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Americans have always been proud of their heritage. The United States is made up of a unique blend of different cultures, ethnicities, and people who come from countries all around the world. Individuals who wish to come to the United States, through immigration, to join our ever-growing blend of cultures will face a complicated and complex set of rules and regulations that must be adhered to in order to make the dream of legally residing in the United States a reality. Immigrating legally to the United States can be an overwhelming, mind-boggling, and complicated process, especially if you don’t understand the laws surrounding immigration.  

The knowledgeable and dedicated immigration lawyers at Rusty Messer & Associates understand the complexities that accompany immigration matters in Louisiana. We handle cases in immigration courts and before USCIS. We will ensure that you understand the entire process and will answer any questions that you have in order for you to achieve the best possible outcome. Call us today to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled immigration attorneys in Baton Rouge. 

The Immigrant Population in Louisiana

Currently, Louisiana is home to a small, yet growing immigrant population. Approximately 4 percent of Louisiana’s population is made up of immigrants. These immigrants make up an essential part of the labor force in Louisiana, accounting for approximately 23 percent of those residents working in fishing, farming, and forestry jobs. Immigrants in Louisiana make extensive and beneficial contributions as business owners, workers, neighbors, and taxpayers. 

Immigration produces countless opportunities to aid companies that are suffering  challenges within the workplace, such as work shortages. Recent studies have found that immigration provides substantial labor benefits by reversing the negative effects of population deficits by adding significant skills and experiences. 

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) was created and implemented in 1952. Over the years, the INA has been amended numerous times. Although the amendments to the INA can be helpful and contribute to a smoother flow of immigration, many of the rules and regulations can be hard to understand. 

Our Baton Rouge immigration attorneys provide a full spectrum of immigration legal services for individuals, families, and companies. We can help answer hard questions about immigration laws and can help navigate the complex legal system. Our immigration attorneys work closely with our clients to understand their needs and the urgency of their situation. Immigration, as a whole, is a time-sensitive issue, and that is where we can help. Contact the lawyers at Rusty Messer & Associates today to discuss. 

Immigration Lawyers in Baton Rouge

At Rusty Messer & Associates we have comprehensive knowledge of the complex immigration system, and we understand the many challenges that individuals, families, and businesses face. The following is a further explanation of how our immigration lawyers in Baton Rouge can help aid in these areas. 

Family-Based Immigration 

U.S. immigration laws allow foreigners to immigrate to America based on a relationship they hold with a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. There are two different types of family-based immigration, immediate relative or family preference. 

  • Immediate Relative – In a majority of cases, immigrants that fall into this category have an immediate relative that already resides in the U.S. as a U.S. citizen. Those who qualify include spouses and unmarried children of U.S. citizens, orphans adopted abroad by a U.S. citizen, orphans to be adopted in the U.S. by a U.S. citizen, and parents of U.S. citizens. This category has a special immigration policy. Immigrants with immediate relatives do not have to wait in line for a visa number, because there is an unlimited number of visas available for immediate relatives. 
  • Family Preference – Immigrants that fall into this category will have a harder time applying for a visa than those with immediate relatives. Those who qualify for this category include spouses and unmarried children of a permanent resident, unmarried adult children of a permanent resident, married children of  U.S. citizens, and siblings of adult U.S citizens. 

At Rusty Messer & Associates, we take pride in reuniting families and loved ones. Whether applying for lawful permanent residency through the adjustment of status process or obtaining an immigration visa through consular processing, our immigration attorneys in Baton Rouge can help. 

Business Immigration

For employers to compete on a global scale, it is crucial for companies to recruit and hire the best and brightest employees. Hiring immigrants to work for U.S. businesses benefits the country in a number of ways. Establishing a business is another way that immigrants can add to the economy. Business and employment-based immigration fall into the following four categories: 

  • Employment-Based Immigrant Visas – Foreigners can permanently immigrate to the U.S. with an employment-based immigrant visa (EB visa). EB visas give immigrants the basis to apply for permanent residency in the United States. After five years they will then be able to apply for U.S. citizenship. 
  • Employment-Based Non-Immigrant Visas – Foreign nationals that would like to work in the United States for a temporary amount of time may apply for an employment-based nonimmigrant visa. Although, unlike other countries, the U.S. does not grant work visas for casual employees. Businesses must offer employment and then file a petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services before immigrants can apply for a visa. 
  • Investor Visas – Qualified individuals can seek permanent residency if they are creating a new commercial enterprise or business. This type of immigration is intended to spark new employment and improve the economy. 
  • Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) – A foreign national can seek U.S. residency through employment if they are a beneficiary of a certified permanent labor certification issued by the U.S. Department of Labor. 

At Rusty Messer & Associates we represent employers and employees during the three distinct phases of processing. This includes:

  • Program Electronic Review Management (PERM)
  • USCIS Petition – U.S. citizen petition for a spouse
  • Adjustment of Status/Consular Processing – Applying for a green card through a U.S. embassy in a foreign country

Throughout this legal process, our immigration law firm in Baton Rouge offers legal services for a reasonable fee. Our advanced legal staff will explain to you exactly what services you need and will be rendered for your legal fees. 

In the event that you require additional legal services our attorneys will clarify what you need, what the service will cost, and how long the process will take. 

