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Scott Mossman, Immigration Lawyer, Oakland, California“I’d like to apply for citizenship, but I have a little problem.”

Find out if your problem is big or little. Either way, immigration lawyer Scott Mossman will fight for you if you choose to apply for naturalization.

We specialize in difficult naturalization cases before the San Francisco and San Jose USCIS Field Offices. Scott Mossman has represented applicants with arrests or convictions for DUI, domestic violence, theft, and various other criminal charges. He also represents applicants with other potential good moral character issues, such as being late on taxes or child support, not registering for the Selective Service, or mistakenly registering to vote. Scott can also assess whether something in an immigrant's history disqualifies him or her from naturalizing. Examples of those types of problems include a prior deportation or not being completely truthful in a previous immigration application.

Learn more about naturalization representation.


“I’m charged with a crime… and I’m not a U.S. citizen.”

Scott Mossman works with criminal defense attorneys and public defenders to protect against immigration harm. And, unlike most immigration lawyers, he does it on a weekly basis.

Immigration attorney Scott Mossman is under contract to provide expert advice to more than a dozen criminal defense attorneys throughout Northern California. Several more routinely consult with him when they have a noncitizen client. These attorneys know Scott has real-world experience coming up with immigration-safe deals that the prosecutor will accept. He also advises noncitizen defendants on the practical consequences of the arrest or conviction, including answering questions about visa renewals and naturalization.

Learn more about help for criminal charges.


“Please help—ICE arrested my husband this morning.”

Acting quickly can be essential when ICE detains someone. Attorney Scott Mossman will find out what is going on and whether your loved one can get out on bond or fight removal.

Scott understands that getting a client released from detention can be the difference between winning and losing a removal case. He will work with family members to put together a strong argument that the detained person is not a danger to the community or a flight risk. He will also fight the underlying charges and, if necessary, prove that his client deserves a second chance. Most of Scott's clients in removal proceedings have lived in the U.S. for a long time and have citizen family members.

Learn more about removal defense and immigration bond.


“Can I travel or renew my visa with this arrest?”

This is a common question—and for good reason. A noncitizen is never more vulnerable than when he or she is outside the U.S. trying to get back in.

A major part of immigration attorney Scott Mossman's law practice consists of representing nonimmigrant visa holders who need to travel abroad with a criminal history. He prepares them to address inadmissibility issues, regardless of whether they still have a valid visa or need to renew or change a visa. His representation includes help with completing the DS-160, an attorney letter with supporting documentation to establish legal eligibility for a visa and admission, and preparation for the all-important visa interview and inspection at the port of entry. He also represents permanent residents who need to travel with a conviction.

Learn more about help with travel/visa renewals.


“I’m undocumented. Can you help me fix my status?”

Did you enter the U.S. illegally or overstay your visa? Were you brought to the U.S. by unknown means as a child? We welcome these cases.

Some attorneys prefer to focus on routine marriage cases for clients who came recently on a visa. Sure, we take those too. More often, though, our clients have been undocumented for many years. Either they overstayed their visa 5, 10, or even 20 years ago or they entered the U.S. without having a visa in the first place. Scott Mossman offers an in-depth evaluation to find out if they have any options. Visa overstays may qualify for adjustment through a citizen spouse, parent, son, or daughter. A few immigrants still qualify for special-rule INA 245(i) adjustment of status. Others can apply for an immigrant visa after obtaining a provisional waiver of inadmissibility (I-601A). Finally, being the cooperating victim of a serious crime may also provide a means of obtaining status.

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“Why should I hire Scott Mossman as my immigration attorney?”

Scott is not the right attorney for every situation, and he knows it. He will take your case only if he has the expertise to help you. Plus, Scott actually will be the attorney helping you—not a junior associate or contract lawyer.

Scott Mossman represents immigrants only on certain matters: naturalization applications, family-based immigration, inadmissibility waivers, removal defense, and advice on criminal charges and convictions. Further, Scott personally represents each of his clients from start to finish. Your case won't be shuffled among multiple attorneys, and it won't be assigned to a new attorney who is learning on the job.

Learn more about Scott Mossman.