Imagine coming to Houston as an immigrant and wanting citizenship. What do you do? What is the process? Who do you turn to? There are resources that can be used, but what if it isn’t cut and dry? What if your immigration is a complicated case because you have to prove certain things to the United States Government? We are a nation of immigrants and Houston is a city that is full of different nationalities, cultures, and religions, which is one of the things that makes it such a great city, but welcoming immigrants has not always been our strong suite. For people that want to become citizens, they can turn to a specialist like Kathryn Karam, an Immigration Attorney that believes in humanizing the immigration process.
Kathryn Karam is Lebanese, but she is not an immigrant unless you consider the fact that she moved to Houston from San Antonio, where she was born. In fact, her family has been in San Antonio for generations, but that hasn’t stopped people from asking her if she chose immigration law because they assume she is an immigrant. That couldn’t be further from the truth for Kathryn.
Kathryn loves to work with International people. She majored in Chinese at Trinity University and spent time living abroad. She has worked for the Political Asylum Project of Austin, which is now called American Gateways, a non-profit which provides a broad range of immigration legal services to low-income individuals and families throughout the region, and this is where she realized her calling.
I had a major takeaway from working the PAPA, which was, I don’t have to work for people like me, I just have to help the person who is one down from me. Helping others to achieve citizenship is something I can do which helps those in need within their lives. When I lived in a foreign country, I realized that in the United States our culture is not as welcoming as other cultures and countries and also realized how hard that must be for those entering this country.
Kathryn devoted herself to immigration. She worked in the immigration clinic during her third year at the University of Texas Law School, and she knew that Houston was where she wanted to be when she graduated. Kathryn moved to Houston without a job but was soon introduced to Gordon Quan. She worked for Gordon for five years, and she learned a lot about the law and herself. She learned different styles of practice and was able to develop her own style. She acquired a broad range of experience and was able to handle complex cases.
Kathryn Karam is fearless and not afraid of a challenge. She is personable and warm and knows her way around immigration. She has had her firm for the past three years and is building a team around her that is also knowledgeable and passionate and works well together. At 36 years old, Kathryn Karam has realized that the creative side of her is the puzzle of putting together these tough cases and finding the answers that are needed.
Humanizing the Immigration Process
The immigration process is human-driven, and that person who is looking at the application decides yes or no. I have to keep that in mind on every case and make that connection and show them why they should say yes to this. I am building a firm that people can come and get their cases handled by someone who is accessible, knowledgeable and empathetic. We want to be an enterprise that people can go to that offers the best possible value, is specialized, is creative and provides the best services to our clients. In the end, there is nothing quite like knowing we handled a difficult case; it is very satisfying.
The Law Office of Kathryn N. Karam is humanizing the immigration process by providing services for employment based visas and immigration, immigration for families, permanent residence and naturalization, entering the country, removal and deportation, and criminal history and immigration status. Kathryn is board certified in Immigration Law and her goal of making her services the last stop for people to get legal status or for any other immigration needs they have is clearly making a difference, as she was named a top immigration lawyer by Houstonia Magazine last year.
We believe in what Kathryn is doing for the city regarding immigration, and we will be hosting a workshop for her on July 23, 2016, from 9 am to noon. If you would like more details, please contact us!