The immigration lawyers at Richards and Jurusik Immigration Law have decades of combined experience in immigration law. We offer several consultation options, affordable flat fees, and excellent client service.

We help people from all over the world with their immigration law 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

Common Causes of Immigration Application Delays
Common Causes of Immigration Application Delays
In this post, we cover various reasons why immigration applications can experience delays. Covering everything from logistical issues within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the State Department, to complications with paperwork and inter-agency coordination. This post will help applicants recognize potential delays and better prepare for their application process.
TN Visa to H1B Visa for Canadian and Mexican Professionals
TN Visa to H1B Visa for Canadian and Mexican Professionals
The decision to transition from a TN to an H1B visa involves a mix of career objectives, personal preferences, and immigration regulations. Many Canadian and Mexican professionals in the United States face this crossroads, weighing the immediate benefits against long-term implications. Here, we discuss going from a TN Visa to an H1B visa.
When Franchises Qualify for an L1 Visa: Common Ownership
When Franchises Qualify for an L1 Visa: Common Ownership
Understanding the L-1 visa process for franchises can be complex. This post clarifies when a franchise qualifies for an L-1 visa, focusing on ownership and control requirements between entities. Understand the differences between franchise agreements and qualifying relationships needed for L-1 visas.
Resources for Identifying E2 Visa Investment Opportunities
Resources for Identifying E2 Visa Investment Opportunities
Discover essential resources for potential investors looking to explore opportunities in the United States. This guide highlights key portals and local contacts that provide valuable insights into U.S. economic climates, including the top government and local entities to consult.
Do E Visa Applicants Need an in Person interview?
Do E Visa Applicants Need an in Person interview?
When applying for an E-visa to the United States, most applicants must attend an interview in person at a consulate. This post covers the general requirement, exceptions for young children, and the importance of being in Canada when applying.