Immigration Attorney Carl Shusterman (former INS Trial Attorney, 1976-82) manages a law firm with seven attorneys all specializing in immigration law. In our 40+ immigration videos, Attorney Shusterman explains how to obtain a green card through marriage to a U.S. citizen, through family members, through employment and through asylum. Learn how to become U.S. citizen.
There are also immigration videos about comprehensive immigration reform, how to win your case in Immigration Court, how to qualify for cancellation of removal, an 8-part Physicians Immigration Guide as well as Advice for Employers seeking to cope with an I-9 audit.
Finally, Mr. Shusterman explains how to go about selecting an immigration attorney to assist you with your case.
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- Scott Pollock, Immigration Attorney, Chicago, IL
- Attorney Shusterman’s Senate Testimony
On May 22, 2001, Attorney Shusterman presented his testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration in regards to Urban and Rural Healthcare Needs.
CSPA 9th CIRCUIT ORAL ARGUMENT
- Attorney Shusterman’s 9th Circuit
On June 19, 2012, Attorney Shusterman presented his oral argument before the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in regards to the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA).
HOW TO SELECT AN IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY
- Ten Rules for Selecting an
Selecting the right immigration attorney to represent you can make the difference between obtaining a green card or being forced to leave the United States.
HOW TO BECOME A U.S. CITIZEN
- How to Become a U.S. Citizen (Part 1)
This video explains the basics of applying for U.S. citizenship and answers questions such as: How long do you have to have a green card to apply? Do you qualify as a person of “good moral character”?
- How to Become a U.S. Citizen (Part 2)
In the second part of this video, Attorney Shusterman answers more questions, including: Can you become a dual citizen? Should you go to the interview alone or should you hire an attorney to come with you?
- How to Obtain Citizenship Through Your Parents and Grandparents
This video explains how to obtain U.S. citizenship through your U.S. citizen parents or grandparents, known as derivative or aqcuired citizenship.
GREEN CARDS THROUGH MARRIAGE
- How to Obtain a Green Card Through Marriage
Immigrants who marry U.S. citizens are considered “immediate relatives” when obtaining green cards, are free from quota restrictions, and can adjust their status to permanent residents.
- Emigrar por Matrimonio a un Ciudadano Americano (Spanish)
Personas de origen extranjero que ingresan en un matrimonio con un ciudadano de los EE.UU. se consideran “familiares inmediatos” a los efectos de la obtencion de Residencia.
- 美國結婚移民 (Mandarin Chinese)
外國出生的人在與一名美 國公民建立一個真正的婚 姻后可被歸類為“直近的 親人” 而獲得綠卡。在這部影片 中，卡爾舒斯 特曼，前移民局檢察官 (1976 年至 1982), 其律師事務所近 30年來已幫助成千上萬的人 在美國 成為永久居民，將為您解 說基本的過程。
- 결혼을 통한 영주권 취득 (Korean)
외국에서 태어나 미국 시민권자와 진실한 결혼을 한 사람들은 영주권 취득 절차상 “가까운 친척들”로 간주됩니다. 이것은 쿼타 제한에서 그들을 자유롭게 하고, 그들이 미국에 거주하고 있는 경우, 영주권자로 자신의 신분을 바로 조정할 수 있게 합니다.
- I-751 Waiver Where a Marriage Ends
If your marriage to a U.S. citizen has ended before 2 years are up, you must prepare and submit an I-751 waiver on your own or (for more complicated cases) with the help of an attorney.
GREEN CARDS THROUGH RELATIVES
- Green Cards for Family Members
U.S. citizens may sponsor their spouses, parents, sons, daughters, and siblings for permanent residence in the U.S. while green card holders may apply for their spouses and unmarried children.
- Family Preference Categories:
Introduction to the family preference categories under under which U.S. citizens and green card holders can sponsor their relatives for permanent residence.
- Family-Based Immigration: Speeding up Your Case
How to speed up the process of family-based immigration, such as by changing preference categories, using alternate chargeability, and using the Child Status Protection Act.
TEMPORARY WORK VISAS
- H-1B Temporary Work Visa
Immigration Attorney Carl Shusterman explains the eligibility requirements for H-1B visas, the types of petitions that are exempt from the annual caps, and helpful tips for those interested in applying.
GREEN CARDS THROUGH EMPLOYMENT
- Green Cards Through Employment
In this video, Attorney Shusterman discusses how to obtain permanent residence, or a green card, in the U.S. through your employment and explains the different employment-based (EB) categories.
- Employment-Based Immigration:
This video reviews the five employment-based categories through you can obtain a green card and suggests ways you can speed up your application.
HOW TO APPLY FOR ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS
- Adjustment of Status
This video explains the process of “Adjustment of Status”, legal jargon for obtaining permanent residence without having to leave the United States to apply for a green card in your country of origin.
