Our Mission is to provide individual service and careful attention to client needs. We believe, It is one thing to practice immigration law and quite another to be a dedicated client advocate. We strive, as an organization, to do the latter. So, we can proudly say that we are in the business of Serving Immigrants Serving America! ®
These are actual testimonials from our clients received by e-mail. The names have been changed to protect privacy.
Employment Based Second Preference (EB2) PERM/I-140 Approval
This is great news indeed !!
So very proud of all the hard work put in by the team members to make this possible.
It is a sweet culmination of the dedicated efforts for the past 1.5 years by all of you and the Team at Kidambi and associates.
I am very fortunate to have such a stellar team of Immigration and legal professionals by my side.
— Anand, USA, E-mail
5 Considerations When Hiring an Immigration Lawyer
By Attorney Vaman Kidambi
Let me start out by stating that the first thing you should do before hiring an immigration attorney is to check the attorney’s standing with the local Bar Association. This information is readily available online. For instance, attorneys admitted in New York State can be found on the New York State Unified Court System website under “Attorney Search”. I also recommend asking friends and peers for a referral. There is nothing like a firsthand opinion of the Attorney you plan to hire from someone who has already used his/her services. Finally, try emailing, or calling the Law Firm to see how responsive they are and whether you feel comfortable relying on them for you immigration needs. After all, depending on the case, the process could take anywhere from twelve months to twelve years!
The American Immigration Lawyers Association has the following important pointers when hiring an Immigration Attorney:
- Be smart! If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Don’t believe it if someone tells you about a secret law or claims to have connections or special influence with any agency.
- Never sign an application that contains false information and try to avoid signing blank forms. If you must sign a blank form, make sure you get a copy of the completed form and review it for accuracy before it is filed.
- Always get proof of filing—a copy or government filing receipt—when anything is submitted in your case.
- Insist on a written contract that details all fees and expenses and make sure you receive a receipt, especially if you pay cash. If terms change, get a written explanation.
- Don’t let anyone “find” you a sponsor or spouse to get you a green card: it’s illegal.
Here are some additional considerations and advise about hiring and working with an immigration attorney.
1. Trust Your Attorney
The attorney-client relationship is based on trust. So, rule number one is to find and retain an attorney you can trust. Not everything that we do in immigration is logical. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service is a very large federal agency that relies on outside contractors for everything from opening mail, to printing notices, and even processing preliminary paperwork. Oftentimes, mistakes happen. Unfortunately, the attorney may not be able to prevent an “agency error”. When this happens, patience is required in the handling of the matter. A good attorney will guide you through the process based on well-established best practices that the Firm or attorney has developed over the years. Affording the attorney, the benefit of doubt is important and even necessary for your own peace of mind.
2. Social Media Champions
It is important that you don’t base the decision to hire an attorney solely on their social media profiles. Many Law Firms engage outside PR agencies to tout their accomplishments and drum up business. Constantly posting online or having a very active website does not always guarantee results. I can hardly imagine a busy practitioner finding the time to constantly post on social media. Instead, I would rely on blogs and well-written articles in peer-reviewed journals to assess the quality of an Attorney’s work product.
3. Reviews, Reviews, Reviews
Using online reviews to select a Law Firm may not be a bad idea, but it is far from the only consideration. Have you ever tried to decide on the best hotel to stay while on vacation? How many of you use online reviews to decide on the best hotel? So, you know the job is anything but simple. Even the best attorneys may initially end up losing the case. However, the road to success may involve filing subsequent motions and appeals to overcome the initial denial. Eventually, success is based on the final outcome of the case. If relying on online reviews, I suggest looking at how the Law Firm handled a bad review. A prompt, considerate and well-reasoned response shows the character of the Law Firm, and you should weigh this carefully in making your final choice.
4. Flat Fee Arrangements
Like any business, a Law Firm sets its fees based on the complexity and time it takes to complete a case. However, you should know your budget before you engage in discussions with the Law Firm. In immigration, “flat fees” are generally the norm. Flat fees include expenses and provide the client with a final bill that is in keeping with the negotiated fee with no hidden or additional costs. As a best practice, the Law Firm should provide you with an Engagement Letter with a schedule of fees clearly laying out the fees being charged.
