Immigration & Naturalization Law
Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert has one of Hawaii’s oldest and largest immigration practice groups.
Damon Key’s Immigration Law Practice Group has over 25 years of experience and provides a full spectrum of services under U.S. Immigration law, including immigrant and non-immigrant visas, U.S. citizenship, removal/deportation defense, asylum, and federal court litigation. Many of our attorneys are conversant in Japanese, Spanish, Dutch and French.
We have secured precedent-setting published opinions in federal court naturalization cases in Tan v. INS, 931 F. Supp. 725 (D. Hawaii 1996) and Cacho v. INS, 325 F. Supp. 2d 1140 (D. Hawaii 2004). We regularly represent clients in immigration court, appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Administrative Appeals Office, as well as in Petitions for Review and oral argument before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Our practice includes:
- Immigrant Visas and Lawful Permanent Residence
- Based upon marriage and family ties in the U.S., or employment with American companies, as well as for religious workers, VAWA self-petitions, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, multi-national executives, immigrant Investors, and individuals of extraordinary ability in athletics, academics, art and science.
- For employment-based immigrant visas, we also handle all matters regarding the U.S. Department of Labor recruitment requirements and the Application for Permanent Employment Certification.
- Working with our firm’s Labor and Employment attorneys, we also provide guidance to U.S. employers regarding compliance with U.S. immigration law.
- Non-immigrant Visas – the full spectrum of non-immigrant visas, including B-1/B-2 visitor visas, H1B specialty occupation workers, H-2A agricultural workers, K-1 fiancées, L-1 intra-company transferees, E-2 treaty investors, O and P visas for top entertainers, athletes and musical groups, R-1 visas for religious ministers and religious workers, T visas for victims of human trafficking and U visas for victims of certain crimes.
- Waivers of inadmissibility for both immigrants and non-immigrants
- Consular Representation – visa processing, advisory opinions from the Department of State headquarters in Washington, D.C.
- U.S. Citizenship – Naturalization Applications, applications for Certificates of Citizenship, and derivative citizenship under the Child Citizenship Act.
- Federal Court Representation – Declaratory Judgment, Habeas Corpus, Injunctions against Deportation, Mandamus Actions and Petitions for Review of Administrative Decisions.
The Immigration & Naturalization Practice Group maintains a blog at hawaii-immigrationlawyer.com, which tracks developments both in Hawaii and across the country.