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Telephone: 608-821-8200 | Toll-free: 888-860-KIDS (5437)

Immigration

We provide a wide range of immigration services for children and families across the country and around the world, including but not limited to the following:

  • Post-2016 Presidential election advice.  Here are a few reminders from our friend, the National Immigration Law Center, and their “Know Your Rights” guide.
    • You have the right to remain silent. You may refuse to speak to immigration officers.
    • Do not open your door (ICE must have a warrant signed by a judge to enter).
    • You have the right to speak to a lawyer.
    • Before you sign anything, talk to a lawyer.
    • Always carry with you any valid immigration document you have.
    • If you are worried that ICE will arrest you, let the officer know if you have children.
    • Carry a “know-your-rights card” and show it if an immigration officer stops you.
    • For more information please see:  Know your rights 2017 home and  Know your rights 2017 public stop
  • Family-based immigration.  Marriage-based and fiancé visas, whether the spouse or fiancé is here or abroad (adjustment of status and consular processing), with an emphasis on post-Windsor LGBT marriage-based filings.
  • Children’s immigration.  We have extensive nationwide experience in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (“SIJS”), working with both private individuals and public entities like county agencies for child protection.  See our SIJS handout.edt.
  • Intercountry adoption.  We can help with many types of intercountry adoptions, including agency matches, independent matches, and the adoption of relative-children.
  • Adoption-based immigration and citizenship
  • Re-adoption in Wisconsin state courts.  We handle re-adoptions for families in Wisconsin, and we can provide trusted referrals for adoption attorneys in other states through the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.
  • Date of birth changes for internationally adopted children.  One of our attorneys, through the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, wrote federal legislation on this topic, making it easier for families to correct dates of birth for their foreign-born children.  The legislation was called the Accuracy for Adoptees Act of 2013.
  • Intercountry assisted reproduction arrangements.  For example, surrogacy, genetic material donation, in vitro fertilization.  See AAARTA Position Paper on the Regulation of International Surrogacy Arrangements, co-authored by one of our attorneys, Emily Dudak Taylor.
  • Citizenship issues (derivation and acquisition).  Parents are sometimes shocked to learn that their foreign-born children may not be U.S. citizens when they apply for their passports or drivers’ licenses.  We can help resolve this uncertainty and if relevant, help you satisfy the prerequisites to making your child a U.S. citizen.
  • Naturalization.  We handle naturalizations from start to finish for an affordable flat fee.