IMMIGRATION LAW REPRESENTATION | Scott Air Force Base Military: Welcome!


(*Practice Limited to Immigration Law)

We respectfully salute and welcome members of the Military including those from the Scott Air Force Base in Southern Illinois. Thank you.


If you as a professional and/or as an individual family member have an interest in understanding how you can legally immigrate to the United States of America, it is recommended that you contact a licensed attorney in the United States of America, for your information and benefit in a short or long term. Seeking legal advice from an admitted Attorney in the United States with an understanding of the complexities of Immigration Law is necessary and importantWe charge flat fees for consultations and legal services. First consultation is offered at not cost. We are available to meet with you in our office in Collinsville, IL and/or to communicate with you on the phone, via E-mail or via Skype at your convenience.
Our services are available to business organizations and individuals such as individuals, families, aliens detained or non-detained in Removal Proceedings, students, members of religious organizations,  business professionals to name a few. We represent individuals from worldwide countries seeking immigrant status including Fiance(e) Visas. 

We strive to offer ethical  and diligent professional legal representation nationwide for your immigration law related matters including among others, the following: 


Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

  • Successful nationwide representation of eligible / qualified applicants seeking Deferred Action to remain in the country with employment authorization

Immigrant Visas 

Family – Based Visas for Immediate Relatives and for Relatives in “Preference Categories”

  • Petitions for Alien Relatives filed by a U.S. Citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident to sponsor certain alien relatives who wish to immigrate to the United States
  • Provisional Waiver for Unlawful Presence (I-601A) for certain immediate relatives of U.S. Citizens  before departing the United States to appear at a U.S. Consular Post for an immigrant visa interview
  • Consular Processing
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence
  • Waivers of Inadmissibility and Waivers of Deportability

Fiancée /Fiance Visas

  • Fiancé / Fiancée Visas (Worldwide countries)

Asylum and Refugee Matters 

Asylum Application available for qualified ”refugees” who are unwilling or fear returning to their home country based on past persecution or “well grounded fear” of future persecution on account of race, political opinion, membership in a social group, nationality or religion

Defense Against Removal from the United States 

Legal representation is available to Detained and Non-Detained Foreign Nationals who are placed in Removal Proceedings, appearing at Immigration Courts in Chicago, IL, Kansas City, MO or elsewhere in the country. Our services for your loved one or yourself include:

  • Immigration Bond proceedings
  • Credible Fear Interview
  • Master Calendar / Individual Hearings to seek applicable relief based on eligibility, among others:
  • Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal and Protection under CAT
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS) | NACARA | DACA
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Cancellation of Removal for a Permanent Resident
  • Cancellation of Removal for a Non-Permanent Resident

Law Enforcement Visas 

  •  T Visas  for foreign nationals in the U.S. who have been victims of “severe trafficking” by the use of force or coercion for sex, involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery
  • U Visas for foreign nationals in the U.S. who have suffered “substantial” physical or mental abuse as victims of specific “qualifying criminal activity”, who have been, are being or will be helpful to a certifying agency in the investigation or prosecution of the crime

Naturalization Applications

  • Assessment of eligibility to apply to naturalization
  • Appeals of denied applications
  • Certificate of Naturalization

Employment-Based Visas 

  • First Employment Based Preference — EB-1 Visas are available for individuals of “extraordinary ability” (in science, arts, education, business or athletics) “outstanding professors and researchers”, and certain executives and managers of multinational enterprises
  • Second Employment Based Preference — EB-2 Visas are available for foreign nationals with advanced degrees or those with exceptional ability, whose contributions are in the “national interest” to be granted lawful permanent residence status
  • Third Employment Based Preference — EB-3 Visas are available for foreign skilled professionals, workers and others with a job offer
  • Fourth Employment Based Preference — EB-4 Visas for religious workers. (The religious organizations are subject to close and stringent supervision by USCIS)
  • Fifth Employment Based Preference — EB-5 Visas for Immigrant Investors who are not required to have a job offer or a Labor Certification but are required to invest in a new enterprise or save U.S. jobs

Non-Immigrant Visas 

  • B-1 Visa for foreign nationals to attend business meetings, trade shows, buy goods or conduct market/commercial activities, admitted in the country for a few weeks or a few months
  • B-2 Visa for tourism and to visit family and friends
  • E-1 / E-2 Treaty Trader Investor Visas available for foreign nationals of specific countries with which the United States has entered reciprocity treaties, who will be authorized to develop and direct business
  • E-3 Visas for Australian Professionals sponsored by U.S. employers for up to three years, subject to extensions
  • F Visas for foreign bonafide students aiming to pursue a full course of study at an established institution of learning or other recognized place of study in the United States (excluding elementary schools or publicly funded adult education programs I,e. ESL)
  • H-1B Specialty Occupation for professionals and “specialists” that are to be employed in the United States by a petitioning U.S. employer, for up to three years, subject to extension(s)
  • H-3 Trainee Visas available for foreigners that are invited by an individual or organization to receive instruction and training in fields other than graduate medical education or training, that is not available in their home country and are not granted to provide productive employment
  • I Visa for journalists to exercise their profession for their media employer  overseas while on assignment in the United StatesM Vocational Students to study for example at junior/ community college, post-secondary vocational business schools and vocational or non-academic curriculum programs (I.e. cooking, flight schools) Not available for Online courses
  • J-1 Visas that are highly regulated for foreign researchers, scholars, short-term scholar, bonafide trainee or intern, college or university student, teacher, forein physicians, Au Pair, summer student in a travel/work program, camp counselor, international or government visitor, among others,  who aim to work, study, teach, research or receive training, for various lenght of duration 
  • L-1 Intra-Company Transfers of executives and managers (for seven years) and for specialized knowledge employees (for five years) of multinational organizations
  • O-1 Visas for Persons of Extraordinary Ability based on non-academic achievements for up to three years, with one year increment extensions
  • Q Visas for Cultural Visitor Programs for participation in international cultural exchange programs for up to fifteen months
  • R-1 Religious Worker such as Ministers and those employed in religious occupations for up to thirty months subject to extensions for up to five years
  • TN Visas for specific professionals  from Canada and Mexico for up to three years, subject to extensions (Pursuant to NAFTA Treaty)
  • Visa Waiver Program for nationals of specific countries that don’t need the B-1 or B-2 visas to travel for business or tourism for up to ninety days; extensions are not allowed



 Main Office 

850 Vandalia Street | Suite 300

Collinsville, IL 62234

Close to Shop ‘N Save

Phones: + (618) 855-9056 | +(314) 603-1861

Fax: + (618) 551-2825


Office Hours/ Availability 

Monday – Friday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Virtual Meetings (Evening and Weekends available) 

Skype: immigrationwithmaria