Rule change for dependants of H-1B visa holders as reforms lag

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A proposed rule change would allow H-4 visa holders the right to work while waiting on permanent residency.

At the end of April, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch joined Utah entrepreneurs to discuss immigration reform. The leaders of local high-tech firms would like the government to raise the number of non-immigrant work visas available each year, so they can fill specialized positions.

Some of the high-tech business leaders mentioned that they shift employees around, because they cannot bring in enough skilled new ones. Other complained of the fierce competition. One firm even admitted parking an RV in the parking lots of other companies to lure away skilled workers.

While Senator Hatch supports increasing the H1-B quota, he said the House would not take up the Senate-passed immigration reform until after the primary season.

Visa quota filled in five days

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service can issue up to 85,000 nonimmigrant H-1B visas annually (20,000 are reserved for individuals with master’s degrees or higher). In 2014, USCIS received 172,000 H1-B visa petitions in the first five business days of April. This was a 40 percent increase from last year.

On April 10, USCIS used a lottery system to select petitions to meet the general-category and advanced degree caps. Petitions not randomly selected were returned along with the filing fees.

An immigrant can work for six years in the U.S. on an H1-B visa. While on this visa, an employer can apply for the worker to receive an employment-based green card. Green card waiting times for immigrants from some countries can extend up to 11 years.

A proposed rule change acknowledges the hardship that the waiting times can cause families. While on an H-1B visa any dependents cannot work. This often means that a wife who was a small business owner or engineer puts her career on hold for a number of years.

H-4 work authorization

An H-4 visa is what a dependent spouse or child of an H1-B worker receives. But as discussed this category of visa does not include work authorization.

In an effort to attract and retain high-skilled workers, the Obama administration proposed a rule that enables H-4 spouses to seek work authorization. It is not a blanket measure. Only those with an H-1B spouse who is the beneficiary of an approved I-140 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker) or a general extension beyond six years will benefit from the new rule.

This rule change encourages immigrants to remain in the U.S. through what can be a long wait to become a permanent resident. The measure may also reduce some of the demands for H-1B visas, because presumably some of the petitions filed are for skilled spouses of current H1-B holders. On May 12, 2014, the proposed rule was published in the Federal Register and will likely go into effect after a 60-day comment period.

If you have questions regarding employment immigration, contact a local Utah immigration attorney. One wrong step could set you back and missing a filing date could jeopardize your status.

