Carl Shusterman

Carl Shusterman

Immigration Lawyer Carl Shusterman
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Carl Shusterman is one of the top immigration lawyers in the United States, representing corporate and individual clients across the country and around the world.

He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the National Law Journal and dozens of other national and international media outlets. His website, https://www.shusterman.com, is a virtual encyclopedia of U.S. Immigration Laws and Procedures.

Immigration Attorney Carl Shusterman has over 40 years of experience practicing immigration law. He served as a Trial Attorney for U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) from 1976 until 1982 when he entered the private practice of law. He is one of the very limited number of attorneys who have been designated as Certified Specialists in Immigration and Naturalization Law by the California State Bar. For more than 10 years, he has been voted as one of the Best Lawyers in America and as a Super Lawyer by his colleagues in the bar.

Carl was featured in the February 2018 issue of Super Lawyers Magazine.

Carl has been named as one of the top 15 corporate immigration attorneys in the U.S. by Human Resource Executive magazine. His hard work and dedication to immigration law have earned him the highest rating (“AV”) in legal ability and ethics from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory. He has also served as a member of the Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission for the State Bar. Carl is also listed in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and the Chamber’s USA Guide for Leading Business Lawyers.

Carl has testified as an expert witness before the Senate Immigration Subcommittee in Washington, D.C.

