Ann Barcher Law Firm specializing in Immigration law since 1992

SERVICE

AREAS

For the past 25 years my law firm has limited its practice primarily to U.S. Immigration Law. Services in the following areas are offered:

 

1)  Citizenship and Naturalization, including citizenship applications (N400), Certificates of Naturalization (N600), and CRBA's (Consular Reports of Births Abroad) for children born abroad with at least one US citizen parent.

2)  Applications under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 to preserve the rights of minors who are about to turn 21 and thus lose rights under another section of the INA (Immigration and Nationalization Law, as amended).

3)  Permanent Residence ("green cards").  The right to permanent residence may arise through Adjustment of Status, Consular Processing, Political Asylum, and a variety of other INA provisions.

4)  Political Asylum based on discrimination in the home country on the basis of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, and membership in a particular social group. {Note:  Political Asylum and refugee status are similar, but not identical.}

5)  Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visas, including Visitor Visas for Business (B-1) and Pleasure (B-2);  Student visas (F-1for academic institutions;  M-1 for occupational school); Religious workers (R-1);  and a variety of more specialized visas.

 

6)  Employment visas (both for short-term work and for Professional Occupations); Labor Certifications, if required. 

 

7)  Defenses to deportation (removal), e.g., Cancellation of Removal.

 

8)  Renewal and replacements of lost, stolen, or never delivered Immigration Documents, such as passports, green cards, and employment authorizations (EAD's).  Correct procedure for Changes of Address.

 

9)  Representation at USCIS interviews and Immigration Court proceedings;  Motions to Review and Reconsider adverse USCIS decisions.

 

10)  Advice on current immigration issues and strategy as well as on related federal and state laws.

 

11)  Research and constant up-dating on proposed changes in immigration law.  Within the next year Congress may adopt a comprehensive immigration law, affecting not only DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), border security and law enforcement but also eliminating the Diversity Lottery and several existing categories of family immigration

(e.g., parents, siblings and adult children of US citizens). 

 

PERSONAL
BACKGROUND

Ann C. Barcher, Esq., has practiced  Immigration Law for over 25 years in New York State, principally in her native Dutchess County but also in New York City as the managing partner in Barcher & Imam, P.C.  She started this professional corporation in 2008 with a distinguished Pakistani attorney and law school colleague, Syed Hasan Imam (now on medical leave).  In 2011 she returned to her home town, Poughkeepsie, NY, where she has  since maintained a solo practice, almost exclusively in Immigration Law, as the Law Offices of Ann Barcher.

 

Ann graduated as valedictorian of the Poughkeepsie High School Class of 1966 and was awarded a four-year National Merit Scholarship.  She attended Harvard University (Radcliffe College) in Cambridge, MA, majored in Government, and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree (A.B.) in 1970.  She subsequently attended New York University School of Law, where she received a J.D. degree in 1977 and an LL.M. degree in 1992 in International Legal Studies.  In June 1979 Ann was admitted as an attorney in New York State, a status that she still proudly maintains.

 

In 1974-75 Ann spent a fifth year in Cambridge at the Harvard Divinity School, where she studied comparative religion, Judeo-Christian ethics, and Buddhism.  She has also lived for seven months in Germany and for a year in Canada.  Her work experience includes eight years as an attorney for the Port Authority of NY and NJ (prior to 9/11) and two years as the elected Supervisor of the Town of Poughkeepsie.

 

She attributes her dedication to immigration law to the 1979 arrival of a family of Chinese refugees from Vietnam (so-called "boat people") who lived with her family for eight years.  Ann's mother, a high school English teacher, helped the new arrivals to learn English and to adapt to American customs.  Ann, then freshly admitted to the NY Bar, assisted all of them to become U.S. Citizens.  She is very proud of the accomplishments of this former refugee family, which has now produced two medical doctors and other successful members of this society. 

 

Ann currently belongs to the Bar Association of the City of New York, where she has served two terms on the Immigration Committee, and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Migration Service, Inc., (CMS), Archdiocese of Brooklyn and Queens.  She keeps up to date on the frequent changes in immigration law as well as the various proposals for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and advises clients on changes that may affect their future immigration strategies.

 

ANN BARCHER LAW CLIENTS

Canada

United States

Mexico

Colombia

Honduras

El Salvador

Jamaica, WI

Trinidad & Tobago

Peru

Ecuador

Argentina

United Kingdom (UK)

Ireland (Republic)

Italy

Germany

Spain

Greece

Russia

Ukraine

Pakistan

Turkey

Jordan

Israel

Egypt

Morocco

Kenya

Uganda

Nigeria

China (PRC), including Taiwan

Japan

India

Bangladesh

Vietnam

Malaysia

Nepal

Tibetan refugees

DACA applicants

 

WHO I AM

For over 25 years I’ve been providing expert immigration advice and services in a relaxed and friendly environment to clients from all over the world.

Ann C. Barcher Esq.

Immigration Attorney

 

CONTACT

ANN BARCHER

OUR ADDRESS

31 Old Farms Rd.

Poughkeepsie, NY  12603

845-462-4400

845-462-1881

Appointments are required. Evening and weekend appointments are available

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