immigration attorneys

Welcome to the law offices of Svetlana Schreiber & Associates, Co. LPA., Immigration Lawyers since 1982.
For more than 25 years the firm has provided quality immigration legal services to the business community and individuals seeking visas, residency, citizenship or relief from detention and deportation proceedings.

Are you seeking to enter the United States legally for work, visit or for any other reason? Are you interested in obtaining a green card so you can become a legal permanent resident of the U.S.? Do you need a visa for your family members? Are you facing deportation or other immigration enforcement?

The office of Svetlana Schreiber & Associates announces that the recent Supreme Court decision, striking DOMA, has resulted in allowing same sex couples the privilege to pursue all the immigration benefits available to heterosexual couples. So if you are in a long term relationship and plan on getting married, please contact us to discuss your immigration options. You may also be able to use your same sex relationship to qualify for other immigration benefits, such as visa based on domestic abuse, or waivers proving hardship to your US spouse, or U visa, if a family member was victim of a crime. Call us for a free conference. Remember, we are in Painsville Tuesday and Thursdays and on Saturdays by appointment.
Call 216-621-7292 to get more information.

Whatever your immigration needs are, the Law Offices of Svetlana Schreiber & Associates are here to help you.

Svetlana Schreiber and Associates LPA - Immigration Lawyers help immigrants and employers across the world obtain work visas (H-1B, H-2B, B-1, H-1C, H-3, L-1), visitor visas (B-2, J-1), family visa (H-4, F-2, J-2), student visas (F-1, M-1, J-1). We also prepare green card applications including PERM labor certifications, I-130, I-140, I-360, I-485, and handle U.S. citizenship applications, Asylum/Refugee, BCIS Representation and Consular Practice.

We have Arabic, Romanian, Spanish, German, French, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Russian, Hindi, Urdu, Maithili, Bangla, Macedonian, Serbo Croatian and Albanian speaking staff.
We also possess an in-depth understanding of many inherent multi-cultural issues from clients of multi-cultural background.

Svetlana Schreiber Esq. is member of American Bar Association.

Svetlana Schreiber Esq. has been admitted to practice in New York State and is an active member of the New York State Bar Association.

Immigration attorneys Svetlana Schreiber Esq., Michele Norton and Tom Gilbert are all members of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Immigration attorneys Svetlana Schreiber Esq. & Michele Norton are members of The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

How the client should contact the firm for details about consultation (fees, schedule, etc.)

Consultation-what does it mean?

A consultation is a meeting between an attorney(s) and potential client(s) for the purpose of examining their situation, and discussing what the best possible course/option to take is. Consultations are completely confidential, and the attorney cannot disclosure any information given. Along with confidentiality, there is no obligation for the potential client to hire the firm after the consultation.

Why a consultation is important?

  • It is absolutely necessary for anyone with an immigration issue in the U.S. to discuss what possible directions they can take.
  • It establishes position of potential client, different options, and examines each individual case.
  • Allows attorney to gain knowledge/facts to suggest best course of action to take.
  • Allows for any questions the potential client might have to be answered by attorney
  • Can be a place to establish a client/attorney trust relationship

What forms of consultations are available?

  • In office consultation: FREE
  • Over the phone: $100 paid in advance. The conversation can take anywhere from 30-60 min. or as long as needed for attorney to get substantial information

How to prepare for a consultation?

  • Potential client should be completely honest and forthcoming about their individual situation. Remember the firm is here to help you, and confidentiality protects you from attorney disclosing information. Any piece of information may be beneficial to your case.
  • Please bring any documents that may be involved with your case; immigration forms, current status, paycheck stubs, etc.
  • If the client does not speak English, although we have employees in the office that do speak other languages, it might be helpful for them to bring along someone who can translate for them.
    (we have Arabic, Romanian, Spanish, German, French, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Russian, Hindi, Urdu, Maithili, Bangla, Macedonian, Serbo Croatian and Albanian speaking staff.)

