Practice Areas


1. Asylum: The firm has had over fourteen years experience preparing asylum claims both affirmatively before the asylum offices in Lyndhurst, Arlington, Chicago, New York and Houston. Additionally, we have represented asylum seekers in the EOIR Immigration Courts in Philadelphia, Baltimore, York, New York, Newark, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta and Charlotte. This representation has included individuals from Afghanistan, Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, The Congos (Brazzaville and Kinshasa), Czech Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, The Gambia, Georgia, Guinea, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Pakistan, Romania, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen and Zimbabwe. The basis for asylum range from persecution on account of nationality, religion, race, political opinion and membership in particular groups. These have included a large number of Roma or Gypsy cases; political dissidents; and an assortment of other groups and individuals who had a sound fear of returning to their native countries. Please click [here] for information on applying for and the nature of the relief provided by asylum.

2. Detained Aliens: We represent detained aliens both in seeking bail and when that is not feasible, obtaining relief while detained. The principal, but not only prisons in Pennsylvania for holding aliens subject to removal are York County Prison in which there are three immigration courts, the Berks Family Detention Center (where unaccompanied children and minors who are being detained with their mothers),the Clinton County Jail; the Snyder County Jail and Pike County Prison. Additionally those sentenced to state prison terms are held in the Camp Hill and Coal Township Correctional Institutions and those held for federal offenses are held in the numerous facilities in Allenwood. Please click [here] for information on obtaining bail for those on immigration detainers.

3. Removal Proceedings: Our firm has represented aliens in removal proceedings employing the full panoply of relief and defenses available. These include cases under the Convention Against Torture, Withholding of Removal; LPR Cancellation of Removal; Non-LPR Cancellation of Removal; 212(c) relief; adjustment of status with a variety of waivers; VAWA Relief; U Visas for victims of crimes; T-Visas for persons who were trafficked into the United States as well as reinstating non-immigrant visas. For Information on the relief available in removal proceedings please click [here].

4. Criminal Defense Assistance: We assist criminal defense attorneys in explaining the immigration consequences of any criminal conviction and will issue written opinions with our analysis. Please click [here] for more information on the consequences of a criminal conviction and the information we need to complete our analysis.

5. Employment Based Visas: We represent a variety of private companies, medical facilities, colleges, non-profit service centers, agricultural concerns, food processing plants and entertainment companies in their efforts to bring in foreign workers whether full time in an advanced skill capacity or for temporary or seasonal work. We have assisted our clients in having their employees enter the United States with the full range of non-immigrant visas as well as obtaining EB-1 through EB-5 based permanent residency. Please click [here] for more information on these visas.

6. I-9 Audits: We will assist employers in evaluating the adequacy of their I-9 files to ensure compliance with the government regulations. For more information on the I-9 requirements click [here].

7. Students and Colleges: We assist students in planning their post graduate careers and assist them in transitioning from student to other non-immigrant or immigrant statuses. Please click [here] for our article: Aliens in the University.

8. Family Based Immigration: Immigration based on family relationships - -spouse, parent, child, son or daughter, and siblings - - is a major portion of our practice. Please click [here] for information on this topic.

9. Naturalization: Naturalization - - the process for becoming a United States Citizen is another important part of our practice. Click [here] for information on the process of naturalization.

10. Immigration Litigation in the Federal Courts: We have filed numerous habeas corpus and mandamus petitions for our clients as well as petitions for review from the Board of Immigration Appeals. Click on the cases : Jean-Louis v. Attorney General, 582 F.3d 462, 470-73 (3d Cir.2009); Romanishyn v. Attorney General, 455 F.3d 175 (2006);


Estate Planning & Administration

The Shagin Law Group lawyers can assist you with a full range of services in the area of personal estate planning.  We will meet with you to discuss your situation and the most efficient way to achieve your goals while keeping inheritance and estate taxes to a minimum.  During a consultation with an Estate Planning attorney, your needs will be assessed as to the legal documents you may need to effectuate an appropriate estate plan.  These may include the preparation of wills, powers of attorney, living wills, revocable living trusts, and other forms of trust documents.


Family Law

The goal of the family law attorneys at The Shagin Law Group LLC is to provide fair and firm representation in the domestic relations arena during the often painful period of separation and divorce.  We are able to provide to the client representation during this time in the areas of child and spousal support, equitable distribution, and custody.