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Kelli Y Allen

Kelli Y Allen

Representing immigration clients worldwide
  • Immigration Law, Elder Law, Arbitration & Mediation
  • North Carolina
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Kelli Y Allen Immigration & Elder Law provides personalized, professional legal and mediation services.

Kelli represents immigration clients worldwide. Her immigration law practice focuses on family-based visas, adjustment of status, consular processing, unlawful presence waivers, naturalization, DACA, U-visas, removal of conditions, and some non-immigrant employment visas. Kelli is a member of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association and previously clerked with the Charlotte Immigration Court.

Our North Carolina elder law practice consists of long-term care planning, asset protection, establishing long-term care Medicaid eligibility without having to "spend down", preparation and submission of NC long-term care Medicaid applications, and representation before the Department of Social Services. The firm also provides evaluation and preparation of legal and estate planning documents such as Financial Powers of Attorney, Healthcare Powers of Attorney, Advanced Directives, wills, and trusts. Kelli is a member of Eldercounsel, National Care planning Council, and Elder Care Matters.

Kelli is a Nationally Certified Professional in Mediation. Our mediation practice primarily focuses on assisting families navigate potential challenges and conflicts dealing with elder issues such as caring for an aging parent, living arrangements, and decisions to look toward long-term care placement. We also medicate cases involving divorce, custody, mediation, neighborhood disputes, landlord-tenant issues, and workplace issues. Kelli is a member of the National Association of Certified Mediators, National Association for Community Mediation, and the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section,

Practice Areas
  • Immigration Law
  • Elder Law
  • Arbitration & Mediation
Additional Practice Area
  • Long-term Care Medicaid
  • Free Consultation
    Complimentary 15 minute telephone consultation on most immigration matters. Complimentary Meet-and-Greet for Mediation.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Mastercard, Visa, Discover
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Services provided on a flat-fee basis; no hidden fees.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
4th Circuit
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Kelli Y Allen Immigration & Elder Law
- Current
Charlotte School of Law
J.D. (2010) | Law
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Professional Associations
North Carolina State Bar # 42179
Elder Law Matters
National Care Planning Council
National Association for Community Mediation
National Association of Certified Mediators
National Certified Professional in Mediation
American Bar Association - Dispute Resolution
Mecklenburg County Bar
- Current
American Immigration Lawyer's Association
- Current
Articles & Publications
All About Seniors Magazine
Speaking Engagements
Taming the Jungle of Long-term Care, Huntersville, NC
Nationally Certified Professional in Mediation
National Association of Certified Mediators
Websites & Blogs
Firm Website
Legal Answers
60 Questions Answered

Q. Should the closing attorney at a mortgage closing act as the notary public for the closing?
A: That is very common.
Q. Hi, I am separated single mom. want to apply H1B visa, being divorced or separated affects negatively ? if so how ?
A: Your marital status should not impact an H-1B visa in any way.
Q. Okay, I recently got married to my fiancé and she is not legal. Can I request a TIN for her?
A: Yes, she can request a tax identification number from the IRS that you can use in lieu of a social security number when filing taxes. I do not know how long it takes to get that number assigned.
Q. I am a US citizen, My wife is a permanent green card holder. My wife would like to file/apply for her citizenship.
A: If you have made satisfactory arrangements with the IRS, then USCIS is okay with it. That would include having a payment schedule or the IRS making the determination that it does not have to be paid. For purposes of naturalization, they're really looking to make sure she's filed and is working with the IRS on any issues.
Q. Is it possible for a U.S. citizen to marry a Mexican citizen, and for said Mexican citizen to gain legal residency?
A: Yes, it is but the timing and specific process vary greatly and depend on a number of factors. I highly suggest having a full consultation with an experienced immigration attorney who can analyze the specific situation and explain the process that would apply to your case.
Q. I'm in the early stages of trying to bring my soon to be fiance to the US. What is the best route?
A: You can either file a fiance visa petition or you can go to Canada to marry and then start the spousal visa petition process. He definitely should not enter with a B2 visa and try to adjust status, as that is an improper use of a non-immigrant visa. Asylum is a much longer, more difficult process, so there's no reason to consider that when he has the other options based on marriage. You absolutely need to hire an experienced immigration attorney to handle this process on your behalf.
Q. Does the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia look at credit reports?
A: No. You will have to file an affidavit of support, provide income information for the past 3 years, and submit your most recent W-2 and federal tax return, but they do not check credit.
Q. Can I use a child custody final orders as a proof of separation for my citizenship application?
A: Yes you could, but you typically do not have to provide proof of separation as part of a naturalization application.
Q. My American friend married a Honduran man. They have an American born son, age 5. The man went back to Honduras because
A: Please recommend that your friend contact an experienced immigration lawyer. She will need to file a spousal visa petition, but the specifics depend upon several factors such as: whether he entered the U.S. with a visa, how long he was here without legal status, whether he entered he U.S. more than once, whether he was ordered removed or left voluntarily. It is a somewhat lengthy and complicated process so she will absolutely need legal assistance.
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Kelli Y Allen Immigration & Elder Law
10150 Mallard Creek Rd. Suite 105
Charlotte, NC 28262
Telephone: (704) 727-4900
Cell: (704) 727-4310
Fax: (704) 973-0873