Family-Based Immigrant and Non-immigrant Visa Petitions
  • Permanent Residence Applications for family members
  • Alien Relative Petitions
  • Fiancé Petitions
  • Consular Processing for Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas
  • Applications for Removal of Conditions
  • Advance Parole/Permission to Travel
  • Employment Authorization
  • Document Replacement: Alien Registration Card, Naturalization Certificate etc.
Employment-Based Visa Petitions
  • Aliens of Extraordinary Ability
  • Advanced Degree Professionals
  • Labor Certification Applications
  • National Interest Waivers
  • Exchange Visitors
  • International Business Executives and Managers and Transferees
  • H-1B Professionals
  • L-1 Transferees
  • O-1 Artists and Others of Extraordinary Ability
  • E-Treaty Investors
  • J-1 Exchange Visitors, including Medical Professionals
  • NAFTA/TN North American Free Trade Agreement cases
Deportation and Removal Defense, and Immigration Appeals
  • Denial of Applications
  • Deportation or Removal Proceedings
  • Petitions for Review and Declaratory Relief to U.S. Federal Circuit Courts
  • Motions to Reconsider and Reopen
  • Criminal Convictions
  • 245(i)
  • Hearings before the Immigration Judge
  • Stays of Deportation and Cancellation of Removal
  • Appeals of Decisions
  • Consequences of being out-of-status
Special Immigration Petitions and Projects
  • Asylum Applications
  • Self-Petitions for Abused Spouses
  • Religious Workers
  • F-1 Students
  • Naturalization/Citizenship Applications
  • Immigrant Visa Lottery

Immigration Judge granted asylum to female from Egypt based on her sexual orientation. The Immigration Judge argued that to send someone back to such a religiously conservative country with such strong animosity towards homosexuals would be tantamount to torture. The Court also granted the client's mother withholding of removal arguing that her alleged compliance with her daughters sexual orientation would put her at risk

Client from Tanzania granted asylum based on the murder of her parents for allegedly practicing witchcraft. We were able to demonstrate to the court that the alleged practice of witchcraft in sub-Saharan Africa is still widespread and alleged witches / traditional healers are often persecuted for any and all maladies which befall the community. In the present case, the client was in the United States when both parents were killed at the hands of a angry mob. We demonstrated that despite the client's own religious convictions, she would be perceived as a witch herself.

Immigration Judge granted asylum to Egyptian women who conceived a child out of wedlock. We successfully argued that such an action would be perceived as a stain on the petitioner's family honor which could lead to her being targeted by members of her own family. Arguing that a women's virtue is of paramount importance to her status within Egyptian society, we convinced the Court that to return the unwed mother and child to Egypt would place both at serious risk of harm.

Asylum grant for woman from Pakistan who had been the victim of extreme domestic at the hands of her husband. The client's husband, a police officer, had extensive ties to both the local and national political parties within Pakistan and had no fear of prosecution for the actions taken against his wife. The client, who was repeatedly raped and beaten by her husband had no chance of finding protection within Pakistan. Worst yet, the Petitioner's son had also been targeted by her husband.

Approval of K2 visa after client mother and husband had divorce. Mother and son came to the United States from the Ukraine. Mother was granted her greencard, her son, initially was not. We convinced the Service that based on the abuse both the mother and son had endured at that hands of her USC husband, the USC petitioner's affidavit of support for the issuance of the visa was ultimately not necessary.

Motion to reopen granted in proceedings after we convinced the Court that the previous attorney erred in withdrawing the Petitioner's asylum case as being time barred. The Petitioner, who was a minor at the time, erroneously had her Asylum application withdrawn by her previous attorney who failed to realize that an asylum application filed by a minor cannot be time barred under 8 CFR 208.4(a)(5)(ii), 1208.4 (a)(5)(ii). The case is currently pending before the EOIR Court.

Motion to Reopen granted after proving client clearly did not receive notice of his immigration hearing. Client entered the United States in 1996 on his border crosser card and was granted permission from the Service to travel outside of the Border area to visit friends and family in to Detroit, Mi. While in Detroit, the client was stopped and confronted by Immigration Officers. The client explained to the Officers that he has a legal entry into the USA and that his Border Crossing card was at his friends house. The Officers he encountered apparently did not believe him and (understandably) assumed he was here in the USA illegally. During his custody, the client was asked for his biographic information, and biometrics were taken. After the Officers had fingerprinted him, they acknowledged that he was listed in their system as the holder of a valid Border crosser card, however the Officers served him with certain documents and told him that he was allowed to leave. They informed him that he would receive notice in the mail at the address given.

