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Washington D.C. Immigration Attorney

Personalized Immigration Solutions for Your Needs in Washington D.C.

Navigating the immigration process in the United States can be difficult, especially for people who speak English as a second language or family members who are unsure about the requirements they will need to meet when providing sponsorship for their loved ones. At The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC, our dedicated immigration attorneys provide legal guidance to people in Washington D.C. who are facing immigration issues. From obtaining visas to applying for citizenship, our firm offers a wide range of services to meet the diverse needs of our clients.

Types of Visas

Immigrants may seek different types of visas based on their specific circumstances and needs. The attorneys at The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC are well-versed in assisting clients with multiple types of visa applications, including:

  • Immediate Relative visas: These visas are available to close family members of U.S. citizens, including their spouses, children under the age of 21 who are not married, and parents. These visas are not subject to annual limits.
  • Family Preference visas: These visas allow U.S. citizens and Green Card holders to provide sponsorship for certain family members. They are categorized into different preference levels and are subject to annual numerical limits.
  • Fiancé visas: Known as K-1 visas, these allow foreign nationals who are engaged to U.S. citizens to enter the U.S. for the purpose of getting married.
  • Temporary work visas: Various visas may be available for professionals and other types of workers, including H-1B visas for specialty occupations, L-1 visas for people who are being transferred to the United States within a company, and O-1 visas for entertainers, athletes, and others who have extraordinary abilities. Foreign nationals who receive sponsorship from an employer will be allowed to work in the U.S. for a specified period.
  • Employment-based immigrant visas: These visas are granted based on employment opportunities, and they allow employers to sponsor employees for Green Cards. They include EB-1 visas for employees with extraordinary abilities, EB-2 visas for professionals with advanced degrees, and other categories that address different employment situations.

Green Cards and Citizenship

Obtaining a Green Card will grant an immigrant the status of a lawful permanent resident of the United States. The requirements to apply for a Green Card vary depending on the specific category of immigrant visa for which a person may receive sponsorship. Common pathways include family sponsorship and employer sponsorship.

To become a U.S. citizen, Green Card holders must meet several requirements, including:

  • Residency: Generally, a person must have held a Green Card for at least five years. If a person is married to a U.S. citizen, they may apply for naturalization after they have had a Green Card for three years.
  • Physical presence: Applicants must have been physically present in the U.S. for at least half of the required residency period.
  • Good moral character: This includes abiding by laws and demonstrating honesty and integrity.
  • English language proficiency and civics knowledge: An applicant must pass tests on the English language and U.S. government and history.
  • Oath of allegiance: The final step in the naturalization process will require an immigrant to take an oath stating that they will remain loyal to the United States and uphold its laws.

Additional Immigration Issues

The attorneys at The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC provide comprehensive services addressing a wide array of immigration issues, ensuring that clients receive the support they need to address their specific concerns. We can assist with:

  • Waivers of Inadmissibility: For people who have been deemed inadmissible to the U.S. for various reasons, such as prior immigration violations or certain criminal offenses, The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC can help apply for waivers that will allow for entry to the U.S. or adjustment of status to lawful permanent resident.
  • U visas: These are available to victims of certain crimes who are willing to assist law enforcement as they investigate or prosecute the perpetrators of these offenses.
  • VAWA self-petitions: Under the Violence Against Women Act, victims of domestic violence may self-petition for legal status without relying on sponsorship from their abusive spouse or family member.
  • DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals allows certain people who were brought to the U.S. as children to receive a renewable period of deferred action from deportation. While new DACA applications are no longer being processed, our attorneys can assist with DACA renewals.
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile status: This option may provide a pathway to permanent residency for certain children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by one or both of their parents.
  • Asylum: For those fearing persecution in their home country due to protected factors such as race, religion, or nationality, The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC assists in seeking asylum protection that will allow for permanent residency in the U.S.
  • Deportation defense: Removal proceedings can be a serious concern for immigrants. Our attorneys provide effective defense strategies to prevent deportation and protect the rights of immigrants and their family members.

Contact Our Washington D.C. Immigration Attorneys

At The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC, we understand the profound impact that immigration issues can have on immigrants and their families. Our experienced attorneys are committed to providing compassionate, knowledgeable, and effective representation to help clients achieve their immigration goals. Contact us at 571-441-2233 to schedule a free consultation. Let us guide you through the complexities of U.S. immigration law and work toward a favorable outcome in your case.

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