Jennifer Ibanez Whitlock

Jennifer Ibanez Whitlock

Legal help with English/Spanish fluency.
  • Immigration Law
  • Massachusetts, Missouri
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Originally from Guatemala, Jennifer knows firsthand what it’s like to go through the immigration system as she is a proud naturalized citizen of the United States. Her work as an immigration attorney is not only her profession, but, also a deeply personal commitment to helping individuals understand their rights and their limitations under U.S. immigration law. She is a 2009 graduate of Northeastern School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. Her past professional experiences include an internship with the Executive Office of Immigration Review (Boston Immigration Court) where she drafted decisions under the supervision of the court’s Immigration Judges. Since law school, Jennifer has gained several years of valuable experience. From 2009 until 2016, she worked as an associate for the law firm of Barker, Epstein, Loscocco & McHaffey in Boston, MA and the Hacking Law Practice in St. Louis, MO. In 2016, she became a partner at Biesenthal & Gray, LLC. Currently, Jennifer provides legal counsel and representation on matters including but not limited to: permanent residency (green cards), naturalization, removal of conditions (Form I-751), family based visas for family members overseas, fiance visas, change of status/extension of status, and extreme hardship waivers. Her work brings her in constant contact with the St. Louis Field Office (part of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services). She has successfully represented individuals in filing Motions to Reopen and appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals. Jennifer prides herself on her attention to detail and communicating with her clients. She believes in strong advocacy on behalf of each of her clients.

Practice Area
  • Immigration Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Consultation fee applies. Payment plans available for my clients.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Massachusetts
Missouri
Languages
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Associate
Hacking Law Practice, LLC
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Associate at busy St. Louis immigration law firm.
Associate
Barker, Epstein, Loscocco & McHaffey
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Associate at a immigration firm handling all aspects of U.S. immigration law, including employment and family based matters, religious visas, deportation defense, refugee and political asylum claims, and naturalization.
Education
Northeastern University School of Law
J.D. (2009)
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Honors: Public Interest Law Scholar
Professional Associations
The Missouri Bar # 66410
Member
Current
American Immigration Lawyers Assocation # 27750
Member
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Activities: Past Member, Asylum Committee, New England Chapter Past Member, New Members Division, Missouri/Kansas Chapter
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32 Questions Answered

Q. My fiances mother ia a permanent resident if she pettitions for her son who js hwre but his priority expired
A: The answer to your question depends on whether her son is a minor or over 21. It also depends on whether her son is married or single. You might look into whether your fiance's mother is eligible for citizenship in order to help her son.
Q. A friend got a DUI - he is here on a student visa, will it get revoked?
A: The short answer is: potentially yes. You can read more about this issue here:https://fam.state.gov/fam/09FAM/09FAM040311.html
Q. How do you calculate the start of your permanent residency?
A: From the date of your admission as a permanent resident (usually the date your green card is issued).
Q. Immigration question
A: The failure to leave on Voluntary Departure probably converted to a Removal order (deportation order). Talk to an attorney before filing any application for adjustment of status. If there is a removal order, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services will not be able to approve the case and he will be alerting the authorities that he remained in the U.S.
Q. I lost contact with my biological father who was a US citizen when he petitioned me.
A: Most citizenship laws involve analyzing information you have not provided such as your date of birth, how your father became a citizen etc. I recommend sharing this private information in a personal consultation. Good luck!
Q. My grandmother who is a Indian passport holder had a greencard that expired while she returned back to India.
A: There is no provision to sponsor grandparents for green cards. Only U.S. adult children may sponsor their parents for permanent residency (green cards).
Q. Can my fiance travel to the US on a tourist visa while we apply for a K1 visa?
A: As long as your fiancé intends to return to India after coming on the tourist visa, they should be able to pursue the K-1 later. However, he may be denied a tourist visa since it seems he intends to immigrate to the US in order to be with you permanently. Talk to a lawyer to know the rules around these visas so you can reach your goal of living together in the US.
Q. I&my kid are F2 dep under my husband (F1).Now, I want to marry a GC holder. How can it be done without losing status
A: You are going to need to act very carefully to preserve your status. For example, changing to your own F-1 requires that you be in lawful non-immigrant status. If the divorce is finalized before you are granted an F-1, then your change of status may be denied. Consult with an attorney.
Q. What to do if my boyfriend is permanent resident and we plan on getting married, but I have a J1 visa?
A: If your boyfriend is a legal permanent resident, you risk being out of status if you end your program early and remain in the US.
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1034 S. Brentwood Blvd.
Suite 1401
St. Louis, MO 63117
USA
Telephone: (314) 226-1944