“If we ever closed the door to new Americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost.” ~President Ronald Reagan

Udoka Obie Amah, PLLC

Immigration Attorneys

About Us

Immigration law is about more than filing forms and submitting application. Its about treating people as individuals with specific needs and helping them achieve their dreams in the United States.
At UOALEGAL, we make the US immigration system humane and accessible for our clients. Whether you are a US business attempting to hire a skilled foreign national, a lawful permanent resident seeking naturalization or a person who hopes to find a place of refuge from persecution, we will take your case and use all available legal means to make the American dream and promise as a nation of welcome and possibility with fairness, integrity, real to you. We also provide representation in Asylum cases, Cancellation of Removal, Motion to Reopen or Reconsider. And if need be, we can also represent you in Deportation Defense & Appeals before the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) and Board of Immigration Appeal (BIA),

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Our Practice Areas

We provide personalized immigration services in these areas.

U.S. citizenship provides benefits not offered to legal permanent residents or nonimmigrants, including the right to vote, the right to hold some forms of public office, the right to apply for federal jobs, and the ability to sponsor family members for permanent residency with priority processing. UOALEGAL is well-equipped with the knowledge and expertise to make the naturalization process as smooth as possible. We walk our clients through all the legal and social matters related to U.S. citizenship, and we advise on issues related to dual citizenship to provide our clients with the information they need to make informed decisions. Naturalization is a transformative event and we show our clients maximum dedication and diligence throughout the entire process. Without a doubt, the anticipation of applying for U.S. citizenship can be a very exciting and stressful time. Anyone who has ever had to go through the immigration and naturalization process can attest to the rigorous and strict process enforced by the USCIS. If you are currently aspiring to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, play it smart and safe. Don’t jeopardize your chances or risk of losing your green card by making unnecessary errors on your application or by failing your naturalization test. Before you apply on your own, eliminate the risk by consulting with an experienced immigration lawyer. UOALEGAL has experienced attorneys ready to help you. Contact us today

The EB-5 immigrant investor program provides an opportunity for successful entrepreneurs to invest in U.S. businesses and create jobs for U.S. workers, while securing permanent residency for themselves and their immediate family members. We can work with business developers from several countries in navigating the EB-5 process. We advise and consult on EB-5 program availability and options for both direct investment and regional center investment, analyzing all facts pertaining to each investor’s personal situation and recommending the best course of action. Our clients will receive support throughout the entire EB-5 process, from initial consultation to application preparation through the final transition from conditional residency to permanent residency. Due to the investment rules and requirements, it is highly advised to retain an expert immigration lawyer to help you with this process. Unsuccessful attempts on your own can hurt future chances of obtaining an EB-5 visa and the “investment-first” policy could cost you a lot of money without securing a visa.

Family cohesion is at the heart of the US Immigration system. However the path to obtaining US Permanent Residency can be long and challenging. We focus specifically on immigrant and nationality matters, including securing permanent residency for family members of U.S. citizens and green card holders, and securing their U.S. citizenship down the road. We take pride in uniting families and helping clients adjust to their new country by solidifying the status of their loved ones. Under Family Based Immigration, we also provide guidance, assistance and direction on Consular Processing, Immigration Adoption, k-1 Fiance Visa, Widow(er) Petition Eligibility and Requirements, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and Waiver of Inadmissibility. Contact us today to speak with one of our Attorneys about your immigration situation.

We offer comprehensive services for students and exchange visitors interested in pursuing full-time academic or vocational studies through the F-1 (academic) or M(vocational) visa programs. We also assist with the J exchange visitor program administered by the U.S. Department of State. Common issues we can assist with include obtaining and extending work authorization as a student, finding an exchange program sponsor, applying for a visa at a consulate abroad, facilitating waiver requests, and transitioning into another status. We focus on providing clients top-tier service in an expeditious fashion, with a focus on compliance and accuracy. For more information on student visas and your eligibility and to learn more about your student/exchange visitor options, contact us today

Being placed in deportation proceedings can be a very scary experience for an immigrant. However, being successful in immigration court is not impossible. Given the complicated procedures that sometimes come about as the result of the immigration process, it’s possible that some cases may have some legal grounds for filing an appeal. Petitioners and applicants for certain immigration benefits may file an appeal with the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) to attempt to overturn an unfauvorable decision made by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers. The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) is a very powerful and influential agency in the United States. It is one of the chief voices in the world of American immigration. Not only does the BIA have tremendous reach – including decisions made across the entire nation – but it is considered the last step in appealing through the immigration process before acceptable appeals can be brought before high U.S. courts. As you can see, proceedings before the BIA can be complex. There are strict deadlines and requirements that must be followed. The failure to file the necessary forms on time can lead to your case being denied, even if it would have otherwise been approved. It is therefore extremely important to be represented by an experienced, competent immigration attorney. Contact us today for a confidential consultation about your case.