Nonimmigrant Visas

Nonimmigrant visas allow foreign citizens to apply for temporary residence in the United States. This temporary residence can be used for a number of reasons including, business, personal, and educational purposes. Immigration laws in the U.S. specify numerous different categories of nonimmigrant visas based on the nature of employment, the talents of the individual, the involvement of training, and/or the nationality of the individual. The following is a list of nonimmigrant visas:

  • H1B Visa Specialty Occupation
  • B1 Business Travel Visa
  • B2 Tourist Visa
  • F1 Visa Academic Students
  • J1 Visa Exchange Visitor
  • E1 Visa Treaty Trader
  • E2 Visa Treaty Investor 
  • L1-L2 Visa Intra Company Transferees 
  • K3 Visa Spouse of U.S. Citizen
  • K1 Visa Fiance of U.S. Citizen 
  • M1 Visa Vocational Students
  • P1 Visa Athletes, Artists, and Entertainers
  • O1 Visa Extraordinary Ability 
  • TN Visa Treaty NAFTA Professionals 

Applying for this type of visa will require the completion of several complex forms and specified fees to be paid. Our legal staff at Rusty Messer & Associates can help during this process to answer questions and give legal advice to ensure that you have the best opportunity for success. 

Removal And Deportation in Louisiana

A Notice to Appear (NTA) is given by the Department of Homeland Security to someone, who is not a citizen of the United States, because of an immigration violation. This can occur if the person was staying in the U.S. without lawful status, or if he or she violated their status. 

A Notice to Appear signals the initiation of removal proceedings against the person receiving the notice. If an NTA is delivered, the receiver must appear in Immigration Court. This document will explain the allegations and immigration law charges being filed against the individual. 

The Department of Homeland Security will file the NTA with the Immigration Court and when the Immigration Court receives the document, they will set a date that the individual must appear in court. During this time, the individual may or may not be taken into custody and detained. If the individual is detained, they may be eligible for a bond. Our attorneys at Rusty Messer & Associates have experience handling several types of removal defenses including:

  • Application for permanent residency or adjustment of status
  • Cancellation of Removal for Non LPRs (42b)
  • Cancellation of Removal for LPRs (42a)
  • Criminal and non-criminal waivers of conditions of inadmissibility
  • Asylum and withholding of removal 
  • Requests for prosecutorial discretion
  • Requests for judicial discretion
  • Motions for administrative closure
  • VAWA and VAWA cancellation of removal
  • U Visas
  • Motions to terminate
  • Requests for voluntary departure

The NTA should always be read carefully to ensure no mistakes were made and to confirm that all allegations are understood fully. A clear understanding of the NTA is crucial if you want to apply for immigration relief. 

Our Baton Rouge immigration lawyers can help you navigate the legal complexities of an NTA and assist in avoiding removal and deportation. If you or someone you love is in jeopardy of being removed or deported from the United States and are in need of a skilled and knowledgeable immigration attorney in Baton Rouge, Rusty Messer & Associates can help.

You Have The Right To An Immigration Attorney

Our immigration attorneys at Rusty Messer & Associates understand that being an immigrant or the relative of an immigrant can cause apprehension and anxiety. Although immigrants add a lot of value to the United States economy and society, with new laws it can be a more difficult process. One of the most important things to learn and remember is that you have the right to hire an attorney. 

Any person who is subject to removal or deportation has this right, but unlike criminal cases where an attorney is appointed, if you can not pay for one, in deportation cases, the defendant must seek out and hire an attorney on their own. Unfortunately, in these cases, the defendant is not entitled to a government-paid representative. 

Flat Fees For Many Services We Offer

Our immigration lawyers have decades of experience handling the most complex and complicated immigration cases in the state at a reasonable fee. Unlike many other immigration law firms in the state, we represent both employers and employees during the three complicated phases of processing for employment-related immigrant visas.  

Going through the legal process of immigration or deportation can be emotional and exhausting. Our legal team is dedicated to providing trustworthy and reliable legal help during a frustrating and undoubtedly scary time. 

We handle most cases on a flat-fee basis. This means there will be no surprises when it comes to cost. We work with our clients by offering monthly payment plans secured by debit or credit cards. This allows people to get the legal help they need, at a time that they need it most. 

Why Hire A Baton Rouge Immigration Attorney

Our immigration attorneys play an important role in aiding and assisting immigrants in reuniting with family members, securing employment visas, and avoiding deportation. These are some ways in which Rusty Messer & Associates can help. 

A study carried out in 2012 reported incredibly positive statistics regarding the impact of immigration attorneys. The following list illustrates some of the findings. 

  • Legally represented immigrants in detention who had a custody hearing were four times more likely to be released
  • Legally represented immigrants were more likely to apply for relief from deportation 
  • Detained immigrants with legal counsel were 11 times more likely to seek relief than those without representation
  • Detained immigrants with representation were twice as likely than unrepresented immigrants to obtain immigration relief

Sadly, a large number of immigrants that experience deportation proceedings have to do so without legal counsel. As the data shows, immigrants who were able to secure legal representation stood the best odds of obtaining relief.

If you are seeking a trusted immigration lawyer to help you through an immigration case, our Baton Rouge immigration attorneys can help. We provide our clients with upstanding legal counsel and will do the same for you. 


At Rusty Messer & Associates we provide residents of Louisiana with legal assistance in cases involving personal injury, immigration, and other areas of law. Our attorneys ensure that each client receives the personal attention that they deserve. 

We are committed to handling each case with the care and attention that it deserves. Our legal team and staff are dedicated to protecting your legal rights and we will fight to defend them. 

The lawyers at Rusty Messer & Associates have substantial experience in both state and federal courts. Our home office is located in Baton Rouge, but we handle cases throughout the state of Louisiana and Texas as well. 

If you or someone you love is struggling through the difficult immigration or deportation process, our immigration attorneys at Rusty Messer & Associates want to help. Contact our firm today at (225) 963-9638 to speak with a representative and schedule a free consultation. 

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