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We would highly recommend Dallas immigration lawyer Martin Valko of Chavez & Valko to anyone wishing to make their immigration process go more smoothly. When each of us first met Martin Valko both of us felt very comfortable and confident. Mr. Valko was extremely courteous and helpful and displayed exceptional knowledge in the field of immigration law. Mr. Valko assisted my wife and me with her I-485 permanent residence case. He communicated with clarity and all of our concerns, however minor, were promptly addressed either by him or his assistant. He provided us with personal support at a time when it was most needed just days before our scheduled interview with the immigration official. It took us a less than a year of filing the paperwork that my wife was granted a residency card. We cannot explain in words how happy we have been since we obtained my wife’s permanent residency card. Once again on behalf of both of us thank you for the quick, steadfast, honest, and hard work put into our case resulting in success. With warm regards and God Bless. Para todo aquel que desee realizar su proceso de inmigración sin problemas recomendamos ampliamente al abogado de inmigración en Dallas Martin Valko, de la oficina Chavez & Valko. Cuando mi esposa y yo conocimos a Martin Valko ambos nos sentimos a gusto y con absoluta confianza. El Sr.Valko no solo fue muy cortes y servicial, sino que demostró un conocimiento excepcional en el ámbito legal de inmigración. Fuimos asesorados y asistidos con relación a la residencia permanente para mi esposa (I-485), proceso para el cual el Sr. Valko siempre se comunicó con claridad; todas nuestras dudas y preocupaciones, por muy pequeñas que parecieran, fueron aclaradas y solucionadas por el o por su asistente de manera rápida. Así mismo, nos proporcionó apoyo personal justo cuando mas lo necesitábamos, especialmente al prepararnos y acompañarnos a la entrevista programada con el oficial de inmigración. Para nuestra total satisfacción, el proceso para la obtención de la tarjeta de residencia nos tomó menos de un año. No se puede explicar con palabras lo feliz que nos sentimos desde que mi esposa obtuvo su tarjeta de residente permanente. Una vez más deseamos agradecer la rapidez, firmeza, honestidad, y gran esfuerzo puesto en nuestro caso cuyo resultado no podía ser menos que exitoso. Con cordiales saludos y que Dios los bendiga. Blas y Mirna, Dallas, TX (Ajuste de estado o Estado legal)
"Our L visa case history: After a very bad experience with our previous New York-based immigration attorney, we started looking for another one with experience in the immigration sector. We scheduled a meeting with Dallas immigration lawyer Mr. Martin Valko of Chavez & Valko, and asked him what he thought about our case. In April 2008 we received our L- 1A Visa (L2 for the family) to establish a new office of our German Software Company in the US. Unfortunately we were not able to leave Germany before October 2008. In December 2008 we asked our prior attorney to apply for the extension of the Visa. He filed the application for the extension of the L1-A Visa in April 2009 (5 months later). Instead of answering the INS request for evidence (RFE), he tried to change the Visa application from L1-A into a L1-B. The US immigration denied the petition because we were not able to change the status for a filed petition. To do so, we would have had to file a new one. However, not worst enough, he told us not to leave the US and to stay during he was filing a petition for a B1 Visa to gain additional time to prepare a new L1-A application. Mr. Martin Valko took on our case. He told us that it will be difficult but he would try to rescue the case, thoroughly explained the case to us after his analysis of the immigration laws and regulations, and promised us to do the best. After he had all our paperwork, he and his legal team needed only a few days to prepare the new L1-A petition (L-2 for the family). We used the premium processing service of the USCIS, and we had our approval after less than one week!!! We then scheduled a visa appointment at the US Consulate in Berlin, Germany the following week, and our new L-1A and L-2 visas have been granted for a full one year! When searching for a good immigration attorney, you will find thousands of attorneys and all of them promise to be the best and to do the best work. After all this experience we can tell, that there are only a few really good immigration attorney out there and it is hard to find them. We found one of them and are proud of this work, and we can't thank him enough. Mr. Martin Valko knows what he is talking about! He has a lot of experience in immigration law and his rates are absolutely fair. For all of those people in need of an immigration attorney, we recommend the law firm of Chavez & Valko in Dallas, TX." - Provox Systems, Dallas, TX
