Immigration expert Carlos Colombo, Esq. brings the world’s top professionals and scholars to the U.S. As a first-generation immigrant himself, he understands the intricacies of these cases, as well as their importance. That’s one of the reasons the eminent law firm he co-founded, Colombo & Hurd, leads the field of immigration law in the U.S.
“We understand that our clients face high stakes,” Colombo says. “There’s no room for error. That’s why we explore all the options for a particular client’s immigration in an ordered way, and carefully select the best possible manner to achieve their individual goals.”
Colombo’s immigration journey
Colombo’s passion for helping professionals immigrate to the U.S. stems from his own personal experience, having moved to the United States with his parents at the age of 15. “They immigrated to give me and my sisters a better future,” he explains. “Although it was difficult to leave their home country, the rollercoaster of politics, unstable economics, and the chance for a better future was the driving force for my family to make the decision to immigrate to the U.S.”
His father is a medical doctor, but the family still faced daunting challenges to immigrate. “It wasn’t an easy process,” Colombo remembers. They first came in with an H-1B, the temporary visa for professionals, and then went through the labor certification process. “Although it took many years, we eventually got residency,” he says.
Throughout this period, he experienced the challenges of the U.S. immigration system firsthand.
The making of a top immigration lawyer
“I can still clearly remember sitting in the attorney’s office with my parents,” Colombo says. “I watched them struggle to overcome all the difficulties to achieve their dream. Because of this, I deeply understand what my clients are going through.”
This background not only inspired him to take up this work himself, but also shaped how he approaches every case. “My personal experience was what pushed me to want to dedicate myself to this work,” he explains. “I understand not only the immigration system, but also the personal aspect. That is why I always want to do this work with excellence. When I started law school, and especially when I graduated, I wanted to help immigrants have realistic options.” He has a particular affinity for aspiring immigrants from Central and South America.
The U.S. seeks highly skilled talent
According to Colombo, the U.S. is in need of the skilled professionals Latin America can provide. “The value of talented people has never been greater,” he says. “A new knowledge-based economy has emerged in the 21st century, which means countries are increasingly competing for the creative, innovative minds that will forge the future. This changes the dynamic and demands a new approach to immigration.”
Indeed, studies show that immigrants tend to be more entrepreneurial and inventive than their native peers. According to Harvard Business Review, “In the U.S., immigrants are almost twice as likely to become entrepreneurs as native-born U.S. citizens.”
“Nations thrive when they embrace the best individual talent in the world,” Colombo observes.
How Colombo & Hurd secures successful outcomes
Colombo & Hurd is a full-service law firm that tailors immigration cases to the particular needs and circumstances of individuals. “We view ourselves as steadfast partners, not just legal counselors,” Colombo says.
In particular, the law firm specializes in using the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ National Interest Waiver, which obtains residency for highly skilled individuals without requiring a U.S. job offer or labor certification. “My clients are scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and physicians, as well as others at the top of their respective fields,” Colombo says. “When building their cases, we focus on the societal and economic contributions they bring to the U.S. Basically, we explain how giving the individual permission to immigrate would be in the country’s best interests.”
In this way, Colombo & Hurd is different from traditional law firms, which usually focus on helping companies secure the talented employees they want to hire.
Entrust your immigration application to the best
Immigrating to the U.S. is notoriously difficult, so it’s only natural to fear it would be impossible, even if they have unique skills, advanced degrees, or a distinguished career.
“There are options, but you do have to be careful,” Colombo advises. “Don’t believe what you sometimes hear on social media about immigration. The U.S. is the most desirable country, so the process is competitive. If you do the right things, however, it can be possible.”
The success or failure of an immigration application can forever change someone’s life. That’s why entrusting these cases to top experts like Colombo and the team at Colombo & Hurd is of the utmost importance.
“We empower dreams,” Colombo says. “We’re not just a law firm. We’re a launching pad for talent. We champion for the individuals shaping the future of America. Together, we will navigate the path to your American dream, one legal step at a time.”