Immigration and Citizenship

Practice areas Family and individual immigration:
  • Family based Petitions to bring family members to live in the U.S. (“green cards”).
  • Adjustment of Status Applications for Permanent Residency for family members living in the U.S.
  • Marriage based Petitions.
  • Fiancé visas.
  • Travel documents and work authorizations.
  • Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Waivers.
  • Review and evaluation of immigration documents prepared by clients or others.
  • Providing legal services and assistance to foreign born children residing in the U.S. to obtain legal immigration status and/or citizenship.
  • Assistance with Visa Processing through U.S. Embassies and consulates abroad.
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Petitions.
Nonimmigrant Visas
  • Student Visas and Exchange Visitor Visas.
  • Visitor Visas.
  • Extensions of nonimmigrant status.
  • Change of nonimmigrant status.
  • Consular processing.
Applications for “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” and employment authorization Citizenship and Naturalization
  • Case review and analysis to evaluate and support claims for U.S. citizenship.
  • Assistance in obtaining proof of U.S. citizenship.
  • Preparation of N-400, N-600, and N-600K Applications re citizenship.
  • Assistance with U.S. Passport Applications.
Employment based and General immigration matters.

While her immigration practice primarily involves adoption and cases regarding children and families, Ms. Lyford also handles general employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant matters.

Client Reviews

Amazing Attorney

CJ was absolutely amazing from beginning to end helping us get our adopted son his American Citizenship! Excellent, punctual and great to work with! We are beyond grateful!


Very Thorough and Reliable

We had a very unique immigration case - CJ was making sure we had the right documents and researched similar cases. It was a long road but we were prepared and there were no surprises. The long wait paid off. Surely would recommend her expertise and professionalism.


International Adoption Malaysia

CJ Lyford helped us with the US part of the adoption of our daughter from Malaysia. She gave us information which led us choose a different route which was simpler and quicker than the one we had previously been led. She made contact with the officials to set up appointments that where convenient for our family. Many thanks!


Excellent Service

C.J. has a pleasure to work with, and as an attorney myself, I have very high standards. She was also the most reasonably priced, considering the high level of service provided.


International Adoption

I am very pleased with the help that Ms. Lyford was able to provide. I adopted while living abroad and faced challenges in finalizing the adoption in the US and obtaining my daughter's US citizenship. Ms. Lyford was with us from the beginning, laying out a workable roadmap to get where we needed to be. Her advice proved sound and we have recently completed the process. Her reassuring and competent presence throughout the process was also much appreciated.