The attorney you choose for your case makes a difference. The lawyers at Dzubow & Pilcher, PLLC specialize in immigration law, asylum, deportation defense, and appellate litigation. Our attorneys are recognized as experts in the field, and are often called upon by other lawyers, non-profit organizations, and the news media. We have received numerous awards for our work, including recognition as a top immigration law firm in the District of Columbia. More than that, we genuinely care about our clients and their families. We work hard to achieve the best possible outcome in each case, and we treat our clients honestly and with respect.
Our commitment to our clients is reflected in our success as a law firm. We have helped hundreds of people in cases before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Department of Homeland Security, Asylum Offices, Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, Federal Appeals Courts, and U.S. embassies and consulates around the world. We are proud to have helped so many people achieve their immigration goals.
If you need assistance with your case, please contact us at (202) 328-1350 to schedule a consultation.
We speak Spanish, Amharic, Tigrinya, and Arabic
If you have suffered past persecution or fear future persecution in your home country, you may be eligible for asylum in the United States. The attorneys at Dzubow & Pilcher are nationally-recognized experts in asylum law. We have successfully represented asylum seekers from dozens of countries. Our clients include people seeking asylum for many different reasons, and who face persecution on account of:
Nationality, ethnic group or tribe
Particular social group
Fear of terrorists or criminal gangs
We have represented hundreds of people who face harm in their homeland, including well-known diplomats, journalists, human rights workers, and political activists.
For lawful permanent residents living in the United States, there are many advantages to obtaining citizenship: You become a full member of American society, you can vote, you can more easily sponsor your family members to come to the United States, you can obtain a U.S. passport, and you can never be deported or refused entry into the United States. Also, there are more employment and education opportunities available to U.S. citizens.
There can be pitfalls to obtaining citizenship. People who have been arrested or convicted of certain crimes, and people who have spent long period outside the United States must be particularly cautious.
If you would like assistance in applying for citizenship, the attorneys at Dzubow & Pilcher can help. We can handle the most complex and difficult citizenship applications, and we have helped hundreds of clients obtain their citizenship.
Deportation / Removal Defense
Removal/deportation proceedings may be among the most difficult and frightening events for non-citizens living in the United States. Removal from the U.S. can mean separation from loved ones and loss of property, job opportunities, and access to good education and health care. It might also mean returning to a country where you face persecution or other serious harm.
The attorneys at Dzubow & Pilcher are experts at removal defense. If there is a way to keep our clients in the United States, we will find it. Our attorneys regularly practice in the immigration courts and are well respected by Immigration Judges, government attorneys, and court staff. Our expertise and our good relations with the government allow us to maximize the chances for our clients to remain lawfully in the United States.
United States citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs – people who have a green card) can petition for their relatives to immigrate to the United States. A U.S. citizen can petition for his or her spouse, parent, child (including adult children and married children) or sibling. An LPR can petition for his or her spouse, unmarried adult child or minor child.
The attorneys at Dzubow & Pilcher can assist with family-based immigration. Whether your relative is in the U.S. and will “adjust status” to obtain a green card, or whether your relative will process the case at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate overseas, we can help ensure that the case moves as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Also, if your relative is barred from returning to the United States due to a criminal conviction or an immigration violation, we can prepare a waiver to help your relative come to the U.S. more quickly.
Waivers of Inadmissibility
Some applicants for immigration benefits may be considered "inadmissible" to the U.S. because of immigration or criminal violations, fraud or misrepresentation, or prior removal/deportation orders. Based on a finding of inadmissibility, U.S. immigration authorities may deny applications for visas or adjustment of status.
In certain cases, a waiver of inadmissibility may be available, depending on the charges against the applicant and the type of visa for which he or she has applied. The attorneys at Dzubow & Pilcher have very high success rates in obtaining waiver approvals for their clients. They are experts in preparing supporting legal briefs and evidence for submission to the adjudicating authorities.
EB-1 (Extraordinary Ability) and EB-2 (National Interest Waiver)
For scientists, artists, athletes, and others who have attained recognition in their field, it may be possible to obtain lawful permanent residency in the United States based on extraordinary ability. For other professionals with an advanced degree whose work benefits the national interest of the United States, it may be possible to become a lawful permanent resident based on the National Interest Waiver.
The attorneys at Dzubow & Pilcher, PLLC have helped many immigrants obtain their residency in the U.S. based on extraordinary ability and national interest waivers. Such applications are complicated and require substantial evidence, and we have helped our clients avoid the pitfalls and obtain residency in the United States. We can help you prepare the best possible application in order to maximize the likelihood of obtaining your residency.
