Family-based Immigration
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Outstanding Victories

Attorney Amador and her team successfully helped client from El Salvador obtain his citizenship after having his medical disability exemption be denied the first time. He is now a proud U.S. Citizen and happy that he was able to exercise his right to vote.

Attorney Amador and her team successfully helped client from England obtain their 10 year Green Card through a marriage petition.

Attorney Amador and her team successfully appealed a Naturalization denial for a client from China who is now a proud U.S. Citizen.

Joyce and Associates had a granted Motion to Reopen from an Immigration Judge in Arizona. Client had a deportation order from 2004.

Joyce and Associates successfully obtained a green card for an EB-5 investor and derivative from China.

Joyce and Associates had three recent clients gain citizenship and are now proud Citizens of the United States. One client had to overcome the alleged lying or misrepresenting to an immigration official in order to get her citizenship, and she did. We prepped her thoroughly and explained everything to the officer; now she is a citizen. Another client had the “habitual drunkard” charge but overcame that as he has been sober for over 20 years and has now received his citizenship!

One client received a Stay of removal after ICE has been denying several clients’ stays. He now has the opportunity to file either a Motion to Reopen or an I-212 waiver to rid of his deportation order.

Joyce and Associates have successfully secured a Green Card for a client after it was initially denied during the first interview.

Many of our clients have had I-601A waiver approved, have gone abroad and returned with visas from countries including El Salvador and Brazil; other clients are now in the Consular Processing stage post I-601A approval.

An attorney at Joyce and Associates contributed to a Federal case class suit. Federal judge Mark Wolf accused the Department of Homeland Security of breaking its own rules by holding immigrants who are married or engaged to American citizens for extended periods without notifying them of their right to a hearing or notifying their attorneys.

We had a Motion to Reopen in Harlingen, TX granted. Client had a deportation order from 2001. He now is eligible for Cancellation of Removal and also is eligible for an I-601A waiver.

One client has been waiting a few years to have her daughter consular process from Brazil to the United States. We recently got her I-824 approved and now we are awaiting her interview at the consular office in Brazil so they can finally be reunited.

Joyce and Associates successfully represented a client from Haiti with a very complicated and long immigration case. The client had an old in absentia order and our firm was able to represent the client on an I-130 petition followed by an I-212 application with the Boston Immigration Court that were both approved. We then advised the client to request advanced parole because he had been approved for temporary protect status (TPS). Once the client was paroled in, he was able to successfully adjust in the United States instead of having to file an I-601A waiver and consular process in Haiti.

Top Reviews

December 2020: Good morning Sir, I am a client at your firm. I just want to say thank you so much for the help your office help these past years concerning my immigration status. All was finalized on the 30th of November. One attorney stood out among the rest; Stephany Amador. This attorney worked tirelessly on my case but best of all she treated me as human. She was always there to listen to my many questions. Thanks to her calm words always which got me through my worst days. I’m forever grateful to Stephany and Chris Li who would always call me for “supporting documents “. I would recommend Stephany to anybody because she really put a lot of effort into what she does. Thank you soo much for putting Stephany on my case.

December 2019: I just wanted to reach out and let you know what an amazing job Charlotte has done for us and our case. She was honest and very communicative along the process, which I imagine can be difficult handling numerous clients at the same time. She kept us positive, as much as she could, while waiting for movement in the case. She was ultra prepared for the interview and had great knowledge of our situation as well as my wife’s previous case. She was very personable and made us feel comfortable that our future was in good hands. As of last Wednesday our petitions were approved. We are beyond thrilled, and almost in disbelief that after all the waiting, we can begin to live a normal life together. I’d like to thank you again for assigning Charlotte to us. She is obviously very good at her job, but also very good at handling her clients. You are fortunate to have her on your team as we were to have her fighting for us. Sincerely

October 2019: Dear Judge Joyce, I wanted to reach out to you to thank you and update you on the impact your help a few years back has had on my life.I wanted to thank you for all of your guidance and let you know a positive outcome of one of your clients. Further, I am currently studying towards my doctorate at UMass Amherst with a focus on undocumented students in K-12 public schools. My experiences have inspired me to support others in immigration and will hopefully have an impact in the future.

