For Russian Speakers
Russian immigration lawyer Dmitry Paniotto born and raised in the city of Kiev, Ukraine offers a first in person free consultation to the Russian community in Los Angeles. Russian immigration lawyer Dmitry Paniotto will speak with you directly and in Russian without Russian paralegal/ interpreter. If you are a Russian/Russian speaking student is in Los Angeles and you want to explore your options of applying for political asylum, changing your student visa to some other status or getting permanent residency in the United States based on employment, feel free to call (213)637-5623 and make an appointment with our Wilshire office to directly speak with Dmitry Paniotto, a Russian speaking immigration attorney.
As one of the few Russian immigration lawyers in Los Angeles who are dealing with immigration problems of Russian and Russian speaking immigrants, Russian and Russian speaking students, Russian and Russian speaking J-1 exchange visitors, Russian and Russian speaking fiancées and wives of American men, Russian and Russian speaking asylum applicants and Russian / Russian speaking immigrants in immigration court proceedings or detained in immigration jails, Dmitry Paniotto is familiar with common immigration problems facing the Russian /Russian speaking persons from all countries of former Soviet Union including Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Uzbekistan and other countries.
Also, the immigration problems for people from Uzbekistan, for example, may differ from problems for people from Russia and Armenia and have to be dealt with in a different way. Russian / Russian speaking students in the U.S. may face a different set of problems from Russian wives of American husbands and also have to be given special treatment. Russian / Russian speaking persons who entered with a visa have different needs from Russian/ Russian speaking persons who are detained in deportation centers or are in deportation proceedings.
Russian Immigration lawyer in Los Angeles Dmitry Paniotto understands these differences and has an individual approach to each separate immigration problem of our clients. The following discussion will focus on what immigration assistance each different group of Russian/ Russian speaking immigrants/visa holders may need:
1. ATTENTION: For those who've lived in the U.S. illegally or had a greencard/permanent residency and have criminal record:
If you already have a greencard and are a permanent resident of the U.S. but you had problems with the law, you may be deported from the United States. There is a long list of criminal offenses leading to deporation - the most common of those offenses are domestic violence/ violence against spouse or child, sexual abuse of a minor, drug use and trafficking, major fraud, theft, robbery, bank fraud, credit card fraud, welfare fraud , medicare/medical fraud, insurance fraud, gang-related crimes, and other crimes. Usually, if you were accused of crime leading to deportation/removal, you will be placed under "immigration hold" (which means you can not be bailed out of jail). This normally happens to illegal aliens, but permanent residents can be subject to immigration hold too. It is very important to hire a qualified criminal defense attorney who is familiar with immigration consequences of pleading guilty to certain charges to avoid pleading guilty to a deportable offense in exchange for empty promises of short jail terms by the prosecutors. Unfortunately, very few criminal defense attorneys and even fewer public defenders are familiar with immigration law. Public defenders are not financially motivated to vigorously defend defendant's interests and are unwilling to go to trial - its much easier for them to just plead you out without regard to the deportation consequences for you.
2. Russian / Russian speaking students
Russian speaking students in Los Angeles and U.S. in general are here on J-1 , work travel or F -1 student visas. The immigration options for Russian/ Russian speaking students usually include changing J-1 exchange visitor to F-1 student visa (See more detailed discussion on J-1 and F-1 webpage of this site) or if students want to live in the U.S. permanently, they apply for political asylum no later than one year after arrival to the U.S. or marry a U.S. citizen. For a lucky few an employer may be available to sponsor your H1B visa during the season from April to October (although your visa must be prepared before April 1 of any given year and mailed on April 1). And some may also be able to apply for labor certification although such cases are extremely rare. Russian immigration lawyer Dmitry Paniotto is available for first free in person consultation in Russian to advise you on what's the best option for you in your specific situation.
3. Immigrants / visitors from Uzbekistan, Belarus, Russia
Immigrants and visitors from Uzbekistan , Uzbeks, Uzbek Koreans, Uzbek Christians , Uzbek Russians and others usually choose to apply for political asylum when they feel threatened by the dictatorship of Uzbek president Islam Karimov and his corrupt government. Uzbekistan state department report is full of references to violations of human rights of independent muslims in Uzbekistan, as well as violation of religious rights of Christian evangelical groups and others. Uzbekistan is also famous for its cruel jail conditions and successful elimination of open opposition to Uzbek government. Some Uzbeks in Los Angeles complain that not only poor people in Uzbekistan suffer from poverty and suppression of their rights, but even well-educated and financially secure individuals are forced to flee from Uzbek government that violates their rights and prevents them from running a business in Uzbekistan
According to the State department reports on Belarus, president Lukashenko and his government have turned that country into a country where civil rights of its citizens have been suppressed to the extent that Belarus was blacklisted by Human rights organizations and the State department itself as an authoritarian regime. As a result, asylum applicants from Belarus may have better chances to win asylum case based on fear of returning to Belarus for political reasons.
