Our Head Attorney Caro Kinsella
Attorney Caro Kinsella is a seasoned U.S. Immigration and nationality law expert, internationally renown for successfully assisting her clients with a wide range of US immigration issues. Attorney Kinsella was born and raised in Limerick, Ireland. A University College Cork and London Metropolitan University alumnus, Caro has gone through the immigration process herself and is a dual Irish-America citizen.
Moving from her hometown of Limerick, to study in Cork, Caro embraced her deep-rooted passion for law, particularly American immigration law and trying to help people get a US visa or green card. Caro’s education began at Scoil Íde along with her brothers and sisters where her teachers fostered her love for current affairs and writing. Caro was featured in the ‘Scoil Íde, Where are they now?’ In this prestigious, one-off feature, Caro spoke about how ‘emigrating to the States isn’t easy, therefore I decided to specialize in US Immigration Law, giving people the solid advice and guidance I wish I had when I first emigrated…I enjoy being able to help other Irish people and guide them in journeys to success here in the US.’ Caro feels it is her duty is to make sure each client knows their immigration rights and understands the laws applicable to their individual situations. Caro leads a team of experienced legal experts, her knowledge of immigration law and passion for providing a personalized service for all clients fuels her firm’s success.
After completing her studies at University College Cork, Caro’s passion for legal studies brought her to London where she studied law before immigrating to Florida, learning more about the US Immigration system and then setting up a boutique law firm specializing in US visa and immigration law. Caro’s firm exclusively handles all areas of US visa and immigration law. By specializing in immigration law, Caro felt that she could offer a highly specialized and highly personalized service for what can be an extremely daunting experience.
Caro herself is now a dual citizen of both the US and Ireland, and Caro’s own personal experience means that she knows the current journey, and oftentimes struggle, that each and every one of her clients is on.
Caro now lives and practices out of Miami, Florida but is a regular visitor back to Limerick, Cork, and Galway to see her family and friends, she, like many of the Irish diaspora spread around the 50 states, has achieved her own slice of the American Dream.
Media Appearances and Journal Publications by Attorney Kinsella (See links below)
Caro’s continued success has led to various media appearances. These appearances range from platforms such as TV3 in Ireland where Caro spoke about the issues surrounding the ‘undocumented’ Irish in the US following the 2016 Presidential Election in November 2016.
Caro spoke about how during his election campaign Trump had ‘spoke of revoking and terminating the US’s various sanctuary cities’. Previously within these sanctuary cities, law enforcement was ‘unable to make inquiries into a persons immigration status, and the person was not bound by law to tell them anything.’ Caro also spoke about the seriousness of Trump’s threats of mass deportation, during the first 100 days, starting with ‘any undocumented that have committed crimes.’ During the interview, Caro also spoke of how she believed these threats of mass deportation were only threats as under the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution people were entitled to ‘go before a judge to have their case heard.’
Caro also spoke of how some of the undocumented were ‘entitled to relief, for example, if they were married to a US Citizen.’
Speaking with RTE News on the 13th November, Caro felt that if mass deportations of undocumented, particularly those with criminal records, do begin they would happen very quickly, perhaps overnight, ‘particularly if the person has no relief or they are guilty of a particular crime.’ As Caro mentioned on TV3, the person is afforded various rights under the constitution such as the right to an attorney but the process can still be accelerated, particularly if Trump keeps his promise to ‘treble the number of deportees’. Caro’s advice was to ‘know your rights’, and or at the very least carry a card saying ‘I am not going to speak to anyone or sign anything until I first speak to an attorney.’
In an interview with the Irish Independent, 24th of January 2017, Caro spoke of her fear that President Trump would want to show ‘shock and awe’ in the first days of his presidency, ‘when the executive order is signed the deportations are going to be at a rate that is mind-blowing’. Caro believes that immigration authorities have already compiled lists of illegals and are ‘ready to go’ for when Trump signs the executive order.
Speaking to the Irish Independents’ Shane Phelan, Caro spoke of her trepidation regarding Trump’s pledge to ‘kick out’ foreign criminals. ‘It is very worrying when he says criminal because he hasn’t defined it. Are we talking about a guy that had a DUI 10 years ago? If you are a green-card holder and you have committed a shoplifting offense, then that crime can actually have you deported from the US. So crimes that are technically innocuous, can have severe consequences, even if you are legal in the US.’
Caro also spoke of how the J1 program, an Irish rite of passage of sorts, may face a stay of execution, ‘Down the line, the J1 program is in jeopardy. But I don’t think it is a high priority yet. He wants to do all these other things – mass deportations, building his wall and trying to renegotiate NAFTA. I think he will do those things first before he comes to the J1 program.’