5. Experts and So-Called Experts
Many states offer specialization programs that certify lawyers as specialists in certain types of law. Some areas of law, even have their own certification programs. However, this is not the only way to determine if the attorney is an expert at what he or she does. I have been in practice for twenty-five years and handle a very large volume of immigration cases. I have seen situations that sometimes did not come for the first ten or fifteen years of my practice. So, not always, but having an attorney who has been practicing for several years is an advantage.
Kidambi & Associates was founded on the idea of putting service to our clients first…always. We registered “Serving Immigrants, Serving America® with the USPTO (USPTO SERIAL NO. 77392587) believing, it is not enough to simply represent clients, but to strive to uphold the values of selfless service in every single case. We want to be the homing beacon shining and lighting the path along an immigrant’s journey to the United States.
We understand that there is no substitute for success. Please take a moment to look through our website and contact us today to discuss your case and how we can help you achieve the desired result.
Dear Vaman, as you must be knowing S…’s I 140 is approved. Such a relief, thank you so so much for your time, guidance and patience through the process.
– Shilpa, USA, E-mail
PERM – Employment Based Green Card
Our I-485 got approved finally, took 11 yr 5 months. We got the email approval notification last week and expecting the cards sometime this week. I started my journey with Vaman back in 2007, but we could start only in Sep 2009.
We can’t appreciate enough Vaman and entire his team’s help and support in my pursuit of PR. THANK YOU very much from bottom of my heart.
– Sriram, USA, E-mail
Employment Based Green Card w/Child Aging Out
We are in receipt of the approval letter for our Green Card. Thank you for all your hard work with the applications and salvaging our case from the ashes . This is a big miracle and relief and it comes with a lot of gratefulness. Words cannot express all that I would like to say about this journey.
— Mary, USA, E-mail
Employment Based Green Card – MTR Filed after AC21 situation
Thank you and Vaman for all your assistance throughout the process.
Just wanted to update you that our I-485 interview went well and now our online case status is showing “Case Was Approved”. Hopefully we should expect receive our green cards in next couple of weeks. Thanks you very much for all the support and guidance you have provided to us.
— Anand, USA, E-mail
PERM based employment case (EB3)
We should expect receive our green cards in next couple of weeks. Thank you very much for all the support and guidance you have provided to us.
— — Ajay, USA, E-mail
Employment based green card for Management Analyst
Dear Mr. Vaman, I cannot thank you enough for your services that you have rendered on our behalf. I had a wonderful experience with you and your staff during this difficult time. I really appreciate all your patience in the tough times and understanding our situation.
If it weren’t for your analytic skills and knowledge, the matter wouldn’t have been settled by now.
Me and my family will always be eternally grateful to you for all of your efforts.
— Vinod, USA, E-mail
Great job by you and your team on this one — and great result! I’m delighted!
— Winters. C., USA, E-mail
This is TRULY GREAT NEWS! Congratulations!
I want to extend a special thanks to Vaman Kidambi for so skillfully helping us through some of the difficulties we faced.
— Sam, USA, E-mail
Approved – Employment Based Green Card – Tennis Coach
I just saw it on the website that my case was approved!!! I am besides myself, extremely happy and relieved!
THANK YOU so much for all your work and your patience with me during the process! – Maya, USA, E-mail
H-1B Maxed Out; PERM Audited-I-140 Approval
Dear Vaman, Yasmin, Andres,
Thank you so much for this good news. On behalf of the company and my family, we appreciate your effort and support to make my case strong. Thank God! One more to go, H-1B. I’m sure we will overcome, since I know my case is in good hand 😊.
— Prakash, USA, E-mail
We had the interview today at USCIS field office. The case officer informed us that the application is approved and we should be receiving the green card within a month.
Many thanks to the team for all the support during this process.
— Uma, E-mail
Dear Mr. Kidambi,
Today we received our green card approvals. I can’t thank you enough for all the help and support you extended to us in last 14 years. I still remember talking to you for the very first time when we filed the first H1B in 2005.
Sir, it’s been a long and eventful journey to the path of being recognized as something in this country and not just an Alien authorized to work. I came to US in 2004 to go to the full time business school and my fees supported the scholarship for the domestic students. Paid all kinds of taxes on the hard earned money for 15 years and still was always doubtful if we will ever able to call this country our home.
Today, because of you and Andres, our dream has become a reality.
Thank you both for everything. God bless you!!
— M.S., USA, E-mail