Detention and Bond
On any given day, the U.S. government detains tens of thousands of immigrants. For the detained person, and his or her friends and loved ones, this can be a difficult time. The attorneys at Dzubow & Pilcher, PLLC can help. We have successfully represented many detained immigrants. We help them secure their release and win their cases. Because we regularly practice before the Immigration Courts, we can communicate effectively with Judges and government attorneys. Also, we understand the various types of relief that might be available to a detained immigrant and we can help chart a course to maximize the chance for a successful outcome.
The attorneys at Dzubow & Pilcher, PLLC specialize in immigration appeals. We have successfully represented many immigrants before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the Administrative Appeals Office, and various federal circuit courts. The legal and fact-based arguments on appeal can be complex, and an experienced attorney can make a difference. If you need help with an appeal, please contact us to discuss your case.
Jason Dzubow’s practice focuses on immigration law, asylum, and appellate litigation. He may be contacted at (202) 328-1353 or [email protected] His blog, The Asylumist, is the only blog devoted exclusively to asylum in the United States.
Since 2011, Washingtonian magazine has included Mr. Dzubow on its list of the best immigration lawyers in the Washington, DC area. In March 2011, Mr. Dzubow was listed as one of the top 25 legal minds in the country in the area of immigration law. He has been honored for his work by CAIR Coalition and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC). Mr. Dzubow is also an adjunct professor of asylum law at George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC.
Mr. Dzubow provides legal expertise to individuals and corporations in all areas of immigration law, including: asylum, criminal immigration, deportation and removal proceedings, family-based immigration, immigrant detainees and bond applicants, immigration court, appeals, and federal litigation, immigrant victims of domestic violence, extraordinary ability visas, and naturalization. He has successfully represented hundreds of clients before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, the immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the federal courts, and the asylum office.
Mr. Dzubow received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center where he served as the Senior Notes and Comments Editor of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. He has published articles in Immigration Law Today, the Green Card, the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, the Hispanic Law Journal (University of Texas Law School), the Temple University Law School Journal of Political and Civil Rights, and Fate Magazine. Mr. Dzubow received his Bachelor’s Degree, summa cum laude, from Temple University in Philadelphia.
Prior to forming Dzubow & Pilcher, PLLC, Mr. Dzubow clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Immigration Court in Arlington, Virginia. For his work at the Arlington Immigration Court, Mr. Dzubow received the Department of Justice Outstanding Performance Award. Mr. Dzubow also worked as an immigration attorney at Catholic Community Services in New Jersey and as a trial attorney for Bode & Grenier, LLP, in Washington, DC.
Mr. Dzubow was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Prior to law school, he worked for the Refugee Assistance Program in Philadelphia, helping immigrants and refugees find jobs. More recently, he lived in Nicaragua where he studied Spanish and volunteered for the Sisters of Charity (Mother Theresa’s organization). He has also lived in Jerusalem and traveled widely in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Ethiopia, South East Asia, and Latin America. He speaks Spanish.
Mr. Dzubow is admitted to practice law in the federal and state courts of Washington, DC and Maryland, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Eleventh, and DC Circuits, all Immigration Courts in the United States, and the Board of Immigration Appeals. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Capital Area Immigrant Rights (CAIR) Coalition.
Todd Pilcher focuses his practice on immigration law. You may contact him at (202) 328-1352 or [email protected].
Mr. Pilcher provides expert assistance in complex family- -based immigration matters, asylum, inadmissibility waivers, removal and deportation, lawful permanent residency, and naturalization cases. In his more than 17 years of practice as an attorney, Mr. Pilcher has successfully represented hundreds of clients before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Customs and Enforcement, Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and U.S. embassies and consulate offices across the world.
Mr. Pilcher is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and has served on the board of directors for the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (CAIR Coalition) since 2006.
Mr. Pilcher is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of law, where he co-teaches the Refugee and Asylum Law course with his law partner, Jason Dzubow. In addition, he is a frequent lecturer at Washington, D.C. area law schools, law firms, and bar associations, where he speaks on topics such as asylum, adjustment of status, waivers, and removal defense.
Prior to joining Dzubow & Pilcher, PLLC as a partner, Mr. Pilcher worked as a senior managing attorney at Whitman-Walker Health Legal Services in Washington, DC. After graduating from law school, Mr. Pilcher worked for Equal Justice Works in Washington, DC for several years.
Mr. Pilcher is a graduate of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis and an undergraduate of Emory University. He speaks Spanish.
Mr. Pilcher is a member of the District of Columbia and Missouri Bars.