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Washington, D.C., Maryland & Virginia Immigration Lawyers

Helping Immigrants Live & Work in the U.S.

The U.S. Immigration System is continuously changing, making the process ever more complex and confusing. Our immigration attorneys at Portner & Shure have years of experience, and many of us have personally gone through the U.S. immigration process or witnessed someone else go through it. We understand how difficult it can be.

Our excellent staff speaks more than five languages including Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin Chinese, and Cantonese Chinese, and Korean. We take the time to listen and understand your circumstances, so we can effectively advise you and guide you through the immigration process.

The U.S. laws surrounding immigration involve a variety of situations, and there are several ways to gain entry from a foreign country:

Family - Based Immigration

The most common way for a person to get a green card is through a family member. U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents can sponsor (or "petition") certain family members for immigration visas or "green cards." Eligible family members include spouses, children, parents, and siblings. The process to get a green card requires two steps. First, the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident files a petition on behalf of the foreign national relative. Second, the foreign national relative files an application to become a permanent resident. Each step may differ depending on the familial relationship.

If you or a loved one needs help obtaining a green card or you have questions about the process, please contact us.

Employment – Based Immigration

Companies flourish when they hire a diverse workforce that has the skills that are valuable to the U.S. economy. Current immigration law provides several ways for a foreign worker to enter the U.S for employment purposes on a temporary or permanent basis. We assist employers and businesses with a variety of petitions including H-1B, L-1A/L-1B, TN status, and PERM.

If your company is considering hiring a foreign worker, contact us to speak about the different options.

Naturalization & Citizenship

Naturalization (Citizenship) is the last step in the immigration process. In order to become a U.S. citizen, a legal permanent resident must first meet certain eligibility requirements. Some of the requirements for citizenship may differ for applicant depending on how they received their legal permanent residency. If you meet these requirements, you may apply for citizenship.

Sometimes problems that did come up earlier in the immigration process may come to light. Before applying for citizenship, talk to one of our experienced immigration attorneys who can explain the process and evaluate your case.

Deportation and Removal Defense

Deportation is the most challenging and complex area of immigration law. If you have been placed in removal proceedings, it is crucial that you obtain an experienced immigration attorney that can evaluate your case to determine if there is a legitimate form of relief from deportation that may be available to you. There are common forms of deportation relief that can be used to prevent deportation, or at least extend the length of time you can legally remain in the U.S. Therefore it is important to seek consultation from an experienced immigration attorney who can help you understand your rights, eligibility and options that may be available to you.

Call contact Portner & Shure, P.A. for more information or to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced immigration attorneys.


Asylum is a legal status that offers legal protection to individuals who fear returning to their home countries due to past persecution or have a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, nationality, religion, political opinion, or membership in a specific social group. If granted asylum, the individual may remain in the U.S. After one year of approval for asylum, you can apply for a green card and are given permission to work.

The process for seeking asylum in the U.S. is complicated and an asylum-seeker must meet strict requirements to be granted asylee status in the U.S.

Talk to one of our experienced immigration attorneys who can explain the process and evaluate your case.

Criminal offenses further complicate the U.S. immigration process. If you’ve been charged with a crime, you may face consequences when it comes to your immigration status. Our immigration lawyers at Portner & Shure, P.A. can help you maneuver through the criminal court system to reach the best outcome possible.

Our Immigration clients say: "Portner and Shure (P&S) assisted my wife and me with requesting a family-based adjustment of status (green card). They provided us with a detailed list of materials to collect both for the initial applications, and the interviewing process. Additionally, they filed the immigration forms on our behalf, sparing us the anxiety of avoiding clerical mistakes. We were able to contact them via phone or email whenever we had any questions, as one has during this type of process. Ultimately, P&S helped us be successful in our application, and gave us confidence throughout the process."


Contact our immigration law attorneys in Maryland, Washington, D.C., or Virginia today at (855) 954-4141 to discuss the details of your case. Our skilled legal team speaks several languages and can help you start and move through the immigration process.

What Our Clients Have to Say

  • Portner & Shure was excellent from beginning to end. -Q.H.L. (Case #204685)
  • They were always available to answer my questions via text, email, phone, and Facebook... -Fay Y.
  • During my time of pain and suffering, their office has been in contact with me to check on my health status and to aggressively seek out any funds that were due to me. -E.P. (Case #216185)
  • This was the worst experience in my life, but with your guidance and kindness, it made things a little more easier to deal with. -M.B. (Case #223624)
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