Experienced and Knowledgeable Northern California Immigration Attorney - Spanish Speaking Office
Employment and Marriage/Family Immigration.
The Ranchod Law Group is committed to excellence in employment and family-based immigration. We were established in 2001 and I have been a licensed attorney since 1998.
We help employers obtain foreign talent and individuals achieve the "American Dream." Our offices in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Santa Clara are committed to providing exceptional legal services.
• Employment based Green Card
• Marriage Green Card
• Work Visas: L1 Visa
• E2 Investor Visa
• H-1B Work Visa
• J1 Waivers
• PERM Labor Certification
A recent case involves a Ph.D. who received his degree from a prestigious U.S. university and his National Interest Waiver (NIW) petition.
It was in 2009 that Dr. X contacted the Ranchod Law Group and retained us to complete his NIW petition. Receiving a NIW is very difficult due to the criteria for approval. Basically, three things must be proven.
1. A petitioner must show that their work is of intrinsic merit.
2. They must also prove that it is of a national scope.
3. And they have to give convincing evidence their continued work is of greater benefit to the national interest of the U.S. than the laws that protect American workers.
Even if you prove the first two points, the third is very difficult to successfully illustrate and that means that a NIW is very difficult to secure. We focused on a few areas to build our case for Dr. X.
We argued that Dr. X's educational background in combination with his experience provided the foundation necessary for the application. Additionally, we noted that he had been involved in numerous projects that were funded by U.S. National grants.
We advised him regarding what kinds of expertise and skills to emphasize in his petition. We also helped him in obtaining letters of recommendation from colleagues in his field of expertise, since these would be essential evidence. Upon receiving the letters, we reviewed them, edited many of the letters to focus on essential aspects of his experience, expertise and importance of his continuing contributions and submitted them to Dr X's colleagues to review, and if they felt the changes were appropriate, for their approval.
After carefully compiling his documentation and writing a detailed supporting brief that powerfully brought together all of the important elements of his background in a manner that thoroughly supported our contention that Dr. X's permanent residence status was in the national interest.
After submitting the petition with an adjustment of status application on November 20, 2009, the proposal was approved on January 14, 2010, making for a Happy New Year. In a mere seven weeks, approval had been given for his NIW and then just 12 weeks after our original petition was filed, Dr. X also saw his permanent residence application approved.
We had worked hard to help Dr. X go from a nonimmigrant temporary visa holder to a permanent resident in 12 weeks. Applying for a NIW is a daunting process. We would be honored to review your qualifications to help determine if you are a candidate for a national interest waiver petition.
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In more than a decade of practicing law (I was admitted to practice law in 1998), I have honed my skills in immigration law enabling me to help hundreds of families live legally in the United States. My clients are from all over the world and come from many of the fifty states, since immigration law is federal law and therefore not confined to an individual state. I have spoken at conferences to share my ideas and expertise, including "The National Summit on Employment Law and Compliance,"Â and at the HRStar 2009 conference in Los Angeles. But my most important experiences are those involving communication and strategies that unlock the door of peace of mind and security for my clients. This happens whenever families are re-united with valid immigration status so that past fears of negative consequences with immigration authorities are ended for good.
As a former immigrant I understand the stressful nature of the immigration process. I enjoy working with people from all over the world and helping people stay in the U.S. lawfully. Immigrants help make this country amazing and I am grateful for the many hundreds of people who have trusted me with their lives throughout the last decade.
We believe in educating our clients on the legal issues. On our website we have provided a myriad of articles on immigration issues. We also keep clients abreast of the latest immigration issues via our immigration blog.
Immigration law is complex and involves a myriad of details. Consequently, in order to best serve our clients we do not review client documents to ensure that you have the highest likelihood of success. When we prepare the application we carefully review all of the documents and the forms. The documents present unique issues that only surface after spending hours on the case and preparing the forms based on the information provided by the client and supporting documents. A cursory review of the documents is actually a disservice to the client because I would not be able to spend the necessary time involved to carefully review the forms.
We do not provide this service.
I interned for a federal magistrate. I was a Human Resources consultant where I advised small businesses to fortune 500 companies throughout the United States for recruitment and strategic processes issues.
Since I have been a lawyer for over thirteen years, I have the confidence and ability to meet the daily nuances and challenges that arise in my law practice.
I am compassionate. I understand that my clients have either their livelihood or their future at stake. My clients have indicated that they enjoy working with us because we are friendly and down to earth. I believe in explaining the law to my clients in layman terms so they understand the process.Personal interests:
Hiking and spending time in the outdoors.
Bar Number: 197090
UC Hastings College of the Law
Juris Doctorate, 1998
Bachelor of Science, 1995
Melissa Oklan is an Associate Attorney at the Ranchod Law Group. Ms. Oklan practices exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law, having previously practiced immigration law at a prominent firm in Miami, Florida, as both an Associate and then later as a Supervising Attorney. During her time in Florida, Ms. Oklan represented clients at master and individual hearings for relief under asylum, withholding of removal, the Convention Against Torture, and Cancellation of Removal for both Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) and non-LPRs. She also prepared waivers of the grounds of inadmissibility and applications for advance permission to return to unrelinquished domicile. Ms. Oklan also worked on a variety of appellate cases including cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals and United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Ms. Oklan also has experience in preparing a variety of business immigration visas and green cards including but not limited to H-1B Specialty Occupations, L-1A Intracompany Transferee for Executives and Managers, and O-1 Individuals with Extraordinary Ability / Achievement. She has also successfully prepared a variety of immigrant petitions including employment based preferences 1 through 5 with and without National Interest Waivers.
Ms. Oklan is admitted to the Florida Bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
She received her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida International University; her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law and she is a native Spanish speaker.
In addition to her work at the Ranchod Law Group, Ms. Oklan is also employed on an online basis as an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University. Ms. Oklan is also employed on an as needed
basis by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, assisting the Board in pretesting questions for future Florida Bar Exams and grading the Bar Exam.
In her spare time, Ms. Oklan enjoys spending time with her spouse and their dog. She also enjoys cooking and going to the movies.
University of Miami School of Law
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