Because I reside in Houston, Texas communication for my case for a resident visa and an I-601 Waiver petition for my husband was conducted via e-mail, phone and mail however this did not cause any issues whatsoever. The entire staff treated me with professionalism, respect, care and concern the entire time. My husband reunited with us most recently after being separated for 2 years and 8 months. The firm’s paralegals were top notch and very compassionate and caring. At one point I received a personal call from Mr. Valko who offered to do part of the work without any additional fee! Chavez & Valko shows care and concern for their clients and clearly proved to me that it wasn’t all about the money. There was a time when I discussed with them that we were getting so discouraged that it might be best that my husband re-enter the US illegally. Mr. Valko sympathized with us but advised that if he entered illegally and got caught he would be barred for 10 years, he advised against him entering that way. Although it was a very exhausting and painful struggle at the end the I-601 waiver was approved and my husband is now a US legal Resident. Spanish: Yo vivo en Houston, Texas por lo cual toda mi comunicacion para solicitar una visa de residente y Waiver I-601 para mi esposo fue conducida por e-mail, telefono y correo. Aunque asi fue no tengo ninguna queja ya que todo el personal del bufete me atendio con profesionalismo, respeto y sumo cuidado. Despues de estar separados como familia por 2 anos y 8 meses mi esposo se pudo reunir con nosotros recientemente. Tuve el honor de tener ayuda de dos asistentes expertos del abogado Martin Valko. En una ocasion cuando me encontraba emocionalmente y monetariamente agotada recibi una llamada personalmente del Abogado Martin para ofrecerme sus servicios sin costo!En ese momento me dicuenta que el bufete Chavez & Valko tiene sincero interes en sus clientes y no solo en ganar dinero. Hubo una vez en la que ya nos sentiamos muy desanimados y habiamos decidido que era mejor que mi esposo se regresara ilegalmente para reunirse con nosotros. Al comunicarle esto al Abogado Martin se compadecio de nosotros pero aconsejo que no lo hiciera. El no estaba de acuerdo en que regresara de esa forma nos dijo que si lo llegaran a agarrar cruzando ilegalmente lo castigarian 10 anos. l final aprobaron el Waiver I-601 y ahora mi esposo es Residente legal de los Estados Unidos
Dr. Noorhasan and her staff are great! Words cannot begin to explain how we feel about them but I will do my best.... My wofe and I went to Dr. Noorhasan two years ago for consultation on our options as a lesbian married couple to conceive. From the start she was very informative about our options. B/c of the travel distance from our home, we made the mistake of going elsewhere. Two miscarriages later with a heartless RE and no answers, we went back to Dr. Noorhasan. Best decision we made! Again, she welcomed us as if 2 years never passed and sat down with us and went over our options. She told us that we needed test done to find out why the miscarriages. We were thrilled we were finally getting answers, and answers we surly got. My tubes were blocked so IVF was our best option. Through sympathy of our losses and our upcoming journey, Dr. Noorhasan and her lead nurse, Stephanie, made sure we knew we were in good hands. I LOVED going to their office every single time I went. I had a trust relationship with them (which means a lot b/c Im not one to trust right away) and its all because of how they approach you like an individual and not just another cookie cutter patient. I personally loved the fact that they do not tell you much about details but give you the essential information as youre going through the infertility treatment. IVF is intense but with how they comfort you and answer any of your questions, you don't feel overwhelmed. In fact, Stephanie spent countless times "talking me off the ledge" after we got the great news that we became pregnant on our first FET! I was blessed to have her by our side during times of panic that comes naturally with uncertainty. I knew we did good by our choice when Dr. Noorhasan teared up when she showed us our first sono of our baby. She was genuinely excited for us. ALL the staff in Dallas were excited for us and I mean all of them. My wife and I couldn't wait to walk through those doors every time we went. Truly Greatful
