Having been raised by two immigrant parents who lived in the United States without legal status for many years, Janelle uniquely understands the immigrant experience. As a child, Janelle was surrounded by friends and family in her Caribbean community who dealt with many struggles and abuses due to not having legal status in the United States. Janelle listened to her father detail how difficult it was for him to attend college classes knowing that he had an Order of Deportation and could be taken away at any moment. She’s listened to her mother detail how employers took advantage of her immigration status. This led Janelle to seek a career helping others. First, as a caseworker, and then later as an immigration attorney at a non- profit organization.
With many years of immigration law experience under her belt, Janelle is a fierce advocate for her clients in immigration court, excels at preparing waivers, citizenship applications, as well as filing family petitions. She also enjoys obtaining green cards for victims of crimes, including but not limited to human trafficking, and domestic violence. When the government is taking an unlawful period of time to process an application, Janelle zealously advocates for her clients and demands that the government process her clients’ cases in accordance with the legal time frameworks.
Melissa E. Katsoris handles various types of immigration matters. She has extensive experience in managing and preparing employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visa petitions for a wide variety of professionals including artists, athletic coaches, tech professionals, business executives, engineers and more. She also handles family-based petitions, waivers, asylum, naturalization and many other types of immigration petitions and applications. Melissa takes a creative approach in handling her client’s immigration cases to boast a successful outcome. She understands that a strategic approach and attention to detail can be the deciding factors for immigration cases.
Prior to practicing immigration law, Melissa was an Adviser to the Permanent Mission of Greece at the U.N. where she covered multiple topics, including Migration. While advising on migration issues, she represented Greece during high-level negotiations and meetings leading up to the adoption of the Global Compacts for Migration and Refugees, the first intergovernmental negotiations under the auspices of the U.N. to cover all aspects of international migration. Her work on migration policy at the U.N. piqued her interest in U.S. immigration, which led her to practice immigration law.