Practice Area
    Immigration Law
    Asylum, Citizenship, Deportation Defense, Family Visas, Green Cards, Immigration Appeals, Investment Visas, Marriage & Fiancé(e) Visas, Student Visas, Visitor Visas, Work Visas
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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6th Circuit
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7th Circuit
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9th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Of Counsel
JR Immigration Law
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Mr. Shusterman is a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law, State Bar of California. He has earned the highest rating ("AV") in legal ability and ethics from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory. Mr Shusterman has served as a member of the Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission for the State Bar. Year after year, he has been voted as a Super Lawyer by his colleagues in the bar. He is listed in the Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition. For more than 10 years, Mr. Shusterman has been voted as one of the Best Lawyers in America . He is listed in The International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers .
Managing Attorney
Law Office of Carl Shusterman
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INS Attorney
U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
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Represented the U.S. government in Federal Court. Conducted naturalization and derivative citizenship hearings as well as marraige and adjustment of status interviews. Also, represented the goverment in deportation and exclusion hearings before Immigration Judges.
Education
University of California - Los Angeles
J.D. (1973) | Law
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Honors: Selected for Law Review
Activities: Law Clerk for Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights under Law; Legal Assistant to Law Professor Gary Schwartz
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Awards
SuperLawyer (2004 - Present)
Law and Politics
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AV Rating (2000-Present)
Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory
General Ethical Standards Rating The General Ethical Standards rating denotes adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities. Those lawyers who meet the "Very High" criteria of General Ethical Standards can proceed to the next step in the ratings process. Legal Ability Ratings For lawyers rated with the changed methodology, Legal Ability ratings will now indicate professional ability within a specific area of practice. Legal Ability ratings are based on performance in five key areas, rated on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest). These areas are: Legal Knowledge - Lawyer's familiarity with the laws governing his/her specific area of practice(s) Analytical Capabilities - Lawyer's creativity in analyzing legal issues and applying technical knowledge Judgment - Lawyer's demonstration of the salient factors that drive the outcome of a given case or issue. Communication Ability - Lawyer's capability to communicate persuasively and credibly Legal Experience - Lawyer's degree of experience in his/her specific area of practice(s)
Best Lawyers in America (2000-Present)
Best Lawyers in America
For a quarter of a century, Best Lawyers has been regarded – by both the profession and the public – as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. Because selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey (comprising more than 2.8 million confidential evaluations by your fellow top attorneys) and because no fee or purchase is required to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is rightly considered a singular honor. Our annual, advertisement-free publication has been described by The American Lawyer as “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
Certified Specialist in Immigration Law (1988 - Present)
State Bar of California
A Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law must have: (1) Passed an written examination in immigration and nationality law; (2) Demonstrated a high level of expertise in immigration and nationality law; (3) Fulfilled ongoing educational requirements; and (4) Been favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with his work.
Professional Associations
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Member, National Board of Governors
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Activities: Served as the Chairman of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Southern California Chapter (1988) Was elected to serve on the National Board of Governors (1988-97) Have spoken at AILA national, state and local conferences for more than 20 years. Have contributed numerous articles to AILA publications.
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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Member of National Board of Governors
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Activities: Served as the Chairman of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Southern California Chapter (1988) Was elected to serve on the National Board of Governors (1988-97) Have spoken at AILA national, state and local conferences for more than 20 years. Have contributed numerous articles to AILA publications.
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Immigration Lawyer
Law Office of Carl Shusterman
Visa Bulletin
Law Office of Carl Shusterman
US Immigration Videos
Carl Shusterman
How to Get US Citizenship through Parents & Grandparents
Carl Shusterman
Naturalization - How to Become a US Citizen
Carl Shusterman
Visa Bulletin Predictions
Carl Shusterman
Registered Nurse Immigration Guide
Carl Shusterman
CSPA - Child Status Protection Act
Carl Shusterman
How to Get a Green Card Through Marriage
Carl Shusterman
How to Get a Temporary Work Visa
Carl Shusterman
Tired Of Waiting For The USCIS? Think Mandamus!
Carl Shusterman
Employers Immigration Guide
Carl Shusterman
Immigration Attorney - Los Angeles
Carl Shusterman
How to Get a Green Card Through Employment
Carl Shusterman
How to Win Your Case in Immigration Court
Carl Shusterman
Immigration Attorney
Carl Shusterman
Carl Shusterman Brings a Lifetime of Immigration Experience to the Trump Era
SuperLawyers Magazine
Green Cards for Parents of U.S. Citizens
Carl Shusterman
Asylum: 4 Tips to Help You Win Your Case
Law Offices of Carl Shusterman
Immigration Attorney
Carl Shusterman
Speaking Engagements
Child Status Protection Act, AILA National Conference, San Francisco
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Certifications
Certified Specialist in Immigration Law
State Bar of California
Videos
Former INS Citizenship Attorney (1976-80) Carl Shusterman discusses the laws which determine which persons born abroad are U.S. citizens.    Former INS Citizenship Attorney (1976-80) Carl Shusterman discusses the laws which determine which persons born abroad are U.S. citizens. Category:  Education Tags:  Derivative Citizenship  Citizenshiip by Acquisition  residence  physical presence  retention  immigration attorney  citizenship charts  www.shusterman.com US Citizenship Through Parents & Grandparents

Former INS Citizenship Attorney (1976-80) Carl Shusterman discusses the laws which determine which persons born abroad are U.S. citizens. Former INS Citizenship Attorney (1976-80) Carl Shusterman discusses the laws which determine which persons born abroad are U.S. citizens. Category: Education Tags: Derivative Citizenship Citizenshiip by Acquisition residence physical presence retention immigration attorney citizenship charts www.shusterman.com

Child Status Protection Act. This segment contains information as to the limited retroactive effect of the law, and about the ongoing litigation in Federal Court concerning the automatic conversion clause. CSPA - Child Status Protection Act (Part 2)

Child Status Protection Act. This segment contains information as to the limited retroactive effect of the law, and about the ongoing litigation in Federal Court concerning the automatic conversion clause.

How to freeze the CSPA age of children so that they remain Immediate relatives. How to do the mathematical formula so that your children can immigrate with the rest of your family. CSPA - Child Status Protection Act (Part 1)

How to freeze the CSPA age of children so that they remain Immediate relatives. How to do the mathematical formula so that your children can immigrate with the rest of your family.

