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Navigating Family-Based and Employment-Based Visas in Falls Church, VA

There are many reasons why people may plan to immigrate to the United States, and when doing so, they will need to meet certain requirements and address multiple types of legal issues. At The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC, we provide dedicated legal representation for people in Falls Church, Virginia and other nearby communities as they address concerns related to immigration. Our firm is committed to providing support and guidance to clients to help them achieve their immigration goals. We can assist with legal concerns related to:

Green Cards

Obtaining a Green Card grants an immigrant lawful permanent resident status in the United States. They will be allowed to live in the country permanently and maintain employment. The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC assists clients in applying for Green Cards through family sponsorship, employment, or other eligible categories, ensuring all necessary documentation is completed and submitted correctly.

Visas for Family Members of U.S. Citizens

U.S. citizens can sponsor their relatives to join them in the United States. We help clients with:

  • Immediate Relative visas: Spouses, unmarried children younger than 21, and parents of U.S. citizens can usually receive these visas with no waiting times or annual limits.
  • Family Preference visas: Married children, adult children and siblings of U.S. citizens may be able to receive these visas, although quotas and wait times will typically apply.

Visas for Family Members of Lawful Permanent Residents

Green Card holders can sponsor certain family members for Family Preference visas. Spouses and unmarried children of lawful permanent residents fall under the second preference category for these visas. Our firm helps reunite families by assisting with visa applications and ensuring that the required documentation is submitted correctly.

Visas for Fiancés of U.S. Citizens

The K-1 visa allows a U.S. citizen to bring their foreign fiancé to the United States for marriage. A couple will have 90 days to get married, and once they do so, the foreign spouse can apply for a conditional Green Card. Our firm guides clients through the K-1 visa process, and we can also help couples take steps to obtain permanent Green Cards within the appropriate time limits.

Temporary Employment-Based Visas for Professional Workers

Temporary employment-based visas enable skilled professionals to work in the U.S. The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC assists with applications for professional work visas, including:

  • H-1B visas: This will often be the best option for people who have advanced degrees and work in fields that require specialized training and experience.
  • L-1 visas: Companies that wish to transfer people in managerial or executive roles from positions overseas to positions within the U.S. can sponsor employees for these visas.
  • O-1 visas: People who have extraordinary abilities or international recognition as entertainers, athletes, scientists, businesspeople, or educators may qualify for these visas.

Immigrant Visas Through Employer Sponsorship

Employers can sponsor foreign workers for Green Cards, and they will need to meet certain requirements when doing so. EB visas may be available for people who have high levels of skill in their fields, work in positions requiring college degrees, or are classified as professionals. Certain types of employees who are considered either skilled or unskilled workers may also qualify. We help employers meet their requirements for sponsorship, including obtaining the necessary certifications through the Department of Labor.


Becoming a U.S. citizen through naturalization involves several steps, including meeting residency requirements, demonstrating good moral character, and passing English and civics tests. The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC provides comprehensive support throughout the naturalization process, ensuring that all eligibility criteria are met and assisting with the preparation and submission of applications.

Waivers of Inadmissibility

Certain conditions can make immigrants inadmissible to the U.S. These include criminal convictions, health concerns, previous deportations, and violations of immigration laws. The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC helps clients apply for Waivers of Inadmissibility to overcome these barriers, enabling them to enter or remain in the United States legally.


People who have suffered persecution or violence in their home countries or who reasonably believe that they will experience persecution in the future may seek asylum in the U.S. Our attorneys assist clients in preparing and submitting asylum applications, and we help demonstrate credible fears of persecution to ensure that immigrants can remain in the United States.

Visas for Victims of Crime or Domestic Abuse

The U.S. offers special visas for victims of qualifying crimes, and immigrants who have experienced domestic violence may also receive protections that will allow them to maintain a legal immigration status. We can help apply for U visas and VAWA protections, and we can make sure immigrants comply with all requirements, including cooperating with law enforcement.

Protection for Minors

Certain minors may qualify for special protections that will allow them to avoid deportation. Children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by their parents may receive the status of Special Immigrant Juvenile. Immigrants who were brought to the United States when they were children may receive deferred action in deportation cases. While DACA is no longer available to new applications, renewals may still be processed. We can assist with DACA renewals or help minors receive protection by being designated as Special Immigrant Juveniles.

Deportation Defense

Deportation from the United States is something that most immigrants will want to avoid. Our attorneys can help immigrants determine the potential deportation defense strategies that may be available, including adjustment of status, cancellation of removal, withholding of removal, or asylum.

Contact Our Falls Church, VA Immigration Lawyers

Our firm offers comprehensive immigration services tailored to the unique needs of each client. Contact us by calling 571-441-2233 and arranging a free consultation. With The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC by your side, you can be confident that your immigration matters will be handled with professionalism and care.

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