Fiancé Visas (Form i-129f) 

If you and your significant other are considering marriage, contact my office to discuss whether a fiancé visa petition might be right for you.


Immediate Relative and Family Visa Petitions (Forms i-130 and i-730) 

Do you want to bring your partner, child, parents, or sibling to live in the United States? My office can assist in filing family-based immigration petitions for green card holders, refugees, and US citizens.


Adjustment of Status/Lawful Permanent Residence 

I can review your immigration history to discover whether you or a loved one may qualify for adjustment of status. I can assist with initial adjustments of status, green card renewals (form i-90) and removal of conditions (form i-751).


Removal Defense  

If someone you love has been detained by immigration officials or is facing any proceedings in immigration court, don’t go it alone.  If you are undocumented or have any kind of criminal history, talk with a qualified immigration attorney today. Together, we can make a plan for the best possible outcome to keep your family together.

Visitor’s Visas (Form DS160) 

My office can assist with obtaining, extending, and changing non immigrant visas for those wishing to visit family, friends, or other purposes, such as medical procedures.


Travel Documents (I-131) 

 I may be able to help you obtain a travel document so that you or a loved one can travel outside of the United States.



Humanitarian Relief

Contact my office for an evaluation right away if you have been the victim of a crime or fear returning to your country of origin. You and your family may qualify for certain immigration benefits.


If you or a family member is ready to apply for citizenship, contact my office for a consultation.


Client Reviews

I filed a green card for my mom and the process was very long. I went to see Melissa and she agreed to work with me in installment and did a wonderful job.
— Anonymous client
She was very meticulous to give us almost perfect application. And she would go out her way to help us in dealing with the project she was handling.
— Jorge & Beth
Her pre-hearing preparation and representation during the hearing were instrumental in winning the appeal. I would recommend her services.
— Kim
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The Law Offices of Melissa A. Gawelek is a boutique law firm focusing on immigration law. Founded in 2014, the firm has expanded to two offices in the Ohio area and has assisted clients and their families from over a hundred nations all across the globe.

Attorney Gawelek graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2013 with a concentration in International and Comparative Law. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and she earned her first Associate of Arts Degree at age 17, after graduating high school early. Attorney Gawelek truly enjoys the challenging and changing nature of immigration law and has devoted her career to walking families through the immigration process. She has helped immigrants from many different nations file hundreds of applications and petitions. Among her many interests, Mrs. Gawelek is greatly interested in refugee issues and human trafficking cessation. A compassionate advocate, Attorney Gawelek has participated in relief work in many developing nations. She has additional training in Critical Incident Stress Management and Disaster Response, tools which aid her in compassionately representing clients who may have survived torture, domestic violence, or displacement. Her current and former clients have appreciated her down-to-earth approach, her warmth, and ability to connect on a human level.

Attorney Gawelek is licensed by the Ohio Supreme Court and can practice immigration law in all fifty states. She is a proud member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the Akron Bar Association, the West Shore Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

“I love what I do because the World comes to my doorstep every day.”