RTE’s Radio One News At One: US Immigration Attorney, Caro Kinsella discusses a proposals to allow Irish citizens to access up to 5000 new visas a year allowing them to live and work in the United States. 7th November 2018, https://www.rte.ie/news/player/2018/1107/21459305-irish-citizens-may-have-access-to-5000-new-us-visas/
RTE’s Radio One Drivetime with Mary Wilson: Caro Kinsella, a US immigration lawyer, Jun 22nd, 2018 https://www.rte.ie/radio1/drivetime/programmes/2018/0622/972537-drivetime-friday-22-june-2018/?clipid=102849521#102849521
RTE Radio 1 – Morning Ireland: Caro Kinsella, a US-based immigration lawyer, explains how US President Donald Trump’s immigration plans could impact Irish people. January 23rd, 2018 http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=b9%5F21119332%5F48%5F23%2D01%2D2017%5F
RTE Radio One – Morning Ireland: Caro Kinsella, US Immigration Attorney, discusses Trump’s immigration plan which aims to change the green card system. August 3rd, 2017
RTE Radio 1 – Morning Ireland: Caro Kinsella, a US immigration lawyer, discusses the latest developments in Trump’s travel ban saga. February 6th, 2017
RTE Radio 1 – Morning Ireland: Caro Kinsella, US immigration attorney, discusses the latest situation for so-called Irish undocumented in the United States. November 15th, 2016
RTE’s Radio 1 – Morning Ireland: Caro Kinsella, US Immigration Attorney, explains what Trump’s election means for undocumented people living in the US. November 10th 2016
RTE Radio 1 – Morning Ireland: Caro Kinsella, an expert on US immigration law, reviews proposals by a bipartisan group of Senators to offer a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants based in the US. January 29th, 2013
Drivetime (RTE Radio One with Mary Wilson): Up to 800,000 young American residents face an uncertain future — and a possible threat of deportation — after U.S. President Trump announced an end to the so-called “Dreamers” Programme. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Policy stemmed from the Obama era. US Immigration Lawyer Caro Kinsella spoke to Drivetime from New York. September 6th, 2017
Newstalk Radio, The Pat Kenny Show: US immigration attorney Caro Kinsella on immigration law and potential reform. September 27th, 2013
Irish Times article: Undocumented Irish urged to be ‘calm but vigilant’. February 22nd, 2017
Irish Times article: US lawyers say mass deportations could include illegal Irish. February 6th, 2017
Irish Times article: US lawyer says people afraid they will be ‘hunted down and grabbed from homes’
Irish Independent article: 50,000 Irish in the US at risk of Trump presidency as deportation looms. January 24th, 2017
Irish Independent article: Trump and the J-1 visa: Is it going to be abolished? November 9th, 2016
The Journal.ie News article: ‘Don’t open your door’ – things have just gotten very, very real for illegal Irish in the US. June 21st, 2017
The Journal.ie News article: ‘Surely to God Trump won’t break up families’: Letters reveal fears of undocumented Irish in the US. December 24th, 2017
The Journal.ie News article: US immigration attorney warns undocumented Irish to ‘remain silent or you’ll be gone very quickly’. January 28th, 2017
The Journal article: What President Trump means for the 50,000 undocumented Irish in the US. November 13th, 2016
The Journal article: Undocumented and living in the US? Here’s what the new immigration reforms mean for you. November 30th, 2014
The Journal article: Aisling Brady McCarthy arrested and set to return to Ireland. September 1st, 2015
The Journal article: Concerns for Irish citizens as US visa waiver may be abolished. December 11th, 2015
Irish Sun article: Up-to 5000 undocumented Irish facing deportation from the US as Donald Trump vows to boot out illegal immigrants https://www.thesun.ie/news/491339/up-to-50000-undocumented-irish-facing-deportation-from-the-us-as-donald-trump-vows-to-boot-out-illegal-immigrants/
Limerick Live FM: “Wait and See” approach to Trump’s immigration proposals. November 10th 2016. HTTPS://WWW.LIVE95FM.IE/NEWS/WAIT-AND-SEE-APPROACH-TO-TRUMP-S-IMMIGRATION-PROPO/
Limerick Live FM: Limerick-born attorney says Irish illegals in the US needn’t fear reform. January 11th, 2015 https://www.live95fm.ie/news/limerick-born-attorney-says-irish-illegals-in-the/