeks after my interview, I got my green card. Today, 5 years later I am happy to be a U.S. citizen.”
— Nick Patel
“My younger sister found TELG online in 2003. We were looking for a good lawyer and we picked only one good one – Scott. We picked Scott because he looked professional and all the comments were five stars. At that time I had another immigration attorney and he messed up a lot of things. In 2010, Scott took over my case and he helped me out with my case. Scott told me my case could be done but it would take time and money. I retained the firm and Scott gave me the energy to fight Homeland Security.
Ms. Tomi, who worked along with Scott on my case, would tell me any changes in my case and updated me on small things and big things. When I would have an immigration hearing I would get very nervous and the way Tomi would talk to me I would feel comfortable and feel the energy again. I appreciate Tomi because she explained in detail and she had my back all the time.
My English was not good when I first retained TELG but Scott and Tomi were very patient with me and took the time to try to understand me. After so many years working with Scott and Tomi on my case, my English actually got better.
I was very, very satisfied with the outcome of my case. I feel very grateful. I believe God led me to TELG and I have to say that they were meant to be in my life. At first, I didn’t think I would have a chance to get the green card and after contacting TELG I was able to get my green card approved. Only after this, I made a trip back to India after 19 years. This trip reminded me of them and I always think about them when I think of this trip.
TELG is #1 in my life, I’ve already given them 5 or 6 clients and I will continue doing that because I appreciate the firm so much.
I believe that for any successful immigration case, you have teamwork and TELG was a good leader for me and my family.”
— Vijay Patel
“I heard about TELG through a family friend but previously I had worked with other immigration attorneys. I was not pleased with the other immigration attorneys. My wife and I had been to about four separate top law firms only to hear attorneys turn down our case. Everyone would say we had no chance and we could not get it done.
I spent about $10,000 and had no hope. The top immigration law firms said my wife’s case couldn’t be done until 2010 when I talked to Scott and he said he could do it. Scott ended up helping us and he did an excellent job. Scott and Tomi were always available to answer all our questions. With other attorneys we had to be chasing them for documents and updates but with TELG we were able to go home and sleep. We could relax and feel assured even though my wife’s case was very complicated.
At the time of my wife’s interview, Scott came with us and we also had an interpreter. The interpreter had provided his services for many other people and was familiar with many immigration attorneys and even he was impressed by Scott. After the interview, the interpreter told me ‘I have never seen a lawyer as good as yours [referring to Scott]’.
Tomi also plays a main role in TELG. She is the face of the immigration practice and knows how do her job very well. Tomi made me feel assured and at peace throughout are case processing.
I wasted my time for 25 years with other attorneys that would forget about their clients. TELG always kept me in mind. Honestly, I feel like TELG is the best! Your work is awesome!”
— Raj Patel
“It’s about 12 years since I have been involved with TELG. I first heard about TELG through one of my cousins and that’s how I learned about Scott. At that time I needed an attorney because my brother was in need of help from deportation. I was looking for a very good attorney who had experience in handling deportation cases. I had consulted with 3-4 attorneys but none of the attorneys I consulted with had good work and I was not satisfied with their work. I was told by my cousin that Scott had successfully handled a case similar to my brother’s and he could do complicated cases.
I decided to pick Scott because of his great work, organization, step-by-step processing, etc. Mr. Scott’s group always thinks about the client no matter what and how they can make the case successful. No matter how long it takes, as a client to Scott you feel like you have a 100% guaranteed success. If the client has any questions, you always get a satisfactory answer from Scott’s team. With other attorney, you have to follow up with them constantly. Scott’s team on the other hand stays on top and always on schedule, constantly providing regular updates. The attorneys and staff are very helpful. They understand everything regarding personal matters and feelings.
TELG did amazing work for me and my family and I knew about it step by step. They got my brother’s deportation case resolved first; then they resolved the case of his daughter and wife. Scott and his group were willing to take all necessary steps to make the case strong and successful. They even hired other professionals to assist with my brothers case when needed.
My personal experience from all the work that TELG has done for me and other members of my family is that their work is amazing! They are always on top of the game and they make their clients happy with their work. Because of TELG’s quality work I refer so many clients to TELG and have every intention of continuing to do so. I always tell people that I refer that TELG is beyond amazing and they do everything with their best efforts in a very organized and effective manner.”
— Rakesh Patel