The client resided at the address for nearly a year During the time he never received any notice from either the immigration court or the immigration services regarding his case. The client assumed that the Service was able to corroborate the fact that he was who he claimed to be, did have a valid Border Crosser card and was in valid status when detained by the Service. The client subsequently moved to Toledo, Ohio and married his USC wife in 2005. In February 2009, client met with us to discuss filing for his greencard. At that time, the client explained what had previously happened with the Service. Counsel checked the 600 telephone number using the Alien number listed on his border crosser card, the only Alien number he thought he had, to see if he was ever placed in proceedings. According to Court records, he was never in proceedings under the Alien number listed on his Border Crossing card. Despite this, the client was ordered removed October 1997. We successfully argued that, from the record, it was clear that he never received notice of his prior hearing and thus did not have adequate notice of his previous hearings. The client's I-130 was approved and he is awaiting his greencard appointment.

Motion to reopen proceedings granted for client for Sri Lanka who originally failed to attend his Immigration Master Hearing in New York City after his train into the city was delayed for roughly two hours due to mechanical failures. The client originally filed an appeal of the Immigration Judge's denial of his case with the Board of Immigration Appeals. Using the repair / work records for the train line that day, we argued successfully that the client's failure to attend his Immigration hearing was clearly beyond his control and the Court was in error for ordering him removed.

IJ granted cancellation of removal to LPR placed in proceedings because of a firearms conviction. Client is the spouse of a USC and father of five USC children. The IJ grant means that the client will keep his LPR status and be able to remain with his family. Client was convicted for having his gun stored in the wrong place in his car. This conviction subjected the client to both removal from the United States and mandatory detention by immigration until his case was heard by the IJ. While you do not have to be a citizen to own a gun, it is not a good idea to have one. Immigration law holds that any and all gun related offenses are a deportable offenses. This is why our client was in jail facing deportation for having his gun stored improperly. Luckily, the client met the basic criteria for cancellation of removal, which include 5 years as a permanent resident and 7 years of physical presence in the United States, and was able to show that the positive factors outweighed the negative factors in his case.

IJ granted permanent resident status to disabled client with approved VAWA petition.

IJ grants Motion to Reopen In Absentia Order for client, who arrived late to court because of road construction and street closings. Client was coming from Columbus to Cleveland for court. He left Columbus more than 4 hours before his hearing to account for traffic issues. Unfortunately, as he approached Cleveland, major road construction kept him from reaching the city in time. Then, once in the city, a major event that had a number of city streets closed also kept the client from reaching the court. In the end, the client showed up 5 to 10 minutes after the IJ had already issued the order. Fortunately, the IJ recognized that these issues were outside the client's control and the IJ reopened the case.

IJ grants Motion to Reopen old In Absentia Order that no one realized existed. Client was in proceedings and IJ terminated proceedings with consent from government attorney based on approved VAWA petition. At client's adjustment interview, officer asked her if she knew she had an In Absentia Order from the 90's. She said no as she did not know about the order. Apparently, client had been picked up during a workplace raid after she first arrived to the United States. However, immigration released her right away without giving her any documents because she had young children. At the time the client initially encountered immigration in the 90's, she did not speak or understand English. She had no idea what was going on and the immigration officers that had taken her along with the other people working at the factory did not speak her language fluently. Therefore, when immigration released her, the client did not know that immigration was going to seek to deport her. Moreover, immigration did not take her information down correctly, so none of the documents issued by immigration reached our client. With no knowledge or notice of the fact that she had to go to court, our client did not appear at her court hearing in the 90's. Moreover, when immigration placed her proceedings in 2007, no one discovered the old case. It was only after the client's fingerprints were ran for her adjustment and a more detailed background check was ran that immigration discovered the prior case file and the old order. After receiving the information from the immigration officer, our office immediately sought to review and acquire a copy of this old file. We, then, filed a motion to reopen in order to clear this outstanding matter, so our client could get her permanent resident status. Based on the fact that there was clearly no notice to the client, IJ reopened the old case.

