Choosing the Right Immigration Lawyer, Choosing the Right Immigration Lawyer



Whether you’re looking to work, study or permanently immigrate to the United States, the Botelho Law Group can assist you through the entire process. Our experienced immigration attorneys at our offices in Fall River and Providence will help you achieve your immigration goals through careful planning and zealous advocacy. Whether you’re just beginning your immigration journey or need assistance at any point along the way, we’re happy to offer you a free consultation to discuss how our services can help you. Our record of success and attentive customer service is why the Botelho Group has earned its reputation as the top Massachusetts and Rhode Island immigration attorneys serving Fall River, Taunton, New Bedford, Providence, Worcester, Boston, Plymouth and other cities in Massachusetts and the entire United States of America.

Why Choose Us?

We understand how much is at stake and always go the extra mile to increase the likelihood of the success of your application. The process can be complicated and confusing, so we patiently explain every aspect of your case so you never feel out of the loop. We don’t rest until all of your questions are answered and all of your concerns are addressed. Immigration laws are constantly changing, and we’re dedicated to carefully following every amendment, looking for ways it may benefit our clients. We help you choose the most advantageous type of visa for your goals, and meticulously prepare your application, making sure that it’s submitted in a timely manner with all the required documentation.

Immigrant Visas and Green Cards

A green card is the popular name for a permanent resident visa with the right to work and a path towards citizenship. Our experienced Massachusetts and Rhode Island immigration attorneys can help you obtain a green card based on the following types of eligibility:

  • Family Based
  • Employment
  • Refugee
  • Human Trafficking or Crime Victim
  • Victim of Abuse
  • Other Specific Laws such as The Cuban Adjustment Act, The Liberian Immigration Fairness Act (LRIF), the Haitian Refugee Fairness Act (HRIFA), etc.

It is also possible to get a green card through the Diversity Lottery Program that originated with the Immigration Act of 1990. In order to be a beneficiary you must be from an eligible country, have at least a high school education and meet certain other criteria. It’s important to know that you can claim eligibility based on your spouse’s country of origin if yours is ineligible. If you’re seeking a green card, please take advantage of Botelho Law’s free consultation which can help you better understand your eligibility.

Removal (Deportation) Defense

Removal is the legal term for deportation and the stakes are high, especially if you’ve established your life and livelihood in the United States.  If any of the following actions have occurred, it’s important to speak to an experienced Massachusetts and Rhode Island immigration attorney as soon as possible:

  • You’ve received a notice to appear in immigration court;
  • A visit from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE);
  • You’ve been convicted of a crime and/or
  • You’re the subject of a criminal investigation;

The dedicated attorneys at the Botelho Law Group will leave no stone unturned to help you avoid being deported. These are some of the defenses to removal that may apply to your case:

  • Adjustment of status;
  • Cancellation of removal;
  • Defensive Asylum;
  • United Nations Convention Against Torture;
  • Waivers of deportability and inadmissibility and
  • Appealing removal orders.

The Botelho Group offers a free consultation to discuss the options available to you to avoid being deported.

Non-Immigrant Visas

If you’re not eligible for an immigrant visa or your goal is not to remain permanently in the United States, there are many options for non-immigrant visas that allow you to enter the United States legally and remain for an extended period of time. Some examples of non-immigrant visas are:

  • Work Visas
    • B1 Visas for that allow attend meetings and conferences, but do not permit employment;
    • H-1B Visas for professionals with specialized skills;
    • H-2A Visas for seasonal agricultural workers;
    • H-2B Visas for seasonal non-agricultural workers
    • H-3 Visas for training that is not available in the country of origin, such as special education training programs;
    • L Visas that allows foreign executive to be transferred temporarily to work in the United States for an international company;
    • O & P Visas for people with extraordinary abilities such as scientists, educators and athletes;
    • R Visas that allow clergy from abroad to work in a professional capacity at a religious organization and
    • TN Visas that allow skilled workers from Canada and Mexico to temporarily perform work in certain occupations outlined in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA.)
  • Student Visas for academic or vocational education, an exchange program or for training programs;
  • Travel Visas and
  • Special Programs such as The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Prosecutorial Discretion (PD) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS.)

These are only some examples of the exhaustive list of non-immigrant visas that are available and these categories are added, deleted or amended on a regular basis. It’s important to choose a visa that you’re qualified for to avoid unnecessary disappointment and wasted effort. That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced Massachusetts and Rhode Island immigration attorney that can help you choose the right visa and make sure that your application is properly submitted.

Top Massachusetts Immigration Attorneys

Immigration laws are complex and constantly changing, so it’s important to hire a top Massachusetts Immigration attorney with a track record for success. The Botelho Law Group will help you every step of the way.

Joseph F. Botelho, Esq.
Attorneys At Law

901 Eastern Ave.
Unit 2
Fall River, MA 02723
Office:  888-269-0688