The immigration lawyers at Richards and Jurusik Immigration Law have more than 20 years of combined experience in US immigration law. We offer free case assessments, affordable flat fees, and excellent client service.

We help people from all over the world with their US immigration matters, including:

  • Foreign nationals looking for representation to live and/or work in the United States through permanent residence (green cards) or temporary work visas
  • Permanent residents looking for US citizenship
  • US citizens that are having trouble re-entering Canada due to an inadmissibility issue
  • Immigrant and non-immigrant visa (NIV) waiver applications
  • Individuals seeking assistance with deportation and removal defense
  • People seeking affirmative asylum in the United States
  • Non-citizens filing an appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals

Because of our proximity to Canada here in Buffalo, New York, we are especially experienced with the needs of Canadian citizens seeking the opportunity to work and live in the United States.

Employment-based Immigration

Looking for US work authorization? We can help.

In order to work legally in the United States, foreign nationals must first obtain work authorization by obtaining temporary work visas or US permanent resident status (green cards) for workers.

Temporary Work Visas

The United States has several different nonimmigrant visa classifications for temporary workers, through which the spouse and children who qualify as dependents are also able to obtain dependant visas, including:

Green Cards through Employment

A permanent resident is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, a person is granted a permanent resident card, commonly called a “green card.” You can qualify to become a permanent resident under several different categories, including:

  • EB-1 Priority Workers (extraordinary ability)
  • EB-2 Priority Workers (advanced degrees)
  • EB-3 Priority Workers (skilled workers and professionals)
  • And more

Family-based Immigration

Looking to live in the US through family sponsorship? We can help?

The US immigration system allows for the sponsorship of certain qualifying immediate family members of US citizens and US permanent residents.

Green Cards for Spouses

If you are a Canadian citizen married to a US citizen, they can petition on your behalf for a green card and permanent residence.

Green Cards for Family

If you are a Canadian citizen and a qualifying family member of a US citizen or permanent resident, they can petition on your behalf for permanent residence.

K-1 Visas for Fiancés or Fiancées

If you are a Canadian citizen engaged to a US citizen, your fiancé or fiancée can petition on your behalf to obtain a K-1 Visa to enter the US for the purpose of marriage.

US Citizenship & Naturalization

Looking to become a US citizen? We can help.

Contact Richards and Jurusik Immigration Law today if you have questions about your eligibility for naturalization, or you are in need of assistance with the naturalization process. We routinely help US permanent residents apply for US citizenship—even attending interviews with our clients.

Do I qualify for US Citizenship?

Find out whether you meet the requirements to apply for US citizenship.

How do I apply for US citizenship?

Learn about USCIS Form N-400, which is used to apply for US citizenship through naturalization.

Can you help me apply for US citizenship?

Richards and Jurusik have extensive experience helping Canadians and other citizens apply for US citizenship.

Canadian Inadmissibility for US Citizens

Are you a US Citizen that has been refused entry to Canada? We can help.

If you are convicted of an offense, you may be inadmissible to Canada. This may be due to a criminal offense that you committed in the past such as a DUI, DWI, DWAI, OUI, DUAI, possession, assault, a felony, misdemeanor, fraud, or other convictions.

If you have been refused entry to Canada, were turned back at the border, or are unsure whether you are inadmissible, it is important to consult with a Canadian immigration attorney who can compare the law under which you were convicted with the equivalent law in Canada to see whether the conviction is one that makes you inadmissible. We can also determine whether your offense is one that is considered major or minor criminality.

Why was I denied entry to Canada?

There are different reasons why you may not be allowed to enter Canada, including security, medical, or criminal reasons.

How do I gain re-entry to Canada?

There are three ways to overcome your inadmissibility and get permission to travel to Canada again.

Can you help me gain re-entry to Canada?

Richards and Jurusik have extensive experience helping people who have been refused entry to Canada.

Immigrant & Non-immigrant Visa (NIV) Waivers

Are you an immigrant or non-immigrant that has been found to be inadmissible to the United States? We can help.

