Immigration Law

Immigration Lawyers at Murphy Desmond S.C.

Immigration Lawyers in Madison, Janesville, Appleton, and Dodgeville, Wisconsin

The immigration practice group at Murphy Desmond provides outstanding legal representation to clients from around the world in all matters related to immigration.

Unlike most immigration law practices, the immigration law team at Murphy Desmond has experience representing both individuals/families and employers in immigration matters. Our immigration attorneys offer bilingual immigration representation to individuals and companies in diverse areas of immigration law such as family-based petitions, employment-based petitions, waivers, nonimmigrant visas, labor certifications, citizenship, and removal/deportation defense.

Through our affiliation with the American Immigration Lawyers' Association (AILA), we receive up-to-the-minute access to changes in immigration legislation, policy, and regulations -- allowing us to offer outstanding counsel to clients with a broad range of immigration legal services.

For questions or to arrange a consultation regarding your immigration matters, please call (608) 270-5550 in Madison, Janesville, and Dodgeville, or (920) 882-1211 in the Fox Cities, or simply email us at

Creative, Insightful Approach to Immigration Strategies

The immigration lawyers at Murphy Desmond recognize that the outcome of our cases can change lives. Therefore, we work efficiently to help our clients resolve their immigration matters.

We monitor the progress of our clients' cases and keep our clients informed of important developments. By diligently carrying out our duties, we ensure the most efficient processing of our clients' cases. We handle all aspects of immigration filings, including:

  • Drafting and compiling documentation according to the specific requirements of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Consulates abroad, and other governmental agencies to ensure efficient case processing
  • Providing detailed instructions to clients regarding the supporting documentation needed for filings
  • Explaining the filing process clearly and making sure that our clients are well informed at every step
  • Offering time-frame estimates for various types of immigration filings
  • Handling all interactions with U.S. Department of Homeland Security officers including the Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), consular officers, and other U.S. government agency personnel

Contact our Bilingual Immigration Lawyers in Wisconsin 

For questions and/or to arrange a consultation regarding your immigration matters, please call (608) 270-5550 in Madison, Janesville, and Dodgeville, or (920) 882-1211 in the Fox Cities, or send us an email at

Our immigration attorneys believe that success in immigration law requires a creative approach to helping our clients achieve their goals, a commitment to high ethical standards, dedication to efficient completion of casework, and an understanding that building relationships based on trust with our clients helps ensure the approval of their cases.

We are dedicated to upholding high ethical standards, be it in the representation of our clients, our communication with governmental agencies, or in our work in the community. We strive to exemplify an ethical professional practice and earn the trust of our clients through our experience in immigration law and our dedication to excellence.

Immigration Consultations

Since immigration matters often present obstacles to resolution that may not be apparent at first glance, the immigration law team at Murphy Desmond requires that all potential clients schedule a paid initial consultation with an immigration lawyer for a preliminary case assessment.

We offer in-person and telephonic consultations by appointment. Potential clients should call our office at (608) 270-5550 in Madison, Janesville, and Dodgeville, or (920) 882-1211 in Appleton to discuss their case with a paralegal who will then set up an initial consultation with an attorney, if necessary. Or email us at

Listen to La Movida radio station (WLMV 94.5 FM and 1480 AM) in Madison for Attorney López’s call in/text in/Facebook live radio show Inmigración al Día one Friday morning per month between 10:00am and 11:00am.

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