U.S. Immigration Attorney

The firm’s president Brian C. Schmitt has years of experience in private immigration law practice, primarily focusing on J-1 exceptional hardship and persecution waiver cases. He handles all types of J-1 waiver matters. He also handles all varieties of I-601 applications for waiver of grounds of inadmissibility, including the I-601A waiver. He handles employment based immigration law matters, especially O-1 and EB-1 extraordinary ability and EB-2 National Interest Waiver petitions, family immigration petitions, and naturalization applications.

Mr. Schmitt is a leader in seeking judicial review over adverse decisions in waiver applications as well as other immigration benefit applications. He also served as an expert witness in a lawsuit seeking review of a USCIS hardship waiver denial. Mr. Schmitt testified how the USCIS and the State Department adjudicate I-612 waivers. The plaintiffs won the waiver and an aware of approximately $56,000 in attorney’s fees.

Mr. Schmitt is also Major in the U.S. Army JAG Reserves. He is also a member of Editorial Board of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, the leading scholarly journal on immigration law matters. 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.