Lipman & Wolf, LLP

We are a full-service immigration law firm with a multilingual staff and experienced attorneys who have successfully handled thousands of cases. We think outside the box and we never give up until you're fully satisfied.

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Firm Overview

The Law Offices of Visawolf are one of the nation's most-trusted immigration law firms.

From our offices in Concord, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, our team of lawyers and paralegals serve clients in a variety of industries including semiconductors, advanced materials, machine tools, software, networking, clothing, biotechnology, healthcare, consulting, business services, design, advertising, human resources, and finance. In the past five years, Visawolf has handled more than 3,000 immigration cases for more than 200 corporate clients. At least ninety-eight percent of those cases were approved by the Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service or INS.

We take pride in our highly efficient and accurate visa processing systems and experienced immigration lawyers and staff. We are committed to achieving a high level of success for every client whether an a start-up company, or a multinational corporation.

At Visawolf we understand that each client has unique and varied needs. Therefore, our services are specifically structured for flexibility. Over the years, we have added a number of remote access, same-day and 24-hour visa services to meet our clients' needs. Our lawyers are happy to provide quick case assessments and fee quotes over the phone or by e-mail. We also provide training on immigration requirements and processing to human resources departments.
Some immigration law firms attach a "taxi-meter" to communication, charging an hourly rate for each call, consultation, update, and training. Others say you can talk all you want, but only through a small window opened once a week. At Visawolf, we do not limit or charge a fee for time provided to your human resources department, your employees, or your employees' family. We never have and never will.

Our US immigration attorneys and staff operate in a team environment, much like our corporate clients. We are open, friendly, and easy to work with. Our paralegals and admin staff take pride and ownership in what they do. Most team members have worked for our firm longer than five years.
We welcome your inquiries and suggestions, and look forward to building a lasting relationship with you.
Main Office

Main Office
1390 Willow Pass Road, Suite 190
Concord  CA  94520

Phone
  • (925) 771-8181
Fax
  • (925) 771-8180

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

No

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Initial consultation fee of $200 will be waived if client decides to proceed with our services.

Hourly Rates

$200/hr

Office Information

Office Hours

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Office Manager

Eloisa Sipin

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Tagalog

Other Offices

  • Southern California Office
    3596 Broad St. Unit 106.
    San Luis Obispo,  CA  93401
Green Card
The US grants a permanent resident card (also known as a "green card") to people who are permanent residents.
People come to the US in different ways and for a variety of reasons. We help you meet your goals by navigating the complexities of immigration law and finding an approach that will suit your situation.

Do you have relatives in the US? Did you overstay your visa or enter without inspection? Are you married to a US citizen? Are you a dependent of someone here on a temporary work visa? Were you brought to the US as a child? Chances are that you may qualify for one of the categories listed below.

DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) DREAM

VAWA

U-VISA

STUDENT VISAS

RELIGIOUS WORKERS

FAMILY RELATED IMMIGRATION

FIANCE/FIANCEE

MARRIAGE

PARENTS

SIBLINGS

REMOVAL OR DEPORTATION DEFENSE

CANCELLATION OF REMOVAL

ASYLUM

CITIZENSHIP OR NATURALIZATION

Please don't hesitate to contact us, so that we might prepare an appropriate immigration strategy for your unique situation.
US Visa
The attorneys at Visawolf provide point-to-point immigration services to enable multinational corporations to transfer employees from almost anywhere in the world, to almost anywhere in the world.
Our services include:

Inbound immigration (immigration into the United States)
Outbound immigration (immigration from the United States to another country)
Country-to-country immigration (immigration from one non-US country to another non-US country)

The majority of our international clients are multinational employers who transfer employees to India, the Philippines, Canada, United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, and Japan. Through our global network of immigration partners, Visawolf LLP provides immigration services for virtually any destination.
Our highly efficient and accurate processing systems and experienced immigration lawyers have helped thousands of employees obtain short- and long-term assignment work permits, employment visas, family immigration, entry visas, residence permits, alien registration cards, and re-entry permits.

With the aid of the latest immigration service software, our attorneys provide automated follow-up and reminders so nothing falls through the cracks. We provide updated case information as soon as it is available, along with advance warning on issues that may affect your employee's immigration status. Both you and your employees will have access to real-time information about your international visa applications.

Contact the northern California immigration lawyers at Visawolf for a quick assessment and fee quote.
US Citizenship
The applicant must possess US permanent resident status and meet requirements relating to residency, physical presence, age, good moral character, attachment to the US, and knowledge of the English language, and of US history and government.
REQUIREMENTS
generally required, but may be waived for non-permanent
US Permanent Resident Status. Permanent resident status is residents who served in US armed forces during time of war, as determined by the President.

