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Antone, Casagrande & Adwers, P.C.
About Us

Michigan Immigration Attorneys

The prospect of changing the country you call home can be both frightening and exciting, especially if one plans to start employment in a new country or if you plan to join family members. Unfortunately, this kind of endeavor can also be very complicated, as the United States enforces very strict restrictions on who is allowed to immigrate here and what procedures they must follow to do so legally.

The first step in any immigration process is to determine eligibility. Although there are specific categories for temporary work visas for permanent residency for employment and family-based immigration, there are also many other categories for specific situations.

Whether you are seeking a temporary work visa, a more permanent immigration status, or United States citizenship, our Michigan immigration lawyers are available to assist. Guidance from a seasoned attorney could not only help ensure you comply with all applicable rules and regulations, but also maximize your chances of success with your application.

OUR EXPERTISE

N. Peter Antone

Immigration Attorney & Partner

Mr. Antone graduated J.D. Summa Cum Laude from Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University. He is rated by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory (a highly regarded lawyer-ranking company) as AV, which is the highest possible ranking given to an attorney for both competency and adherence to ethical standards. He is also listed in Marquis Who’s Who in American Law.

In addition, he has been selected as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyer Magazine since 2011, and as a Top Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine since 2012, based on a peer-review survey open to all area lawyers where thousands of votes are cast honoring excellence in the practice of law.

He has also been recognized as a member of the “Who’s Who Legal Corporate Immigration”, a publication by the Law Business Research Ltd., a United Kingdom research-based publication whose research revealed a few hundred lawyers from 40 different jurisdictions that they consider to be leaders in the field.

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OUR EXPERTISE

Justin D. Casagrande

Immigration Attorney & Partner

Mr. Casagrande graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in the top third of his class. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible given to very few attorneys who have reached the pinnacle of their field, and has been recognized by other legal rating organizations.

Mr. Casagrande has presented on various immigration matters and is a member of the Michigan and Federal Bars, as well as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has provided immigration expert opinions for legal proceedings. He is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and other immigration-related organizations.

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OUR EXPERTISE

Ryan J. Adwers

Immigration Attorney & Partner

Mr. Adwers graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan in 2000. While there, Mr. Adwers was a Senior Associate on the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, competed in intra-school Moot Court competitions, and participated in a judicial externship with the 30th Judicial Circuit in Lansing, Michigan.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in International Studies with an area of specialization in Central and South America in 1995. His degree concentrated on international relations, business, and management.

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OUR EXPERTISE

Diane E. Hunt

Immigration Attorney & Partner

Ms. Hunt graduated with J.D. Cum Laude from the University of Michigan Law School. Since joining the firm in 2013, Ms. Hunt has represented clients in a wide range of U.S. immigration matters with a focus on family and individual matters such as fiancée visas, green card applications for spouses and other family members, naturalization, complex cases involving derived citizenship, and hardship waivers. Ms. Hunt also continues to be involved in humanitarian cases including U-visa, VAWA, and DACA.

She has experience working with individuals facing removal, including those with criminal convictions. Ms. Hunt conducts I-9 compliance reviews and represents individuals and companies in obtaining both employment based permanent residency and employment-based nonimmigrant statuses such as L-1 status for intra-company transferees, E status for traders and investors, and H-1B status for temporary workers, among others.

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OUR EXPERTISE

Camaron M. Voyles

Immigration Attorney & Partner

Camaron M. Voyles received his undergraduate degree from Hope College, a private liberal arts college in Michigan, in 2007, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a double major in History and Japanese Studies. He served as the president of the Hope College chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, he pursued his interest in Japan by teaching English to Japanese elementary school students for three years through the JET Programme.

Mr. Voyles returned to Michigan to complete his law degree at the University of Michigan, graduating Cum Laude in 2014. During law school, he studied immigration, civil rights issues, and corporate law. He also served on the Executive Board of the Michigan Journal of International Law and was the Event Manager for the Asia Law Society’s 2012 symposium.

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OUR EXPERTISE

Eleanor J. Sintjago

Immigration Attorney & Partner

In 2014, Ms. Sintjago completed her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif. She focused her legal education on immigration and human rights issues. During law school she served as Vice President of the Asylum Law Project and represented immigration clients as a student attorney and student director in the law school’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinic.

