Graves & Doyle, Attorneys at Law has been a leading firm in the New England area and nationally in immigration and citizenship law since its founding in August 2001.

With more than forty years combined experience between the two partners, William E. Graves Jr. and Kerry E. Doyle, the firm handles all aspects of family and employment-based immigration cases as well as asylum, citizenship claims, consular assistance, criminal immigration, deportation, motions to reopen, naturalization, non-immigrant visas, waivers and federal litigation in both District Courts and the Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Graves & Doyle is an immigration attorney's immigration firm—we get the most complex cases referred to us and serve as mentors to many in the field.

The consultation fee is credited towards any future legal work we may provide to you. In almost all cases we are able to provide you a flat-fee agreement, but we need to have a consultation with you first so we can assess the complexity of your case. We are unable to quote fees to you without first having a consultation regarding your case.

We speak Espanõl, Français, Kreyòl Ayisyen and Swahili. Please contact us to schedule an in-person or Skype consultation. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you with your immigration needs.

You can use PAYPAL to pay for our services.


For many years, Graves & Doyle has assisted persons who are afraid to return to their countries of origin with applications to the Asylum Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services as well as before the Immigration Court. We have extensive experience with asylum, withholding of removal and claims under the Convention Against Torture. We will prepare your case with a close eye to detail and be your best advocate throughout the asylum process.

We have worked with asylum-seekers from many regions of the world and helped prepare the most persuasive case possible for persons with a wide variety of cases.

Deportation and Removal

Our firm provides representation for all matters before the Immigration Courts including persons applying for cancellation of removal, temporary protected status renewals, asylum, withholding of removal, protection under the Convention Against Torture, and persons defending their lawful permanent residence from charges of abandonment and fraud amongst others.

We have a very high success rate and an excellent reputation before the immigration courts and are frequently retained for complex and unique cases.

Employment-Based Permanent Residence

Permanent residence is the official term for someone with a "green card." Some individuals with outstanding or extraordinary abilities can sponsor themselves for permanent residence. Alternatively, employers can sponsor employees for permanent residence status.

Graves & Doyle has handled employment-based permanent residence for employees and employers for many years and knows the requirements for navigating the complex employment-based green card process.

Family-Based Permanent Residence

A United States citizen can file for immediate relatives and siblings to sponsor them for permanent residence in the United States. Lawful permanent residents can sponsor their spouses and unmarried sons and daughters for permanent residence. We encourage you to investigate the possibility of sponsoring your family members with us.

We assist with applications made within the United States and processed by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services as well as at United States Consulates abroad.

Federal Litigation

Graves & Doyle has a particular expertise in the area of federal litigation. We have filed cases in the District Court of Massachusetts on a variety of matters including on behalf of persons detained illegally and unconstitutionally and on behalf of diversity visa applicants seeking a timely permanent resident interview. We have filed numerous petitions for review with circuit courts in the First, Second and Tenth Circuits, amongst others.

Three recent and important victories include Bolieiro v. Holder, No. 12-1807 (1st Cir. Sept. 27, 2013), Smith v. Holder, 627 F.3d 427 (1st cir. 2010) , and Saysana v. Gillen, 590 F.3d 7 (1st cir. 2009) (Massachusetts Bar review)

Motions to Reopen

Graves & Doyle have filed motions to reopen with the Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and Citizenship and Immigration Services, often with great success. Motions to Reopen are difficult and complex matters with significant impact on an individual's immigration legal status that require an experienced immigration attorney to provide the best opportunity for a good outcome. We are very experienced and are prepared to assist you with these matters, but it is very important that we are contacted immediately after a deportation order or denial in order to meet the strict motion to reopen filing deadlines whenever possible.

We recently spear-headed a First Circuit challenge to the government's practice of denying motions to reopen solely based upon an individual's departure from the United States, known as the "departure bar." The "departure bar" was overturned by our case Bolieiro v. Holder, No. 12-1807 (1st Cir. Sept. 27, 2013) along with its companion Perez Santana v. Holder, No. 12-2270 (1st Cir. Sept. 27, 2013). Therefore, persons who have left the United States may now file motions to reopen in cases arising in the First Circuit without risk of an automatic denial as a result of the "departure bar." Additionally, for persons impacted by the drug lab scandal in Massachusetts, motions to reopen may also be possible.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Graves & Doyle assist people filing for naturalization to become United States citizens, including cases in which a person may technically be removable but is still eligible for citizenship. These are very difficult cases and require highly experienced legal representation to evaluated the case and prepare it for filing.

