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Howard Immigration Law

Howard Immigration Law is a Charlotte based law firm devoted to serving the immigration needs of individuals and families. We focus solely on the practice of immigration law, including cases before the Charlotte Immigration Court and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). We represent clients seeking asylum, permanent residence, U.S. Citizenship and those pursuing various types of relief in removal proceedings. 




Howard Immigration Law has extensive experience in affirmative and defensive Asylum cases. A person may apply for Asylum if they are physically present in the United States and have suffered persecution in the past or have a well-founded fear of future persecution on account of one's race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. 

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status 

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status is an immigration classification available to certain non-citizen minors who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by one or both parents. SIJS is a way for those minors to apply for and obtain legal permanent residence in the United States. 

Family Immigration 

U.S. Immigration law allows family members of U.S. Citizens and lawful permanent residents to become lawful permanent residents (obtain a green card) based on specific family relationships. Those that may be able to file a petition for a relative include: 

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident on behalf of his/her spouse

  • U.S. Citizen on behalf of his/her parent

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident on behalf of his/her child

  • U.S. Citizen on behalf of his/her sibling 


Removal Defense

Our firm is dedicated to providing defense to individuals placed in removal proceedings. If given a Notice to Appear in Immigration Court, there are a number of defenses that may be raised to avoid deportation. Some of the most common forms of relief from removal include:

  • Asylum

  • Cancellation of Removal

  • Adjustment of Status

  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

  • Waivers

The U Visa is available to noncitizens who were victims of certain criminal activity and suffered physical or mental harm as a result. Those individuals may qualify for U Visa status if they possess information about that criminal activity and have been, are being, or will be helpful to Federal, State, or local authorities. 


Naturalization is the process of obtaining United States Citizenship, if not acquired at birth.  Naturalization through affirmative application requires that an individual be at least 18 years old; have continuously resided in the U.S. for five years subsequent to becoming a permanent resident (three years if married to U.S. Citizen); at least half of the permanent residency time must have been spent physically in the U.S.; must have lived for at least three months in the jurisdiction where the application will be filed; must demonstrate good moral character for the entire period of residence required (5 or 3 years), and an attachment to the principles embodied in the U.S. Constitution; and must possess basic English skills and knowledge of the history and government of the U.S. 


Howard Immigration Law, founded by Shawna Howard, has years of experience in immigration assistance to individuals across the Carolinas. In handling removal defense cases, complex matters under jurisdiction of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and consular processing, our firm strives to give the individualized attention and immense dedication warranted for those fleeing violence and those desperate to remain with their family. 

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Ashley Vazquez 

Legal Assistant 

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Shawna Howard 


Erica Salinas 

Legal Assistant 




5500 Executive Center Drive Suite 206A

Charlotte, NC 28212

Tel:  704-464-4261


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