Keywords: H1-B visa, employment-based immigration, work authorization

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00:55 05 May 21
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20:19 30 Jun 20
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06:07 27 Jun 20
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03:17 31 Jan 20
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19:37 07 Jan 20
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05:59 05 Jan 20
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02:16 18 Dec 19
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01:43 17 Sep 19
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16:52 07 Jun 19
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17:22 18 Mar 19
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20:49 13 Mar 19
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03:21 22 Feb 19
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04:19 24 Jan 19
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11:19 15 Nov 18
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04:43 05 Nov 18
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17:11 21 Aug 18
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may S.
05:20 20 Aug 18
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01:26 15 Aug 18
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23:47 08 Aug 18
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19:06 03 Aug 18
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17:28 03 Aug 18
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Zealand H.
17:17 28 Jul 18
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17:04 06 Jun 18
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13:36 14 May 18
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Meet N.
20:11 12 May 18
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Bingqi H.
16:30 16 Apr 18
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Jay J.
14:38 03 Mar 18
Kim Buhler-Thomas and her team are outstanding and clearly some of the best in the field of immigration law, based on my experience. Recently I got my I-140 approved, working with Kim. Throughout the course of our consultations, I found Kim to be extremely professional, responsible, knowledgeable and an experienced attorney. She is incredible and truly cares about her clients. Undeniably ethical, she gives the honest picture & then focuses on the specifics. Her clarity provides wholesome understanding & confidence. On a personal note, I feel I am working with one of the best of the lot & would highly recommend them.
Ashfaque M.
03:51 13 Feb 18
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Roman K.
18:34 22 Jan 18
I first met with Kim during her invaluable (and very generous) presentations she provided at Utah State. Her consultation was offered free of charge and allowed us to discuss options and to get to know each other a little better. I knew I wanted to work with Kim after getting to know her and realizing how passionate she is about her work and extremely dedicated - I felt like she really cared about the success of the case and would go above and beyond to achieve the best results. Kim is a pleasure to work with, she is professional, candid and straight talking. I look forward to all interactions with Kim as she is very personable and charming and makes a dull subject so much brighter with her vibrant personality and charisma. This is what sets her apart, honestly. Her team is also fantastic, Heather has a keen eye for detail and picks up on the small important details. The team is very expeditious with all correspondence and worked flawlessly with my sponsor. I have just been through a successful H1-B journey and would wholeheartedly recommend Kim to anybody in need of an exceptional immigration lawyer. I hope to continue to retain Kim in the future as I know my case, and future in the United States, is in the safest hands. Thank you, Kim.
Robert B.
18:45 30 Dec 17
Kim H. Buhler was very conscientious and dedicated as she represented us in our international adoption case. My wife & I especially appreciated the professional and personal manner in which she interacted with us. She remained positive even though at times things were very rough and I love that she never sugar coated anything just to make us feel better. Our adoption wasn't an easy one by any means and when we found out the things that been done by the person who put the adoption together at the beginning which were not correct. She was able to correct them and get things back on track. Her kind, professional manner made a very stressful experience into a very positive one for both my wife and I and we have become friends forever! I would highly recommend her for anything especially for cases dealing with immigration.
Paul F.
15:29 13 Dec 17
Such a great experience working with Kim. She helped us working quickly and smoothly through my husbands immigration process. The whole process was very straight and to the point, and we were able to get many of our questions answered. I highly recommend working with her and her team!
Jessica G.
02:55 04 Oct 17
Great place. Wonderful immigration lawyer.
Jay J.
21:44 26 Sep 17
