Pennsylvania Immigration Lawyers - The Law Office of Rosina C. Stambaugh
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The Law Office of Rosina C. Stambaugh: Pennsylvania Immigration Lawyers Helping Clients Start Over and Stay Together

Hundreds of thousands of people immigrate or become lawful permanent residents in the United States every year. Every person’s immigration journey comes with challenges, but some can be more fraught than others. No matter what the circumstances are behind your immigration, starting over in a new country and having to navigate its processes, laws, and regulations is challenging.

At the Law Office of Rosina C. Stambaugh, our team is here to make this process a little bit easier. We have experience in all types of immigration cases, from helping families immigrate together to guiding those who are seeking asylum. Call our office at 717-853-1114 to find out how we can help.

How May We Help You?
How May We Help You?

Experienced Representation From a Compassionate Legal Team

With Rosina C. Stambaugh, Esq., as the lead, our firm works to ensure that each client gets the legal representation they deserve as they navigate the immigration process. Our staff includes several paralegals as well as a legal secretary, which means we have the resources and manpower to help you. As a dedicated immigration law firm, we work with clients every day who are trying to avoid removal proceedings, bring their family members into the country, or understand their options for becoming permanent residents or naturalized citizens. Where you live, and work affects every part of your life, and we work hard to provide excellent representation for our clients.

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Client Success Stories
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What Types of Immigration Cases Do You Take?

At the Law Office of Rosina C. Stambaugh, we understand that immigration can take many paths, and we can help clients with most aspects of immigration law. Here are some of the case types we handle most frequently:

  • Deportation defense
  • Family-based immigration petitions
  • Fiancé visas
  • Adjustment of status applications
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Violence Against Women Act petitions (VAWA)
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile petitions
  • U visas
  • Naturalization
  • Consular processing and temporary protected status
  • Crimmigration
  • Green Cards
  • Asylum

If you’re not sure which visa option is best for you, contact our firm to schedule a consultation with an attorney. We can provide information on your eligibility and help you address any time-sensitive issues, such as facing removal proceedings.

What Should I Do If I’m Facing Deportation?

If you are facing deportation, it’s important to act quickly. Call our office to schedule your initial appointment as soon as possible, and make sure to bring a copy of any documentation or letters you have from the government about your removal. We can review your case and talk about the different deportation defense options that may be available to you. However, in some cases, there is a time limit on how long you have to respond to a notice or to start an appeals process. We can start your response or appeal immediately so that you can have the best chance of avoiding removal.

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Why Choose Us?
Extensive Immigration Law Experience

Our legal team is led by Rosina C. Stambaugh, an immigration attorney with years of experience handling complex cases. She has represented clients in immigration court, as well as the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Ms. Stambaugh understands how these judicial proceedings work and is prepared to put the full weight of her experience and skills to work for her clients.

Empathic Counsel

Ms. Stambaugh knows firsthand what an important issue immigration is because her parents were immigrants from Italy. She brings this compassionate perspective to each and every client’s case, providing information and counsel on their options, all with the understanding of how difficult it can be to be separated from family members or try to navigate a completely new country and culture.

Track Record of Success

Our firm has successfully worked with clients who are dealing with many different immigration concerns, from deportation defense and U visa petitions for crime victims to family-based immigration petitions and fiancé visas. Whether you are trying to sponsor a family member or are trying to avoid removal proceedings, our firm is here to help.

Satisfied Clients

At the Law Office of Rosina C. Stambaugh, we put our clients first — after all, it’s their lives and futures that are in the balance. Our clients appreciate how we are able to offer information tailored to their circumstances as well as plenty of encouragement and hope as they navigate this often-lengthy process.

Award-Winning Representation

Our office has been recognized time and time again as a top-tier law firm. Just a few of the recent awards Ms. Stambaugh has received include the PA Bar Association Immigration Law Pro Bono Award (2022), PA Bar Association Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2020), and Super Lawyer’s Rising Star for Immigration Law in Pennsylvania (2019-present).

Commitment to Community Education

While our clients are always the main focus of our practice, Ms. Stambaugh understands how important it is to continue to be active and present in the immigration law community. She is an active participant in helping educate other legal professionals, including presenting at conferences held by the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the York Bar Association.