“We are very grateful to immigration law firm of Chavez & Valko, LLP and for Martin Valko’s solid and persistent effort and representation on our behalf over the last couple of years in correcting my wife’s immigration status with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. We genuinely thought that our case was too daunting a challenge and insurmountable when looking ahead to navigating the important, yet intimidating, Immigration and Naturalization process present here in the United States . When we consulted with Mr. Valko in the beginning, we presented him with an 8-year old Legacy case from a different jurisdiction with plentiful uncertainty. He analyzed my wife’s immigration status and her situation after she was ordered deported in absentia, and without any guarantee of success of outcome, he agreed to take on the challenge of bringing our case up to current and lawful status. During the two-year progression and through the entire legal process - reopening the previous removal proceeding, transferring venue, securing a joint motion to terminate removal proceedings, and adjusting my wife’s status with the USCIS – Mr. Valko remained positive and confident in his abilities to navigate us through the challenges. He continuously encouraged us to remain positive and strong, even through the most difficult challenges, and he proved time and time again that his advice was truthful and correct. We have come to know and admire his truthfulness, sincerity, understanding and compassion. He is exceptional at who he is personally and at what he does professionally. We appreciate the Firm’s professional knowledge and skills greatly, and we definitely extend a strong recommendation of their services to anyone seeking professional legal immigration assistance,” - Jeffery and Natalia C., Dallas
We are extremely thankful to immigration attorney Mr. Martin Valko and his paralegal Cielo Pineda of Chavez & Valko LLP for their professionalism, knowledge, care and dedication in my husband’s immigration process to obtain his permanent residency. Before hiring Chavez & Valko Immigration Law Firm, we had hired another local law firm that was not knowledgeable with the I-601 Waiver process which caused us loss of money, time, suffering, a separation of 21 months. Our first waiver prepared by the other lawyer was then denied. We are so grateful that we hired Mr. Valko and his firm to handle my husband’s new waiver and to obtain his residency with an excellent I-601 waiver packet. Thank you for reuniting my husband and me after this long process! Dallas, TX (Approval of I-601 Waiver of Inadmissibility in Cd. Juarez, Mexico) Estamos extremadamente agradecidos con el abogado de inmigración, Sr. Martin Valko y su ayudante legal Cielo Pineda de Chávez & Valko LLP por su profesionalidad, conocimiento, cariño y dedicación en el proceso de inmigración de mi marido para obtener su residencia permanente. Antes de contratar a los Abogados de Inmigración Chávez & Valko, habíamos contratado a otra firma local de abogados que no estaban bien informado con el proceso del I-601 Waiver; el cual nos causó la pérdida de dinero, tiempo, sufrimiento, y una separación de 21 meses. Nuestro primer waiver preparado por el otro abogado fue negado. Estamos muy agradecidos de haber contratado al Sr. Valko y su empresa para que hiciera un nuevo waiver para mi marido y así obtuvimos su residencia por medio de un excelente paquete de I-601 waiver. Gracias por reunir a mi marido y a mí después de este largo proceso! Dallas, TX (Aprobado I-601 Waiver of Inadmissibility en Ciudad Juárez, México)
We are infinitely thankful as a family to immigration attorney Mr. Martin Valko and his staff of Chavez & Valko LLP for their professionalism, knowledge, hard work and dedication in obtaining an 0-1/0-3 Visa for our family. Before hiring Mr Valko, we hired another local law firm which cost us unecessary time, money, suffering, and overall a lack of faith in the immigration legal system. After one meeting with Mr.Valko - our faith, hope and confidence was completely renewed. He is the ultimate professional and a true diamond/expert in his field. As well has having a very robust process in place to guide us through our application, Mr Valko kept the communication lines open through the entire process, managing our expectations, updating us