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Allen C. Ladd, Attorney

United States Immigration Law

Over 30 years of success, at your service

Immigration Services for a Global Clientele

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  President Biden's Immigration Proposals

President Biden has acted swiftly and decisively to change the course of US immigration.  So far we have seen the Biden administration take these steps:

  • Introduced a bill in Congress, to offer permanent residence for qualifying undocumented aliens.  (Did you know President Reagan ***  approved an "amnesty" law, with bipartisan support in the Congress, for nearly 2.7 million Permanent Residents?)

  • Signed an Executive Order, for top-to-bottom review of recent regulations, policies, and guidance that have set up barriers to getting Permanent Residence for professionals with legal status.  (Did you know waiting lines in the legal immigration process can stretch out as long as 5 to 10 years?)

  • Maintained the original DACA temporary-relief program for younger people who came to this country, legally or illegally, as "childhood arrivals."  (Did you know that DACA offers a chance  to work and study if you have a high school diploma, GED, or are enrolled in a study program?  And, only if you "arrived" by June 2007 and you were 15 or younger.)

  • Proposed to create a task force to reunify families.  (What is the fairest way to deal with children who have been separated from their parents at the border?) 

  • Developing a strategy to address illegal migration across the US southern border.  (Do you know that many people are afraid to live in their own countries, because of poverty, corruption and gangs?  Would it help if the US had a solid "Marshall Plan"  to give aid to fight these problems where they begin, and stop the flow of illegal migration?)  

  • Developing a strategy to create a humane asylum system and undo the previous administration's restrictions on asylum.  (Do you know that children and adults at the border have the right to a "credible fear" hearing ... for a future deportation case?)  This is not any kind of amnesty, it is enforcement of the law, but with rights under US law.)  

  • Extended Temporary Status Protection (TPS) benefits to Venezuelans and Burmese.   (TPS is not Permanent Residence.  It is just what it says, a limited period of protection.  It is not a "path to citizenship.")  

***  Mr. Reagan said, "The legalization provisions in this act will go far to improve the lives of a class of individuals who now must hide in the shadows, without access to many of the benefits of a free and open society.  Very soon many of these men and women will be able to step into the sunlight and, ultimately, if they choose, they may become Americans."


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Multinational executives and managers



Partners in US businesses

Key employees


Work permits for spouses


Appeals and review of 

USCIS decisions




Permanent residence for spouses of 

American citizens

Includes same-sex marriages

Other family members

Renewal of green cards

Citizenship for family members

Appeals and review of USCIS decisions

Above the Clouds




Permanent residence through:

  • Expertise

  • Prominence

  • National-level recognition

  • Future benefit to the US "national interest"

  • Top consulting work

  • Investment

  • Achievement in art, athletics, business, or science

Work permits for applicants and family members

Appeals and review of USCIS decisions


Protection from persecution in the home country, on account of:

  • Race

  • Ethnicity

  • Nationality

  • Religion

  • Political opinion

  •  Social identity

  • Humanitarian basis

Work permits for asylum applicants and family members

Appeals and review of

USCIS decisions

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"3-Layer Cake"

Summary:  US citizen and noncitizen spouse residing together in the United States submit a "3-layer" application package to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Advantage:  Shorter processing times than "3-act" immigrant visa process.

The 3 layers:

  • US citizen's Form I-130 and supporting evidence.

  • Noncitizen's Form I-485, work/travel permit applications, and supporting evidence.

  •  US citizen sponsor's Form I-864 affidavit of financial support and supporting evidence.

Final decision by:  USCIS local office near place of residence.

Not available if:  Noncitizen entered US without being inspected at US checkpoint or other port of entry, or is otherwise disqualified due to immigration fraud, criminal convictions, etc.

Waivers:  Certain (but not all) grounds of disqualification may be overcome, through a "waiver" process.

Also:  Noncitizen may receive work permission (and Social Security Number) while waiting for interview to be scheduled.

Getting a Green Card: 

"3-Layer Cake"


"3-Act Play" ?


"3-Act Play"

Summary:  3-step process requiring approvals by USCIS, the National Visa Center and a US consular officer.

Advantage:  Pre-Covid, occasionally shorter processing times than "3-layer" USCIS process.

The 3 stages:

  • US citizen's Form I-130 and supporting evidence, then USCIS approval.

  • Noncitizen's immigrant visa application and supporting evidence including Form I-864 financial support, then review and referral by National Visa Center to US consulate or embassy overseas.

  • Interview with US consular officer.

Final decision by:  US consular officer at US consulate or embassy overseas.

Not available if:  Noncitizen made one or more unlawful entries into United States, or is otherwise disqualified due to immigration fraud, criminal convictions, etc.

Waivers:  If noncitizen made a single entry without inspection ("EWI"), may be eligible for a "provisional waiver" (Form I-601A).  Certain other grounds of disqualification may be overcome through a different "waiver" process (Form I-601), after the immigrant visa interview.  



My husband and I highly recommend Mr. Ladd and his staff to anyone that is needing any Immigration services.  He treated us with respect and truth.  His staff was so helpful, kind and understanding, and kept us informed of every document we needed at every step of my husband's case.

The first consultation with Mr. Ladd and his paralegal put us at ease and gave us the confidence we needed to continue with our case.  The process was long, but well worth it!  His paralegal helped us all along the way.   She is excellent!  Extremely thorough and very knowledgeable.


Allen has handled several immigration related issues from me and my family (green card/work visa).  He has always been very professional and his extensive experience in immigration matters have helped me get approvals in all my immigration cases.  Allen cares about each case and as a full time immigration attorney he is very through and provides a personal touch.  I would recommend Allen for all immigration cases!


I am very thankful that I found such a great lawyer.  Mr. Ladd has been amazing.  He took my immigration case on and it has been a very complicated very tense situation with [the] court.  He is very knowledgeable in all aspects of immigration and when he needed help with different aspects of my case, he reached out to different attorneys to get their help.  He guided me through every step and was really there for me through the entire process.  He is honest and forthright and has never misled me.  He listened and was very comforting and understanding of my unique situation.  He truly cares about his clients and wants the best for them.  He is an excellent lawyer.  I would most definitely hire him if I have future immigration issues and I most strongly recommend him to any future clients.


When I met with Mr. Ladd regarding my wife's immigration case he clearly explained the process to me and what steps would be involved.  Everything occurred exactly [as] he outlined and the timeline only lagged his original estimates by a few months (due to delays in government agencies processing documents). He does an excellent job of managing expectations, delivering as promised, and ensuring the process goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible.




Allen C. Ladd
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