Residency Period.
Generally, the applicant must have resided in the US with US permanent resident status for at least 5 years. The applicant must have resided for at least three months in the state where the application is filed and must continue to reside inside the US while the application for naturalization is pending. The residency period is reduced for those living in marital union with US citizen spouses (3 years), veterans who served in peacetime (3 years), veterans who served in wartime (no specific period of residency is required), and spouses of US citizens if the US citizen spouse is being transferred for employment outside the US. The overseas employer must be the US government or a US employer (no specific period of residency is required).
Physical Presence. The applicant must have been physically present inside the US for at least 50% of the required period of residency. For most applicants, this means they must have been physically present inside the US for 30 out of the previous 60 months. For spouses of US citizens and peacetime veterans, the physical presence requirement is 18 out of the previous 36 months. If no Residency Period is required, then the Physical Presence requirement is reduced to one day. Any absence longer than one year will break the residency requirement. Anyone absent longer than one year will need to wait 4 years and 1 day after returning to the US (or 2 years and 1 day for spouses of US citizens).

Age.
The applicant must be at least 18 years old when filing the application. Minor children of are naturalized upon the naturalization of their parents.

Good moral character.
This means that the applicant must
not have a serious criminal record
be current on tax payments and child support payments
not have given any false testimony
have registered for selective service (military draft) of male between ages 18 and 26

Attachment to the US.
This means the applicant must make an oath of allegiance to the US, renounce allegiance to all other countries, and be willing to bear arms, or perform civilian work, on behalf of the US government.
Knowledge of the English language, US history and government. The applicant will be interviewed in English and must be able to read and write a sample sentence. The applicant will be asked 10 US history and government questions from a list of 100; 7 answers must be correct. The English language requirements do not apply to people who are
over 50 and have had permanent resident status more than 20 years or
over 55 and have had permanent resident status more than 15 years.
The English language, US history and government requirements may be waived for those with physical, mental or developmental disabilities.

PROCEDURE
The application for naturalization is filed with the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). Within 2 months the applicant will be scheduled for fingerprinting for a police record check. Within 4 months the USCIS will schedule the applicant for an interview. Usually the USCIS officer will make the decision at the end of the interview. If approved, the USCIS will set up a date for an oath-taking ceremony within a few weeks after the interview. At that ceremony, the applicant will become a US citizen and receive a Certificate of Naturalization. The applicant may apply for a US passport with the Passport Office after receiving the Certificate of Naturalization.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Immigration Law
Visawolf LLP is one of the nation's most-trusted immigration law firms. From around the corner and around the world, clients have come to us for nearly 20 years, because of our creativity in solving immigration problems.
From our offices in Concord, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, our team of immigration lawyers and paralegals serve clients in a variety of industries including semiconductors, advanced materials, machine tools, software, networking, clothing, biotechnology, healthcare, consulting, business services, design, advertising, human resources, and finance. In the past five years, Visawolf LLP has handled more than 3,000 immigration cases for more than 200 corporate clients. At least ninety-eight percent of those cases were approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service or INS.

We take pride in our highly efficient and accurate visa processing systems and experienced immigration lawyers and staff. We are committed to achieving a high level of success for every client whether an a start-up company, or a multinational corporation.
Immigration attorneys at Visawolf LLP understand that each client has unique and varied needs. Therefore, our services are specifically structured for flexibility. Over the years, we have added a number of remote access, same-day and 24-hour visa services to meet our clients' needs. Our lawyers are happy to provide quick case assessments and fee quotes over the phone or by e-mail. We also provide training on immigration requirements and processing to human resources departments.

Some immigration law firms attach a "taxi-meter" to communication, charging an hourly rate for each call, consultation, update, and training. Others say you can talk all you want, but only through a small window opened once a week. At Visawolf LLP, we do not limit or charge a fee for time provided to your human resources department, your employees, or your employees' family. We never have and never will.

Our US immigration attorneys and staff operate in a team environment, much like our corporate clients. We are open, friendly, and easy to work with. Our paralegals and admin staff take pride and ownership in what they do. Most team members have worked for our firm longer than five years.
We welcome your inquiries and suggestions, and look forward to building a lasting relationship with you.
Contact the immigration attorneys at Visawolf LLP for a quick assessment and fee quote.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

From around the corner and around the world, clients have come to us for over 20 years, because of our creativity in solving immigration problems. As a full-service immigration firm, we offer assistance to individuals/families, employers and investors. Below you will find a description of our practice areas.

Visas:
A visa permits a person to apply for admission into the US. In this way, a visa may be thought of as a 'key' to open the door of the US. The duration of stay allows in the US is determined by the US immigration inspector at the port of entry. Every visa also comes with various requirements, restrictions and immigration benefits.

Permanent Visas:
Permanent visas have no expiration date. Permanent visas are also called immigrant visas or permanent residency. The US grants a permanent resident card (also known as a "green card") to people who are permanent residents.

