Practice Areas

Immigration

Our experienced immigration lawyers assist businesses and individuals with visas, I-9 forms and compliance, audits and other immigration matters throughout Alabama, Mississippi and the Florida panhandle. We provide each client with personal access to a team of senior lawyers who thoroughly understand the complex web of immigration laws and the enormous impact these laws can have on a person’s life or a business’s bottom line. 

We advise our business clients on completing I-9 employment eligibility forms and verifying their accuracy, EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 employment visas, the PERM labor process, and H and L visas. We also represent clients in connection with outside employment eligibility audits.

For our individual clients, we prepare personal visa petitions for travelers, fiancées and students. We counsel our clients through the permanent residence petition process, including preparing applications for extreme hardship waivers (I-601As) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. We also assist them with naturalization. Our Immigration attorneys are members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Snapshot of Strengths

We help employers navigate immigration laws so they can attract and retain the employees they need to ensure business success. We also assist individuals with immigration issues. Our expertise includes: 

Featured Client Stories 

A Notario Is Not the Answer

Johnstone Adams was approached by a mother and daughter from Mexico who had entered the country illegally.  The mother had married a U.S. citizen, but had left him due to spousal abuse. The pair had gone to a notario, who charged them nearly $15,000 to file a VAWA / Adjustment petition, which the notario never followed up on. Four years later, neither had any resolution. To make matters worse, the daughter had just had a child of her own, but could not marry the father until her immigration status was corrected. 

Johnstone Adams approach and solution: We agreed to do the case pro bono and immediately used our contacts with AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) to determine the status of the pending petitions. After corresponding with both AILA and USCIS, we were able to secure work authorization for both the mother and her daughter, and shortly thereafter, get the VAWA / Adjustment petition back on track. 

Outcome:  A few short months later, both received their green cards in the mail.


Foreign Student Issue Resolved

We were contacted by an embassy when one of its foreign nationals, in the U.S. on a student visa, was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a local jail.  Our client was enrolled at a university when he abruptly needed to return home. He did so after speaking with the designated school official (DSO) at his university and was assured that doing so was not a problem. He returned to the U.S. at the end of the summer and was enrolled in classes for the fall semester when ICE picked him up.  Apparently, a miscommunication with the DSO had resulted in the termination of his student visa.

Johnstone Adams approach and solution: We immediately sprang into action, driving to the facility and interviewing our new client.  After getting the facts, we advised him on what to expect to help calm his nerves. We then requested a hearing with an immigration judge to set a bond amount, which ICE had refused to set. We were able to get bond set and secure the release of our client.  Now we had to rectify the alleged immigration transgression.  The university was not cooperating with our client, so we assisted him in finding a new school in which to enroll.

Outcome:  We coordinated our efforts with the DSO at the new institution while simultaneously requesting the reinstatement of his student status from U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS).  Ultimately, USCIS reinstated our client, he continued on with his studies at the new institution, and the removal proceedings against him were terminated.

Next Steps

When you hire Johnstone Adams for your immigration needs, you don’t just get a lawyer who knows something about immigration – you get the collective wisdom of our attorneys who will work personally with you on everything from filling out forms to establishing internal policies and procedures to representing you in petitions and audits. We handle cases throughout the region, thanks to advanced software that allows us to securely engage with our remote clients. 

We care about our clients and want the best result possible, so every matter is reviewed by multiple attorneys to make sure we are presenting your strongest case.  We understand that people’s lives literally hang in the balance and work tirelessly to achieve your objectives.

Practice Group Attorneys

Rick A. La Trace
Spencer Larche
Tiffany Smith