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What Does an Immigration Attorney Do?

An immigration attorney helps those who are trying to come to the United States from another country. A lawyer can help with many parts of this process, from ensuring that a visa application is done correctly and working with clients so they know what to expect to represent clients at deportation defense hearings. Immigration law is complex, and it’s nearly impossible for anyone other than experienced immigration attorneys to be able to follow all of the ins and outs and requirements that come with moving to a new country. At the Law Office of Rosina C. Stambaugh, we work to provide our clients with information, representation, and — perhaps most important of all — hope.

Take Your First Step Today

Moving to a new country, learning a new language, and experiencing a new culture is a big step, but it can be an important one and a lifelong dream for many. Immigration proceedings can take quite a while to go through, so it’s important to start the process as soon as you are ready. Learn more about which immigration options you may qualify for and what the requirements are when you work with the legal team at the Law Office of Rosina C. Stambaugh. We’re here to provide information, legal counsel, and help with every step of the immigration process. Call us today at 717-900-1818 to schedule your first appointment.

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Q: How do I know which visa option is right for me?

A: There are many visa options, including those for immigrants and nonimmigrants. The best way to find out which one is right for you is to speak with an immigration attorney. A lawyer will go over your background and goals and let you know which visas you qualify for and which ones may be the best option if you’re planning on eventually living permanently in the United States. Family-based and employer-sponsored visas are common options.

Q: Who can sponsor a family member to come to the United States?

A: The requirements to sponsor a family member depend on what relation the person is to you and your status. U.S. citizens are able to sponsor spouses, siblings, children, and parents, while a lawful permanent resident can only sponsor their spouse and any unmarried children. The sponsor may also have to meet certain requirements, including age and income, to show that they are able to financially support the sponsoree.

Q: How long do you have to be married for a marriage visa?

A: There is no length of marriage requirement to be able to get a marriage visa, but if you have been married for less than 2 years, you will have to have a conditional visa. Once you have been in the United States for 2 years after your conditional visa is approved, you can apply to have the conditions removed, which will grant you a traditional permanent resident card. However, you will have to prove that your marriage is bona fide. Couples with new marriages or who had a short relationship before getting married may have more difficulty convincing the government that the marriage is legitimate.

Q: Why would my application be denied?

A: Immigration applications can be denied for many reasons, but there are three that are more common. The first is that you didn’t meet the eligibility requirements for the visa you applied for. Each visa has a specific set of criteria that the person must meet — and sometimes for their sponsor as well — and if you don’t check every box, you will be denied. The second common reason is an error in the paperwork. This happens when something is filled out incorrectly, or there is missing documentation. The third common reason is that there were no visas available. Some visas are only given out in a limited number per year, so if the quota has been met, your application will be denied.

Q: Can I work while my visa application is processing?

A: In most cases, you are able to work while your visa application is processing as long as you have applied for and been granted a work permit or employment authorization. You must wait until you have your permit to begin work, and you cannot work while waiting for a permit to be processed. It’s important to abide by these terms because working when you don’t have proper authorization can cause you to face removal proceedings for violating the terms of your stay in the United States.

Q: What is a Green Card?

A: A Green Card is the common name for a permanent residency card. At one time, the card that the government presented to lawful permanent residents was printed on green paper, leading it to be called a Green Card. Today, the cards are very similar to a driver’s license or state ID card, but they are still often referred to as Green Cards. Having a Green Card means that you are able to live and work permanently in the United States.

Q: How do I apply for an adjustment of status?

A: To apply for an adjustment of status, you will need to submit Form I-485 with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office along with any supporting documentation. Your application will be reviewed, and depending on what status you are trying to get, you may have to go through an interview or provide more information if the reviewer has follow-up questions.

Q: How long does the immigration process take?

A: Many people wonder how long it will take for their immigration application to be processed, but unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer. Each visa type has its own review timeline, and this can be extended if you have to provide more documentation than was originally included in your application. In general, immigration applications can take anywhere from a few months to over a year. You can view some updated timelines based on your local immigration office on the USCIS website.

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