She spent a summer volunteering on women’s human rights at the Advocates for Human Rights in Minneapolis and represented the law school at the regional rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court competition. She also interned for the pro-bono department of a large law firm in Minneapolis, where she focused on preparing U visa applications for victims of crimes.

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OUR EXPERTISE

Michael S. Yu

Immigration Attorney & Partner

During law school, he interned at the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) in Seoul, South Korea, where he assisted with the coordination of the Asia-Pacific Regional FDI moot competition in Seoul. He also interned at the Office of Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood, Michigan State Senate, where he researched current state legislative issues.

Mr. Yu received his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering in 2007. Mr. Yu also received his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School in 2015 where he graduated Cum Laude. While there, his studies on focused on immigration and international law. He served as the president of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), and as a student attorney with the Wayne State Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic.

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OUR EXPERTISE

Sam (Xinyuan) Li

Immigration Attorney

Sam (Xinyuan) Li is originally from Mainland China, coming to the United States in 2012 to complete his undergraduate and post-graduate studies. He received his undergraduate degree in International Studies from the American University’s School of International Service in 2016 with Summa Cum Laude honors.

His undergraduate experience in the U.S. has been inspiring him to apply the unique point of view provided by his international background to the legal field; Mr. Li’s diverse ideological perspective and cross-cultural communication abilities have been encouraging him to focus on helping individuals and businesses find solutions to their immigration needs.

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OUR EXPERTISE

Virginia A. Norkevicius

Immigration Attorney

Virginia A. Norkevicius received her law degree in from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. She also earned an M.S. in Secondary Guidance from Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut, and a B.A. in Special Education from the University of St. Joseph, West Hartford, Connecticut.

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OUR EXPERTISE

Dorothy H. Basmaji

Of Counsel

Ms. Basmaji graduated J.D. Cum Laude from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in 1986. She proceeded to clerk for the Honorable Joseph B. Sullivan of the Michigan Court of Appeals before entering private practice focusing on immigration matters.

She has extensive experience in corporate and business immigration issues. Ms. Basmaji has assisted clients with internal transfers from other countries as well as external hires. Her experience with complex immigration regulations has made her an invaluable resource for executives and HR professionals. She has assisted many clients seeking employment or family-based permanent residency status.

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OUR EXPERTISE

Rebecca M. Noeske

Immigration Attorney

Rebecca M. Noeske received her undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Michigan. She graduated with distinction in 2017 and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She was also awarded the Economics Undergraduate Service Award for her commitment to and participation in the university’s economics program. While at the University of Michigan, Ms. Noeske spent several summers conducting competitive research for the luxury car brand, Alfa Romeo, during its relaunch in the United States automotive market after a twenty-year absence. 

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OUR EXPERTISE

Lisa J. Bennett

Immigration Attorney

Lisa J. Bennett, an Honors Scholar, received undergraduate degrees in International Studies and German from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 2010. After graduating, Ms. Bennett lived in Sweden and Germany, where she continued her studies in international relations and worked with study abroad students. She then returned to the U.S. and completed a master’s degree in higher education at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). 

After graduating from UTSA, Ms. Bennett worked as a Designated School Official (DSO) for the university. As an international student advisor, Ms. Bennett assisted international students, especially F-1 students, with immigration issues during their undergraduate and graduate studies. This inspired Ms. Bennett to learn more about American immigration law and attend law school.

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Cameron R. Mullins

Immigration Attorney

Cameron Mullins received his undergraduate degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where he graduated Manga Cum Laude with a double major in history and Spanish. During his undergraduate years, he served as the vice president of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honor society and president of the Rollins rock climbing club.

Following graduation, he received a Fulbright Scholarship to Neiva, Colombia, where he worked as an English teacher at the Universidad Surcolombiana. He then worked as an Auxiliar de Conversación in Galicia, Spain, where he taught English to a variety of elementary school aged children. In addition to helping him develop fluency in Spanish, these experiences inspired him to continue working in the international sphere.

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Lisa Czapski

Immigration Paralegal

Lisa earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in English literature from Oakland University.  She spent three years at Boston University working toward a doctoral degree and teaching literature and writing courses for the university.

