New York City
Immigration Lawyer

Serving clients in NY, NJ & VA
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If you need a New York City immigration lawyer and you live in New York, New Jersey, or Virginia, Lightman Law Firm is ready to assist you. We understand the complex nature of immigration law and help individuals achieve their goals of living, working, and pursuing happiness in the United States. Additionally, we help domestic and foreign businesses of all sizes navigate the confusing world of U.S. immigration law to make any type of transition in the United States go as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

The firm focuses on all aspects of US immigration law, including green cards, work visas, immigrant visas, deportation and removal defense, asylum, naturalization, and many other immigration matters. Our team of immigration lawyers has over three decades of experience in the immigration field. Lawyers at our firm speak Spanish, Russian, French, and Hebrew. When you work with our firm, you will know you are in the hands of a highly experienced legal team ready to work hard for your cause.

Our Firm's Principles

Lightman Law Firm was founded on the principle that open and frequent communication, mixed with highly personalized and honest service provided at reasonable fees, should be the standard, not the exception. When you partner with our firm, you receive:

  • Open Communication +

    We maintain open communication with our clients and provide constant updates throughout the process.

  • Honesty & Integrity +

    Immigration law can have a profound impact on one’s life – that impact should not be negative. We will honestly assess your case and determine the best path forward.

  • Modern Technology +

    We use modern technology to increase efficiency and client satisfaction.

  • Aggressiveness & Creative Solutions +

    We will provide you with aggressive and creative legal options. Your success is our success

  • Affordability +

    We offer the highest level of service at competitive rates. We’re affordable and available to all facing immigration matters.

  • High Quality +

    Like any great craftsman, we take pride in what we do. We provide our clients with the high-quality legal services they deserve.

  • Respectfulness +

    We treat each of our clients with respect, something that is too often forgotten by many attorneys.

  • Promptness +

    We focus on prompt and efficient completion of all client work. Your case will not reach our “back burner.”

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Our Firm

Meet Our Team


As an employer who worked with you to transfer an H-1B employee to our company, your service was extraordinary! You explained to me exactly the process, processed all letters, information and forms promptly with little work from me. What pleased me the most is that you always kept us informed continuously of the status of the process without us having to contact you! Lorraine Elshiekh

Mr. Lightman was extremely thorough with our case and most importantly, always available and cordial, unlike most others. We are very pleased and feel lucky that we found Doug for our immigration needs and look forward to using his services in the future. Nida Kazmi & Juwad Shah

From start to finish Mr. Lightman was there for me and my fiance helping us understand the confusing fiance visa process. I started off using a do-it-yourself package but quickly realized it was not nearly enough. With Mr. Lightman's assistance, I was able to avoid errors that could've cost us the visa. Deepak Patel

Mr. Lightman is extremely professional. He achieved the desired results for us without delay and without surprises. His quoted fees were reasonable and the job was completed on budget and on time. Sam J. Terzi

My husband and I approached Douglas Lightman to guide us through the application for Green Card through marriage. He was well prepared and immaculate. We had a very short time to file and Mr. Lightman made sure everything was correctly done and sent on time. He advised us regarding the interview and the application process went smoothly and quickly. Two weeks after the interview, we received the green card. In addition to being very professional, Mr. Lightman is very affordable. I already recommended him to another couple going through the same process and I will, without doubt, recommend him to anyone else who needs advice regarding immigration. Ana S.

Doug has done an excellent job with applying for my green card through marriage. The process was quick and without any complications. Doug was always available for questions or concerns and explained everything in detail. He is a great professional, I would highly recommend him! Petra

Just want to thank you again for everything, got my green card yesterday. This was one of the most stressful things I have done and you help me kept my sanity thanks again. Andy F.

I was referred to Doug Lightman by a trusted friend and I am extremely pleased I hired him to handle my green card case. He acted very professionally and diligently to ensure the case resulted in the best possible outcome. Highly recommend him! Oli E.

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Work &
Employment Visas

The Lightman Law Firm has significant experience helping businesses and individuals handle the confusing maze of employment immigration. Whether you are a business owner or potential employee of an American company, a New York City immigration lawyer at our firm has the skill and legal acumen needed to help ensure you reach your goals.

Green Cards & Naturalization

Becoming a United States Citizen is a fantastic journey. At The Lightman Law Firm, we have helped many just like you through each step of the legal process. Whether you are here through marriage or need to change your status, we are honored to assist you.

Deporation Defense & Asylum

When immigration and deportation issues arise, having the right team on your side can make all the difference. It is important to work with a New York City immigration lawyer that has significant experience developing creative and effective solutions to some of the toughest cases in immigration.

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