Kim is a diligent, thorough and highly experienced immigration attorney and one of the most consummate professionals I have ever met. I have been working with her on my immigration processes over the last 3 years as my employer is a longtime client of hers. Over these 3 years, I've lost count of the times I've thanked my stars that I had Kim and her staff by my side to navigate the increasingly murky waters of immigration in this great country.I found her legal opinions to be highly informed, nuanced and comprehensive as she thoroughly inspected every detail from all aspects. She's highly experienced and has an exceptional track record. I've read and heard of good customer service, but I believe I truly witnessed the best in class with Kim. She or someone from her team is available to address your concerns at all times. It's easy to schedule appointments with her. When the situation demands it, she'll even make room for you after-hours. I'd like to share a personal anecdote to demonstrate this:A couple months back, I got a rather depressing RFE (Request for Evidence) from the Government on the H1B petition filed for me by my employer. That night, as I sat alone struggling to gather my thoughts and make sense of my situation, I got a phone call from an unknown number — it was Kim, she had interrupted her getaway to Lake Powell to call me from her husband's phone (as hers had a dead battery) to counsel me. She said that she knew I'd be worried and wanted to answer any initial questions I had. We talked for over an hour discussing strategy to craft a way forward, and I remember feeling confident before I went to bed. Through hours of highly productive meetings in the weeks that followed, she offered valuable oral counsel which we used to craft a comprehensive response packet. Her team made sure every requested item was addressed, and then some more.Kim has put together a top-notch crew that operates like clockwork, much like the building they operate out of — a lovely clock tower. Anne and Heather, the paralegals that have worked on my case, are highly knowledgeable, smart, attentive, hard-working, efficient and well-organized. When you visit their office, you'll notice the bustling activity with everyone scrambling at 100% capacity yet always ready to help you with your queries as they make you feel at home with a cold drink.I have nothing but the highest endorsement and lifelong gratitude for Kim and her firm. Kim went above and beyond her expected role in dealing with my immigration issues. She shared with me that she was herself an immigrant. Maybe that's what inspires her to burn the midnight oil and go the extra mile for her clients at every step.
Ankit S.
19:55 21 Sep 17
Kim Buhler-Thomas was hired as my immigration lawyer by the University I was hired with. She is absolutely fantastic! She was able to successfully obtain an H1B visa for myself and an H4 visa for my other family members in a very short period of time. She did a wonderful job of explaining the whole process every step of the way, and as a result my husband and I always felt well informed. I found Kim to be extremely professional. She always responded to emails promptly, and was available night or day to answer any questions. In addition, her staff are incredibly reliable, courteous and capable. Currently she is working on filing for permanent residency for our family and she is doing an incredible job! She is consistent in how she works as well as very considerate and treats us with absolute respect. Kim is very motivated, passionate and dedicated to her job, which makes her an incredible immigration lawyer. She always has time to talk or visit with you even though she is very busy. I have never felt rushed and I especially love dealing with her as she is so personable and down to earth. In my eyes, she is a savior who is helping my family live our dreams.
Dr Sara J F.
22:26 20 Sep 17
Kim was extremely helpful in answering my questions. She even took my call when she was in a meeting with a staff member. I could not have been more impressed! She also knew the answers to all my difficult questions. I'm a fan now!
Brent B.
17:35 20 Sep 17
Thank you for your help with my residency application!Your expertise made our application process as painless as possible and I received my residency card crazy fast!We met with you early summer (or late spring) in 2015 and after our appointment, it took more time than I would have liked to officially send our papers in (I did not post them until August 30th, right before we started school again), but the organization you recommended for the forms and documents was exceptional because I received my residency less than three months later!Because of how fast it went I was able to visit my family in Canada for Christmas that year. You had a direct hand in helping that be possible.Thank you again for your help!
Scott J.
23:15 07 Sep 17
"Excellent"Kim Buhler -Thomas and her team are fantastic! They are well organized, responsive, knowledgeable, personable, caring and the experts in immigration law. We have enjoyed a 5+ year partnership and will continue to recommend their services. Thank you Kim for all you do for us!
Rachel P.
23:42 31 Aug 17
Kim Buhler-Thomas and her team are outstanding and clearly some of the best in the field of immigration law, based on our experience. My family recently got our Green cards approved with Kim Buhler-Thomas office representing us. Throughout the course of our consultations, I came to know Mrs. Kim Buhler-Thomas as an extremely knowledgeable and experienced attorney. Her approach was realistic coupled with optimism. We were given the entire, bigger picture, before focusing on the specifics of our case, which gave us a sound understanding of the whole, and confidence in Mrs. Kim Buhler-Thomas to pursue our case. I appreciate her office for being approachable, extremely professional and pushing relentlessly for the success of our filing. Personally, I do not feel we could be in better hands, and I can’t thank them enough for the support during some very rough times. Highly recommended!
Luka S.
02:38 28 Aug 17
Honest and sincere human being. She was unable to help due to our difficult circumstances and offered a full refund for the consultation.
Ian G.
01:15 26 Aug 17