Since entering the immigration field in 2012, Lisa has worked on a broad range of employment- and family-based cases.  She has significant experience with a high-volume, corporate immigration caseload consisting of H-1B, L-1, and TN nonimmigrant petitions; PERM Labor Certifications; and I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions.

Lisa’s work in the firm and in the immigration legal field continues to be informed by her study of American literature, her commitment to excellence in writing, and her dedication to teaching and learning.

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WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

Testimonials

I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your help with my case. It had been an exciting journey since 2013 when we first started working with Antone, Casagrande & Adwers Law Office on my J-visa waiver. I am grateful to you and to all your colleagues who assisted in the whole process until becoming a US citizen. Please pass my sincere thanks to Peter Antone.

H.K.

I would like to thank you very much for your time and support during my visa adjustment process and for helping me to obtain the desired outcome. I am also very thankful for your help in preparing me for the visa interview which made the approval of my visa adjustment very successful. Your help and work made a big difference in my life and I really appreciate all your efforts as well as your partners and support staff throughout the entire process. Thank you once again for everything and God richly bless you all.

Regina S.

I wanted to let you know of my appreciation for the efforts you made on behalf of [our organization], and of our team member, David. At times the path to our successful outcome must have seemed tortuous and I can only imagine what David went through on his end. But your consistent and thorough approach helped all of us stay focused. Please share my thanks and congratulations with your team for bringing this to successful fruition.

C. B., General Manager

My green card petition was approved. The person who interviewed us told us to tell you that you did a great job with the paperwork. It was very easy for him to follow.

N.G.

It’s almost a month since we spoke with you on the phone as we searched for an Immigration Attorney. We live in Ohio. We just had to write and tell you how very impressed we were with you…You are truly one in a million – trust us, when we say this, we interviewed at least 20 immigration lawyers, so we had to write you to tell you how deeply we appreciate you. You were able to communicate integrity and a genuine spirit to us. You have a peaceful quiet spirit, that makes it easy for clients to communicate with you. You really listen and clients can easily place their trust in you.

Anoma D.
OUR WORK

Seeking Legal Permanent Residency or Citizenship

Lawful permanent resident status, commonly known as having a “green card,” allows a foreign national to permanently live and work legally in the United States. Foreign nationals sponsored by family members or employers, who are otherwise eligible, are generally granted lawful permanent resident status as part of the immigration process. Depending upon the category, the sponsoring relative or company will file a petition with USCIS to classify the sponsored individual in the appropriate category.  Once approved, the foreign national can apply to adjust status in the United States to a lawful permanent resident or process for an immigrant visa (permanent status) at a Consulate or Embassy abroad.  Under certain situations, foreign nationals currently living in the United States may be eligible to apply for permanent status while remaining in the United States.

Once a foreign national has maintained lawful permanent resident status for the requisite period of time, the individual may be eligible to become a naturalized citizen.  The requisite period of time will depend upon the person’s status. Assistance from a dedicated immigration lawyer in Michigan could be critical to success in this process or with any other change of immigration status.

Applying for the Right Type of Visa

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has established many different visa categories for various types of foreign travelers, ranging from temporary visas meant for executives, managers, professionals, health care workers, company transfers students, seasonal workers, and temporary workers to long-term visas that allow for permanent immigration to the United States.

In order to acquire a work visa or lawful permanent resident status (LPR), though, an applicant generally must be sponsored by either United States employer or qualifying family member, although in limited circumstances, some individuals may apply independently.

Employment-based visas are granted in priority order based on the preference category and the foreign worker’s nationality. A Michigan immigration attorney could offer guidance to both potential immigrants and potential sponsors about the availability of employment visas in their unique circumstances.

Speak with a Michigan Immigration Attorney Today

While immigrants may be central to America’s national identity, the process of actually immigrating here is far from simple. You may have to jump through a lot of hoops and work for months or even years to get your green card and subsequently pursue citizenship.

Fortunately, a Michigan immigration lawyer could stand by your side every step of the way, helping to preserve your future prospects and those of your family as well. Get in touch today to set up a consultation.

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31555 W 14 Mile Rd,
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