Conversation with Immigration Paralegal on Family Immigration Law

Jul 5, 2024 | US Immigration

Introduction to Vishal Tomer, Immigration Paralegal of HBM Law Offices

Welcome to our interview series showcasing the dedicated team members at HBM Law Offices. Today, we are thrilled to spotlight Vishal, our Immigration Paralegal, who works hard to simplify every step for families, spouses, and their loved ones. He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and dedication to our immigration law firm. With a decade of experience in immigration law under the leadership of Principal Attorney, Himani Bhardwaj, Vishal shares his experiences and how he recently reunited children halfway across the world with their mother and stepfather in their new American home.


Q1. Could you tell us about your background and what drew you to the field of immigration law? What motivated you to join HBM Law?

I chose immigration law because it allows me to make a direct impact on individuals and families, guiding them through complex legal processes that profoundly affect their lives in the United States. Joining HBM Law was a natural fit due to its stellar reputation in immigration law and its commitment to providing tailored strategies and vigorous advocacy for clients. Working here has not only allowed me to develop my skills alongside seasoned professionals but also aligns perfectly with my values of helping others navigate the intricacies of United States immigration law.


Q2. How do you offer value to clients navigating the complex United States immigration system?

At HBM Law, we excel in overcoming the multifaceted challenges of the United States immigration system for clients, specifically addressing and helping them navigate the complex legal, cultural, and linguistic barriers with expertise and sensitivity. Understanding the profound impact of cultural factors on immigration processes, we prioritize fostering a supportive and inclusive environment that builds trust and rapport with clients from diverse backgrounds. Our team is fluent in multiple languages, enabling clear and effective communication throughout legal proceedings and ensuring that clients fully comprehend their cases.

We craft tailored strategies with a careful assessment of each client’s unique circumstances and goals, ensuring strict adherence to United States immigration laws. By upholding the highest standards of accuracy in document preparation and filings, we mitigate risks and advocate effectively in complex situations such as appeals or Requests for Evidence (RFEs).


Q3. From your experience, what are some of the main challenges that clients face when dealing with United States immigration requirements? How do you help them overcome these obstacles?

Navigating the challenges of the United States immigration system can put clients in complex situations with all the disparate information out there. Let me give some examples of how I solved these efficiently and quickly. One client I assisted recently faced significant delays due to incomplete paperwork. I meticulously reviewed their documentation, ensuring forms were accurately filled out and supporting evidence was well-organized, which helped mitigate the risks and expedite their case processing. I provided thorough research on the new policy to help Attorney Himani advise the client on the effects of the new law on their eligibility.

Cultural and language barriers can further complicate matters. I bridge these gaps by offering clear explanations in clients’ preferred languages and culturally sensitive guidance, ensuring they understand their rights and options throughout the process. I speak fluent English and Hindi but speaking in our natural language immediately puts these clients at ease bringing more stability and connection to the case. In more challenging cases, such as enforcement actions or complex family-based immigration issues, I collaborate closely with the team to develop strong defences and advocate effectively for favourable outcomes.


Q4. What sort of services does HBM Law provide to both individuals and families?

HBM Law offers a comprehensive range of immigration services tailored to meet the diverse needs of individuals and families. Specializing in family-based immigration, we assist spouses and eligible family members in obtaining spousal (K-1) and fiancé visas,​​ marriage-based green cards, and reuniting with loved ones through sponsorship and immigration petitions. We also guide eligible individuals through the adjustment of status process to become lawful permanent residents (green card holders) without leaving the United States as well as those looking to become a resident without conditions (I-751 waiver).

Additionally, HBM Law supports clients in achieving United States citizenship through naturalization and  expeditious naturalization for U.S. Department Spouses and Missionaries including preparation for the citizenship test and interview. We provide assistance with cases filed under the Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA) applications, help secure employment authorization documents (EADs), and navigate consular processing for immigrant visa applications with Embassies/Consulates abroad. Furthermore, if you have a criminal background, we can help assess if the inadmissibility ground can be waived through a filing of an I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility. If you entered the United States without a visa or overstayed and hope to stay with family in the United States, we offer provisional waivers (i-601a). Please get in touch with us for tailored services to achieve your immigration goals.


Q5. How do you assist clients in developing long-term strategies under HBM Law for staying in the United States?

At HBM Law, we prioritize aligning your immigration strategy with your personal aspirations and long-term goals for staying in the United States. As you embark on this pathway, the key questions to consider are how you plan to enter or stay in the United States, what purpose brings you here, and what challenges you or your loved ones face along the way. Whether it’s family reunification, marriage, naturalization, or different conditions, we cater to specific reasons for your stay.

The decisions you make today about your United States immigration status have lasting implications. For instance, if your goal is permanent residency through a familial relationship, only specific visa types can lead you there such as the IR-1, CR-1 visa categories, IR-2 visa category, IR-5 visa category, and family preference categories. Not every visa, such as B visas, student visas, and temporary protected status will work. It’s crucial to understand these distinctions to avoid delays or setbacks in your residency aspirations.

Moreover, long-term planning enhances stability in the United States whether building lasting relationships, deepening family commitments, or simply enjoying life in the United States. Planning ahead protects you against unforeseen changes.

Circumstances like family status or job situations can shift unexpectedly, affecting visa status. Having a solid plan ensures you’re prepared for any eventuality and can navigate challenges with confidence. Lastly, a long-term immigration strategy provides peace of mind. Planning ahead may not be the most exciting task, but it’s essential for securing your future in the United States. By proactively addressing immigration and visa considerations, you can mitigate uncertainties and focus on building a fulfilling life and family in the United States.

Q6: If you were to give our clients one message or piece of advice in terms of immigration law, what would it be?

“Stay informed and proactive. Immigration laws and policies can change, and your situation may evolve over time. Stay engaged with your legal team, keep your documentation up-to-date, and seek advice promptly when facing changes or challenges. Being proactive can significantly impact the success of your immigration journey.”

Thank you, Vishal, for sharing your valuable insights and experiences. We’re excited to have you on board!


Achieve Your Family-Based Immigration Goals with HBM Law Offices

For individuals and families seeking reliable, experienced, and comprehensive solutions with United States immigration matters, we encourage you to reach out to us on our contact page at HBM Law to schedule a consultation or call and message us on Whatsapp for inquiries so you can focus on what matters most, those nearest and dearest to you. Our team will be happy to assist you with a clear roadmap.

Vishal Tomer

Vishal Tomer

Immigration Paralegal, HBM Law Offices

Vishal Tomer is an experienced immigration paralegal with 7 years of expertise in family immigration law. He has a deep understanding of the visa and immigration requirements and processes in the United States. Vishal provides practical and legal strategic advice to clients helping them obtain their desired results. His expertise spans family based immigration such as family sponsorships and reunifications, lawful permanent residency, and consular processing. He is responsible for counselling clients seeking family-based immigration, naturalization, and citizenship. Accurate and reliable, Vishal assists with applications, petitions, and supporting documentation. He is fluent in Hindi and English.

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