Kim helped me with filing H1b Visa and H4 visa for my husband. From day one they took my case, they started right away working on it.She explained to me step by step how my case will go and how long it'll take. Kim and her team were very thorough with filling all forms and explaining to me every detail and answered all my questions. She carefully prepared the application and guided us through the entire process. She is very prompt at responding and I highly recommend her.
Arwa K.
14:59 15 Aug 17
Kim Buhler helped me with my green card back in 2010. Her knowledge and expertize is beyond what I can describe in words. I highly recommend her services to anyone.
Cesar P.
19:19 20 Apr 17
I had a wonderful experience with the friendly and knowledgeable Kim Buhler-Thomas. The immigration work that we needed assistance for was at first very intimidating to me, but Kim helped me to let go of all fear and doubts by combating it with the power of knowledge. Through Kim, we learned what steps to take, exactly what must be done, and what documents were required. Kim was able to answer all of our questions- and believe me- I asked a lot of questions! Kim also had reliable and kind assistants who were always empathetic to our specific and various needs and never made us feel uncomfortable. Because of their rapid pace of work, we took care of our immigration needs in no time at all. Another thing to note is that Kim made sure to remain available any day, any time- whatever the concern, question or issue that popped up- there was Kim, willing, able, and ready to assist us! I urge you to work with Kim for your legal needs. You will not be disappointed!
Kathery Soares E.
23:42 05 Apr 17
Kim is the best immigration lawyer ever! Honestly, she is genuinely interested in helping you with the immigration stuff. She always responded almost immediately for any questions I had regarding my stuff. One time she called me at 8 pm to clarify a question I had. She has a really nice team!! I always left her office happy and satisfied!!
Chennakrishna S.
02:06 23 Mar 17
We hired Kim to walk us through the process for my then future daughter-in-law to apply for immigration papers and to get legal status. We started a couple of months before they were married. Kim had the process down so well that it was a breeze and you could tell you were dealing with someone who was credible and professional. She held our hand (so to speak) and the process was great...telling us where to go to get this or that, what documents needed to be submitted, how to get the marriage license submitted the day after the marriage...etc. This can be a very anxious time for someone seeking and wanting to go through this process. Kim made us all feel very at ease. This wasn't her first rodeo. When our daughter-in-law and son got the letter to go in for their interview with the immigration officer, Kim told them things to do and how to prepared so they were not surprised by the interview. She was great to return emails and text messages any time of day and any day of the week. From our first meeting with her we knew it was going to be alright and that we had been referred to the best person to handle this for us. Two days ago my daughter-in-law was approved and will get her temporary green card. Thank you Kim for all your help! America is better with this new addition to the country.
Jay F.
21:32 09 Mar 17
Kim is hands down the best immigration attorney around. I have engaged with different attorney's over years and I will not go anywhere else for immigration legal services. She is extremely knowledgable, efficient, responsive and she cares about her clients. Her team is also just as dependable as she is. I highly recommend Kim and trust in her and her team.
Jesse L.
21:59 07 Dec 16
We had a chance to work with Kim and her staff on our immigration paperwork. Kim is an extremely capable and professional attorney. She made sure every piece of documents we submitted were carefully reviewed and drafted. Not only very knowledgeable and experienced, Kim's also reliable and amazingly prompt with any questions we asked. You will be guaranteed with success, given that you do your parts right. The rest you can rely 100% on her. We highly recommend Kim!
Chi N.
22:15 20 Aug 16
Since the day I walked into the office I felt genuine interest from the lawyer to take my case and to know more about my situation, also I noticed that Kim had great interpersonal skills and was able to make everyone comfortable with the situation we were dealing with.
lehi j B.
06:01 11 Aug 16
I am so thankful for Kim and all of the help she has given me. I don't know if I could have survived this immigration process without her. She really knows everything there is to know about immigration--the proper steps to take, how to file all of the paperwork, what to do if something unexpected happens in the process. After my husband and I first filed for my green card, we received our biometric services appointment in the mail, but somehow overlooked it as another receipt and missed the appointment. Thank heavens for Kim and her connections! She was able to schedule us another appointment within just a couple of days, with no harm done to our application. There was no question we would be using her assistance again after two years when we had to apply for my 10-year green card. It is so worth it for the peace of mind she gives with filing such important legal documents. I will only use Kim's services for any immigration needs. She is very good at what she does!
Lacey J.
18:18 04 Aug 16
Kim is an amazing attorney! Her knowledge is so valuable. I also appreciate her frankness! ;) Aubrey and the entire staff are very helpful as well. I definitely recommend them!
Paul S.
15:48 07 Jun 16
