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Lindsay Goldford Gray, Austin Immigration Lawyer

Abogada de inmigración Lindsay Gray

Lindsay Goldford Gray, Austin Immigration Lawyer

Immigration Lawyer / Abogada de Inmigración

Contacts

512.856.4899
lindsay@whitlockgray.com

Lindsay Goldford Gray, Austin Immigration Lawyer

Lindsay has a passion for working with immigrants.  As an immigration lawyer she represents individuals and families in a wide variety of immigration cases, including family green cards, marriage green cards, crime victim visas, affirmative asylum, waivers, removal defense, appeals, and federal litigation.  Lindsay also represents Spanish-speaking clients accused of crimes.

Family-based Green Cards

As an immigration lawyer, Lindsay has represented U.S. citizens as they file visa applications for their parents, spouses, and siblings.  This includes applications marriage green card or parent petitions here in the United States, or requesting immigrant visas for family members abroad.  For marriage green card applications, Lindsay works hard to make sure that immigration authorities have a complete picture of the bona fide relationship, so that the interview process is as smooth as possible.  

Crime Victim Visas: U Visas

Victims of certain crimes in the United States may be eligible for what is commonly referred to as a “U visa.”  The wait for a U visa is long, but ultimately it could lead to a green card and citizenship.  Lindsay has a heart for crime victims, and has experience working with police departments to obtain a law enforcement certification so that her clients can apply for a U visa.  She works with people across the country to develop U visa applications that are robust with evidence related to the crime and the effects on the victims.

VAWA: Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act created a type of immigration relief for spouses of United States citizens who have suffered abuse in the relationship.  The abuse does not have to be physical, and oftentimes begins as emotional or psychological in nature.  Lindsay works with eligible immigrant spouses who have suffered such abuse to apply for VAWA.  She works with therapists, friends, and other supporters to demonstrate evidence of the abuse, and strive to create a safe space for her clients given that these cases are difficult endeavors.

Affirmative Asylum

If you fear return to your home country because you believe you will face persecution if you return, you may be eligible to apply for asylum.  Lindsay works with individuals who have such a fear, including those who fear persecution because of their family situation, political affiliation, or sexual orientation.  Lindsay recognizes the importance of documenting all aspects of an asylum claim, and explores each issue of a potential asylum case for the strongest possible presentation.

Immigration Waivers

There are many reasons for needing an immigration waiver, the most common of which is if you entered without permission and are now applying for a marriage green card.  For such waivers, an individual has to prove that his or her spouse would suffer extreme hardship if he or she was not able to stay in the U.S.  Lindsay helps clients dig deep to expose just how difficult it would be if they were separated or if they had to return to the immigrant’s home country.

Litigation

As a former public defender for the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, Lindsay represented hundreds of clients in many aspects of litigation, including bond hearings, motions and over twenty jury trials.  She also wrote several appeals, even winning an interlocutory appeal as Respondent in front of the Colorado Supreme Court.  This work at the Public Defender’s Office prepared her well for representing clients as an immigration lawyer in many litigation proceedings, including immigration court, BIA appeals, and appeals before the federal circuit courts.  Lindsay also represents individuals accused of federal crimes related to immigration, such as illegal reentry. 

Lindsay is a fighter, and is not afraid to raise a difficult issue in defense of her clients.  She believes that everyone deserves a zealous advocate and the best defense possible.

Affiliations
  • American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA)
  • National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
  • The Clinic at Sharma-Crawford, Member of Board of Directors
  • Migrant and Immigration Community Action Project (MICA): Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors
Admissions
  • Colorado Bar: 2009 (inactive status)
  • Missouri Bar: 2012
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri: 2012
  • 8th Circuit Court of Appeals: 2014
  • Southern District of Illinois: 2016