We have helped hundreds of families reunite, including some with challenging circumstances that other immigration attorneys said were impossible to overcome.
The government has decided you are not allowed to live in the U.S. The hardship waiver requests an exception to the law that says you cannot live in the U.S. We succeed for people turned away by other immigration attorneys.
You came to the U.S. as a child or you are the parent of US citizen or lawful permanent resident. Work authorization, a Social Security Number and a driver license can transform your life in ways that might delight and suprise you.
You successfully became a lawful permanent resident. Now take the final step and become a U.S. citizen. U.S. citizenship secures all the benefits of living in the U.S. and removes the threat of being forced to leave.
Everyone has dreams. Most people's dreams are not complicated: being with family, having a job, having children, owning a house, being safe. Dreams give us hope. For ourselves. For our families.
For some people, immigration laws threaten their dreams. The biggest threat is not being able to live in the U.S. with the people they love. The government either says you cannot enter the U.S. or cannot become a lawful resident, or the government is trying to get you out of the U.S.
At Blackwell Law Group, we focus exclusively on immigration law. We help you live lawfully in the U.S. with the people you love most.
Immigration law is a large, complicated body of law. We believe the best way to ensure success for our clients is to develop areas of expertise within immigration law. You can learn more about our areas of expertise by exploring What We Do. We are particularly proud of our success with hardship waiver applications: we have helped over 100 families avoid the pain of being separated for 10 years.
People choose Blackwell Law Group because they value our expertise. Attorney Sarah Blackwell and her team have over 8 years of experience with immigration law. Clients also appreciate our extensive explanations of their immigration process, our efforts to make them feel comfortable and welcome in our office, and our attention to details that ensures no mistakes. Most people who choose us have been referred to us by family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. There is no greater compliment to the quality of our services than a client referral.
Although most clients are in southeastern Wisconsin in the Milwaukee-Waukesha-Kenosha triangle, we accept clients no matter where they live, including other states as well as other countries.
Take time to explore our website. Contact us today at 414-964-1900. We look forward to hearing from you!
February 25, 2015
Deferred Action: Delayed but Not Abandoned
On February 16, 2015, a Texas judge issued an injunction to stop USCIS from expanding DACA (deferred action for childhood arrivals) and starting DAPA (deferred action for parents). The government has already filed an appeal to overturn the injunction. We fully expect the case to be dismissed and hope the courts will take no more than a few months to resolve the issue.
Until the court case is decided, you cannot apply for the expanded DACA or for DAPA. But you can prepare for deferred action in anticipation the government will eventually move forward with the expanded DACA and DAPA. We are still seeing people to help them figure out whether they are eligible for DACA and DAPA and what they need to do to get ready to apply.
In the meantime, the judge's decision does NOT affect people who are eligible for the original DACA (i.e. born after June 15, 1981 and have been here continuously since June 15, 2007). Those who are eligible under the original DACA can still file initial applications and renewal applications.
We charge a consultation fee of $200 for a one-hour appointment. We know many other attorneys choose to give free consultations. We choose to charge an initial consultation fee to ensure we are spending time with people who value our expertise.
The consultation fee covers the cost of providing a detailed assessment of your legal situation, advising you what can be done to solve your immigration problem, describing the immigration process, and giving you a quote for the work needed.
If you hire us within 30 days of the initial consultation, we will credit the $200 consultation fee toward your attorney fees.
For potential clients interested in DACA/DAPA only, we also offer group consultations for $200. With group consultations, up to 4 people will be scheduled for the same one-hour appointment and the group pays $200. Each person gets a brief individual meeting with an attorney as well as a group overview of the deferred action process.
New Services at Blackwell Law Group
1) Expanded Hours
Effective March 2, 2015, Blackwell Law Group is expanding its hours of operation. Our new hours will be Monday-Saturday 8am to 7pm to accommodate our clients who work late or cannot come to an appointment on a weekday. Our last appointments will be scheduled at 6pm.
2) New Businesses: Insurance and Accounting/Tax Preparation
Bernie Gonzalez, owner of J&B Insurance, is located in our office space to meet all your insurance needs. You can contact Bernie at 262-893-1149. Bernie is bilingual. He often finds problems with people's existing insurance policies. People are being charged too much. The coverage they have is inadequate. The policy has mistakes that render the policy useless if a claim needs to be made. Let him help you get the right insurance for the right price.
Fermin Gonzalez, owner of Gonzalez Tax Services & Accounting, now has space in our office suite. Whether you are an individual who needs a tax return prepared or a small business owner who needs accounting services, Fermin will be here to help you. Fermin is bilingual. Tax season is open, so contact Fermin at 262-834-8568 or 414-628-5709.