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Legal Guidance for Your Immigration Needs in Annapolis, MD

Immigrants who are seeking to enter the United States, continue living in the country, or become permanent residents or citizens must address a wide variety of legal issues. The experienced attorneys at The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC provide comprehensive immigration services to people in Annapolis, Maryland. Regardless of the legal issues you may need to address, our team is here to help.

Family-Based Visas and Green Cards

  • Family-based immigration is one of the most common ways to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the United States. People who are sponsored by family members may apply for immigrant visas and receive Green Cards. Our attorneys can help apply for Immediate Relative visas for close relativesof U.S. citizens, Family Preference visas for qualifying relatives of citizens and lawful permanent residents, and fiancé visas that allow people from other countries to enter the United States to get married to U.S. citizens.

Temporary Visas for Professional Workers and Other Employees

For those seeking temporary employment in the United States, several different types of visas are available. Immigrants with advanced degrees, high levels of experience, or knowledge and skills that are not readily available among U.S. workers may qualify for different types of professional worker visas, such as H-1B visas, L-1 visas, and O-1 visas. Our lawyers can help employers and employees take the correct steps to apply for these visas and ensure that immigrants can maintain employment in the United States.

Employer-Sponsored Green Cards

Employers can sponsor foreign workers for permanent residency through employment-based Green Cards. Specific requirements must be met to qualify for different types of EB visas, including the requirement for employers to receive labor certifications in most cases. We provide assistance with EB-1 visas for priority workers with unique and exceptional skills, EB-2 visas for people who have achieved advanced levels of education, and EB-3 visas for skilled workers, professionals, and other workers, as well as other types of employment-based visas that may be available.

Naturalization and U.S. Citizenship

Becoming a U.S. citizen offers numerous benefits, including the right to vote, access to federal jobs, and protection from deportation. Our attorneys guide clients through all steps of the naturalization process, which includes:

  • Eligibility assessment: We can work to determine whether a person meets the requirements for naturalization, such as age, residency, and physical presence.
  • Application preparation: We can assist with the completion and submission of Form N-400 and any other required documents.
  • Interview and test preparation: We can guide clients as they prepare for the naturalization interview and civics and English tests.
  • Oath ceremony: We can ensure that clients will be able to complete the naturalization process by taking the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.

Deportation Defense

Facing deportation is a serious situation, but there are several deportation defense options available. Our attorneys can assist with:

  • Cancellation of removal: This option may be available for certain permanent residents and non-permanent residents who meet specific criteria, including continuous residence and good moral character.
  • Prosecutorial discretion: We can request that immigration authorities deprioritize a deportation case based on humanitarian factors or family ties.
  • Adjustment of status: We can work with eligible immigrants to apply for Green Cards and put a stop to removal proceedings.


People who have been persecuted because of issues such as race, nationality, religion, or political opinions, or those who have valid reasons to fear that they will suffer harm due to persecution may be eligible for asylum. We assist clients in preparing and presenting their asylum cases to ensure they receive the protection they need, which may include the ability to avoid deportation and become permanent residents of the United States.

VAWA and U Visas

Immigrants who have been victimized due to violence, abuse, or other crimes may seek legal help and receive protection without fear that they could be deported. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) allows abused spouses or other family members to receive immigration relief. U visas can provide relief to people who have been harmed by qualifying criminal offenses, and they may be granted if a person demonstrates that they have cooperated and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement. We can assist with cases involving U visa applications and VAWA petitions, working to protect the rights and interests of victims.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Children who have suffered abuse or neglect or who have been abandoned by their parents may receive the legal status of Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ), which will allow them to apply for Green Cards. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) provides work authorization and temporary relief from deportation to eligible immigrants who were brought to the United States when they were children. Our attorneys provide guidance in matters related to SIJ petitions and DACA renewals.

Waivers of Inadmissibility

People who have been deemed inadmissible to the United States may apply for waivers of inadmissibility in certain situations. We assist clients in applying for multiple types of waivers, including I-601 waivers that address unlawful presence or certain criminal offenses, as well as I-601A provisional waivers that may allow immediate relatives of U.S. citizens to leave the U.S. and complete consular processing.

Contact Our Annapolis Immigration Attorneys

At The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC, we are dedicated to helping clients address a wide range of immigration-related legal issues. If you need to apply for a visa, Green Card, or U.S. citizenship, or if you need defense against deportation, our attorneys are here to help. Contact our office by calling 571-441-2233 to set up a complimentary consultation.

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