I recommend this law firm for any immigration work. Kim Buhler is very professional, efficient, and genuinely cares for her clients. She is passionate about what she does and is very approachable. Her office staff is wonderful, they really care and know how to do their job. I contacted Kim Buhler to help with my brother and his family's immigration visa, which had been in the works for thirteen years! Kim and Laura, her assistant, knew what to do and how to do it and in a couple of months my brother and family had their interview with the American Embassy and their visas were approved. They really did a great job, and show that they care. It was a wonderful experience.
Yolanda C.
00:02 07 Jun 16
Best attorney I have ever hired. Will recommend and use indefinitely. If you need a lawyer and want the most knowledgeable, capable, quality, caring, and friendly, you have found her. I never thought I'd write a positive review about a lawyer, but this is one exception for sure. Thanks Kim!
slade S.
21:12 27 May 16
She saved us over a thousand bucks!I decided to fill out all immigration forms by myself for both my wife and step-daughter. Everything worked out well for my wife, but USCIS unexpectedly denied the visa for my step-daughter. I was faced with the option of appealing the denial or reapplying for an adjustment of status. Either choice would have cost me at least a thousand dollars in immigration fees, and I didn't know if it would even work. Knowing that I was in over my head, I decided to hire Kim for a consultation. Little did I know that she has connections with people in the immigration office and political leaders. So, our nightmare turned into a congressman petitioning that our case be re-evaluated. Within a week, our case had been reopened, and the process was continuing as normal! 30 minutes of our time in Kim's office resulted in my peace of mind and continuation of an immigration process that I believed had failed. Kim is the best attorney that I have ever had, and I will go to her for all of my future immigration needs.
Justin M.
22:57 19 Apr 16
My wife and I prepared as many documents as we could and in one appointment with Kim we felt confident to move along with the Green card application. I had my interview less than 90 days after submitting my packet. Kim was awesome and worth every penny.
James B.
15:24 29 Feb 16
I've worked with Kim Buhler on the application to my work visa along with my application to my marriage visa. She has done an amazing job at handling both cases and she is always on top of things. Kim and her assistants were always available to answer my questions at any time of the day.
Bruno O.
20:22 23 Feb 16
Kim and her team is awesome! I recommend her services to anyone looking for legal advise. She helped with my paperwork from Canada to the US and it was such a breeze. She is really busy but her team scheduled us really quickly and she answered all of our questions and concerns. Bring a notepad and your questions prepared because it is a lot of info but Kim presents it really simply
Monica C.
00:18 02 Feb 16
Used Kim's services 8 years ago (through corporation) to get my Perm. Res. Most recently I personally hired her to obtain my US citizenship. Her office was helpful and got the jobs done in a timely manner. Thank you.
Karla S.
18:16 08 Sep 15
We met Kim Buhler for the first time after another well-known immigration attorney in SLC failed to successfully transfer my H1B visa from one company to another. Since then Kim has successfully processed multiple H1B transfers and amendments for me and my husband as we switched companies or got promoted within; and finally our green card. Out of many good things, what we loved the most about Kim and her team is the attention to detail, timely action and responses, and their knowledge of the laws and regulations. Though Kim has the best paralegal team working for her, she personally checks the details of every single document they file and knows each case in and out, which I didn’t experience with my previous attorney. Most importantly Kim and her team understood that our whole future depends on the outcome of the immigration process. So they took great responsibility to make sure things are done correctly and timely. I highly recommended Kim Buhler’s firm for any immigration work.
Gaya S.
15:28 05 Jun 15
We have known Kim since 2010. For more than 5 years she has guided our immigration journey until both my husband and I have finally been greened! She processed both of my H1B work visas and the lengthy green card process, from recruiting and job advertising, to DOL petitions and complicated I140 petition (due to the fact that my company relocated to a different state in the middle of the process). She is fast, knows every bit of immigration law, but mostly Kim and her team deeply care about their clients. I have cried in her office through good times and bad times (when I thought my green card process would fall through since my company was relocating). Kim and her staff processes both of our Adjustment of Status under a week to allow my husband to get legal status asap and a work permit. My husband, who has brought here as a child was able to get greened through her knowledge and expertise right along with me. If you are in any immigration situations, but specially a work visa situation and work-related green card, you can trust Kim Buhler to take care of you.
Analize Chavez H.
17:22 29 May 15
Kim is excellent at her job. She knows the routine extremely well, and is there to help you through every step. I like Kim because she is THOROUGH!!!! She will not miss anything on your forms, she has it all accounted for and is extremely good. We went through our firms and completed as much as we could and then we took them to Kim, she circled whatever we did wrong in red, and wrote extremely helpful notes on how to complete them the correct way. (EXTREMELY HELPFUL)Kim is FAST, I slowed the process down more than Kim did. She is available for appointments and is extremely efficient in helping you. She is not reckless fast, she is just extremely efficient.If you call Kim she will respond as soon as she can. For being a very busy lawyer you can tell she is extremely organized and ready to respond. On a few different occasions I had specific questions, and Kim instantly got back to us to help us through.Kim is really about the people. I knew she had my wife and I's best interest the entire time. This was extremely nice. She is very good at understanding different people and helping them through the process... Look no further Kim Buhler is truly the best. I recommend Kim to everyone I know.
