Law Office of Philip Hornik

Welcome/About Us

Immigration law has been described as a labyrinth, written with a complexity that challenges even experienced attorneys, as well as lay persons. Without effective legal advice, people who want to live and work in the United States face the challenge of understanding and accessing a convoluted legal system which is baffling even to people who are fluent in English. A mistake in dealing with our Immigration authorities can lead to disaster, including the risk of permanent separation from family and employment and for businesses, the loss of a key employee. And for refugees fleeing danger in their home countries, bad legal advice can place their very lives in danger.

I currently assist people, businesses and non-profit organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington navigate the U.S. Immigration system. I have had my own law office in Portland, Oregon since 1980. Nearly all of my law practice is currently devoted to immigration and its related matters. I have represented individuals and businesses from nearly every country on the globe. I am fluent in Spanish, and have two legal assistants, one of whom is bilingual in English and Spanish. My practice covers all aspects of the U.S. immigration law including filing family- based immigrant visa, or "green card" petitions for those who have established ties which are based upon blood relationships or marriage to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR).

I assist clients with applications filed in the United States for Adjustment of Status to Lawful Permanent resident. I also handle applications for Immigrant and Non Immigrant visas which are filed outside the United States at U.S. Consulates and Embassies.

Employment-based visa categories include:

  • H-1B/specialty occupation employees;
  • L-1/intracompany transferree employees of multinational corporations;
  • E-1 and E-2 /treaty traders and investors
  • "PERM" Alien Labor Certification applications and I-140 visa petitions in the "National Interest Waiver" and "Exceptional Ability" categories

I also assist people seeking U.S. citizenship, either by applying for naturalization or by proving that they have inherited "derivative" citizenship.

I also defend people facing deportation (removal) proceedings in Immigration Court and at the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

I also advise criminal defense attorneys on the potential immigration consequences to their clients of a criminal conviction.

For clients whose families will suffer extreme hardship if they are forced to leave the United States, I prepare I-601, I-601A and I-212 immigration pardon applications, also called "waivers of inadmissibility."

I also assist clients who fear persecution in their home countries to apply for asylum. I have obtained asylum for clients from Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Poland, Rwanda and Syria.

I am happy to help you with your immigration case. I represent people from all over the world regarding:

  • Permanent residency "green cards";
  • Naturalization and U.S. citizenship;
  • Immigrant visas and pardons also known as "waivers of inadmissibility":
    • Asylum;
    • Deportation and removal proceedings;
    • DACA/Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals;
    • Nonimmigrant visa categories such as TN, E-1 and E-2, H-1B, and L-1;
    • PERM Alien Labor Certification applications