There are times when persons are found to be inadmissible to the United States for previous criminal arrests, misrepresentation, or fraud (among other reasons). The immigration laws allow for waivers of those inadmissibilities for both immigrant and non-immigrant reasons.

For persons that may only be seeking to enter the United States for a temporary non-immigrant purpose such as to visit, study, or work, their prior history may prevent them from being admitted into the United States. If you have been refused entry to the United States and have been found inadmissible, you might need a waiver.

Deportation & Removal Defense

Are you facing removal or deportation from the United States? We can help.

Removal defense (formerly called “deportation defense”) involves representing and advocating for immigrants facing removal or deportation from the United States.

For many immigrants, the process involves appearing before an immigration judge in immigration court. While most immigrants cannot afford to have an attorney represent them in court, legal representation is sadly the single most important factor in determining whether someone will win—or lose—their case.

Affirmative Asylum

Are you looking to apply for asylum in the United States? We can help.

Many people around the world have to flee their countries of birth due to being targeted because of their race, nationality, political opinion, or being a part of a particular group of people.

If you are in the United States, you can apply for protection in the form of an application for affirmative asylum.

Board of Immigration Appeals

Are you seeking assistance with your Board of Immigration Appeals case? We can help.

The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA or Board) is the highest administrative body for interpreting and applying United States immigration laws.

In general, the BIA reviews appeals from certain decisions that Immigration Judges and district directors of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issue, ensuring that the immigration laws receive a fair and uniform application. Filing an appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) is a crucial step for many noncitizens facing removal because it is the last opportunity to obtain a favorable decision from the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Our Immigration Resources

How do I get TN Visa status as an Astronomer?
How do I get TN Visa status as an Astronomer?
The profession of an Astronomer is listed under the USMCA(NAFTA) professions list as a profession that qualifies for TN visa status. If you are a Canadian or Mexican Citizen with an offer of employment from a US employer as an Astronomer, you might qualify to work and live in the US under TN Visa status. We discuss the profession of Astronomer for TN Visa status under the USMCA and how to qualify here.
How do I get TN Visa status as an Apiculturist (Beekeeper)?
How do I get TN Visa status as an Apiculturist (Beekeeper)?
The profession of an Apiculturist (Beekeeper)  is listed under the USMCA(NAFTA) professions list as a profession that qualifies for TN visa status. If you are a Canadian or Mexican Citizen with an offer of employment from a US employer as an Apiculturist, you might qualify to work and live in the US under TN Visa status. We discuss the profession of an Apiculturist for TN Visa status under the USMCA and how to qualify here.
How do I get TN Visa status as a Technical Publications Writer?
How do I get TN Visa status as a Technical Publications Writer?
The profession of Technical Publications Writer is listed under the USMCA(NAFTA) professions list as a profession that qualifies for TN visa status. If you are a Canadian or Mexican Citizen with an offer of employment from a US employer, you might qualify to work and live in the US under TN Visa status. We discuss the profession of a Technical Publications Writer for TN Visa status under the USMCA and how to qualify here.
I was laid off or fired while on an H1B visa, now what?
I was laid off or fired while on an H1B visa, now what?
Depending on the circumstances, an H1B Visa holder that loses their employment or fails to renew before it expires might be eligible for a grace period allowing them to remain in the US while they take action to preserve their legal status. But there are a lot of rules to consider, and breaking the rules could mean "unlawful presence." We discuss being laid off or fired while on an H1B visa and what to do here.
As an employer, what do I need to know about H1B Visa extensions and renewals?
As an employer, what do I need to know about H1B Visa extensions and renewals?
The initial term for an H1B Visa is up to 3 years. After the initial 3-year term, an H1B visa may be extended or renewed for one additional 3-year term for a maximum stay of 6 years in H1B visa status. an extension of H1B visa status is obtained the same way as the initial H1B visa, by filing Form I-129 Petition for Alien Worker with USCIS.  We review the H-1B Visa extension and renewal process here. 
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