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Alexandria, VA Immigration Attorney

Dedicated Legal Support for Immigrants and Families in Alexandria, VA

Immigration law is complex, and for many immigrants, navigating legal procedures related to visas, Green Cards, citizenship, and other related issues can be overwhelming. Whether you are seeking to reunite with family, secure employment opportunities, or protect yourself from deportation, experienced legal assistance from a skilled attorney can be invaluable. In Alexandria, Virginia, the lawyers at The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC are dedicated to providing comprehensive legal support for people who need to resolve immigration concerns. Our goal is to help you understand your options and guide you through the immigration process with confidence.

Family-Based Immigration

U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can sponsor their relatives for visas and Green Cards, enabling family reunification. Our attorneys are experienced in handling all aspects of family-based immigration, including:

  • Immediate family members: U.S. citizens can sponsor their spouses, minor children who are unmarried, and parents for Immediate Relative visas. No annual numerical limits will apply, which will generally make the immigration process faster.
  • Other family members: U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can sponsor qualifying family members for Family Preference visas. There are annual limits on the number of visas that may be issued, and these cases can have longer waiting periods.
  • Fiancé visas: U.S. citizens can bring their romantic partners to the United States with K-1 visas, allowing them to become legally married and then apply for a Green Card.

Employment-Based Immigration

There are several pathways for skilled workers, professionals, and other workers to live and work in the United States. The attorneys at The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC assist with different employment-based immigration options, including:

  • Temporary employment visas: We can help apply for non-immigrant visas for professional employees and other workers. These include H-1B visas for people in positions that require specialized knowledge, H-2A and H-2B visas for seasonal or temporary workers, and E-1 and E-2 visas for traders and investors who operate under treaties. Employers provide sponsorship for these visas, which will allow foreign nationals to live and work in the U.S. for a limited amount of time.
  • Employment-based immigrant visas: These options can provide employees with permanent resident status and Green Cards through employer sponsorship. They are categorized into several preference levels, such as EB-1 visas for professionals who have received substantial recognition in their fields, EB-2 visas for people in positions that require advanced degrees, and EB-3 visas for skilled workers and professionals.

Deportation Defense

Appearing in immigration courts to address issues related to deportation is likely to be a frightening, stressful experience. The attorneys at The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC help our clients determine the best defense strategies that will protect them from removal from the United States. Our services include:

  • Cancellation of removal: This form of relief may be available for certain immigrants who have been in the U.S. for an extended period of time and have good moral character. An immigrant may need to show that their removal would cause exceptional hardship for their family members who are U.S. citizens.
  • Prosecutorial discretion: In some cases, immigration authorities may exercise discretion to close or delay deportation proceedings based on humanitarian factors, family ties, or community contributions.
  • Asylum: People who fear that they will suffer harm due to persecution in their home countries can seek asylum protection in the U.S.
  • VAWA: The Violence Against Women Act allows people of any gender who have experienced domestic abuse to petition for immigration relief without the need to be sponsored by a family member who has committed violence or abuse.
  • U visas: Victims of qualifying crimes may be able to avoid deportation and maintain legal status in the U.S. if they are willing to assist law enforcement during criminal cases.
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile status: Minors may be able to avoid deportation and maintain permanent residency if they have experienced abuse or neglect.

Contact Our Alexandria Immigration Lawyers

The attorneys at The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC understand the unique challenges faced by immigrants. We provide guidance on the options that are available to a person who is looking to enter the United States, maintain a legal status as a permanent resident, address concerns related to deportation, or pursue U.S. citizenship. Whether you need assistance with family-based or employment-based immigration or other related concerns, our lawyers are here to help. Contact our office at 571-441-2233 to set up a complimentary consultation and take the first step towards securing your future in the United States.

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