Carl Shusterman

Carl Shusterman

Law Offices of Carl Shusterman
  • Immigration Law
  • California
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Carl has developed a practice based on knowledge. Broad, wide, and deep knowledge of the most complicated area of law--Immigration. He has no equals in this regard.
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The Law Offices of Carl Shusterman is one of the top immigration law firms in the United States, representing both corporate and individual clients in all 50 states. Founded by a former INS Trial Attorney and staffed by 8 veteran immigration lawyers, the firm 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. Our 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
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
6th Circuit
7th Circuit
9th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Attorney
Law Offices of Carl Shusterman
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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 .
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
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)
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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.
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.
Publications
Articles & Publications
Carl Shusterman Brings a Lifetime of Immigration Experience to the Trump Era
SuperLawyers Magazine
Trump's Executive Orders
Immigration Lawyers on the Web
Was Elvis's Manager an Illegal Alien?
Immigration Lawyers on the Web
Asylum: 4 Tips to Help You Win Your Case
Law Offices of Carl Shusterman
Keys to the Conrad 30 Program
Journal of the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters
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
U.S. Citizenship Through Parents and 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 (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.

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.

Green Cards Through Employment

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

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.

Adjustment of Status

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

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.

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.

Winning in Immigration Court

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

How to Become a U.S. Citizen - 1

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

Green Cards Through Marriage

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.

How to Select an Immigration Lawyer

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

Immigration 101 for Physicians

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

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
835 Questions Answered

Q. Hi Iam from morocco , i had my conditional green card 10/14/2015 and 10/14 / 2017 get expired .
A: It depends. If you and your spouse filed the I-751 jointly, and your attached documents are proper, you may get a 10-year green card before the expiration date of your one-year extension. If you are divorced, expect that you will be interviewed in a few months.
Q. My kids are going to school with a B1 visa. What can happen when it will be time for me to obtain my green card.
A: Children can not attend school in the US on B-1 visas. You can apply for F-1 student status for them.
Q. Is there anything that can be done to avoid deportation?
A: She is probably eligible to apply for a green card through cancellation of removal. Here are the requirements: If you have been placed in removal proceedings and you have resided in the United States for a long period of time, you can apply for Cancellation of Removal for non-LPRs before an Immigration Judge if you satisfy each of the following conditions. You have been physically present in the U.S. for a continuous period of ten years prior to the institution of removal proceedings. (This requirement is not applicable if you have served a minimum of 24 months in the U.S. Armed Forces, were present in the U.S. during your enlistment or induction, and are either serving honorably or have received an honorable discharge.) “Continuous” means that you can not be out of the U.S. for more than 90 days at a time, or 180 days in the aggregate, during the ten-year period. You have been a person of good moral character for ten years; You are not inadmissible under §212(a)(2) or (3) (criminal and security grounds) or deportable under §237(a)(1)(G) (marriage fraud), (2) (criminal grounds), (3) (failure to register and falsification of documents) or (4) (security and related grounds). Your removal would result in exceptional and extremely unusual hardship to your spouse, parent, or child, who is a citizen of the United States or a lawful permanent resident.
Q. OPT Status
A: An F-1 student on post-completion OPT may also be self-employed. See, “Policy Guidance For Student and Exchange Visitor Program and Designated School Officials of SEVP-Certified Schools with F-1 Students Eligible for or Pursuing Post-Completion Optional Practical Training” (Policy Guidance 1004-03 – Update to Optional Practical Training; USICE, April 23, 2010), at page 18: “Self-employed business owner. A student on OPT may start a business and be self-employed. The student must be able to prove that he or she has the proper business licenses and is actively engaged in a business related to the student’s degree program.” An F-1 student on post-completion STEM (the 17 month extension for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics majors) can also continue with self-employment after the initial 12 month OPT period. See, id, at page 19: “Self-employed business owner. A student on a 17-month extension can start a business and be self-employed. In this situation, the student must register his or her business with E-Verify and work full time. The student must be able to prove that he or she has the proper business licenses and is actively engaged in a business related to his or her degree program.”
Q. OPT Status
A: An F-1 student on post-completion OPT may also be self-employed. See, “Policy Guidance For Student and Exchange Visitor Program and Designated School Officials of SEVP-Certified Schools with F-1 Students Eligible for or Pursuing Post-Completion Optional Practical Training” (Policy Guidance 1004-03 – Update to Optional Practical Training; USICE, April 23, 2010), at page 18: “Self-employed business owner. A student on OPT may start a business and be self-employed. The student must be able to prove that he or she has the proper business licenses and is actively engaged in a business related to the student’s degree program.” An F-1 student on post-completion STEM (the 17 month extension for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics majors) can also continue with self-employment after the initial 12 month OPT period. See, id, at page 19: “Self-employed business owner. A student on a 17-month extension can start a business and be self-employed. In this situation, the student must register his or her business with E-Verify and work full time. The student must be able to prove that he or she has the proper business licenses and is actively engaged in a business related to his or her degree program.”
Q. Can my cousin sponsor me a green card? I am legal in the states with F1 visa and just 19.
A: No, only spouses, siblings, parents and adult sons and daughters can submit a family-based visa petition on your behalf.
Q. What's the first step to getting an h1b visa?
A: Before you can submit an H1B visa petition and carry out the H1B application process you must first find a sponsoring company or employer. If you’re currently in the United States as a student on an F1 visa, you should check with your employer as to whether or not they can sponsor you on an H1B visa. If you are on an L1 visa or another visa status, it’s best to contact an immigration attorney to explore your specific case. H1B Visa 2018 Quota Categories The H1B quota is the maximum number of petitions accepted within that category. There are three main categories within the H1B Visa season as the infographic illustrates: Regular H1B Quota: 65,000 Master’s Degree Quota: 20,000 Citizens of Chile and Singapore: 6,800 from the Regular Quota are reserved for citizens of Chile and Singapore as part of the Free Trade Agreement. Cap Exempt H1B: No quota imposed H1B Application Process Filing Fees Explained H1B application process fees are typically all paid by the employer who is sponsoring the foreign worker. Below is a breakdown of the standard filing costs: Base filing fee: $325 ACWIA fee: $750 for employers with 1-25 full-time employees or $1,500 for employers with 26+ full-time workers Fraud prevention & detection fee: $500 Premium Processing (optional): $1,225
Q. Will someone here on a visa who gets a traffic ticket get deported?
A: No, a traffic ticket is not a crime, and is not a ground for deportation.
Q. My husband got charged for assault on me and I helped him in to find him lawyer can I be in trouble?
A: This is an issue which needs to be addressed by a criminal attorney rather than an immigration attorney.
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Law Offices of Carl Shusterman
600 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 1550
Los Angeles, CA 90017
USA
Telephone: (213) 623-4592
Fax: (213) 623-3720