IJ granted 237(a)(1)(H) waiver for client, who mistakenly believed he could marry after he received his immigrant visa at the consulate, but before entering the United States. Client's father had petitioned for him as an unmarried son. Client did not understand that the process was not complete until he actually arrived in the United States and that, by marrying, his immigrant visa was no longer valid.

IJ terminated proceedings for mother and two children after we succeeded in obtaining U classification for family.

We succeeded in closing a book with immigration for a client, who after 20 years, finally obtained citizenship. The client had been through it all. He had taken voluntary departure at one time. He came back on an Immigrant Visa. He ended up back in proceedings based on a conviction a number of years later. He was ordered deported by an Immigration Judge. His case was successfully reopened. He, then, filed for several forms of relief and, after a long battle, he was found eligible and was granted Cancellation of Removal. After his grant of cancellation, he waited several years to make sure he met the requirements for citizenship and, this year, he was sworn in as a citizen.

Won appeal from denial of naturalization for a client and client was sworn in as a citizen after a nearly two year struggle with Immigration because of ex-spouse's fraud.

Practice Areas ( by Visa Type)

DHS's Deferred Action

On June 15, 2012, President Obama announced a new policy requiring USCIS and ICE to grant deferred action to young people who are in the United States illegally but meet certain criteria. This is a brief summary of the Deferred Action policy:

    1. Age. Eligible individuals must prove they came to the United States before reaching the age of 16. Applications for deferred action can be made by individuals who were under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012.
    2. Residence in the United States. Applicants must show that they have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007. Further, applicants must show they were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012.
    3. Education. Eligible individuals must show that they have either graduated high-school, have a GED diploma, or that they are enrolled in school (e.g., high-school, GED program) on the date the application for deferred action is submitted.
    4. Departure. Departure from the United States after June 15th, 2012 (and before an individual receives deferred action and advance parole) results in an individual being automatically ineligible.
    5. Criminal Record. An individual is eligible if he/she was not convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and does not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. Expunged or juvenile convictions. Expunged and juvenile convictions will not necessarily disqualify applicants for deferred action. Traffic offenses. Minor traffic offenses such as driving without a license, will not count toward the two misdemeanor limit. Driving under the influence however will disqualify an applicant.
    1. Work Authorization. Eligible applicants will receive deferred action for 2 years, with possibility to renew it, as well as work authorization. This means that applicants will be able to work, get a social security number, and a state-issued ID Travel. Individuals with deferred action will be able to travel outside the country for humanitarian, education, or employment reasons as long as they apply and receive advance parole.

We are happy to answer your questions and to help you prepare your application. Contact us today 216-621-7292 !

Work Visa Visa
  • Specialty Occupation (H1B)
  • Other Temporary Labor (H2B)
  • Registered Nurses (H1C)
  • Agricultural Labor (H2A)
  • Intra Company Transferee (L-1)
  • Visas for Traders and Investors (E-1/E-2)
  • Extraordinary Ability (O-1/O-2)
  • Athletes and Group Entertainers (P-1/P-2/P-3)
  • International Cultural Exchange Program (Q)
  • Religious Vocation or Profession (R)
  • Trade NAFTA Professionals (TN)
  • Representatives of International Organizations (G Classification)
  • Trainee (H-3)
  • Representatives of Foreign News Media (I Classification)
  • Dependants of the above

Family Visa
  • Spouses and Children of F-1 visa holders (F-2)
  • Spouses and Children of H-1, H-2 or H-3 visa holders (H4)
  • Spouses and Children of J-1 visa holders (J-2)

Visitor Visa
  • Business Visitors (B1)
  • Tourist Visitors (B2)
  • Exchange Visitor (J-1)

Student Visa
  • Academic Student Visa (F-1)
  • Vocational Student (M-1)

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