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Work experience


Managing Attorney

The Law Offices of Carl Shusterman

Trial Attorney

U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service

Authorized to practice before: Supreme Court of California, Federal District Court, U.S. Court of Appeals: Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits, United States Supreme Court




UCLA School of Law


University of California Los Angeles

University of Edinburgh


American Immigration Lawyers Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Immigration and Naturalization Advisory Committee - State Bar of California, American Immigration Lawyers Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association - Southern California Chapter


Canadian Physicians - Separate and Unequal (The Physician Immigration Book) 2011, Foreign Workers with "Specialized Knowledge" (Recruiting Trends) 2011, The ABCs on H-1Bs (Recruiting Trends) 2010, Meet the Press (Bender's Immigration Bulletin) 2010, Would You Pass the Immigration Marriage Exam (Los Angeles Daily Journal) 2010

Honors and Awards

Best Lawyer (Best Lawyers in America) 1997-2011, California Super Lawyer (Super Lawyers) 2004-2011, Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys (Martindale Hubble) 2006-2011. Top Corporate Immigration Attorneys (Human Resource) 2010

About Me

A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, Carl Shusterman received his Juris Doctor in 1973. Not long after his graduation, Carl Shusterman began working for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) as a Trial Attorney. Mr. Shusterman held this position for six years, then left to open his own practice, the Law Offices of Carl Shusterman. The firm now has 7 attorneys who possess a total of more than 100 years of cumulative experience in the field of immigration law.  The firm’s website is a great source for information on visa wait times.Authorized to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits, the Federal District Court, and the United States Supreme Court, Carl Shusterman is also a State Bar of California Board Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. Additionally, he holds membership in the American Immigration Lawyers Association, where he served as a member of AILA's Board of Governors.  Mr. Shusterman is an expert on ins deportation rules.

Recognized nationally for his expertise in the field of immigration law, Carl Shusterman has appeared on a number of broadcast news programs to offer expert opinions on immigration-related matters. He has also authored a number of articles that have been printed in popular publications such as the The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor and The Wall Street Journal, as well as trade and scholarly periodicals such as the National Law Journal and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He has been recognized for his skill by a number of organizations, and his firm has been named one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms. Carl Shusterman seeks to help those who desire to become permanent residents and U.S. citizens, not only by providing his services as an attorney, but also through helpful educational videos posted on his websites, and These videos explain how to get a green card, how to win immigration cases in court, and other important information. He also maintains a blog on immigration topics, which can be accessed via his website.


Immigration and Nationality Law

State Bar of California