The United States has welcomed immigrants from all parts of the world with open arms for hundreds of years. The citizens of America value the great contributions made by immigrants who continue to enrich this country's culture and pass on America's legacy as a land of freedom and opportunity. If you are interested in becoming a U.S. citizen, then this may be one of the biggest decisions of your life. When you decide to venture on the path to naturalization and citizenship, you will be demonstrating your commitment to the United States and your loyalty to this great nation. In return, you will be generously rewarded with all of the privileges and rights that are afforded to U.S. citizens.

At Jonathan A. Bartell, Attorney with Margaret W. Wong & Associates, we offer immigration services to the residents of Cincinnati and nationwide. Whether you are interested in coming to the United States to become a citizen, or if you are looking to come to the U.S. to obtain a higher education or find employment, we are here to answer all of your questions and fully explain the different types of visas available, and to guide you down the right path that would enable you to meet your goals.

About Citizenship & Family

America is known as the land of the free, and as a place where anyone can come and flourish and prosper regardless of their nation of origin. For this reason, obtaining American citizenship is one dream that many immigrants aspire to. In the U.S., one becomes a U.S. citizen either at birth or following birth. In order to become a citizen at birth, you must have been born in the U.S. or in certain territories, or one or both of your parents must have been citizens at the time of your birth. In order to become a citizen after birth, you must apply for either "derived" citizenship or "acquired" citizenship through your parents, or you must apply for naturalization. The majority of naturalization applicants will be required to take a test on both English and Civics (U.S. history and government).

Our clients frequently contact our firm because they are seeking to help their loved ones and family members immigrate to the United States. Our clients' status will determine which relatives may be eligible to receive immigration benefits. For example, in order for one to help their family member immigrate to the U.S., they must be either a U.S. citizen, or a permanent resident (green card holder), or they must be a refugee, or an asylee that was granted asylum within the last two years.

Working in the United States

Each year, the United States welcomes thousands of workers from all different types of occupations. These workers include doctors, nurses, scientists, artists, performers, educators, researchers, information technology specialists, religious workers, investors, athletes, agricultural workers and many others. In order for a foreign worker to work legally in the United States, they must first obtain permission from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

There are several different employment categories, each of which has their own requirements and conditions, as well authorized periods of stay. It is important that you fully understand these requirements as any violation can result in removal or denial of re-entry into the United States. Our firm can provide information to both employers looking to hire foreign workers, and to foreign workers seeking to live and work in the United States whether for a long or short period of time.

Cincinnati Immigration Lawyer: Deportation Defense

Not only does our firm assist in all aspects of obtaining a green card, various types of visas and naturalization, our firm offers powerful deportation defense. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), there is a list of classifications for deportable aliens some of which include: 1) anyone who was inadmissible at the time of entry, 2) aliens who engage in marriage fraud, 3) aliens engaged in smuggling, 4) aliens who have been convicted of crimes of moral turpitude, 5) aliens who have been convicted of an aggravated felony, 6) crimes involving sexual abuse of a minor, murder, or rape, 7) forgery, 8) passport fraud, and 9) drug abusers and addicts, among others.

For those facing deportation proceedings, our firm offers a strong and aggressive deportation defense. We understand how important it is that you remain at home with your family and we will do everything to fight for this right.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Currently, there are a lot of changes going on with immigration law. There are a number of senators, advocacy groups and politicians that are focused on comprehensive immigration reform. If these political figures are successful, there will be sweeping changes in the field of immigration law. Our lead attorney Jonathan A. Bartell is the greatest advocate you will ever have when it comes to immigration, and he constantly stays up to date on current trends in immigration law so he can use this knowledge to his clients' benefit at all times. Attorney Bartell is also fluent in five languages including English, Russian, Thai and Arabic, so he is uniquely qualified to have excellent communication with clients who only speak these languages.

If you or your loved one has been arrested, our firm is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to give you legal advice. No matter your circumstances, our dedicated legal team works tirelessly to help you resolve your issue and obtain your immigration goals, whatever they may be. If you are in search of high quality legal counsel, don't hesitate to contact Cincinnati immigration attorney Jonathan A. Bartell for the valuable representation your situation demands.

Cincinnati Resource Links

Criminal Defense Information Center 
USCIS Website 
City of Cincinnati