on his progress and reassuring us along the way. This was tempered with quick responses to our emails/calls and lots of care and compassion from both him and his team - on many occasions he took calls after hours and weekends, proving to us that it is not all about the money with this firm - he has a genuine interest in his clients and will work relentlessy to achieve a positive result. Our own case provided quite a steep challenge for Mr. Valko, based on the Visa category that we were applying for - Mr Valko worked tirelessly and innovatively on our case and what could have taken up to 15 days to approve - came through in 3 days! Mr Valko called us personally after hours to give us the news!! If you have an Immigration requirement - this is the firm you need to contact - we don't know where you will find a customer experience on the same level that Mr. Valko provides. It has been an incredible journey and a truly life changing experience for our family. Thank you Mr.Valko for saving our family - a truly World Class performance!. Paul McCrum
This is crazy! I don't doubt that the other attorneys are good, I'm sure they are but I'm gonna talk about Gary Frost. Gary Frost is amazing. I called the law firm in tears and he made me see that I was over stressing about something that was not even a problem at all. My abusive ex boyfriend (who is like totally trashy and lame) filed a k-1 petition and talked me into signing it during the time that I was on zoloft and xanax (due to the stress in the relationship), which I did (love makes people act stupid) Later on, when I realized he cheated on me, I cancelled it. My main concern was knowing that this would cause trouble later on (like for example when I go to the states on vacation because me and my family have been going there since I was like two). I was stressed and I appreciate his kind words (which meant so much to me) as well as his legal advice. He broke with all the stereotypes of the mean and cold attorneys. Now in spanish!!! No se que tal sean los otros abogados pero yo voy a hablar de Gary Frost. Llame a las oficinas asi como que llorando y me hizo ver que estaba asi como que preocupandome por algo que nada que ver!! El naco de mi ex novio dio de alta una peticion k-1, y me convencio de iniciar todo el rollo. Y cuando me di cuenta que el muy loser me engaño pues obvio que la quise cancelar, osea nadie va andar con alguien que lo trate mal (y encima hablaba mal de los mexicanos a veces solo por ser el norteamericano, osea, que le pasaba?) Mi preocupacion principal era saber que estoy me pudiera afectar en un futuro, y el me hizo saber que no tenia porque preocuparme, de una manera bastante amigable. Aprecio mucho su asesoria legal, pero aun mas sus palabras de aliento cuando yo estaba toda nerviosa y desesperada y necesitaba escuchar que todo iba a estar bien.
We are extremely grateful that we made the decision to hire your office Chavez& Valko. When dealing with immigration you cannot afford to make a mistake and hire someone that is not knowledgeable in the area, we am so glad that we did not make that mistake. Living in Florida we could not find an attorney that was knowledgeable in the expertise of 601 Waivers thru a friend we were referred to your office. Not residing in Dallas never had an impact on our communication and everything worked out smoothly. From the beginning to the end they have been very professional from the main attorney to the paralegal handling our case to the receptionist . My husband "601 Waiver" was approved at Ciudad Juarez and we could not be anymore happier than we are. Thank you for reuniting our family. Keep up the good work! Many thanks from the Lopez family. Estamos muy agradecidos de haber tomado la decision de contratar a su oficina de Chavez y Valko. Cuando se trata de lo de inmigracion no puede permitirse el lujo de cometer un error y contratar a alguien que no conozca el area, estoy muy contento de que no cometimos ese error. Vivir en la Florida no podimos encontrar un abogado que era conocedor de la experiencia de 601 Perdones, a traves de un amigo se nos remitio a su oficina. El no residir en Dallas no tuvo un impacto en nuestra comunicacion y todo salio bien. Desde el principio a fin, ha sido muy profesional del abogado principal de la manipulacion de paralegal nuestro caso a la recepcionista. El "601 Perdon" de mi marido fue aprobado en Ciudad Juarez y no podriamos estar mos felices. Gracias por la reunificacion de nuestra familia. Keep up the good work! Muchas gracias departe de la familia Lopez.
