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Immigration Guiding our clients through the immigration process for over 30 Years

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.

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.


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.

Contact our immigration law attorneys in Maryland, Washington, D.C., or Virginia today at (410) 995-1515 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



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    “I highly recommend this firm. They had my best interest in mind and made me feel comfortable with the entire process. Sometimes when you have to get a lawyer involved, the process is very stressful/frustrating but they made sure that everything went smoothly and made it stress-free.”

    - Celina
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    “I am very grateful to the lawyers at Portner & Shure and their assistants, they are very professional people. Thanks to them, we were able to obtain the Green Card even though it was a very difficult case, but not impossible, thanks to them. They are very professional.”

    - Former Client
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    “I want to thank God and the lawyer Pablo and his assistants for the good work they did with my case even though it was very difficult but thanks to God and them we were able to obtain our Green Card. I thank them very much for their patience, they are excellent professionals.”

    - Former Client
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    “My experience with Brandy at Portner & Shure, P.A. was amazing. She was professional at all times, updated me whenever there was a change in my case and she checked on me to make sure I was okay. Although Brandy is a professional, she made me feel extremely comfortable. I knew I could trust Brandy and that means a lot to me. Thank you Brandy and thank you Portner & Shure, P.A. for staffing excellent people.”

    - SaQuyn
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    “Infinitely grateful for the work of this great team, today thanks to their hard work I have the satisfaction of receiving my permanent residence, highlighting the constant concern of the team of lawyer Pablo Pérez, I highly recommend him.”

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    “Hello, I am Jorge Luis Rivero, of Cuban nationality. I am very grateful to lawyer Pablo Pérez, who helped me quickly with my immigration case, and everything went well. His treatment and that of his secretaries supported me at all times. I recommend this law firm, Portner Shure, P.A., to anyone. They work well and have many years of experience. I hope to share this nice experience with everyone. Thank you.”

    - J.R.
  • Mr. Pablo and his team were very friendly and knowledgeable

    “Mr. Pablo and his team were very friendly and knowledgeable in the area of immigration legal support. I am proud to be a naturalized citizen soon and without their support it would not have been possible.”

    - Jamie
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    “Excellent at what they do and everyone is very kind and efficient, especially Miss Giselle and lawyer Pablo, I couldn't choose a better firm, thank you very much!!!”

    - Nicole
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    Maryland Association for Justice
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award 2016-2021
    10 Best Client Satisfaction Award 2016-2021
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award 2016-2021
    10 Best Client Satisfaction Award 2016-2021
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    American Association for Justice
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