Our Austin immigration law firm specializes on representing U.S. citizens seeking permanent resident status for their spouses, parents, and children and on seeking U.S. citizenship (naturalization) for people who already hold green cards. We often handle cases to remove two year “conditional” limits from green cards obtained through marriage. We frequently represent applicants who need to renew or replace expiring, lost, or stolen green cards. Other family sponsored matters we handle include adjustment of status, consular processing for relatives needing green card interviews at U.S. consulates abroad, K-1 fiancée visas, and reentry permits for green card holders needing to temporarily reside/work overseas. We obtain temporary work permits (“EADs”) and travel permits (“advance paroles”) for our adjustment of status clients. We also represent many DACA recipients to seek renewals. For our corporate clients, our firm handles on behalf of their foreign national employees immigration cases requiring an employer sponsorship such as H-1B visas, PERM labor certifications with the U.S. Department of Labor, and their adjustment of status cases to seek permanent residency (green card) status.
At this time our firm is not handling visitor or student visa matters, E-1 or E-2 treaty investor/trader visas, EB-5 immigrant investor cases, O-1 nonimmigrant visas, asylum, or removal (deportation) defense.
Paul Parsons has practiced immigration law in Austin since 1978. He has been assigned Martindale Hubbell’s highest “AV” rating for lawyers. Mr. Parsons has received the highest Avvo rating as a “Superb” lawyer.
Bernadette Dela Cruz has practiced immigration law with our firm since 2016.
If you would like to contact us about your immigration or citizenship situation, please contact us online or call our offices at (512) 477-7887
Attorney Paul Parsons
Paul Parsons, born Bartlesville, Oklahoma, admitted to bar, Texas, 1978; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1981; U.S. Supreme Court, 1982. Mr. Parsons has practiced immigration law in Austin since 1978.
Mr. Parsons received a B.A. in Political Science in 1973 from Oklahoma State University and a juris doctorate degree in 1977 from the University of Texas School of Law. He was appointed in 1992 by Governor Ann Richards as Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Immigration. Mr. Parsons is the first recipient of the Sam Williamson Memorial Award “for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law.”
Mr. Parsons served as a Director on the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) from 1990-1996 and is the former Chairman of the Texas-Oklahoma-New Mexico Chapter. He was awarded the AILA Texas Chapter’s Service Award in 1990 “for his contributions to the practice of immigration law” and the National AILA Pro Bono Award for his efforts to provide pro bono immigration representation.
Mr. Parsons previously served as Chairman of AILA’s Committee on Consumer Protection. He served for fifteen years as the Chairman of the State Bar of Texas’ Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration (1990-2005). He previously was a member of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Immigration Law. Mr. Parsons served as Chairman of the Examinations Committee on Immigration for the Texas Board of Legal Specialization from 1986-1995. He is a life fellow member of the Texas Bar Foundation. Mr. Parsons also served as President of the Austin Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He has also served as an Attorney Consultant to the Government of Mexico.
Mr. Parsons is fluent in Spanish and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White). He has been voted as a “Texas Super Lawyer” from 2002 to present. Mr. Parsons served as President of the Austin Kiwanis from 1999-2000. He has been recognized with Martindale Hubbell’s highest “AV” rating and he has received the highest Avvo rating as a “Superb” lawyer. Mr. Parsons has also been recognized in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.
Paul Parsons has been selected for inclusion in the Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business guide for his expertise in the field of immigration law. The Chambers guide identifies leading lawyers and law firms through interviews with thousands of lawyers across the U.S. and their clients. “Paul Parsons is deeply respected for his immigration practice which covers family-based and employment-based matters. He is described by interviewees as a ‘conscientious and hard-working attorney.’ “
Attorney Bernadette Dela Cruz
Bernadette Dela Cruz practices Immigration and Nationality law at the law office of Paul Parsons, P.C. She was admitted to the Texas bar in 2016 after graduating from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2015. While at Texas Tech, she served as a legal research and writing teaching fellow for two years. She was named a 2015 recipient of the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges” Award in recognition of merit and student accomplishment. In 2012, Bernadette graduated from The University of Texas at Austin after earning a Bachelor of Arts in the Plan II Honors Program as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in piano performance.
Recently, Bernadette was appointed to Leadership SBOT, an organization within the State Bar of Texas dedicated to increasing diverse leadership participation within the greater legal community. Bernadette is also a member of the Texas Bar College, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and 6-year old border collie.