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Palm Coast Immigration Law

Florida Immigration Lawyers Serving Flagler and Volusia County

From the start, our country has been seen as a land of freedom and opportunity for immigrants who arrive here from around the globe. It is a privilege and an honor to live and work in the United States of America. At Chiumento Dwyer Hertel Grant, our Florida immigration lawyers are dedicated to helping individuals, families, business owners and investors who deserve that privilege and need legal help to navigate the complex immigration system.

Clients turn to us because our Palm Coast immigration lawyers have spent more than four decades representing people in Volusia and Flagler County in complicated immigration legal matters. As members of the National Immigration Project and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, our committed attorneys put their extensive knowledge and experience with the immigration system to work for clients like you every day. Whether you are applying for a Green Card, trying to obtain a work visa, or facing removal proceedings, you can rely on high-quality representation and complete dedication from our skilled lawyers and professional legal staff.

Contact us now to schedule a half-hour consultation with one of our Florida immigration attorneys to assess your case and determine your options. We are here to help you fulfill your immigration law needs.

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If you are facing an immigration issue, it is important to consult with an attorney who has extensive experience in this area of law. Just one mistake on your part could prove costly, create unnecessary delays, and even put your immigration status in jeopardy.

At Chiumento Dwyer Hertel Grant, our dedicated attorneys represent clients in a broad range of immigration law matters, including:

  • Legal permanent resident cards (Green Cards)
  • Employment- and investor-based immigration
  • Marriage, fiancé(e) visas and family immigration
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
  • Business and visitor visas
  • Student and exchange visas
  • Religious worker visas
  • Asylum
  • Naturalization
  • Deportation/removal

No matter what type of issue you are facing, you can trust our highly skilled and dedicated Florida immigration lawyers to provide you with strategic guidance and resourceful representation. Contact us now to schedule a confidential consultation about your case.



Immigration law is complicated enough, but in many cases, immigration issues overlap with other areas of law — such as criminal law, family law and employment law — making it imperative that your legal team has a blend of experience in various practice areas.

When a criminal arrest puts a person’s immigration status at risk, our attorneys’ in-depth experience in both criminal defense and immigration law proves essential for our clients. We aim to help clients caught up in these complicated cases form a comprehensive defense strategy to avoid deportation.

In cases that involve marriage, divorce, child custody or other family law matters, our Florida immigration lawyers have a wealth of knowledge that we will put to use in providing a thorough evaluation of a client’s case and all of the legal options.

For employers who need help with complicated immigration paperwork, our attorneys are highly skilled in the intricacies of employment and immigration law, and we aim to work as efficiently as possible to meet your needs.


Green Card
Your eligibility to apply for a Green Card will depend on your situation. However, our Florida immigration attorneys have extensive experience helping people obtain Green Cards through a variety of ways. The most common types of Green Card cases we handle are for:

  • People who have family members to sponsor themEmployers who are sponsoring employees
  • Those who are seeking refugee or asylum status

No matter what your situation is, if you need help getting a Green Card, you can turn to the compassionate and knowledgeable immigration attorneys at Chiumento Dwyer Hertel Grant Our skilled legal team will ensure your paperwork is filled out properly and all of your documentation is in order.
Contact us now to schedule a consultation.

Employment Immigration
Our Florida employment immigration attorneys work with human resources departments, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the U.S. Department of Labor to help employers and employees pursue and maintain the immigration status they need. We work diligently to push through the Green Card and visa processes for clients in a manner that is both cost-effective and timely.

Our attorneys handle a broad range of employment- and investor-based immigration matters for clients throughout Florida. The scope of our practice includes:

  • L-1 visas
  • L-2 visas
  • H-1B visas
  • E-1 treaty traders
  • E-2 investor visas
  • EB-1 Green Cards
  • I-9 verifications
  • Employment Green Cards
  • PERM labor certifications
  • Doctor and health care visas

Our Florida employment immigration attorneys have handled a variety of these types of cases, and we pride ourselves on producing creative immigration solutions to resolve matters as quickly as possible.

Contact us now to schedule a consultation.

Family, Marriage and Fiancé(e) Immigration
Being separated from the ones you love can be a trying time for your family. Our attorneys are experienced in helping people sort through a variety of family immigration issues. Whether it is your fiancé(e) or your children you are trying to get into the country for a better life, you can trust our compassionate Florida family immigration lawyers to advise you on the best course of action.