Although Russia is considered a sufficiently democratic and fast developing country , certain categories of persons can still expect pretty good chances of getting political asylum in the U.S. Specifically, gays threatened with draft into the army, and representatives of certain religious minorities such as evangelists, Baptists, Jehova's witnesses, seventh day Adventists as well as Muslims and residents of Caucasus and Central Asia with Russian citizenship .
Aside from political asylum , Russian citizens being sponsored by American companies may be able to apply for labor certification to obtain permanent residency in the U.S. and to apply for H1B or H2B work visas during the April to October season if the visas did not run out.
4. Armenia and Armenians
Russian speaking Armenians considering asylum in the U.S. and in need of a Russian speaking attorney and Armenians from any other country are welcome to make an appointment for the first free consultation with immigration lawyer Dmitry Paniotto to discuss their options. Additonally, considering a large number of Armenians who already received their immigration status in the U.S. there is a demand to bring relatives from Armenia, Russia and other countries. We'll be happy to discuss with you the visa options for your relatives and friends ranging from student and work visas for Armenians from Russia , Armenia and other countries to Fiancee visas for fiancées of Armenian U.S. citizens.
For those who have been here illegally or with a permanent residency and has a criminal record or have been charged with criminal offense:
Please see comments above about deportation consequences of pleading guilty to criminal offense and call us before its too late ! (213)637-5623 . If you have someone who was recently transferred from criminal jail to immigration detention center and is awaiting the first hearing before immigration judge call us to make an appointment to discuss your case.
For the newcomers:
Although a large Armenian community in Los Angeles has suffered from asylum fraud committed by self- proclaimed unlicensed immigration paralegals who successfully destroyed credibility of asylum for Armenians from Armenia, Russia or other countries in the eyes of U.S. immigration officials, newly arrived Armenians very often have no other option but apply for asylum. Not to repeat the mistakes of your relatives and friends who in search of bargains (and often not so cheap bargains) entrusted their asylum cases to con artists and crooks, contact an immigration attorney licensed in one of the states in the U.S. with sufficient asylum experience in immigration courts to increase your chances of winning the case. Naturally, the decision in your case does not depend on your attorney, even if he is the best attorney available, - the decision is for the immigration officials to make and therefore it is illegal and unethical to guarantee you that we willyou're your case. Only con artists , crooks and self-proclaimed immigration case preparers will guarantee you winning your case to trick you out of your money. However, if you came to an immigration attorney licensed in the U.S. and political asylum experience, then you can expect that your chances to win political asylum case will actually increase.
Asylum for Armenians from Armenia usually involves political problems with current Armenian government of president Kocharian , problems for people in Armenian opposition movements and problems for Jehovas witnesses in Armenia and other religious groups. Armenians from Russia and other countries usually claim persecution on the basis of their ethnicity/nationality.
5. Russian fiancées and wives of U.S. citizens
we will be happy to prepare your immigration paperwork to get permanent residency in the U.S. based on marriage with a U.S. citizen and we'll prepare you for and provide you with legal representation at the interview at 300 N Los Angeles with an immigration officer.
The most common cases where this group needs immigration assistance of an immigration lawyer is the refusal of American spouse to cooperate in obtaining permanent residency for the immigrant spouse. In this case there is usually only three possible venues for relief:
1) battered spouse case / sluchai s izbieniem zheni /ee detei (for details see battered spouse page)
It is noteworthy that in case with victims of domestic violence well - documented injuries with pictures of bruises/other injuries, medical reports from hospitals and doctors, police reports, visits to women's shelter by the victim, restraining orders, witness statements , presence of children and child abuse against victim's children are crucial to winning the case and obtaining the permanent residency /greencard in the U.S. for victims of domestic violence committed by the U.S. permanent residents and their children. On the other hand unsupported /undocumented statements about domestic fights and "psychological pressure" by the U.S. citizen spouse without any supporting documentation normally lead to denial of the case.
2) extreme hardship waiver after divorce / spetsialnaya protsedura podachi na postoyannoe zhitelstvo posle razvoda na osnove nevozmozhnosti vernutsa v svoyu stranu
3) new marriage with a U.S. citizen/ noviy brak s grazhdaninom SShA posle razvoda
ATTENTION: if your relative/friend is currently in deportation proceedings in Los Angeles immigration court or was detained crossing the border illegally or at the airport, Russian speaking immigration lawyer Dmitry Paniotto is available to represent your relative/friend in deportation proceedings. If your family member arriving to the airport from Armenia , Russia or other countries is detained , if your family member/friend from Armenia , Russia or other countries is detained in Otay Mesa facility or any other place immediately call immigration lawyer Dmitry Paniotto's cellphone (213)820-0434 to discuss your emergency.