We did it! My wife is coming to America! No words can ever convey my heartfelt thanks to Chavez and Valko’s ~ Martin Valko and Eduardo Amaro. My heart is full of joy as I write the following… The law firm of Chavez and Valko was referred to me by an acquaintance and I met with Martin Valko immediately upon returning from my wedding in Zhengzhou China and I liked him very much. The road to a successful migration can be a perilous one. Never dreaming our case would require almost five years and three Visa Interviews to complete. The US Department of State made several errors that no one could have foreseen. The US Consulate in Guangzhou sent our case back (2) times and Chavez and Valko reaffirmed it and then finally on the third try the Consulate Visa Officers realized ours was a bona fide marriage. I know this placed additional burden and countless man-hours on Chavez and Valko. I was concerned when our first Visa interview was not successful in March 2010 and I was concerned the Law Firm would drop us as clients. I met with Mr. Valko and he put all my worries to rest. They are true to their word and a Law Firm of the highest honor. Mr. Valko and Mr. Amaro our paralegal never once wavered and I can’t imagine anyone, anywhere, at anytime fighting any harder for our case all these years. They paid the closest of attention to slightest of details. When we gave up they kept fighting for us. Chavez and Valko’s Law Firm has grown in size since over the last five years but those assigned to our case in the beginning…remained on our case until the very end. May God bless the Law Firm of Chavez and Valko and their staff members. !!
Physicians and surgeons help to keep people - from infants to the elderly - as healthy as possible. These individuals provide diagnoses and treatments for a wide variety of ailments, and preventative care and early detection for more serious illnesses. Whether you love or hate going to the doctor, the fact is your physician is there to listen to your health concerns, take preventative measures against diseases and advise you on your options for staying in tip-top shape.
In 2013, there were more than 1 million doctors of medicine in the U.S., over 854,000 of which were active. Additionally, in 2012, there were about 18,000 active general surgeons in the country. It's important to know which type of physician or surgeon you need, how to choose the best one, and account for other considerations in order to stay healthy.
Patients can choose from a wide variety of physicians depending on doctor specialty and what problems they are experiencing. Here are a few of the most common types of physicians that you may see in your lifetime:
Your GP is the doctor that you go to for regular checkups, vaccines and to identify health issues. GPs can treat many different illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to a broken arm. If your health requires a second opinion or expert care, the GP will refer you to a specialist who has the skills to focus in on the issue.
Heart attacks and heart disease are some of the most common afflictions seen across the country, making cardiologists important to your long-term health. These physicians specialize in studying and treating the heart and related diseases.
Other than a GP, the dentist is likely the most common physician you'll ever see. These professionals work with the human mouth, ensuring that your teeth and gum health are up to par. Patients typically go to the dentist twice a year.
Dermatologists are focused on skin-related issues and diseases, from skin cancers, to acute acne, eczema, psoriasis, and general cosmetic concerns like aging and scars. Most will also perform annual or semi-annual mole checks to screen for any signs of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
If you have a number of sinus infections or have had your tonsils taken out, you've likely seen an ENT specialist. ENTs handle ailments related to the ear, nose and throat, often related to taking out tonsils and treating hearing issues.
For many women, their gynecologist and obstetrician are the same person. These professionals work with the female reproductive system to focus on reproductive health, fertility issues, prenatal care, options for new and expectant mothers, neonatal care and childbirth. OB/GYNs can also help in the early detection of breast or cervical cancer.
There are obviously a number of physicians that you can choose from, but how do you know if they're the best choice for you? Here are a few considerations to help you pick a physician:
Look at Your Insurance
Before you get down to the details, you need to verify which doctors are covered by your insurance and whether they are in or out of your carrier's network. Rates may be cheaper if the doc is in network – a doctor can be covered by your insurance but not necessarily in network. Out of network is typically more expensive. Doctors often add and drop plans, so it's important to ensure that your options are compatible with your insurance plan. Doing your homework will help you avoid unexpected expenses.
Check for Board Certification
Your physician should be certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Doctors must earn a medical degree from a qualified school, complete three to seven years of residency training, be licensed by a state medical board and pass one or more ABMS exams to be certified.
Examine the Reviews
Reviews of a doctor can reveal a lot about what your experience may be like. People may grade on staff friendliness, availability and effectiveness of treatment. Looking at these evaluations and getting recommendations from family and friends can direct you toward a physician for your needs.
Surgeons can literally hold your life in their hands, and it's important to find the best one that can put you at ease and treat you effectively
You need to feel comfortable with your surgeon. It's important to communicate your concerns and that your surgeon can respond adequately. Surgeons should be willing to go over the details of your procedure and answer any questions that you may have. They must take the time to discuss and address your worries.
