Bilingual attorneys offering guidance through a range of legal challenges affecting both citizens and immigrants

Bringing Immigrants And Their Loved Ones To Virginia

At The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC, we have a legal team committed to serving immigrants around the world who wish to come to the United States or bring loved ones to join them. Our attorneys, Josue Ruiz and Kevin Dougherty, have more than 20 years of combined experience helping people who have immigration-related legal challenges. Whether you want to gain permanent residency or avoid deportation, you can rely on us to help you.

Both of our attorneys speak fluent Spanish and understand both the law and the immigrant experience. We understand how overwhelming, frustrating and difficult the immigration process can be, so we do everything we can to reduce the stress and anxiety for you.

Family Sponsorship, Asylum And Deportation Defense

Our attorneys regularly appear in immigration court to represent clients in a broad range of immigration cases. We can help you navigate the immigration bureaucracy to reunite you with your family members such as parents or children, siblings or other relatives. You can count on us to work as expeditiously as possible to minimize the amount of time you are separated from your loved ones. Our legal team has also handled many hundreds of asylum and immigration court cases. We will fight to win your case and get you status here.

VAWA, U Visas And Gender Abuse Cases

We represent victims of crime and violence against women to obtain the special status afforded to them by immigration law. Under the Violence Against Women Act, immigrant girls and women who have suffered trafficking, domestic violence, labor exploitation or other forms of abuse have certain protections. Noncitizen survivors of domestic abuse as well as survivors who obtained conditional permanent residency have the right to come forward without fear of deportation.

Other victims of crime can come forward to seek U visas, which grant permanent residency to noncitizens who provide helpful information to law enforcement agencies.

DACA And Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Our attorneys are versed in the process for Deferred Action for Childhood Applicants applications. We are also skilled in obtaining Special Immigrant Juvenile Status visas and provide representation through the entire process from state court to the application with USCIS.

Marriage And Fiancé Visas

Fiancé visas, also called K-1 visas, allow someone to enter the U.S. to marry their partner within 90 days. Marriage green cards allow a spouse who is a foreign national to secure permanent residency in the country. We can help you obtain both a visa and a green card if you or your spouse is a noncitizen.

Green Card Through An Employer

Our attorneys can process PERM and Labor Certification cases to obtain permanent residence for immigrants with employer sponsors. If an employer in the U.S. has a job offer for you, they can sponsor you for an employment visa. Your employer must file certain paperwork, including a Form I-40, to petition the USCIS for a visa. In some circumstances, employees sponsored by their employers could receive a full 10-year green card.

Professional Working Visas

Do you have specialized job skills that you could put to use in the United States? You might be eligible for a professional working visa. Our attorneys can help you explore your options, including:

  • H visas for professional workers
  •  L-1 visas for intra-company transferees
  • R visas for religious workers
  • J-1 visas for trainees
  • Two-year residency waivers
  • IEB5 program and E visas for traders and investors

The number of employment-based green cards available is limited, so it is crucial that you get your petition right the first time to avoid delays or missing your opportunity.

Learn About Your Immigration Options

Though the law is complex, you do not have to go it alone. We can help you. When you are ready to make your American dream happen, contact us for an initial consultation.

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