Immigration Attorney/Lawyer Carl Shusterman (Former INS Attorney 1976-82) answers questions about getting a green card through employment. Green Card Through Employment

Immigration Attorney/Lawyer Carl Shusterman (Former INS Attorney 1976-82) answers questions about getting a green card through employment.

Immigration Lawyer/Attorney Carl Shusterman (Former INS Attorney 1976-82) answers questions about family-based immigrant visa petitions, adjustment of status and consular processing of green cards. Green Cards for Family Members

Immigration Lawyer/Attorney Carl Shusterman (Former INS Attorney 1976-82) answers questions about family-based immigrant visa petitions, adjustment of status and consular processing of green cards.

Immigration attorneys Carl Shusterman (Former INS Attorney 1976-82) and Rajkrishna Iyer discuss Adjustment of Status Adjustment of Status

Immigration attorneys Carl Shusterman (Former INS Attorney 1976-82) and Rajkrishna Iyer discuss Adjustment of Status

Immigration Attorney/Lawyer Carl Shusterman (Former INS Attorney 1976-82) discusses how you can win your asylum case before an Immigration Judge. Asylum - Winning Your Case

Immigration Attorney/Lawyer Carl Shusterman (Former INS Attorney 1976-82) discusses how you can win your asylum case before an Immigration Judge.

Immigration Attorney/Lawyer Carl Shusterman (Former INS Attorney 1976-82) discusses the requirements for applying for cancellation of removal in Immigration Court. Cancellation of Removal: Non-LPRs

Immigration Attorney/Lawyer Carl Shusterman (Former INS Attorney 1976-82) discusses the requirements for applying for cancellation of removal in Immigration Court.

Immigration Lawyer/Attorney Carl Shusterman (Former INS Attorney, 1976-82) describes how you can win your case in Immigration Court Immigration Court - How to Win Your Case

Immigration Lawyer/Attorney Carl Shusterman (Former INS Attorney, 1976-82) describes how you can win your case in Immigration Court

Immigration Lawyer/Attorney Carl Shusterman (Former INS Attorney 1976-82) discusses how a green card holder can apply for and obtain U.S. Citizenship. US Citizenship through Naturalization (Part One)

Immigration Lawyer/Attorney Carl Shusterman (Former INS Attorney 1976-82) discusses how a green card holder can apply for and obtain U.S. Citizenship.

Immigration Lawyer/Attorney Carl Shusterman, a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 25 years of experience helping clients get green cards through their U.S. citizen spouses provides viewers with "Ten Rules" concerning how to obtain a green card through marriage to a U.S. citizen. Green Card Through Marriage to U.S. Citizen: 10 Tips

Immigration Lawyer/Attorney Carl Shusterman, a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 25 years of experience helping clients get green cards through their U.S. citizen spouses provides viewers with "Ten Rules" concerning how to obtain a green card through marriage to a U.S. citizen.

Immigration Attorney/Lawyer Carl Shusterman (Former INS Attorney 1976-82) provides viewers with 10 Rules for how to select the best immigration attorney. Immigration Lawyers: What to Know Before You Hire One

Immigration Attorney/Lawyer Carl Shusterman (Former INS Attorney 1976-82) provides viewers with 10 Rules for how to select the best immigration attorney.

Immigration Lawyer/Attorney Carl Shusterman (Former INS Attorney 1976-82) discusses how foreign-born physicians may immigrate to the United States. Physicians Immigration Guide

Immigration Lawyer/Attorney Carl Shusterman (Former INS Attorney 1976-82) discusses how foreign-born physicians may immigrate to the United States.

Immigration Lawyer/Attorney Carl Shusterman (former INS Trial Attorney 1976-82) explains how a 16-year-old orphan from Canada was allowed to obtain a green card and join his family in the United States. His amazing journey which began in tragedy, took him to an immigration attorney, the media, the Congress and ultimately to the President of the United States. Orphan Gets Green Card

Immigration Lawyer/Attorney Carl Shusterman (former INS Trial Attorney 1976-82) explains how a 16-year-old orphan from Canada was allowed to obtain a green card and join his family in the United States. His amazing journey which began in tragedy, took him to an immigration attorney, the media, the Congress and ultimately to the President of the United States.

