Carl Shusterman

Carl Shusterman

Law Offices of Carl Shusterman
  • Immigration Law
  • California
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Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
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)
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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
518 Questions Answered

Q. I'm a DACA recipient. Can I take a San Diego whale watching ferry tour without fear of deportation?
A: Yes you can as long as the ferry does not leave the US.
Q. we apply in September 2017 for I 485 in Chicago . I got the work permit but not the interview. When should I get that ?
A: You can look at the USCIS website to see processing times. In most offices, it takes about one year for a green card marriage interview.
Q. question on concurrent H1-B which is working for multiple employers.
A: Employer B can file an H-1B petition on your behalf. When it is approved, you can work concurrently for both employers.
Q. Section 245(i) in i-485
A: Since your wife is a US citizen, you do not need to apply for adjustment of status using section 245i.
Q. My name is ANDERSON I have 40 I'm Brazilian and I'm in chapel hill I've been 2 years, I've seen a tourist but it's expir
A: Anderson, do you have a question that relates to immigration law?
Q. how can i obtain a replacement greencard without paying any fees?
A: ou may request a fee waiver if you are unable to pay the filing fees or biometric services fees for an application or petition that is eligible for a fee waiver. When you request a fee waiver, you must clearly demonstrate that you are unable to pay the fees. You can find the list of applications and petitions that are eligible for a fee waiver at www.uscis.gov/I-912 or refer to 8 CFR 103.7(c)(3). For filing tips and additional information, see www.uscis.gov/feewaiver. You do not need to submit Form I-912 for an application or petition that does not require a filing fee or if you qualify for a fee exemption based on your immigration status. Refer to the Instructions for each application or petition to see whether you are exempt from paying the fees.
Q. I completed my bachelors in December (my completion end date was in February). Since I graduated in feb, I thought my pr
A: Complex situation. You should not try to solve this online. Schedule a consultation with an experienced immigration attorney.
Q. I am Registered nurse from india.I had approved I 140 petition which was filed in 2007 by one employer.
A: They should request that the USCIS allow you to retain your 2007 priority date.
Q. Green card for 19 years. 9 month stay outside ending in June 2015. Physically present since. When can I file N400
A: You can file your N-400 immediately as long as you have been physically present in the US for at least 30 out of the past 60 months.
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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