May 2019: Special thanks to Stephanie ,Gregory Castillo and all the team that worked on my case in very professional way .Joyce and associates is the right place to go for any immigration case very helpful and professional.

April 2019: Joyce and Associates did an excellent job representing my mother in an immigration case. We were successful and delighted with her work. I cannot forget to thank Maria the paralegal who helped us since the beginning as well. Your words of hope and encouragement through an anguishing process were appreciated. Your insight was also beyond our expectations, looking forward to the day where you too will be an attorney. You will do great. To the people that helped us indirectly in the office also a big thank you to you. To anyone involved in my mother’s case there’s not enough I can write to show my thankfulness but here’s trying.

Immigration News

March 2021: Temporary Protection Status (TPS) and deferred departure has been granted for all Venezuelans within the U.S. as of March 8th, 2021.  TPS is a temporary immigration status granted to nationals of particular countries who resided in the country before coming to the U.S.  The initial period is for 18 months. There may be opportunities to extend the status.   It also provides work authorization and the ability to apply for a travel permit to leave the United States and return without penalty.    Those interested in applying must submit their application within the next 180 days prior to September 5th, 2021.  All applicants will undergo security and background checks.


Please contact us at 617-523-1500 to discuss qualifications and for assistance in the application process.

December 2020:

A Federal District Court Judge has ordered the government to reinstate DACA benefits to eligible recipients.  This means that the government must now begin to accept first time applicants, provide employment authorizations for two years and once again allow advance parole for DACA recipients to travel outside the United States.   The criteria are:

  1. Came before their 16th birthday
  2. Lived here since June 15th, 2007
  3. Been here on June 15th, 2012
  4. Must not have been here legally on that date
  5. Be 15 years old to apply
  6. Graduated from high school or pursuing a GED, or in high school
  7. Not convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor
  8. Not pose a threat to national security

Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance in applying for DACA

July 2020: A federal court today ordered the Trump administration to begin accepting new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications after the administration failed to do so following last month’s Supreme Court ruling allowing the program to continue. The administration has so far refused to accept new applications despite the Supreme Court holding that President Trump’s 2017 rescission of DACA was invalid because it lacked an adequate justification.

January 2020: Congress has passed and the President has signed the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (LRIF) which was part of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020. It allows Liberian nationals and their spouses, unmarried children under 21 years old, or unmarried sons and daughters 21 old or older living in the United States who meet the eligibility requirements to apply to become lawful permanent residents and to receive their green cards. To be eligible you must file the appropriate documents; show proof you are a national of Libeira; have been continuously physically present from November 20, 2014 and be admissible to the U.S. for LPR status or eligible for a waiver of certain inadmissibility grounds. Contact us for more details.

December 2019: The first Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Massachusetts Au Pairs are entitled to overtime and other benefits under Massachusetts law, should kill J-1 visa program in Massachusetts. The J-1 State Department Au Pair exchange program has suffered a serious blow as First Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Au Pairs under the program are entitled to all the benefits of Massachusetts employment law. This will increase costs an estimated 250 % which most families will have trouble absorbing. There are other options. Contact us for more information.

November 2019: “Fate of DACA immigrants may hang on vote of Chief Justice Roberts”, more info here!

May 2019: “Joyce and Associates, P.C. has a 75% 2020 H1B cap random selection rate in May 2019.”

Joyce and Associates contributed to a Federal case class suit. Federal judge Mark Wolf accused the Department of Homeland Security of breaking its own rules by holding immigrants who are married or engaged to American citizens for extended periods without notifying them of their right to a hearing or notifying their attorneys. Click here for more info.

Attorney Brian Doyle speaks with WBUR News about ICE arrests at USCIS Lawrence.

Premium Processing Suspended for H-1Bs. Please see our blog for more information.

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly releases implementation memorandums to delineate new ICE priorities and instructions to local law enforcement when working with foreign nationals in criminal matters.  Kelly Memo. Memo 2.

President Trump issues travel ban for 7 countries. Please see our blog for up to date information on the effects of this ban.

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