We have also worked on many cases in which someone has automatically become a United States citizen to help the person obtain proof of United States citizenship. Please contact us so we can evaluate your case if you have parents or grandparents who were or became United States citizens as you may have acquired or derived United States citizenship without realizing it.

Non-immigrant Visas

Individuals on non-immigrant visas, such as F-1 student visas or J-1 exchange visitor visas, often need assistance in changing status, extending status or working with their schools to ensure they receive all of the benefits for which they qualify.

Graves & Doyle has worked with students at a variety of colleges and universities in the area to provide assistance and representation in filing for immigration benefits on their behalf.

Non-immigrant Work Visas

Employers can sponsor employees via various non-immigrant employment-based visas such as H-1B's, H-2B's, L and P visas that provide the necessary authorization for employees to work in the United States.

Graves & Doyle work with a variety of companies, sports teams and non-profits seeking to sponsor employees and athletes.

Post-Deportation Procedures

Even though your friend, colleague, family member and loved one has been deported or removed from the United States, it may still be possible for him or her to return. We can assist you in evaluating a case to determine if return to the United States is possible.

Our office recently won a very important case in the First Circuit, Bolieiro v. Holder, No. 12-1807 (1st Cir. Sept. 27, 2013). This case, along with its companion Perez Santana v. Holder, No. 12-2270 (1st Cir. Sept. 27, 2013) now allows persons who have departed the United States to file a motion to reopen, overturning the so-called “departure bar” on motions to reopen for cases arising in the First Circuit (Mass, NH, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico). Please act fast if you can because motions to reopen should ideally be filed within ninety days of the deportation or removal order.

Additionally, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has applied Padilla, which requires a person entering a plea to receive adequate advice on the immigration consequences of such a plea, retroactively. Commonwealth v. Sylvain, No. SJC 11400 (Sept. 13, 2013). See Padilla v. Kentucky,130 S.Ct. 1473 (2010). This ruling might help you or someone you know, so feel free to contact us if you want us to evaluate the case.

You should also be aware that in Massachusetts, there has been a significant development in relation to drug-related convictions from approximately 2000 until mid-2012. One of the chemists from the State Drug Lab was falsifying evidence and numerous cases have been vacated as a result (Annie Dookhan and the Massachusetts Drug Lab Crisis).

Please contact us if you think you or someone you know might be impacted by this situation and remember only hire an attorney with significant experience in immigration-related motions to vacate in criminal court as there are strict immigration-related requirements.


Many persons require waivers or "special permission" in order to receive their non-immigrant visas or permanent residence status. We assist with all types of waivers, including criminal, fraud, in-country three and ten-year bars and for persons with prior orders of removal. Graves & Doyle can also assist with J-1 two-year return requirement waivers.


Graves & Doyles es un bufete de abogados con servicio completo. Ofrecemos representación y asistencia para todo tipo de casos de emigración y cuidadanía. Esto incluye: casos de familia, empleos basados en emigración, visas para no emigrantes ( turista, estudiante, visitante, fiancé, entre otros), casos complejos de litigación en la Corte Federal y mociones para reabrir casos después de que una orden de deportación haya sido expedida. Comuníquese con nosotros para hacer una cita. Ofrecemos consultas por Skype.


Graves and Doyle est un cabinet d’avocats offrant une gamme de services complets. Nous offrons de vous représenter et de vous assister dans tous les aspects des cas d'immigration et de citoyenneté. Cela inclut l’immigration basée sur les catégories de la famille ou de l'emploi, les visas de non-immigrants, les litiges fédéraux complexes, ainsi que les motions visant à rouvrir les ordonnances d’expulsion. S'il vous plait, contactez-nous afin de prendre rendez-vous pour une consultation en personne ou via Skype.


Graves and Doyle se yon kabinè avoka ki rann sevis konplè. Nou ofri pou reprezante oswa asiste moun nan tout aspè dosye imigrasyon ak sitwayènte yo. Sa konte dosye imigrasyon an kategori fanmi ak travay, viza pou moun kap vizite oswa ki vinn nan biznis, reprezantasyon nan tribinal federal komplike, ak tout mosyon pou mande ouvri dosye moun ke yo bay lòd depòte. Tanpri, rele nou pou nou kapab pran yon randevou fas a fas oswa sou Skype.