Chapman Law Firm Testimonials
Dr. Mookesh Dhanasar
It’s been just over two weeks and the reality and scope of the USCIS AAO precedent decision Matter of Dhanasar, in my immigration case is finally setting in. For the first time in over two years I can finally plan a future with the expectations for meeting the goals set by that plan. It feels very new and very strange, but in a good way.
My client counsel relationship with the Chapman Law Firm and Mr. Gerry Chapman is almost fourteen years old. The Chapman Law Firm has represented me in all of my immigration matters, whenever I needed legal representation.
The most recent situation began when a USCIS adjudicator issued a RFE for the self-petition case that I filed, i.e. an I-140 NIW and an I-485 AOS. After many years of being on a variety of student visas, OPT’s and an H1-B visa, for a total time of about two decades, I was unable to secure an employer willing to be my sponsor. Thus began a very long journey; a journey that started on August 2, 2013 and continues to the writing of this testimony; that’s over 1200 days!!!
On receiving the RFE issued on November 12, 2013, I immediately contacted the Chapman Law Firm and scheduled a meeting where we discussed the case and options for moving forward. This meeting occurred on a Friday evening, and that left me the weekend to make the decision on whether I moved forward with the Chapman Law Firm or not. On the following Monday evening I walked into the Chapman Law Firm and handed the receptionist a check, retaining the services of Mr. Chapman and the firm. I remember exiting the office and making my way to my car, parked across the street when I heard a voice behind me. Apparently, the receptionist had alerted Mr. Chapman of my decision and he came out of his office (and the building) to assure me that they would represent me to the best of their ability, at which point we shook hands. That act, that hand shake and assurance would prove to be a key factor as to why I stayed with the Chapman Law Firm for the duration of my case, and why they still represent me in all matters concerning immigration.
Over the next 1200 days my professional relationship with the Chapman Law Firm would be tested in many ways. Both Mr. Chapman and myself have very strong personalities, we process information and data in different ways and form very strong opinions. We had intense discussions on how things should proceed, but at the end of the day I would yield to Mr. Chapman’s suggestions and would always assure him that ‘immigrations matters were his specialty’, but that I was thankful that he would give me the opportunity to express my views.
The success of the Chapman Law Firm does not rest solely on Mr. Chapman’s shoulders, but is a reflection also of the professional staff that works with him. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention all the hard work, on my behalf, done by Ms. Kelly Gamble. I fondly remember that afternoon when I bought to their office the materials that were to be submitted to the AAO’s office in response to their RFE. After leaving the conference room that day, I sat in a quiet corner in the waiting area and observed Ms. Gamble walking past me carrying a stack of the materials, up to just under her shoulders, to her work area. She was having a challenging time with that. Then there’s Ms. Anita. I remember the sound of her voice when she had to call me with a difficult request. She has earned my respect for the manner in which that call was handled.
The biggest surprise from the Chapman Law Firm came in mid-October 2016. After being unemployed since September 2014, and liquidating most of my assets I was (and is as of the writing of this) in severe financial hardship. One of the aspects that I’ve developed with the Chapman Law Firm over these 1200 days is that I can come in and speak with them in a completely honest manner. I requested a meeting with Mr. Chapman and Ms. Gamble in mid-October. At this meeting I discussed my financial situation. I was very relieved when Mr. Chapman expressed that he understood my situation and was willing to continue to work with me.
Now, we’re writing history. Matter of Dhanasar is not a gift from the AAO, nor should it be viewed as a glass half full given the current climate on immigration matters in the United States. A lot of people did a lot of hard work and a lot of sacrifices were made to make it a reality. These individuals include Mr. Chapman and the staff at the Chapman Law firm, the many individuals at the AAO’s office, many of my friends, professional colleagues and definitely immediate members of his family who have taken care of me during this period in my life. I am thankful and sincerely grateful to them all.
It is expected that Matter of Dhanasar will be used by a variety of disciplines and many individuals.
I am sincerely happy about that and thankful these future applicants will have a much clearer framework to work with. The only thing I ask is they are mindful that there are still very many who, because of the current climate on immigration in the United States, remain in a state of distress and uncertainty.
Mookesh Dhanasar, Ph.D.
