About Raymond Lahoud

New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania's Leading Immigration Attorney
The Law is Who I Am, Who I Always Wanted to Be, and Where My Future Rests.
Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, focuses primarily on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania (Easton, Bethlehem, Allentown, and the surrounding region). His practice includes Citizenship, U.S. Non-Immigration Visas, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, U.S. Immigration Visas, EB-5 Investor Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, and VAWA applications.  Ray also has a long history of political and business management expertise. Ray also works in the field of Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.  His practice focuses specifically on Deportation Defense, at the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and Circuit Court levels.  He has defended individuals against deportation across the United States.  In state and federal appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the commencement of the deportation.  He also represents individuals who overstayed their visas or entered the United States without inspection. Ray has received numerous accolades.  He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award each year since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, received the Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion Award, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, ranked as a Top Rated Immigration Attorney in the New York Metro Area.  He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 Forty Under 40 for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community. At Lehigh, Ray was Editor of The Lehigh Review, earned Deans List, was named a President’s Scholar, was inducted into Phi Beta Delta, and received, among other awards, the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship.  Prior to that, he served as a United States Congressional Page, under then-Congressman Ray LaHood (R-IL).  He also served as a legislative aide to State Senator Lisa Boscola (D-PA). In law school, Ray earned Deans List, received CALI awards in many courses, and worked on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.  He was actively involved in additional programs and other organizations including the Barristers’ Counsel, ABA Law Student Division, ACLU at GULC, Catholic Student Association, and the Innocence Project, and worked for the Honorable Joanne Seybert, Federal District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York.
Employer
Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.
Membership
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court
    • Southern District of New York
    • Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Executive Office for Immigration Review
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • Second Circuit
    • Third Circuit
    • Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Services
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation
Associations
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
  • Association of Corporate Counsel’s Compliance and Ethics Committee
  • Invest In the USA (IIUSA)
Services
Raymond Lahoud and the Leading Immigration Attorneys at Norris McLaughlin & Marcus provides a full-service immigration practice whose trained professionals have extensive experience in the field of immigration law.  The Immigration Law Group is skilled in all types of immigration matters and representation before the nation’s immigration-related agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Executive Office for Immigration Review, Board of Immigration Appeals, Department of State, United States Embassies and Consulates, Department of Labor, and any other federal agency, whether in the United States or overseas.  The attorneys in the Immigration Law Group are experience members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. The Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Immigration Practice is broad in scope, with extensive national and global capabilities, to serve individuals and families; small, mid-size, and large businesses; national and international corporations; non-profits, hospitals, universities, colleges, and research institutions; manufacturers, importers, exporters, investors, and others, to allow for ease in clients’ global mobility. The Immigration Law Group leads in all types of immigration matters, including: Corporate Immigration Employee Immigrant Visa
  • Multi-National Executives and Managers
  • Persons with Extraordinary Abilities
  • Professors and Researchers
  • Professionals with Advanced Degrees – National Interest Waiver
  • Persons with Exceptional Abilities – National Interest Waiver
  • Skilled and Unskilled Laborers
  • IT, Manufacturing, and Professionals of Other Industries
  • Foreign Medical Graduates, Doctors, Nurses, and Other Healthcare Professionals
  • Broadcasters
  • Religious Workers
  • PERM Labor Certifications
  • Prevailing Wage Determinations
  • Recruitment and Continued Compliance Policies
  • Consular Processing
Employee Non-Immigrant Visas
  • E-1, Treaty Traders and Qualified Employees
  • E-2, Treaty Investors and Qualified Employees
  • E-3, Specialty Occupation Professionals from Australia
  • H-1B, Workers in Specialty Occupations
  • H-1C, Registered Nurses
  • H-2A, Temporary or Seasonal Agriculture Workers
  • H-2B, Temporary Non-Agriculture Workers
  • H-3, Trainees
  • L-1, Intracompany Managerial, Executive, Specialty Occupation Transferees
  • O-1, Persons of Extraordinary Ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business, Athletics, Motion Pictures, or Television Production
  • P-1A, Internationally Recognized Athletes
  • P-1B, Internationally Recognized Performers
  • Q-1, Persons Participating in International Cultural Exchange Program
  • R-1, Religious Workers
  • TN, North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Temporary Professional Visas for Individuals from Mexico and Canada