Ryan S.
19:39 23 Feb 15
My company has been utilizing Kim and her team for many years for our immigration needs. I have worked with some attorneys who seem to be busy and have little time for our individual case needs. However Kim and her team have always made me feel like our case is the number one priority in her office. She is very detailed, will push you for all the right documents, and will make sure the company or person is informed on the progress of the case. I could not be happier or have more confidence in a firm than I have in Kim and her team.
Ben G.
05:59 20 Feb 15
An Excellent Attorney / Una abogada excelenteKim Buhler is an incredibly talented, capable, and ethical lawyer, and I recommend her to anyone looking to retain an immigration attorney. The following brief comments are characteristic of my experiences with her. I had a question at one point regarding a possible shortcut in the naturalization process for my husband. Kim didn't know the answer 100%, yet wasn't afraid to call other attorney-colleagues to double check so she could give me the absolute truth, regardless of how it impacted my situation. This helped me see how deeply she cares about her clients and about being a thorough and capable advocate for them. Kim is, of course, very punctual and timely in responding to calls, texts, and emails. She is respectful to all parties involved and issues carbon-copied emails to prevent any gap of misunderstanding. She informed us of things to work on for the permanent resident interview months in advance and prepared us with mock interviews. Truly, choosing an immigration attorney can be a daunting experience. A lot of little errors on the attorney's end can wind you up into bigger trouble later on. Working with Kim, however, on immigration documents that required so much attention to detail, and on a matter that affected me and my family in such a huge way, I was able to rest peacefully at night.Kim Buhler es una abogada increíblemente talentosa, capaz y ética, y le recomiendo a cualquiera que quiera tener a un abogado de inmigración. Los siguientes comentarios breves son característicos de mis experiencias con ella. Tenía una pregunta tocante a un posible proceso más corto para la naturalización de mi esposo y Kim no sabía la respuesta al 100%. Sin embargo, ella no tenía miedo de llamar a otros abogados ó colegas para corroborar la respuesta. De esa manera, ella me podría dar la respuesta correcta y más acertada a mi situación. Esto me ayudó a ver lo interesada que ella está por sus clientes y en su situación legal. Kim es, por supuesto, muy puntual y responsable para responder a las llamadas, textos y mensajes de correo electrónico. Ella es respetuosa con todas las partes involuncradas y es clara en su información para evitar cualquier brecha de incomprensión. Ella nos informó de las cosas que necesitaríamos durante la entrevista para residencia permanente por adelantado y nos preparó con entrevistas simuladas. En verdad, la selección de un abogado de inmigración puede ser una experiencia desalentadora. Muchos pequeños errores del abogado pueden resultar en grandes problemas más adelante. Trabajar con Kim, sin embargo, en los documentos fue diferente por su atención a los detalles y su preparación, al grado que mi familia y yo pudimos tener tranquilidad durante este proceso.
Rebecca L.
00:32 04 Feb 15
Working with Kim Buhler was a great pleasure. Kim handled everything professionally and resourcefully and within a very specific time frame. All of my needs and wants were carefully heeded and met to my satisfaction. Not only was the situation handled professionally but it was also treated very graciously, which allowed me to become very comfortable and at-ease knowing that Kim would take care of me.
Kanon F.
21:55 13 Aug 14
Kim is simply a dynamic attorney who seeks to do all that lies in her power to help her clients. I can honestly say that she very carefully works at winning cases for all who hire her. She certainly helped me win my case.
Edem G.
23:14 28 Jul 14
My husband and I met with Kim back in December of 2013 right before Christmas. A month ago we had our immigration interview in SLC and my husband received his green card in the mail two weeks later. This was a very foreign process for me and she made it so much easier. She walked me through all the steps and made me feel very confident that I would be able to complete the paperwork.
Suzi R.
17:33 23 Jul 14
Because of my work as Human Resources Manager, I have worked with several immigration attorneys over the years. All of that ended when I met Kim and her team! She is the only attorney I will use again. She is exact, and demands perfection and keeps her clients apprised of their status. She bends over backwards to help and to make sure everything is set - so the client will get approved. She is hands down the best immigration attorney I have ever worked with!
Paul D.
23:21 13 Jul 14
Kim helped me to get my H1b working VISA and she is very responsible along the whole process. When I am concerned about the processing time, she is patient and helpful to me. I can even call her on her cell phone when necessary. All of her assistants are nice too. Overall, she is someone that you can trust to represent you.
Qianwen B.
21:25 12 Jul 14