Clients with business based, 3rd Preference and 2nd Preference Petitions and Adjustment cases
My husband and I have been happily married and based on our marriage, we filed a green card case with USCIS. We provided USCIS with everything necessary, but when we went to the interview, the officer said my husband had been ordered deported a year or so ago by the Immigration Judge in North Carolina, and so the officer could not approve the case. We were very disappointed, to say the least, and we contacted Gerry Chapman of Chapman Law Firm for help. Mr. Chapman listened to us and then explained exactly how we needed to proceed. He drafted affidavits for us to sign, explaining that my husband was not aware he was supposed to go to court, because he had moved before the Court sent him any hearing notices. Mr. Chapman prepared these statements and negotiated with the attorneys for DHS, arguing that the pending green card case and my husband’s lack of notice should be sufficient to re-open his deportation case and to get it dismissed (something that USCIS said it would require before approving his green card case). The attorney for DHS agreed with Mr. Chapman, and even signed a joint motion to re-open and terminate the removal case, which was quickly granted by the Immigration Judge. We now are working with USCIS to continue working on the green card case. We are very pleased with the services of Chapman Law Firm; Mr. Chapman understood our situation, and he knew exactly what strategy to use. He also knew how to approach the government and convince that attorney with the importance of getting the deportation order cancelled. Throughout our case, Mr. Chapman and Ms. Fernandez, his paralegal, kept us advised every step of the way, and made the experience as understandable as could be. We recommend his firm to anyone for any kind of case.
B. and F.
My Husband and I went thru a big Immigration mess because a deceitful lawyer from Florida started a case for us to get our permanent status or green card. Everything looked OK to our eyes because we were receiving our “Work Permits” each year, but one morning we received a visit from an agent from ICE; he told us that we were in removal proceedings because we failed to appear to a court day that we were never informed by our lawyer at that time.This was a nightmare for us. We find ourselves in shock, without a lawyer “a real and good lawyer”, frighten, and in so much need of a MIRACLE. Many things happened after that, but one good thing that we’ll never forget was that a Venezuelan secretary from a law firm calls us to let us know that she knew that one of the best lawyers in NC was Mr. Gerry Chapman. She did not mention the immigration Lawyer that she was working for, but she to contact said Mr. Chapman.We were surprised but grateful for her input, and decided to call Mr. Chapman. He was what we never saw in our previous lawyer. He was honest, reliable, and never made false promises. He explained everything very well and helped us to understand what our real situation back then was. He also explained the possible venues or solutions to our case. It was a long process but at the end we got our permanent residency.The knowledge of Mr. Chapman in immigration matters was very obvious to us when we were in the court room with other cases. We saw many immigration lawyers there that did not know how to present a good defense for their clients, we even heard how two of those lawyers said to each other that Mr. Chapman was an excellent lawyer, and that gave us more confidence.Mr. Chapman manage our case and defense with great professionalism and passion. He was very accurate in everything he said to us about our case.My Husband and I would not recommend any other immigration lawyer except Mr. Gerry Chapman.We have no words to say thank you to him and his staff.
We Love you guys!!
Sandra V. (Asylum Client)
I cannot say kind enough things about you and your team. From the way I was treated, to the intricate knowledge of convoluted loop holes, to expeditious processing at every step of the way – I am so grateful to finally have reached peace at the end of a 15-year journey, and I know that would not have taken place without your expert assistance.
A client with a very complex H-1B and EB-3 green card case who came to us late in the process
Gerry is knowledgeable and experienced in all matters of immigration law. He is responsive and helpful in working with individuals and employers to analyze requirements and alternatives for compliance with applicable immigration laws and regulations. I recommend Gerry for immigration matters without reservation.
Partner at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP
Chapman Law Firm’s team is highly skilled and very prompt in everything they do. When I tell folks how quickly I got my Green Card, they all are amazed. Now Chapman Law Firm is helping my daughter process for her green card through the US Embassy in our home country. This process has gone smoothly, too, and both of us have been kept advised about what is going on through every step. The service we have received has been excellent in every way.
A foreign national employed by a major multi-national company based in North Carolina; he received his green card through an employment based filing
It is a very emotional week at our house. Our future daughter-in-law has just been approved through the US Embassy in Manila to come to the US on a fiancé visa. Thanks to the professionalism of your office (thank you Sarah) our 6 month old grand baby (Arya) and our precious future daughter-in-law will be in the United States permanently in 6 days. Instead of this being the story of a nightmare, it is a dream come true. In less than four months, visa was approved for Janet (mama), plane tickets booked for Janet and Arya, swimming pool built at grandma and grand-dad’s, and Andrew, our son, ready to receive his bride and baby. There were no hitches in the process. You worked as a team with Janet and Andrew and made it happen. Feel free to have anyone considering this process to contact us. We are your most ardent supporters.
Janet and Andrew