A person may be granted asylum if they can prove that they have suffered past persecution or that they fear they will suffer persecution in their home country due to any of the following:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Membership in a particular social group
  • Political opinion

Any person in the United States may submit an application for asylum if they are fearful of returning to their native country. You do not have to be lawfully residing in the U.S. to seek this benefit and it does not matter how you arrived in the United States. It is a terrible feeling believing that you will be harmed because of your race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Nobody should have to live this way! If you believe that you may be harmed because of one of these factors, please contact us to discuss a potential application for asylum. You do not have to live in fear any longer!

Some visas are considered humanitarian. They include:

  • The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) designed to keep immigrant families together by ‘freezing’ the child’s age as long as certain requirements are met. Freezing means that they’d still retain their status as a child even after they become adults so they can successfully enter the U.S. with their other family members, or perhaps reunite with members of their family who are already legal residents in the country.
  • DACA stands for “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.” Deferred action is an immigration status under U.S. administrative law that can delay a person’s deportation. So, DACA delays the deportation of individuals whose parents brought them to the country as children. DACA protects you from deportation due to factors that you had no control over when you entered the country as a child. This policy also allows you to apply for a work permit that would normally be inaccessible to undocumentednindividuals.
  • Victims of Crime Visa (U-Visa). Foreign citizens who are victims of crimes such as trafficking and forced labor can apply for a U visa (Form I-918). It serves as a protection to the victims and a way for them to assist during the police investigation. It serves as a permit that can even lead to a permanent residency, otherwise known as a green card. Victims must be willing to help the authorities as a condition of eligibility for a U visa. These are usually victims of enslavement, abuse, trafficking, sexual assault, and the like. Family members of victims may be eligible to apply for a U visa as well.

Applying for any of the Humanitarian Visa can be an overwhelming process if you don’t know what to do. It can be hard to deal with law enforcement and the USCIS. Do not hesitate to contact us for assistance with your application. Having a firm at your side can help you gather substantial evidence to improve your chances of a Humanitarian visa approval. We can help you.

Our Process

Personal Service

At UOA Legal, we seek to understand your immigration needs and ensure we work with you to answer your questions. Quick response and direct communication are values we hold dearly.

Guidance

We can recommend the best strategy to resolve your immigration needs with an in-depth analysis or review of your documents.

Support

Once your case is filed, we keep you updated on case status. Immigration rules can be very fluid and may sometimes change to reflect political changes. We monitor developments and manage your case till conclusion.

Technology

We seek to use case management technology to manage your immigration case files to ensure deadlines are never missed.

Office Location

New York

442 5th Avenue #1516 Manhattan 10018

Affiliations

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Member, American Immigration Council

American Bar Association

New York State Bar Association

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    Ned Price, Department Spokesperson The United States is, and will continue to be, a global leader in international humanitarian response, including through refugee resettlement. We have prioritized rebuilding and strengthening the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) in a strategic, sustainable way that positions the program on a durable foundation for the future and modernizes the program to be responsive to evolving needs and opportunities. This includes efforts to expand opportunities for Americans to engage directly in resettlement, including through a private sponsorship pilot program that we will launch later this year. Over the past fiscal year, we also have taken steps to increase the resettlement of members of particularly vulnerable populations through USRAP, including refugees from the Americas, Congolese, Syrians, Ukrainians, populations from Burma, and many other nationalities, as well LGBTQI+ persons, all while providing additional initial resettlement support to more […]

  • U.S.-Chaired Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement in Geneva to Highlight Innovation and Increasing Global Capacity for Refugee Resettlement

    Office of the Spokesperson On Monday, June 20, representatives from the United States and twenty-eight other governments, along with non-governmental organizations, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, academia, refugees, and the private sector will convene the Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR) in Geneva, Switzerland. The three-day ATCR is a high-level, multilateral forum to discuss and advance refugee resettlement issues of common interest. The 2022 ATCR is chaired by the Government of the United States, represented by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and co-chaired by Refugee Council USA (RCUSA). Interagency representatives from the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services and the White House will be in attendance. This will be the first in-person ATCR event since 2019 and the first time the U.S. has chaired since 2011. The first day of the ATCR, June 20, also coincides with World […]