Temporary Visas:
Under US immigration rules a visa can be either temporary or permanent. Temporary visas allow visa holders to live in the US during the duration of the visa status.
Temporary visas all have an expiration date.
Temporary Visitors (B-1 visa, B-2 visa& Visa Waiver)
Temporary Investor Visas (E-1 visa, E-2 visa, L-1 visa)
Temporary Workers (H-1B visa, E-3 visa, H-1B1 visa, H-2A visa, H-2B visa, L-1 visa, TN visa)
Students (F-1 visa, J-1 visa, M-1 visa)
Religious Workers (R-1 visa)
Temporary Visa for People with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement (O-1 visa, O-2 visa)

Global Visas:
The attorneys at Visawolf provide point-to-point immigration services to enable multinational corporations to transfer employees from almost anywhere in the world, to almost anywhere in the world. Our services include:
Inbound immigration (immigration into the United States)
Outbound immigration (immigration from the United States to another country)
Country-to-country immigration (immigration from one non-US country to another non-US country)

U.S. Citizenship
The application for naturalization is filed with the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). Within 2 months the applicant will be scheduled for fingerprinting for a police record check. Within 4 months the USCIS will schedule the applicant for an interview. Usually the USCIS officer will make the decision at the end of the interview. If approved, the USCIS will set up a date for an oath-taking ceremony within a few weeks after the interview. At that ceremony, the applicant will become a US citizen and receive a Certificate of Naturalization. The applicant may apply for a US passport with the Passport Office after receiving the Certificate of Naturalization.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

We take pride in our highly efficient and accurate visa processing systems and experienced immigration lawyers and staff. We are committed to achieving a high level of success for every client whether an a start-up company, or a multinational corporation. With the aid of the latest immigration service software, our attorneys provide automated follow-up and reminders so nothing falls through the cracks. We provide updated case information as soon as it is available, along with advance warning on issues that may affect your employee's immigration status. Both you and your employees will have access to real-time information about your international visa applications.

Immigration attorneys at Visawolf LLP understand that each client has unique and varied needs. Therefore, our services are specifically structured for flexibility. Over the years, we have added a number of remote access, same-day and 24-hour visa services to meet our clients' needs. Our lawyers are happy to provide quick case assessments and fee quotes over the phone or by e-mail. We also provide training on immigration requirements and processing to human resources departments.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Our reputation for friendliness and care is renowned. Additionally, as our client, you will feel

EMPOWERED
Because our custom-tailored solutions give you the confidence and visa you need.

RESPECT
Because we respond to you, we think outside the box and we never give up until you're satisfied.

VALUE
Because we provide world class service, technology and strategy.

PEACE OF MIND
Because we are dedicated to anticipating your needs, listening to you and building your trust.

Jake Lipman

Attorney Jakob Lipman has practiced immigration law for over ten years. His practice focuses on employment-based immigration, counseling employers in complex immigration practice and policy concerns. Over the years, he has supported multinational and domestic organizations of all sizes and from every major industry. Jakob has lectured on immigration-related subjects in a variety of settings and has authored articles on corporate immigration compliance as well as the PERM labor certification process. He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is an expert in the area of immigration case management software. Jake is fluent in Spanish.
License
  • Bar Number: 198211
    California , 1998
Education
  • Brigham Young University
    B.A. , 1994
  • Golden Gate University
    J.D. , 1998

James Wolf

James C. Wolf is a certified expert in immigration and nationality law by the State Bar of California and has been providing immigration services to major corporations since the late 1980s. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the University of California School of Law at Davis. The American Immigration Lawyers Association has designated James Wolf as an attorney mentor. In this capacity, he advises other immigration attorneys across the United States about complex business immigration issues. In addition, he has served as an immigration law trainer and presenter at various seminars and speaking engagements.
License
  • Bar Number: 135788
    California , 1988
Education
  • University of California at Davis School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1988
    Publication: The Jurisprudence of Treaty Interpretation, Note, Law Review, UC Davis School of Law 1988

    Activities and Societies: Editor, Law Review, UC Davis School of Law
  • University of California, Davis - Graduate School of Management
    MBA, Management , 1988
  • Georgetown University
    BS, Foreign Service , 1980

Sharon Liu

Attorney Sharon Liu received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she was actively involved in the Immigrants' Rights Clinic, Workers' Rights Clinic, and Civil Justice Clinic. She received UC Hastings' Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono Award and was a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. Prior to working at Lipman & Wolf, LLP, she was a Law Fellow at the International Institute of the Bay Area and Bay Area Legal Aid. She is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin).
License
  • Bar Number: 277251
    California , 2011
Education
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    B.A.
  • University of California Hastings College of the Law
    J.D.

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