There are many different types of family immigration law matters, but some of the most common cases we handle involve:

  • K-1 fiancé(e) visas
  • K-3 marriage visas
  • Marriage Green Cards
  • Immediate family Green Cards
  • Family-based Green Cards
  • Dealing with delays from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Private immigration billsWe understand that you want your family immigration matters handled quickly and correctly. At Chiumento Dwyer Hertel Grant, our Florida family immigration lawyers handle each and every case with care and attention to detail, and we will work to resolve your case as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.Contact us now to schedule a consultation.
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents hold significant power over their noncitizen spouses. In the wrong hands, this power can be used to control, intimidate and abuse. The U.S. government enacted the Violence Against Woman Act (VAWA) to give noncitizen spouses facing domestic violence — including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, social isolation and economic control — the legal means to attain immigration status. This act can apply to men as well.Whether you need help filing a self-petition for a VAWA Green Card or are facing deportation and wish to use the VAWA rules to fight removal, our compassionate Florida immigration lawyers can act as the strong advocates you need during this difficult time.Contact us now to schedule a confidential consultation.
Business and Visitor Visas
The B-1 business and B-2 pleasure visas may seem like an odd pair, but they are consolidated for the sake of simplicity. They are the two most common types of visas and are very similar.When a visitor is approved for a B-1 or B-2 visa, the document is theoretically valid for 10 years. In truth, this means that the visitor could stay for 10 years as long as he or she passes the secondary entry, when an inspector issues a white I-94 card, which allows varying lengths of stay.B-1 visas require the applicants to prove that they do not intend to abandon or sell their residence abroad and are visiting only temporarily. B-2 visas require applicants to prove that they do not plan to work and do not plan to abandon their residence abroad. There are 27 countries that participate in a Visa Waiver Program that nullifies the need for a visa, including the U.K., Spain, Germany and Australia. However, it must be noted that the countries that participate in this program can change.Visas for Entertainers, Performers and AthletesNot just anyone can apply for O and P visas for entertainers, performers and athletes. For example, athletes must compete at an international level, and scholars must have achieved a national prize of excellence, such as a Nobel Prize, or have strong letters of recommendation from internationally known colleagues within the field. In short, you must have attained a substantial achievement in one of those areas.

The O-1 visa is awarded to those with extraordinary achievements (such as poet laureates and Nobel Prize winners), and the P visas are awarded to performers, artists and athletes. However, special consideration is given to performing artists participating in an exchange program with the P-2 visa, and P-3 visas are available for entertainers who are “culturally unique.”

If you need help obtaining a B-1, B-2, O or P visa, contact us now to schedule a consultation.

Student and Exchange Visas

Many people come to the United States each year to attend college, study at vocational institutions or participate in other enrichment programs. Our Florida student visa attorneys have a deep knowledge of the immigration laws that pertain to those who want to study or train in the United States. We frequently help clients obtain:

F-1 Visas for Students

The F-1 student visa is exclusively provided to allow foreign students to come into the U.S. for full-time study at an accredited college or university. The student may be eligible for practical work training for 12 months before or after graduation. If you are already in optional practical training (OPT), our Florida immigration attorneys can help create a strategy for maintaining lawful status after your OPT status expires.

M-1 Occupational Visas

The M-1 visa is designed for individuals interested in studying at an established vocational non-academic institution. Technical, cosmetology or mechanic schools are some examples of these vocational institutions.

J-1 and J-2 Exchange Visitor Visas

Exchange visitors include professors, trainees, students and scholars participating in study programs, research or other kinds of cultural enrichment. The participant in the exchange program holds a J-1 visa, while his or her spouse and children younger than 21 can hold J-2 visas. The type of visa chosen can affect a student’s ability to stay in the U.S. after his or her program has been completed.

At Chiumento Dwyer Hertel Grant, our Florida student visa attorneys are dedicated to helping those who want to prepare for their future by studying or training in the United States. Contact us now to schedule a consultation to discuss your current status and your plans for the future.