If you're going in for surgery, you want someone that knows what they're doing and has a high success rate. Ask how often the surgeon performs this surgery and try to find one that regularly does it. This will give you peace of mind that you're in capable hands.
Your decision on a physician or surgeon can be majorly affected by the insurance plan you have. You may have insurance through employment, your spouse, your parents if you're under 26, or the marketplace if the previous options don't apply to you. It's important to understand how your insurance works to have the full picture of what you'll need to pay for.
Your insurance will have a deductible, which is the amount that you're responsible to pay for covered medical expenses. Some plans have coinsurances, where you must pay a certain percentage of the bill, and insurance will cover the rest. Co-pays state a flat rate for certain services, like paying $20 when you visit your GP or a $100 co-pay for an emergency room visit. Once you reach your out-of-pocket maximum, which will differ if you're an individual or within a family plan, your insurance may pay for 100 percent of covered medical expenses for the rest of the plan year.
If you plan to go to the doctor, need medication or have been recommended for surgery, call your insurance provider or go online to see what your plan covers. You can choose the best doctor for your needs, understand your options and prevent yourself from being blindsided by medical expenses.
Most doctors require a phone call for an appointment, although some may provide online scheduling as well. Be sure to have your insurance card with you when you set an appointment, and to bring it with you to the actual appointment. They need the ID numbers to verify your coverage, and will usually make a copy of the card for their files so you don't have to show it again unless your insurance changes.
When you call, let them know if you're a new patient, as this will require you to complete some paperwork for your first visit. Tell them the reason for your visit, such as your symptoms if you're feeling sick. It's also important to inform them if you have Medicaid and to find out if you need to bring anything to the visit, like current medications or medical records.
From here, the receptionist will likely ask what dates and times work best for you. During your call, it's important to be honest about your symptoms and the reason for your visit. This information will help the doctor treat you and give him or her an idea of what to expect. Your appointment may progress faster as a result, and the doctor can come prepared with a list of options to better care for you.
Doctors see a number of patients in a day, sometimes in 15-minute increments in areas where the physicians are in high demand. This can leave little time for doctors to perform thorough examinations, and they can end up missing certain problem indicators. While some problems, like a cold or flu, can be diagnosed in this time, more complex ailments require attention, which takes up time. Reviews can illuminate which doctors actively spend the necessary time with their patients and which ones are pressed against the clock to meet demand.
Surgery has some more dire risks attached to it, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about the potential issues that can come up as a result of your procedure. If a patient has a reaction to anesthesia, it can cause very serious complications, but this is an uncommon occurrence. Blood clots can be a significant problem after surgery, often caused by inactivity during recovery. Infections, numbness, scarring, swelling and death are all possible, but the likelihood of these issues will vary depending on the type of surgery you're undergoing. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and your risk potential.
Surgery affects people in different ways, but as you begin to emerge from anesthesia, you'll want to alert your nurse to any issues you may have. The nurse will tell you how the procedure went, what effect it will have on your condition, what to expect when you get home and how long it will take to get back to normal. If you start feeling pain, the nurse may give you medication to stop it from getting worse. When possible, it's also advised to move around to avoid blood clots from developing in your legs. This can be as simple as occasionally flexing your knee or rotating your foot.
Some surgeries are outpatient procedures, where people are released the same day. For major surgeries, patients may stay at the hospital for a few days to be monitored and address any concerns before being sent home. Discuss with your surgeon the projected length of the hospital stay and what you need to bring.
Your recovery time and follow-up expectations will vary depending on your procedure. For example, you can be expected to be on your feet within a few days of having your wisdom teeth taken out, but it may be weeks before you have fully recovered from a broken foot or heart-valve surgery. Your surgeon will give you a list of things that you'll need to do during this time, including what medications to take and when you'll be able to get back to work and other activities.
Every surgery will have a follow-up call or appointment to discuss your recovery and allow you to ask any questions about unusual symptoms or changes in your overall health. If you have a major operation, like heart surgery, it's important to make regular checkups with your doctor or a specialist to ensure that everything is normal. Visiting a doctor will help deter infection and verify that everything is healing as expected. These appointments will give you peace of mind about your state of health and ensure that any issues are caught early on.