Immigration Made Easy

Our attorneys specialize in helping immigrants pursue a better life in the United States. No matter the reason for your visit, Tingen & Williams can help with all your immigration and visa needs.

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Our Mission

We deliver quality legal representation to clients who need help navigating a complex and often confusing legal system.

Our attorneys and staff are committed to promoting access to justice in our local community and beyond through our detailed online guides, affordable payment plans, and client-centered approach to each and every case.

Who We Are

We’re a collection of experienced attorneys, dedicated support staff, and savvy tech professionals. We’re innovators, difference makers, and advocates for justice.

Most importantly, we’re a group of people who genuinely want to help our neighbors with their legal problems.

Our attorneys recognize that the ones who need legal services the most are often the ones who can afford it the least.

At Tingen & Williams, we’re trying to correct this problem.

How We Can Help With Your Immigration Case

Our firm specializes in resolving complex immigration matters, and our attorneys have resolved thousands of immigration matters for our clients.

From permanent resident applications to deportation defense, asylum claims, and more, Tingen & Williams has the experience you need to resolve your case in a quick and easy manner.

Our firm offers all of the following services to our immigration clients:

  • Family-Based Visa Petitions
  • Business and Investment Visas
  • H-1B and Work Visas
  • Adjustment of Status Applications
  • Citizenship Applications
  • Deportation Defense
  • Much, Much More!

Our firm has gained a reputation in the local Richmond area for being one of the best immigration law firms to work with, and we hope you choose to retain us for your legal matter.

Best Immigration Lawyers in Richmond

Family Immigration

As a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you can sponsor a family member’s application to live and work in the U.S. At Tingen & Williams, our experienced attorneys can help you through the steps.

Business Immigration

Getting a work visa and finding employment in the U.S. is easier than you’d think. Let our experienced immigration attorneys help you with all your business immigration needs.

Learn More About What Sets Us Apart

Our attorneys offer counseling, guidance, and full representation for every step in the process, and will help you through all aspects of immigrating to, or working in, the U.S.

Most importantly, we take a different approach to legal services by focusing on ways we can solve the most common problems people have with law firms:


Problem: It's hard to get in touch with my attorney.

At Tingen & Williams, we’ve made a commitment to always respond to client contacts within one business day.

When you’re applying for something as important as permanent residency, quick and consistent communication is very important.

Our firm has made a commitment to respond to every client contact within one business day, and we’re happy to help you with all of your immigration needs.


Problem: I've heard about attorneys that will promise one thing and then deliver another, so I'm worried about what to expect.

No attorney can guarantee specific results for any legal matter.

Instead, we aim to help clients understand every aspect of their case before moving forward.

There’s no such thing as a “sure-thing” in the legal world, but we’ll do our best to make sure you know what to expect before you have to make any lasting decisions about your case.


Problem: I never know what's going on in my case, and my attorney never explains anything.

We believe that an informed client is a happy client.

From our firm’s extensive Knowledge Base to our client-focused consultation structure, we’ve developed our business around making sure our clients understand the ins and outs of their specific legal matter.


Problem: Attorneys are too expensive, and I'm worried that I won't understand where my money is going.

We believe in giving everyone access to justice, and we try to reflect this ideal in every aspect of our practice.

For this reason, we’ve taken steps to make the legal process as affordable and accessible as possible for all of our clients.

While it’s no secret that some immigration cases can get expensive quickly, our attorneys ensure you only pay for the services you need.

Further, our transparent billing practices can help you know ahead of time exactly where your money is going.

Meet Our Immigration Staff!

Tingen & Williams specializes in resolving tough immigration cases for our clients, and we’ve earned a reputation in Richmond for being one of the best immigration law firms to work with.

Over the past several years we’ve resolved thousands of immigration cases for our clients, and we hope to do the same for you.

Please take a moment to learn more about us below, or reach out to us at (804) 477-1720 if you’d like to know more about any of our attorneys or their practice!

Jacob Tingen

Jacob Tingen

Managing Partner

Jacob graduated from the University of Richmond School of Law and was accepted to the Virginia Bar in 2012. Less than 30 days after being admitted to the bar, Jacob launched his own legal practice.

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Ben Williams

Ben Williams

Founding Partner

Ben is a founding partner of Tingen & Williams and leads our firm’s immigration practice. He’s handled more than a thousand immigration cases, and specializes in asylum claims and deportation defense.

