Privacy policy

Policy for Use and Protection of our Clients’ Personal Data

1. Our Need for Your Personal Data

We need your Personal Data in order to perform our legal services for you. And we need your consent to do so.

2. The Types of Personal Data we collect. 

Personal Data is any information that can be used to identify you or that we can link to you, including information and documents for you and any spouse, children, parents and perhaps other family members: biographical (birth, marriage, divorce and death), work, educational and/or medical data, passports, tax returns, travel, immigration history, any criminal history, legal records, banking and financial, address & contact information, social media postings, evidence of accomplishments and similar data.

3. How We Collect the Personal Data.

We collect Personal Data that you voluntarily provide to us, including when you communicate with us via email or other channels. We currently utilize Dropbox and Google Drive to transmit documents among our clients and staff.  We may require that you enter a password or other information in order to so communicate.  In this communication process you may incidentally provide or expose certain meta-digital information, for example, about the type of device you use, the operating system and version, your IP address, your general geographic location as indicated by your IP address, your browser type, the content you view and features you access.

4. How We Use the Personal Data  

We may use the Personal Data we collect:

·   To respond to your inquiries;

·   To provide you with our legal services;

·   As we believe reasonably necessary or appropriate to comply with our legal obligations, respond to legal process or requests for information issued by government authorities or other third parties, or protect your, our, or others’ rights.

·   To operate, troubleshoot, and improve our legal services;

·   To maintain our database;

·   For our business purposes, including data analysis; submitting invoices; detecting, preventing, and responding to actual or potential fraud, illegal activities, or intellectual property infringement

5. How We Share the Personal Data 

We use and share the Personal Data only for and to the extent as may be needed to be provided to necessary third parties, defined as a) agencies of the U.S. Government as pertains to your particular case(s), which may include the Departments of State, Homeland Security and Labor among others, and b) non-government organizations that may be requested to provide credential evaluations and advisory opinions, such as educational credentials evaluators, labor unions, management organizations and private experts.

6. How We Do Not Use or Share Personal Data

We do not market, sell or rent the Personal Data. We do not share it with any other third parties, except as may be required or permitted by applicable law, i.e. to law enforcement, other government authorities or third parties (within or outside the jurisdiction in which you reside) as may be permitted or required by the laws of any jurisdiction that may apply to us; as provided for under contract; or as we deem reasonably necessary to provide legal services. In these circumstances, we take reasonable efforts to notify you before we disclose information that may reasonably identify you, unless prior notice is prohibited by applicable law or is not possible or reasonable in the circumstances.

7. How We Transmit and Store the Personal Data

We receive from you and store the Personal Data on our password-protected computers and in paper files stored in locked file cabinets on our premises. We transmit it digitally among our staff and store it on the “Cloud,” currently via Dropbox and/or Google Drive as per their respective protective measures.  We transmit paper documents containing Personal Data via U.S. Postal Service, express delivery services like Federal Express, and via hand-carried messengers, all in sealed envelopes.  However, no computer, file cabinet or Cloud-based system or delivery service can be 100% secure. So, we cannot guarantee the absolute security of your Personal Data. Moreover, we are not responsible for the security of Personal Data you transmit to us over networks that we do not control, including the Internet and wireless networks. 

8. Retention of Personal Data

We retain the Personal Data no longer than as reasonably necessary to fulfill the purposes for which we collect it and to comply with our legal obligations. We will provide you with a digital copy of all visa petitions filed on your behalf.  We are not obligated to you to retain Personal Data or copies of your case after completion of any particular legal service matter.  

9. Your Choices and Rights  

Subject to applicable laws, you may have certain rights regarding information that we have collected and that is related to you. We encourage you to contact us to update or correct your Personal Data if it changes or if you believe that any it that we have collected about you is inaccurate. You can also ask us to see what Personal Data we hold about you. You may withdraw your consent to our retention of Personal Data at any time by email to “[email protected],” in which case we will destroy all of your Personal Data in our possession. Be aware that in case of such destruction we will have no Personal Data in the event you later seek to retrieve any of it or if you request new services from us. 

10.  How to Contact Us 

You may contact us with questions about our privacy or data protection practices, or to discuss or exercise the rights you may have. Our Digital Rights Officer is Aja Pardini, Esq. You may contact her by email at [email protected]

Changes to this Policy 

We may update this Policy from time to time. The effective date of the current Privacy Policy is May 25, 2018. We will notify you if we make any material changes in the way we collect, use, and/or share the personal information that you have provided.