Religious Worker Visas
Our committed Florida immigration lawyers are well-versed in the process of obtaining R-1 visas, which allow individuals to enter the U.S. for religious reasons on a temporary basis. A person can qualify as a “religious worker” if he or she is authorized by a recognized employing entity to conduct religious worship and other duties usually performed by authorized clergy of that religion. Other qualifications for “religious worker” include:

  • The applicant must be a member of a religious denomination that has a bona fide nonprofit religious organization in the U.S.
  • The religious denomination and its affiliate, if applicable, are either exempt from taxation or qualify for tax-exempt status.
  • The applicant has been a member of the denomination for two years immediately preceding applying for religious worker status.
  • The applicant is planning to work as a minister of that denomination or in a religious occupation or vocation for a bona fide nonprofit religious organization (or a tax-exempt affiliate of such an organization).
  • The applicant has resided and been physically present outside the U.S. for the immediate prior year, if he or she has previously spent five years in this category.

There is no requirement that individuals applying for “R” visas have a residence abroad that they have no intention of abandoning. However, they must intend to depart the U.S. at the end of their lawful status, absent specific indications or evidence to the contrary.

To discuss applying for an R-1 visa, contact the dedicated Florida religious work visa lawyers at Chiumento Dwyer Hertel Grant and schedule a consultation.

Persecution can take many forms and often involves threats, torture, unfounded imprisonment and denial of basic human rights. If you are physically in the U.S. and fear persecution in your native country, you may be eligible to apply for asylum. Eligibility requirements include:

  • You must be physically present in the U.S. or a port of entry.
  • You must have experienced persecution or have a legitimate fear of persecution in your home country.
  • The persecution must be based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.
  • You must not be a danger to society.
  • You have to file within a year of coming to the U.S.

If you are seeking asylum in the U.S., the experienced Florida asylum attorneys at Chiumento Dwyer Hertel Grant are here to stand up for your rights and guide you through the complicated legal process. We represent asylum seekers from all over the world, including Syria, Egypt and throughout the Middle East.

Contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation with an experienced Florida asylum lawyer.

Naturalization is the process of granting an “alien” the rights and privileges of a native or citizen. At Chiumento Dwyer Hertel Grant, our committed Florida immigration lawyers will meet with you to discuss the naturalization process in depth and determine whether you may qualify.

You should know that there are a few requirements that one must meet in order to be considered for naturalization:

  • The applicant must be at least 18 years old. (Children younger than 18 whose parents are naturalized automatically obtain United States citizenship as long as the children have also met the requisite residency requirements.)
  • In most cases, the applicant must have continuously resided in the U.S. for five years after becoming a permanent resident (three years if married to a U.S. citizen).
  • The applicant must have spent at least half of the permanent residency time physically in the U.S. and must have lived for at least three months in the jurisdiction where the application will be filed.
  • The applicant must demonstrate “good moral character.”
  • The applicant must possess basic English skills and knowledge of the history and government of the U.S.

Meeting these requirements, however, does not guarantee naturalization. It is important to talk to an experienced naturalization lawyer about the process to ensure you understand and are eligible to be considered.

Contact us now to schedule a consultation about your options for pursuing naturalization.

The threat of being forced to leave the United States shakes the foundation of your life — your job, home, family and the steps you have taken to become a lawful resident are all in jeopardy. If you have been thrown into deportation proceedings, the experienced Florida deportation lawyers at Chiumento Dwyer Hertel Grant are here to help. Our attorneys will:

  • Advise you of your rights if you have received a Notice to Appear (also referred to as an Order to Show Cause)
  • Discuss the next steps you should take, especially if you are dealing with a criminal arrest
  • Instruct and defend you at each hearing
  • Explain how accepting a withhold of adjudication deal could affect your immigration status
  • Move to cancel a permanent resident’s removal if you meet certain requirements
  • Help with the cancellation of removal for non-lawful permanent residents
  • Assist with an adjustment of status (obtaining a Green Card)
  • Work to obtain asylum status
  • Explore protections under the Violence Against Woman Act (VAWA) and the Convention Against Torture (CAT)
  • Arrange for voluntary departure

Don’t let the threat of deportation throw your life off track. Contact the compassionate Florida deportation lawyers at Chiumento Dwyer Hertel Grant and let us craft a legal strategy to help you. Call or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation.


No matter what type of immigration matter you are facing, our experienced attorneys have the knowledge and the skills to help you navigate this complicated system. We have been serving clients in Palm Coast, Flagler and Volusia Counties, Volusia County and across Florida since 1973, and we are ready to put our experience to work for you.

Schedule a confidential consultation with one of our dedicated Florida immigration lawyers now by calling or filling out our online contact form

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