Over twelve years of progressive legal experience with thousands of clients from across the globe in various immigration situations and from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Lead a team of support staff in the preparation and filing of a wide array of family-based immigration petitions and applications in a high volume practice including I-130 relatives, I-129F fiancés, I-485 adjustment of status, N-400/N-600 citizenship, I-751 joint and waiver, VAWA I-360s, U visas, DACA, and other related benefits. Brought significant growth to practice from successfully filing hundreds of I-601/I-601A waivers for unlawful presence, misrepresentation, and criminal offenses, and I-212 applications for admission after deportation and the “permanent 9(c) bar.” Represent numerous individuals during domestic USCIS adjustment of status and naturalization interviews. Successfully challenged denials on bona-fide marriage, Child Status Protection Act, Section 245(i), criminal convictions, and other complex grounds of inadmissibility. Extensive experience advising and handling issues before USCIS service centers, the National Visa Center, and various consulates and embassies abroad, including Central and South America, Asia, and Africa. Analyze and advise client cases on criminal, deportation/removal, and complex histories.
Prepare employment sponsored immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions for companies and individuals including H-1B specialized knowledge professionals for both cap and cap-exempt employers; L-1A/L-1B intracompany transferees; H-3 trainees; O-1 aliens of extraordinary ability; E-2 investors; R-1 religious workers; PERM labor certifications and audits; I-140 immigrant petitions for professionals, skilled workers, multi-national managers/executives, and aliens of extraordinary ability; and I-360 special immigrant religious workers. Won appeals to the AAO for I-140 ability to pay and I-360 religious occupation issues.
Laura Shepard is originally from Eastern Kentucky and moved to the Indianapolis area after meeting her future husband in law school who was later employed as a government attorney in Indianapolis. Laura and her husband have celebrated more than ten years of marriage, and are the parents of two young and active children. Laura is a member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association, and also attends Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Noblesville. Laura believes her best qualities are relating to her clients personally, creativity, ability to explain complex issues in understandable ways, and solving problems.
Indiana Bar Admission 10/2005
Juris Doctor 05/2005
University of Kentucky College of Law
Bachelor of Arts 12/2001
Major Sociology, Minor English Literature
Attorney – Family and Employment Based Immigration
Gresk & Singleton, PC
2005 to Present