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Columbia Immigration Attorneys

Proud to Represent People from Around the World

Want to enter or stay in the country? The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) might not make things easy for you.

To take the stress out of your immigration case, come to Portner & Shure, P.A. in Columbia, Maryland. Our immigration attorneys are committed to carefully assessing your case to see how we can help you throughout your case. Whether we are advising individuals, businesses, or families, we are always careful to let our clients know if there is a solution we can help achieve. If we don’t think we are the right fit for your visa, green card, or work permit case, then we will let you know early, so we do not risk wasting any of your valuable time.

We are committed to aggressively working for both individuals and businesses facing a complex immigration case. During a free initial consultation, we can create a plan, explain the timetable, and predict the difficulties we may face and intend to overcome.

See how we can help you with your immigration case in Columbia, Maryland. Call (855) 954-4141. We have staff paralegals who speak Spanish, Korean, and Chinese.

Keeping You Atop Immigration Law Changes

Our Columbia, Maryland immigration lawyers advise new and all current clients immediately of any new law changes that could affect their cases. Some things as seemingly harmless as social media law changes could ultimately make a difference in your legal status. For example, new Department of State guidelines may require foreign nationals to disclose social media use. The USCIS will have the discretion to look at your social media posts and reject your immigration petition if they see anything they do not like.

What you should know about social media and immigration law:

  • Five years of posts: The updated Department of State Guidelines (S-260), which apply to immigrant visa applications, now require foreign nationals to disclose five years of social media and contact history when applying for a nonimmigrant or immigrant visa.
  • Disclosing personal information: This change was added to Form DS-260 in May 2019. Questions that applicants may be asked include your social media use, prior email addresses, and prior phone numbers.
  • Evaluating your posts and contacts: Consular officers are permitted to use social media information – including professional profile and public personal information – during the visa adjudication process. When applying for visas, remember that your social media profiles will be considered. If your social media activity (profiles, postings) indicates details that are inconsistent with the official purpose of a visa applicant’s trip – this could result in additional security clearances and even visa refusals.
  • Expiration date: The latest version of the DS-260 form, utilized on the Consular Electronic Application Center website, has an expiration date of 04/30/2022.

Sort Through Your Case with Confidence

An experienced Columbia, Maryland immigration lawyer from Portner & Shure, P.A. can help you to fully and accurately complete any immigration forms and petitions. Our goals are to help you save time, avoid unnecessary application delays, and complete your immigration goals as soon as possible. With our 25+ years of collective legal experience, we are confident we can do just that and more.

Contact us online to start your case today.

What Our Clients Have to Say

  • I was very impressed by how Portner & Shure promptly responded to my needs and concerns. -I.S.J.J. (Case #214633)
  • It was a pleasure working with Portner & Shure! -T.D.A. (Case #214555)
  • I do not speak English very well and Portner & Shure offered translators to help me understand everything every step of the way. -X.C.L. (Case #216258)
  • Thank you very much to Miss Christine Airey and all her staff, well done. -William L.
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