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Trent Powell

Trent Powell


Trent is a Richmond, Virginia immigration attorney and partner at Tingen & Williams. He primarily works on immigration cases, but also has experience in minor wills, estates, and other types of contract law.

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Hire an Attorney Who Cares

Our attorneys believe in using a combination of legal expertise and cutting-edge technology to solve problems for our clients.

Whether that’s providing you with free downloads and resources to help you understand your case or legal obligations, we believe in leveraging our experience and know-how to make sure you receive the best possible outcome in your specific legal matter.

At Tingen & Williams, you’ll receive the experience and guidance you need to meet  your immigration goals.


More Than "Just" Immigration Law

Immigration cases will often stretch on for months or even years depending on the facts of your case and what you’re applying for.

Importantly, additional legal matters can have an impact on your immigration case, such as if you go through a divorce or if you’re charged with a DUI.

Our attorneys are experienced in helping immigrants navigate other areas of law as well, and can help make sure your immigration status isn’t unduly affected by another legal matter.


Free Resources and Downloads

Alongside our online tools and easy-to-use website, we provide a growing stockpile of books, downloads, and resources on our blog to help you get the most out of your legal representation.


Online Tools and Billing

To help make things easier for our clients, we try to put as much of our representation online as possible.

This includes online forms you can fill out to streamline our representation in your case and invoices emailed straight to your inbox.


Access to Justice After Your Case is Over

At the conclusion of your immigration case, we’ll provide you with a coupon code to sign up for our subscription retainer service, Access, absolutely free for two months.

With your free two months of Access, we’ll be able to finish up any minor legal issue that arise after we resolve your immigration issue.

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Call us today at (804) 477-1720 to schedule your free phone consultation, or fill out the form to the right.

Immigration cases can be tough. Hire an attorney you can trust to do the job right.

They are very good. Tingen & Williams has always had the right price and the payment plans are very helpful. They make time for me and they treat me well. I recommend them.

Jessica Mejia

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They are very good. Tingen & Williams has always had the right price and the payment plans are very helpful. They make time for me and they treat me well. I recommend them.

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What is a green card?

A green card, also known as a permanent resident card, is a document, issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), that provides proof of an individual’s lawful permanent resident status.

Put another way, a green card is a physical document that proves a person is a lawful permanent resident of the United States.

As such, green cards provide several important benefits to their holders.

For example, employers will often request to see an immigrant’s green card to verify the immigrant can lawfully work in the United States.

Similarly, immigrants can show their green cards at U.S. ports of entry to re-enter the country should they travel outside the country for short periods of time.


What factors does USCIS consider when granting an individual immigration status?

Some of the most common factors include, but are not limited to:

  • Whether the intending immigrant has close family ties in the United States, specifically in reference to immediate relatives (parents, children, or spouses) that are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Whether the intending immigrant has a permanent employment opportunity in the United States, or otherwise has the skills to readily gain permanent employment.
  • Whether the applicant has sufficient funds to make a capital investment into a U.S.-based business as described under the EB-5 program.
  • Whether the applicant qualifies for some form of immigration relief as an asylee, as a VAWA applicant, or under a similar application.

Note that there are still other factors that USCIS will consider, these are simply the ones that largely dictate the general path your case will take.


What information should I collect before I consult with an attorney?

Generally speaking, your attorney will need a great deal of information to resolve your immigration case, no matter the type of relief or benefit you’re applying for.

The information your attorney will request includes, but is not limited to:

  • Your alien registration number (“A-Number”);
  • Certain biographic information, such as your full name, date of birth, place of birth, etc.;
  • The date, time, and location for when you entered the country;
  • Full details about any other encounters you’ve had with immigration officials, USCIS, or any other related agency;
  • A full criminal history, including both your time in the United States and in all other countries you’ve lived in.

Your attorney will likely also request additional information depending on the specifics of your case, so it’s wise to listen to their advice carefully before you attend your first consultation.


How does deportation work and what should I do if I'm about to be deported?

Deportation occurs when an immigration judge or other similar official concludes that an alien has violated encoded immigration laws and/or procedures in a way that forfeits his or her right to remain in the United States.

For example, entering the country illegally or committing a crime while inside the country are both common reasons for an immigrant to end up in removal proceedings.

If you or someone you know is issued a notice to appear due to being entered into removal proceedings, they should immediately speak with an attorney to start planning their strategy for fighting the charges against them.

Tingen & Williams

1801 Bayberry Court
Suite 203
Richmond, VA 23226
P: (804) 477-1720
F: (804) 505-0997