Working to Keep Your American Dream Alive

I will represent you in United States Immigration Court or USCIS hearings and be there for you for the moments in-between.


At J.W. Hanks Law, I know how to navigate the complexities of immigration law. I can be your trusted advisor, offering guidance in several practice areas. I represent clients in cases involving employment-based immigration, family-based immigration, nonimmigrant visas, naturalization, deportation, green cards and more. I guide you through the complicated immigration process, allowing you to continue living your life.


Immigrant and Non-immigrant Visas

Whether you are looking to sponsor a family member for entry into the United States, are seeking an employment-related visa, or need to take any other action in the complicated immigration system, I will handle each detail with the professionalism and personal attention you deserve.


Family-Based Immigration: For some clients, immigration is about bringing their family together in a country with a strong future.  I explain the procedures and requirements that are involved in family-based immigration. Many of my clients need to learn about the best ways to obtain entry into the United States or permanent residence for a relative: parent, spouse, fiancé or fiancée, son or daughter, brother or sister.  I have the skills and knowledge necessary to help your family. Examples of the kinds of family immigration situations I handle include:

  • Permanent residence (“Green Card”) for immediate relatives
  • Entry and permanent residence for non-citizen spouses
  • Preference categories for family-based immigration visas
  • Fiancé or fiancée visas
  • Adjustment of status
  • Consular processing


Employment-Based Immigration: For some clients, the United States is a place of employment or investment in the unique American free-market economy or for others the United States represents an opportunity to share their unique talents — as a recognized athlete, artist or entertainer — and to share the culture of his or her homeland. I will represent multinational executives, managers, professionals, skilled workers, artists, entertainers and athletes in all manners of employment-based immigration, including lawful permanent resident status (“Green Card”) and nonimmigrant work authorizations.


Citizenship: I am an experienced attorney who helps lawful residents complete the requirements to become full citizens of the United States. I carefully guide you through the entire citizenship process.


Deportation Defense: For some clients facing removal or deportation in immigration court, I can work to provide a second chance and a legal pathway to stay in a place they want to call home.  As an experienced immigration attorney, I defend clients who are facing removal proceedings brought by the United States government, it is essential that you speak with an experienced immigration attorney immediately. I can advise you on each aspect of the removal process, including:

  • Bond Hearings
  • Notice to Appear
  • Potential grounds for removal
  • Individual Hearing


Asylum and Victims of Crimes: For some clients, immigration means a future free of abuse, persecution, hatred or violence; the grant of asylum — whether for political or religious reasons, gender or sexual orientation — may be a matter of life and death.


When your right to live and work in this country is on the line, you should not take any chances.

Contact Me Today!

J.W. Hanks Law

c/o Groundwork!

1213 Purchase Street

New Bedford, MA 02740


Phone: +1 508 817-3327+1 508 817-3327

Fax: +1 508 340-4374



Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 2985

New Bedford, MA 02741

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