Immigration Lawyer/Attorney Carl Shusterman (Former INS Attorney 1976-82) explains how a 14-year-old "illegal alien" from El Salvador beat deportation, gained permission to remain in the U.S., and is now a distinguished university professor. Honor Student Beats Deportation

Immigration Lawyer/Attorney Carl Shusterman (Former INS Attorney 1976-82) explains how a 14-year-old "illegal alien" from El Salvador beat deportation, gained permission to remain in the U.S., and is now a distinguished university professor.

Legal Answers
857 Questions Answered
Q. should i seek a new attorney for the adjustment or stay the course.?
A: This is a very personal decision. You definitely want to be represented by an immigration attorney who you trust, and who will be fully prepared. A green card through marriage to a US citizen is the most common way to become a permanent resident. The spouse of a US citizen is an “immediate relative”. This means that there is no limit on the number of people who can obtain green cards through marriage to US citizens. The US citizen starts the process by submitting a form I-130 visa petition on behalf of his/her spouse. If the spouse entered the US lawfully, he/she can file for Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) at the same time and get a green card without having to leave the US. Helpful information for those seeking a green card through marriage is available at: * Tips on How to Prepare for Your Green Card Marriage Interview * Green Card Marriage Questions If the marriage is less than two years old when the green card is granted, it will expire in two years. The couple must submit a form I-751 joint petition during the 90-day period prior before the expiration of the green card. This way, the foreign-born spouse can obtain a ten-year green card.
Q. Can I apply for a cr-1 visa while applying for L1 visa at the same time?
A: Because an L-1 is a dual intent visa, you can apply for an L-1 visa while your application for a green card through marriage is pending. An L1 visa is for a person who works for a company with a parent, subsidiary, branch or affiliate in the United States. These persons come to the US as intracompany transferees to perform services either in a * in a managerial or executive capacity L-1A or * which require specialized knowledge L-1B for a parent, branch, subsidiary or affiliate of the same employer that employed the professional abroad. The employee must have been employed abroad for the corporation, firm, or other legal entity (or an affiliate or subsidiary thereof) on a full-time basis for at least one continuous year out of the last three-year period to qualify. There is no annual cap on L1 visas. If the employer wishes to speed up the processing of the petition, they may wish to use USCIS’ premium processing procedure. Also, the company can apply for a blanket L visa which allows individuals to file a copy of the approved blanket petition instead of filing for a regular L1 visa. In order to be granted a blanket petition, the USCIS must determine that the company qualifies for the intracompany transferee visa.
Q. What happens to my 129-F application if my fiancé and I decide to register our marriage in their country instead?
A: Once you get married, you fiance visa petition will be a thing of the past. You will need to sponsor your spouse for a green card. A green card through marriage to a US citizen is the most common way to become a permanent resident. The spouse of a US citizen is an “immediate relative”. This means that there is no limit on the number of people who can obtain green cards through marriage to US citizens. The US citizen starts the process by submitting a form I-130 visa petition on behalf of his/her spouse. If the spouse entered the US lawfully, he/she can file for Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) at the same time and get a green card without having to leave the US. If your spouse is outside the US: The process begins when the US citizen spouse submits a visa petition to the USCIS. The same items which are listed above should be attached to the I-130 form plus government filing fees. Once the I-130 is approved, the foreign-born spouse will receive a packet from the US National Visa Center (NVC). The packet will list various documents which must be submitted to the NVC (e.g., passport, police clearances, results of medical examinations, etc.). The packet also includes certain forms which must be completed. A check for filing fees is required. Usually, the foreign-born spouse is interviewed and granted an immigrant visa within a few months of your submission of the required documents to the NVC.
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Law Offices of Carl Shusterman
600 Wilshire Blvd.
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Los Angeles, CA 90017
Telephone: (213) 623-4592
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