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Legal Resources

ISSS cannot provide legal advising beyond F and J visa matters. There are certain issues that are beyond the scope of ISSS. In these cases, we can lend you general support and advice, but we suggest that you seek professional assistance through an immigration attorney. Please keep in mind that the information we provide on this page and list of immigration law offices are solely as a service to our students and scholars. We are not endorsing or making specific recommendations.

Finding Assistance

Things to consider when hiring a Lawyer:  make sure to speak with and you are comfortable with the lawyer before retaining his/her services. Do your research, review references, practice history and disciplinary history of any attorney before selecting an attorney to perform legal services. Following link provide resources in hiring a lawyer:

The Nashville Bar Association is an option which assists in searching for an attorney in the area

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Legal Problems

If you are summoned to appear in court or are arrested by police, it is recommended that you inform our office to better assist you as the situation may affect your immigration status. The most common situation that student/scholar encounter is for driving violations. Depending on what type of violation or severity your visa could be automatically revoked, but does not necessarily cancel your legal status in the U.S.

If you are arrested, it is important that you seek an attorney to resolve your case. A criminal attorney may be consulted to advice on legal rights and procedures, but you may also need to consult with immigration attorney on immigration implications. You may also need to notify your home country’s embassy/consulate. After the case is closed, make sure to keep all records associated with the case as you may need it in future visa appointments.

Other situation of which you may need to seek help of an attorney could be:

  • Removal Proceedings
  • Permanent Residency not sponsored by Vanderbilt (based on marriage to a U.S. citizen, for example.)
  • Divorce

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Immigration Attorneys

ISSS and Vanderbilt University do not endorse or recommend any of the lawyers listed on this page. We are offering their information as a service to anyone seeking immigration lawyer.

David Ware & Associates
Attorney: David Ware
3850 N. Causeway Blvd., Ste. 555
Metairie, Louisiana 70002
Tel: (504) 830-5900 Fax: (504) 830-5909
Saev Hernandez Immigration Practice
Attorneys: Milen Saev & Rose Hernandez
1212 7th Ave. N.
Nashville, TN 37208
Tel: (615) 647-8628
Haas Immigration Law Firm, PLC
Attorneys: Charla S. Haas
3200 West End Avenue, Suite 500
Nashville, TN 37203
Tel: (615) 321-0010
Siskind Susser PC
Attorney: Adam Cohen
1028 Oakhaven Road
Memphis, TN 38119
Tel: (901) 682-6455
Law Office of Mario Ramos, PLLC
Attorney: Mario Ramos
2021 Richard Jones Road, Suite 300
Nashville, Tennessee 37215
Tel: (615) 329-4588 Fax: (877) 828-1928
Olsen Law Firm
Attorney: Terrence L. Olsen
735 Broad Street, Suite 708
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Tel: (423) 648-9390 Fax: (615) 250-4904
Rose Immigration Law Firm
Attorney: Linda Rose
2100 West End Avenue
Loews Vanderbilt Plaza, Suite 935
Nashville, TN 37203
Tel: (615) 321-2256 Fax: (615) 329-4390
Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C. Law Firm
Attorneys: Melissa Nolan
165 North Meramec Ave., Sixth Floor
St. Louis, MO 63105
Tel: (314) 727-2266 Fax: (314) 727-2101
Law Offices of Sean Lewis, PLLC/Music City Visa
Attorney: Sean Lewis,
5010 Linbar Drive, Suite 169
Nashville, TN 37211
Tel: (615) 226-4236 Fax: (866) 495-1214


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Other Legal Resources

Vanderbilt Legal Clinic

Nashville Bar Association

Davidson County Public Defender

Tennessee Justice Center

Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS)

Legal Aid Society

Tennessee: Free Legal Answers

Tennessee Fair Housing Council

Disability Law and Advocacy Center of Tennessee (DLAC)

American Immigration Lawyers Association

American Bar Association

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Notaries & Apostille

A notary public is a person authorized to perform certain legal formalities, esp. to draw up or certify contracts, deeds, and other documents for use in other jurisdictions.

ISSS has a notary who works in the office. Please email to request an appointment . For a list of other notaries on campus, click here.

An apostille is a certification provided under the Hague Convention of 1961 for authenticating documents for use in foreign countries.

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International students/scholars can be vulnerable targets for criminals impersonating government officials online, via email or by telephone.   An email sender or caller will claim that they are contacting you from U.S. government agency (IRS, DHS/USCIS/ICE, FBI, police, etc.) regarding important, time sensitive matter that requires your immediate attention. These people may try to obtain your personal information and/or threaten you in paying them money. Protect yourself from falling victim to a criminal/scammer.

If you suspect that you have been contacted by an immigration scam, or if you have been a victim of a scam, you should report it immediately to ISSS. Scams should be reported to Federal Trade Commission and they can also be reported to state of Tennessee. Information on common scams and how to report scams can be found on the USCIS website.

SCAM Resources

Protect Yourself from Scams

USCIS: Avoid Scams

USCIS: Most Common Scams

SCAM Alerts

IRS tax Scam tips video & IRS tax tip sheet

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