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New York Immigration Lawyer

No nonsense, honest legal advice and representation on U.S. immigration matters. Susan Thorn has helped thousands of immigrants in the U.S. and across the globe as both a nonprofit legal services and private bar attorney.

With the rapid redrawing of immigration policy and heightened immigration enforcement, empower yourself with accurate information and an aggressive advocate.


Schedule a confidential consultation with the Law Office of Susan Thorn and know your immigration options today.




Of refugee and immigrant rights advocacy work in the USA and the United Kingdom




17+ years

Exclusively practicing U.S.

immigration law



USCIS Field Offices


7 states

1000+ individuals from

51 countries

Assisted, counseled and represented in immigration matters


Uniquely qualified as a public interest and private bar attorney with an understanding that the continued vitality of America's economy and society depends on more legal avenues to immigrate, unified families, and workplace equity.

Susan Thorn is an immigration attorney based in New York City with over 22 years of immigrant and refugee rights advocacy experience in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Prior to establishing her solo practice in 2018, Susan practiced U.S. immigration law with two well-established immigration law firms and several large nonprofit legal service providers in New York City.

She has counseled, assisted and represented collectively thousands of immigrants on a wide range of matters before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection), the Board of Immigration Appeals, and in Immigration Court and New York Family Court.


I work with my clients to eliminate problems and minimize risks. My approach to work is cost-conscious, creative, and empathetic.

No matter is too small, no application too routine to warrant priority attention. I am committed to providing high quality representation and to diligently and accurately working on every client’s case.

I tell you immediately whether I can assist you and take your case. Or I point you in the right direction and, if appropriate, refer you to more suitable professional services. I am interested in improving your situation, not making it worse.

The decision to take action on your immigration matter can be fraught with feelings of taking personal risk and relinquishing control. That's why when I assist you, you'll play a key part in the decision-making process. I carefully discuss risks with you when reviewing legal strategies and options so you are well-versed in all possible outcomes.


Effective communication is the bedrock of any attorney- client relationship. Educated clients are well-informed and empowered clients who can participate meaningfully in key decisions of their case. I believe in the value of thoroughly educating you about your immigration case because the ultimate decision to act lies with you. Working with me is a collaboration, one in which clients have found transformation in arriving on the other side of a long battle with the U.S. immigration system, confidence in their ability to weather that journey, and stability in knowing they have a future in the U.S.


I provide counsel, guidance, and representation in the complex area of U.S. immigration law to private individuals who are typically:


  • In the U.S. with or without status ('undocumented')

  • Processing or will be processing a case abroad through a U.S. embassy or consulate

  • American citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (‘green card holders’) sponsoring or petitioning a foreign relative to immigrate to the U.S.

  • Survivors of domestic violence self-petitioning for a 'green card' under VAWA (Violence Against Women Act)

  • Those with arrest records or criminal court cases.

Click below to see my full list of Services / Case Types.


I try to be efficient and environmentally conscious in producing work product in a notoriously paper intensive field of law. I understand that in person meetings can be an expense of time and travel for you. Where practical, I can accommodate your preference to work remotely with me whether through video calls, emails, or document sharing platforms. It saves paper, the planet and, most importantly, your time.


And because internet connectivity allows us to meet anywhere at any time, I can schedule virtual meetings around your schedule, even outside of traditional 9-5 work day hours, and at a time that's most productive in your time zone.



Fees vary depending on the type of work and the complexity of the case, but all services are rendered on a flat fee basis unless I have discussed an hourly rate with you. The legal fee for the proposed solution to your problem is quoted at the end of your consultation, unless legal research is required post-consultation. In such a case, a fee quote will be provided to you at the conclusion of the research. I inform you of other costs not covered by your legal fees such as application filing fees paid to the U.S. government and estimated out of pocket expenses (e.g., courier mail or voluminous photocopying).



I also understand that modest income earners may be deterred from pursing legal action because they make too little to afford a private attorney, yet too much to qualify for free legal assistance from a nonprofit organization. Click below to learn about how my Low Bono Services and commitment to improving access to justice for modest-income earners might benefit your situation.

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