- Adjustment of Status Thru Section 245(i)
Section 245(i) of the immigration law allows certain persons who have overstayed their visas or entered the United States without inspection or without papers to adjust their status to permanent residents.
CHILD STATUS PROTECTION ACT
- CSPA Case Heads to the Supreme Court
Attorney Shusterman advises immigrants and their attorneys about what they should do while our Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) victory in DeOsorio v. Mayorkas heads for the Supreme Court.
- How the Child Status Protection Act Can Help You (Part 1)
In this video, Attorney Shusterman explains the fundamentals of CSPA, including how to freeze the immigration age of children so they remain immediate relatives.
- How the Child Status Protection Act Can Help You (Part 2)
In this segment, Attorney Shusterman discusses the retroactive effect of the law and the ongoing litigation in Federal Court concerning the “automatic conversion” clause.
UNLAWFUL PRESENCE BARS AND WAIVERS
- Unlawful Presence Bars and Waivers
Unlawful presence can complicate your return to the U.S., and applies to persons who: (1) entered the U.S. without inspection; (2) overstayed their visa; or (3) violated their temporary visa status.
- I-601A Provisional Waiver
The new Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver (I-601A) allows eligible immediate relatives of U.S. citizens to apply for a waiver while in the U.S. before going to their home countries for their green card interviews.
WINNING YOUR CASE IN IMMIGRATION COURT
- Winning Your Case in Immigration Court
When you go before an immigration judge, the government may not be able prove that you are deportable from the U.S. and you may be able to apply for adjustment for status, asylum, cancellation of removal or registry.
- Cancellation of Removal for
This video explains the basic process of applying for “Cancellation of Removal”, legal jargon for obtaining permanent residence from an Immigration Judge.
- Asylum: Winning Your Case
A person with a “well-founded fear” of persecution if they return to their home country may apply for asylum before the USCIS and a person in removal proceedings may apply for asylum before an Immigration Judge.
- Canadian Orphan Gains Permission to Join Family in the U.S.
In this video, Attorney Shusterman explains how a 16-year-old orphan from Canada was allowed to obtain a green card and join his family in the United States.
- Honor Student Beats Deportation
In this video, Attorney Shusterman explains how a 14-year-old “illegal alien” from El Salvador beat deportation, gained permission to remain in the U.S., and is now a distinguished university professor.
EMPLOYERS: HOW TO SURVIVE AN I-9 AUDIT
- How to Survive an I-9 Audit (Part I)
In this video, Immigration Attorney Carl Shusterman provides advice to employers seeking to comply with both I-9 laws and complex immigration anti-discrimination and document abuse laws.
- How to Survive an I-9 Audit (Part II)
This segment continues to explain how to file Form I-9 and avoid anti-discrimination and document abuse violations and provides advice to employers seeking to minimize their liability under the law.
PHYSICIANS: HOW TO IMMIGRATE TO THE U.S.
- Physician Immigration: A Step-by-Step Guide
Attorney Shusterman discusses how International Medical Graduates (IMGs) can come to the U.S. for medical residencies and fellowships and explains how they can obtain J waivers, H-1B status, and green cards.
- J Status for IMGs: The Consequences
This video segment discusses the laws which subject IMGs and Canadian physicians who complete their medical residencies and fellowships in the U.S. as J exchange visitors to the two-year foreign residency requirement.
- J Waiver Requirements and O-1 Visas
This segment explains how IMGS can obtain J waivers through (1) Interested Government Agencies, (2) Exceptional Hardship and (3) Persecution, and how physicians of Extraordinary Ability can obtain O-1 status.
- Conrad 30 Waivers for Physicians
This segment explains how IMGS and Canadian physicians can obtain waivers of the two-year home residency requirement by being sponsored under the Conrad State 30 program.
- Federal Interested Government Agency (IGA) Waivers
This segment explains how IMGs and Canadian physicians can obtain J waivers through Federal Agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Hardship and Persecution Waivers
This segment explains how IMGs and Canadian physicians can obtain J waivers through by demonstrating exceptional hardship or persecution if they were forced to return to their home countries for two years.
- Permanent Residence Using PERM and/or NIWs
This segment explains how IMGs and Canadian physicians can obtain permanent residence in the U.S. using PERM or National Interest Waivers.
- Permanent Residence Other Than Through Employment
This segment explains how IMGs and Canadian physicians can obtain green cards in the U.S. through family-based immigration, the green lottery, investment and a variety of other means.
DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS
- Deferred Action: What You Need to Know
In this video, Attorney Shusterman discusses Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), including how to know if you are eligible and how to know which documents to include in your application.
COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM
- CIR Bill: What You Need to Know
On April 17, the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” introduced a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill (S.744) in the U.S. Senate. In this video, Attorney Shusterman discusses the most important aspects or the proposal.
- Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009?
On March 13, 2009, the Hispanic Caucus in the House of Representatives sponsored an event in Los Angeles to start the drive for Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009.