  • Joint Statement on Canada-Mexico-United States Cooperation

    Office of the Spokesperson Canada, Mexico, and the United States share a close relationship based on shared values and priorities. We acknowledge that working together as North America we can bring new ideas and energy to the hemisphere, and we commit to reinvigorating how we address together the issues of our time. As three likeminded countries, we affirm our strong commitment to democratic principles and intend to cooperate closely to stand up for multilateralism and the rules-based international order, support the rule of law, promote inclusive growth, invest in the development of communities, protect and promote human rights, advance gender equality, and reinforce democracy at home and inspire democratic development around the world. We worked together towards ending the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to create the conditions for equitable growth and strengthening North American competitiveness. On the occasion of today’s North American Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Los […]

  • Support to the Global Concessional Finance Facility (GCFF)

    Office of the Spokesperson The United States intends to provide $25 million to the Global Concessional Financing Facility (GCFF) to prioritize support for countries in Latin America, such as Ecuador and Costa Rica, should they become eligible.  The funding would support programs benefitting refugees and asylum seekers, such as registration processes, the extension of social services, and integration programs, and would benefit host communities that have generously opened their doors to the most vulnerable.  Expanding support to middle-income countries that host large numbers of refugees and asylum seekers, is critical to integrating these refugees and providing access to vital social services. Global Concessional Finance Facility (GCFF) Created in 2016 with strong support from the United States, the GCFF provides longer-term development support on a concessional basis to middle-income countries around the world impacted by refugee crises. The GCFF is a financial intermediary fund […]

  • Junior Professional Officer – Associate Officer, Multiple Locations (Closes May 29, 2022)

    The following UNHCR JPO vacancies are open for applications: Associate Protection Officer – Location: Tapachula, Mexico. Job ID 35398 (Closes May 29, 2022) Associate Protection Officer – Location: Zwedru, Liberia. Job ID 35418 (Closes May 29, 2022) Associate Resettlement & Complementary Pathways Officer – Location: Douala, Cameroon. Job ID 35357 (Closes May 29, 2022) Associate Resettlement & Complementary Pathways Officer – Location: Kampala, Uganda. Job ID 35396  (Closes May 29, 2022) Associate WASH Officer – Location: Lilongwe, Malawi. Job ID 35371 (Closes May 29, 2022) Interested U.S. citizen candidates can apply at www.unhcr.org/careers  by clicking on ‘Vacancies’  and then either clicking on the “JPO USA April 2022” filter or by entering the respective job IDs, as indicated above. If you would like to be notified when new JPO vacancies are announced, you can subscribe here.  If you subscribe, updates will be sent to you […]

  • FY 2022 Request for Concept Notes for Humanitarian Research

    Request for Concept Notes Number: SFOP0008436 Assistance Listing (CFDA) number: 19.522 – Overseas Refugee Assistance Programs for Strategic Global Priorities Announcement issuance date: Monday, November 20, 2021 Proposal submission deadline: Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 11:59:59 p.m. (23:59:59) EST. Concept notes submitted after this deadline will not be considered. Funding limits: Program proposals must not be less than the funding floor and not more than the funding ceiling per year or they will be disqualified. Funding floor per award (lowest $$ value): $150,000 Funding ceiling per award (highest $$ value): $300,000 Anticipated timeframe for notification of selection for full proposal development: PRM anticipates, but cannot guarantee, that within 30 days from the proposal submission deadline selected concept notes will be notified of selection for full proposal development. Anticipated timeframe for award of selected full proposals: Pending the availability of funds, PRM […]

  • FY 2022 Request for Concept Notes for NGO Programs to Refer Eligible Refugees to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

    Download the Notice  Request for Concept Notes Number: SFOP0008478Assistance Listing (CFDA) number: 19.522 – Overseas Refugee Assistance Programs for Strategic Global PrioritiesAnnouncement issuance date: Thursday, December 16, 2021Submission deadline: Friday, January 28, 2022 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST (23:59:59). Concept notes submitted after this deadline will not be considered.Funding limits: Budgets covering the entirety of the proposed project period must not exceed $1 million per year for standalone proposals, or $1.5 million for a consortium proposal (from three or more organizations).Anticipated timeframe for notification of selection for full proposal development: PRM anticipates, but cannot guarantee, that within days from the submission deadline selected concept notes will be notified of selection for full proposal development. Anticipated timeframe for award of selected full proposals: Pending the availability of funds, PRM anticipates, but cannot guarantee, that awards […]

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