  • Extensions and Changes of Status
  • Consular Processing
I-9 Compliance Matters
  • Form I-9 Processing
  • E-Verify Employer Agent
  • Form I-9 Remote Employee Verification
  • Form I-9 Employer Training
  • Form I-9 Internal Audits
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Site Inspections and Random Audits
  • Access to NMMVerify.com, Norris McLaughlin & Marcus’s Employer I-9 Verification and E-Verify Portal
Import/Export Matters – CBP
  • Representation before the United States Court for International Trade
  • Appearances at Ports-of-Entry for Import and Export Compliance and Investigation Matters
  • Inland Port Agent Attorney
Individual Immigration Immigrant Visas
  • Diversity Visa Program
  • Family Based Immigrant Petitions (spouse of US Citizen, relative of a US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident)
  • Employer Sponsored Immigrant Work Petitions (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, and EB-4 Immigrant Visas)
  • EB-5 Individual Investor Visa
  • Consular Processing
Non-Immigrant Visas
  • Visitor Visas (B-1/B-2)
  • Student Visas
  • Trainee Visas
  • OPT Applications
  • STEM OPT Matters
  • Entertainment, Sports, and Media Visas
  • A, B, C, D, H, I, J, L, M, O, and P Visas
  • Humanitarian and Parole Requests
  • Treaty Trader/Treaty Investor Visas
  • TN, North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Temporary Professional Visas for Individuals from Mexico and Canada
  • Extensions and Changes of Status
  • Consular Processing
Family Immigration
  • Immigrant Relative Petitions (Spouses, Parents, Siblings, Children, Stepchildren, Adopted Children)
  • Adjustments of Status to Lawful Permanent Residency
  • Hardship Waivers
  • Fiancée Petitions
  • Removal of Conditions on Permanent Residency
  • International Adoptions
  • Consular Processing
Deportation Defense Representation of undocumented individuals who entered without proper documents or overstayed their visa. Immigration Court Representation
  • Detained Bond Proceedings
  • Stopped at the Airport
  • Arriving Aliens
  • Relief from Deportation
  • Motion to Terminate Proceedings
  • Challenge Government Evidence
  • Challenge Burden of Proof
  • Cancellation of Removal for Lawful Permanent Residents
  • Cancellation of Removal for Non-Lawful Permanent Residents
  • 212(c) Waiver
  • 212(h) Waiver
  • 237(a)(1)(H) Waiver
  • VAWA
  • U-Visa
  • T-Visa
  • S-Visa
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Citizenship Claim
  • Voluntary Departure
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
  • Registry
  • Executive Action
  • Administrative Closure to Proceed with the Stateside Waiver
  • Administrative Closure for Humanitarian Purposes
  • Requests for Discretionary Relief from the Department of Homeland Security (Form I-246)
  • Requests for Prosecutor’s Discretion
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Asylum, Withholding of Removal and Protection under the United Nations Convention Against Torture
Criminal Immigration
  • Review of Immigration Consequences of Local, State, and Federal charges, plea bargains, and convictions
  • Criminal Defense Attorney Immigration Matter Support, including Immigration Consequences Opinion Letters and testimony before criminal courts on immigration consequences
  • Motions to Vacate, Post-Conviction Relief Motions, and Criminal Appeals, related to immigration-related consequences of a criminal conviction
Administrative Agency Immigration Appeals
  • Appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals
  • Appeals of USCIS denials before the Administrative Appeals Office
  • Motions to Reopen before the Board of Immigration Appeals
  • Motions to Reconsider before the Board of Immigration Appeals
Federal Immigration Appeals
  • Petitions for Review before Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal
  • Petitions for Writ of Certiorari before the United States Supreme Court
  • Oral Arguments before Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court
Habeas Petitions & Writs
  • Habeas Petitions – Challenging Prolonged or Mandatory Immigration Custody
  • Writs of Mandamus before Federal District Courts to Compel USCIS application decisions and reconsiderations
Protective Visas EB-5 Investor Visa Program
  • Representation of Foreign Investors in Direct Investments and Regional Center Investments
  • Regional Center Formations and Management
  • Representation of US organizations seeking EB-5 Investment Capital from Foreign Investors
Naturalization
  • Individual-Based Naturalization (5 Years as a Lawful Permanent Resident)
  • Spouse-Based Naturalization (3 Years as a Lawful Permanent Resident and Married to a US Citizen for 3-Years)
  • Complex Naturalization Matters, involving Criminal Justice Interactions, Prior Immigration Issues, Good Moral Character Determinations, Disability Exemption Requests
  • Naturalization Interview Preparation and Representation
  • Denaturalization Proceedings
  • Federal Court Naturalization Actions
Affiliations
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
  • Association of Corporate Counsel’s Compliance and Ethics Committee
  • Invest In the USA (IIUSA)
Award and Honors
Attorney Raymond Lahoud has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award each year since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, received the Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion Award, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, ranked as a Top Rated Immigration Attorney in the New York Metro Area.  He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 Forty Under 40 for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community, and has been selected as one of the Top 5 Rising Stars National EB-5 Investment Attorney by EB-5 Investor Magazine.
State Bar Number
****9111
Immigration
Skill Chart
Immigration
In Cities: New York City
In States: New York
Law School
Georgetown University Law Center
Law School Graduation Date
May 10, 2009
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