I had never needed legal services in my life and was always afraid of it. Kim was recommended by my college's advisor and I was so lucky to have Kim through the entire process. Kim was so PASSIONATE about what she does and everyone in her office is so welcoming and easy to talk to.I was running out of time with my H1B petition and Kim took my case (the timeline was very, very tight due to my lack of knowledge in the process). She was already swamped with other cases she had but she did not take short cut with mine. All the documents was carefully prepared and I was well informed the entire time. With the amount of work she puts into my case, I felt such great relieve to have someone who truly cares to be there for me. I called her office DAILY during that time and she was busy but never left any questions of mine unanswered. Kim and her team enjoy what they do and they stayed late at the office working on everyone's case before the deadline making sure everything is done right. She said it's important for her because my case is important to me, because it affects my life. And I can see that every time I interact with her.Also, she offers pro bono services often to community when her schedule allows her to help more people. She posted on facebook few days ago that she is offering families with LDS missionary or military free service for a power of attorney when they are gone. I think that is awesome that she uses her professional knowledge to do good deeds in the community.Legal services cost money, but Kim and her team are thorough, caring and genuine. You cannot find another lawyer that is like Kim. Now that my visa is approved, I'm still in touch with Kim as a friend and plan on staying in touch with her.
Eva C.
05:15 12 Jul 14
Kim Buhler and her staff are excellent immigration attorneys. My experience with Kim and her staff has been professional ; informed ; kind and personal. Kim is full of energy and has always provided me with options and has always answered my questions.My previous experience with immigration attorneys has be institutional. Kim has shown a personal interest in my situation. She shows passion and friendliness.Immigration for me prior to Kim Buhler has been a step into the dark ; with Kim and her company I have always felt that she addresses not only my legal matters but she understands the stresses and pressures associated with the process on me and my family.Her actions have always been in my best interests and she is extremely detail oriented. Each step of the process has been overseen by her personally even though she has and experienced and friendly staff who are also highly informed and experienced.This process has not been an easy one for me and my family but Kim and her staff has been there every step of the way.I have dealt with a number of attorneys during this process and when I found Kim I knew I was in good hands.She has exceeded all of my expectations.
Brenton S.
04:33 12 Jul 14
I was very impressed with Kim. Not only was she the most affordable lawyer I could find for help with getting my green card, but she was also extremely professional, genuinely kind and really knew her stuff. She saved my wife and I weeks of time trying to figure everything out on our own. I would recommend her to anyone!
Chase L.
04:31 08 Jan 14
I hired Kim for the first time in 2008 and I did it four more times after that.She did a great job of making sure that the required documentation was turned in on time. I appreciated Kim being very honest about the possibilities of my case whether favorable or not.I would recommend Kim for anyone who is looking for a straight-forward answer and you want to know your honest possibilities.
Geo G.
02:02 07 Sep 13
Kim is an incredible attorney, who truly cares about her clients. Everything she does, she does 100%. She is unquestionably ethical. She will always tell you the truth, even if it is not what you want to hear. She is clearly an expert in her field; I would recommend her to anyone who wants the straight truth, who wishes to do everything according to regulation. Beyond her expertise, Kim is a kind soul, who sincerely works to help her clients have the best outcomes.
Cristi M
17:03 05 Sep 13
Kim and her girls really did a great job, considering my situation was almost impossible to fix. I've lived in the USA for many years and around my high school years my father flat out told me that all of our immigration documents were lost. He never did file for our permanent residency so there really was no record of me in the USA. It was extremely hard to find any proof that I entered the US legally but Kim and the girls were able to track down my info. Because of the efforts they made, I am now able to continue my college education and join the US Military. I will always be grateful for their effort and persistence. Very professional.
Eric M (Greets with F.
05:47 05 Sep 13
I had a great experience with Kim representing me. She is a great attorney who cares deeply about what she does and who she represents. She helped me understand what was going on in my case and what to expect. I would recommend her to anyone I know. She is great.
Melanie N.
15:04 04 Sep 13
Kim is extremely reliable and honest. I have always appreciated her willingness to give direct and open feedback to clients regardless of what that means for her bottom line. She is kind and truly cares about those she serves, and is as meticulous and knowledgeable as they come! I have seen her relentlessly working to help explain, organize, and process client applications, and I highly recommend her as one who can be trusted with your immigration needs!
Samuel B.
19:49 03 Sep 13
Thanks Kim for your help this morning on my interview with the Social Security Office in applying for my son to get disability. Just your presence gave me the confidence I needed. Thank you, thank you!!
Lora T.
18:14 23 Aug 13
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