U.S. Immigration Attorneys

The firm’s founding partner Bruce A. Hake has more than 20 years of experience in private immigration law practice, primarily focusing on J-1 exceptional hardship waiver cases. He handles all J-1 waiver matters, except for three-year waiver job cases. He also handles other immigration law matters, especially O-1 and EB-1 extraordinary ability petitions, family immigration petitions, and naturalization applications. He has been qualified in court several times as an expert witness on legal ethics and other areas of U.S. immigration law.

Partner Brian C. Schmitt is a Major in the U.S. Army JAG Reserves. He has become a leading scholar on J-1 waivers, especially in the difficult area of program, policy, and foreign relations issues in J-1 waiver cases involving U.S. Government funding, such as Fulbright cases.

Please note that you don’t need to travel to our office in Maryland, although we’d be happy if you did. We represent clients from around the world, communicating mainly by telephone and email.

Concentrating on Helping Medical Professionals and Scientists

Most of the firm’s clients are foreign medical graduates and research scientists, but we also represent clients from all walks of life.

Most foreign medical graduates who come to the United States for graduate medical education are subject to the two-year foreign residence requirement of Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. See text of that law to the right. Many other J-1 exchange visitors, and their J-2 dependents, are also subject to that feature of U.S. immigration law. This can sometimes create great burdens. We concentrate on solving that problem.

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Hake & Schmitt provides immigration law services. The firm was formerly known as Bruce A. Hake, P.C.