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Des Moines Immigration Attorneys

At O'Flaherty law, we know your citizen status is important to you. That is why our Des Moines attorneys will help you navigate immigration forms with ease and skill.
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"Kevin was extremely professional, responsive and knowledgeable when I came to him for help. I would definitely recommend O'Flaherty Law!"

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We believe your attorney should not speak in legalese

Finding an attorney who is a “real person” can be difficult. Many attorneys surround themselves almost exclusively with other attorneys and are accustomed to speaking in ivory tower legalese.  You should be able to connect with your attorney on a personal level, and he or she should speak to you in plain language that you can understand.  You will be working very closely with this person on issues that are very important to you. It is important that he or she be down-to-earth and someone that you connect with.

We believe your attorney should be accessible

The most common complaint that clients have of their attorneys is that the attorney is unreachable, does not communicate with them regularly, or does not promptly return your calls.  Your attorney should reach out to you about your case regularly and respond within 24 hours to calls and e-mails.  An open line of communication between you and your attorney is essential to building trust.

We believe your attorney should be realistic with you about costs and outcomes

Your attorney’s goal should not be to win at all costs.  Rather, it should be to achieve a favorable outcome for you as efficiently as possible.  It is important that your attorney set realistic expectations at the outset as to the costs you should expect, the concerns that the attorney has about the outcome of your case, and the length of time that you should expect your case to take.

Regardless of the nature of your case, we have an experienced attorney who will focus on your individual needs. Our team of attorneys works closely together, bringing each of their different fields of experience to bear in order to optimize our client care.

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"Kevin was extremely professional, responsive and knowledgeable when I came to him for help. I would definitely recommend O'Flaherty Law!"

About Des Moines Immigration Attorneys:

Our Des Moines Immigration Attorneys Are Experienced and Great at What We Do!  There is very little in the realm of immigration law that our experienced Des Moines immigration attorneys have not handled successfully.  We realize how important exceptional representation is to you and your family.  That is why O'Flaherty Law joined forces with Reese Krajniak, who built her career through her own boutique immigration firm.  Now she has the support and resources of the entire O'Flaherty Law team of Des Moines immigration attorneys to get you results. 

Exceptional Communication in Your Native Language!  It is important that you understand exactly what is going on in your case.  We work closely with a team of interpreters that will communicate with you in your native language.  Our Des Moines immigration attorneys are accessible during evenings and weekends.  If you are unable to reach us, we promise to promptly return your calls and e-mails and to affirmatively communicate with you regarding every development in your case. 

We are Affordable!  We offer affordable flat fees in most cases.  When a flat fee is inappropriate, we prioritize setting realistic expectations at the outset regarding the costs associated with accomplishing your goals.  We are proud that our budget-friendly rates allow us to help more people and develop long-term relationships in the community. 

We are Comprehensive!  Often, your immigration case will involve other areas of law such as business representation, family law, adoption, and estate planning. Because we have an experienced team of Des Moines attorneys with experience in many different areas of law, we are able to provide you with comprehensive representation in any area of law that you require. You will never have to look elsewhere for your legal needs.​

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The purpose of a consultation is to determine whether our firm is a good fit for your legal needs. Although we often discuss expected results and costs, our attorneys do not give legal advice unless and until you choose to retain us.

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Des Moines, IA 50312

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I am personally committed to ensuring that each one of our clients receives the highest level of client service from our team.  Our mission is to provide excellent legal work in a cost-effective manner while maintaining open lines of communication between our clients and their attorneys.  Many of our clients are going through difficult times in their lives when they reach out to us.  They should feel comfortable leaning on the experience and knowledge of our attorneys as their counselors and advocates.  We are here to help!

- Attorney Kevin O'Flaherty, Owner

Check Out Articles and Videos from our Des Moines Immigration Attorneys

Is an Immigration Judge's Decision Final?

In this episode, our Des Moines attorneys explain when an immigration judge's decision is final and how you can respond. While each immigration case is unique, all U.S. immigration courts follow the same process. Deportation proceedings, also known as removal proceedings, have two stages: the first hearing, called the "master calendar hearing," and the follow-up, called the "merit hearing" or "individual hearing." The master calendar hearing functions as a preliminary hearing during which the judge discusses how your case will proceed. The merit hearing is where the judge will hear your defense and discuss any evidence.

After the merits hearing, the immigration judge will decide on the case. Some cases may take more than one day to complete, so don't assume you'll have an answer on the same day your merit hearing starts. The judge will issue the decision in writing or deliver it orally to those present in the court. Either way, you should receive a written summary of the decision. If you do not receive a written summary of the decision, it is crucial that you reach out to the court as soon as possible. Without the summary document, you will be unable to file an appeal properly.

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Do I Need an Immigration Attorney?

In this video, our Des Moines immigration attorneys explain how a good immigration attorney will save you time, worry and possibly a lot of money. Below is a list of scenarios when an immigration attorney is highly suggested.

  • Based on your current geographical location or for any other reason you are unsure about your eligibility for a green card or another immigration benefit;
  • You’ve been deported and wish to return or face possible deportation;
  • You are interested in applying for an investment-based visa;
  • You are moving to the US to work with a US-based employer, but the employer is not assisting you with relocation or legal needs;
  • You’re immigration application or another immigration form has been denied and you’re unsure as to why;
  • You’re uncertain about the number of documents and which ones apply to you’re situation, or you feel that the entire process is too confusing;
  • You’ve been convicted of a crime or have committed a crime and are trying to enter the US or avoid removal from the US;
  • You received a notification that deportation or removal proceedings will be brought against you;
  • You are trying to obtain a USCIS green card, citizen, or other immigration benefit and you are running into issues, or have been asked to provide more information
  • You’re immigration process suddenly runs into an issue and time is of the essence or you’re on a deadline
  • You’re seeking asylum or a waiver, which requires the immigration authorities to make an exception to your situation and offer benefits that it might not normally

You’re filling out forms such as Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9), Affidavit of Support (I-134), Immigration Petition for Alien Worker (I-140), Application to Register Permanent Status or Adjust Status (I-485), Immigration Form I-130, or any number of other immigration-related forms and you run into issues or foresee a problem with one of the questions on the form.

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Immigration and Non Immigrant Visa Petitions

In this video, our Des Moines immigration attorneys explain how before entering the United States, foreign nationals usually have to obtain a visa. Visas can be broken down into two primary categories: immigrant and non-immigrant. For aliens seeking permanent residence in the United States, an immigrant visa is necessary. For those planning to spend time in the United States but not stay permanently, a non-immigrant visa will suffice. There are many different options for immigrant and non-immigrant visas, and knowing which is the correct one for your situation will make the application process that much easier. A foreign national that intends to live and work permanently in the United States must first secure an immigrant visa. Non-immigrant visas are for foreign nationals who plan to spend a certain amount of time in the United States but are not seeking permanent residence.

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