About Me

My name is Linh Tran-Layton and I am an attorney living and practicing U.S. immigration law in Utah.   I immigrated to the U.S. when I was a year old with my parents and older brother.  We became permanent residents and eventually naturalized U.S. citizens.

In 2010, I co-founded JLJ Law Group, PLLC.  In my immigration practice, I have assisted a broad range of clients, from individuals to families who are seeking to achieve the American Dream, to employers who are looking for qualified workers to fill those hard-to-fill positions, so that they can take their businesses to the next level.  As a business owner myself, I understand the importance of finding good employees.

The great thing about immigration law is that it is federal law, which means that I get to work with clients across the country and world who want knowledgeable guidance, and a trusted attorney to assist them with their U.S. immigration law matters.

The purpose of this blog is to provide easy-to-understand information about immigration law.  All the information provided is considered general information about U.S .immigration law and procedures, and none of the information posted on this site should be construed as me giving legal advice, nor is any type of attorney/client relationship formed.  See my Disclaimer page for more information about this.  Each case has its own set of specific facts that make it unique, so make sure you speak to an experienced immigration attorney.

I am also the host and creator of a podcast called The Immigrant Voice. In this podcast, I interview immigrants from all over the world who have immigrated to the United States. The guests share their rich and unique stories, and you’ll hear about their immigration journeys, hardships, accomplishments, and their hopes and dreams among other topics. The podcast can be found on most major podcast platforms. Click here to find out more. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  The best way to get in touch with me is if you send me a message on the Contact page of this website or by calling our office.

Phone:  801-883-8204

Website: https://jljlawgroup.com

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  • Todd Lebov

    Hello Linh, thank you for taking the time to address my concern. I am an American Citizen living in Denver and my wife is a Mexican Citizen living in Teotihuacan. Our I-130 was submitted in December of 2018 and approved in March 2019. We sent the NVC all of the required documents and DS-260 in the last week of July 2019. Now we are just waiting for the confirmation that the NVC has received everything and then we will wait for the interview to be conducted at the US embassy in Juarez. I read in your article “An Update on Processing Times” that you have extensive experience with Juarez. Just some background info: I filled out form I-864 as my wife’s sponsor, I make $68k per year, and my wife and I have no criminal record/no prior immigration violations. I was told by another lawyer that it will take about six months for the green card interview, but I am reading many reports online of people waiting 11 months or a year from DS-260 submission to interview date. In particular, I am reading people’s experiences in the Facebook group “Citas al Consulado Americano en Ciudad Juárez – GRUPO” (https://www.facebook.com/groups/406904153165017/). How long do you think it will take to receive an interview after we submitted our documents to the NVC in July? Is there any way my wife and I can expedite this process? Being away from her for so long has been very difficult. Thanks for your help!

    • Linh

      Hello Todd,

      It is taking quite a bit of time nowadays, and eleven months to a year is considered “normal” these days. Getting a case expedited is difficult unless there is a humanitarian reason to do so. You could contact your local Senator’s office to ask them to make a congressional inquiry on your behalf to see if they may be able to help you expedite the case. Unfortunately, an expedite request won’t be approved solely because of separation time.

      Good luck and I hope the the process goes well!

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