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Woodbridge, VA Immigration Attorney

Achieving Your Immigration Goals in Woodbridge, VA

While many people around the world plan to immigrate to the United States, the process of doing so can be difficult, and it will involve numerous legal requirements. The attorneys at The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC provide comprehensive work with people in and around Woodbridge, Virginia to ensure that they can meet these requirements and address any obstacles that may arise during their immigration journeys. Our firm is committed to guiding clients through the immigration process with compassion while providing effective legal support. We can help immigrants, family members, and employee sponsors with multiple types of legal concerns, including:

Deportation Defense

There are numerous reasons why immigrants may become involved in deportation proceedings, and they will usually want to determine what steps they can take to continue living in the United States. Our firm provides strong legal representation in deportation defense cases, helping our help determine what they can do to avoid removal from the United States. We analyze each case thoroughly, exploring options such as cancellation of removal, adjustment of status, and asylum.


For people and families who have been or are likely to be persecuted because of their race, religion, or other protected statuses, asylum can provide a pathway to safety and stability in the United States. The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC assists clients in preparing and submitting asylum applications, ensuring that all relevant evidence and documentation are presented to support their claims.

Waivers of Inadmissibility

Certain issues can affect an immigrant's ability to enter or remain in the United States. A person may be deemed inadmissible if they have been convicted of certain crimes, have violated U.S. immigration laws, have previously been deported, or have not received the proper vaccinations, among other grounds for inadmissibility. The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC can help determine when a person may qualify for a Waiver of Inadmissibility in order to receive a Green Card or avoid deportation.

U Visas for Crime Victims

The U visa provides protection and legal status to victims of certain crimes who assist law enforcement with investigations or provide information that may be valuable during criminal prosecutions. Our attorneys guide clients through the U visa application process, helping them gather the required documentation and take the proper steps to cooperate with law enforcement officials.

Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Status

SIJ status is available to minors who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or have been abandoned by their parents. The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC assists eligible children in obtaining SIJ status, which can lead to lawful permanent residency and protect against deportation.

VAWA Self-Petitions

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) allows victims of domestic violence, including women and men, to petition for Green Cards without sponsorship from a family member who has committed abuse. Our firm provides compassionate, dedicated representation to immigrants seeking VAWA protection, helping them navigate the complexities of the self-petition process.

Family-Based Visas

Family reunification is a cornerstone of U.S. immigration policy. The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC assists U.S. citizens and Green Card holders in sponsoring their family members for immigration to the United States. We can handle applications for Immediate Relative visas and Family Preference visas, which will ensure that family members can enter or remain in the United States with permanent resident status.

Fiancé Visas

A U.S. citizen can apply for a K-1 visa for a foreign fiancé and bring their partner to the United States so the couple can begin their life as married spouses. While the K-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa, the foreign spouse will be eligible for a Green Card if the couple marries within 90 days after the fiancé's entry into the United States. Our attorneys can help couples prepare and submit fiancé visa applications, complete the process of adjustment of status after marriage, and remove the conditions on a Green Card before it expires.

Green Cards

A Green Card will be issued when an immigrant is recognized as a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. Permanent residence will provide many benefits, including the ability to work for employers in the U.S., sponsor certain family members for immigrant visas, and leave and re-enter the country when necessary. Our lawyers can help people in the United States apply for adjustment of status, or we can ensure that Green Card applications can be processed along with immigrant visa applications.

Professional Worker Visas

Certain types of foreign workers may qualify for temporary visas through employer sponsorship. Visas for professional workers include H-1B visas that require specialized knowledge and advanced degrees, H-2A and H-2B visas for people who perform short-term or seasonal work in agriculture or other fields, L-1 visas that allow for intracompany transfers into the U.S., E-1 trader and E-2 investor visas for people from countries that have treaties with the United States, and O-1 visas for people in the entertainment industry, athletes with international recognition, or other highly-qualified workers in fields such as science, education, and business.

Immigrant Visas Through Employer Sponsorship

Some employees may qualify for immigrant visas that will give them permanent resident status. Employment-based Green Cards may be available for people who qualify for EB visas. These visas have different preference categories, with the highest preference going to people with extraordinary abilities and other categories allocating visas to employees in positions that require college degrees and at least five years of work experience, people who are considered professionals, and people classified as either skilled or unskilled workers. We can help ensure that employers complete the certifications needed to sponsor employees for EB visas, and we can make sure the proper steps are followed during the application process.

U.S. Citizenship

Lawful permanent residents can apply for U.S. citizenship after a certain number of years, providing them with numerous benefits. The naturalization process involves submitting the proper applications and documentation, attending an interview, and taking tests on English proficiency and knowledge of U.S. history and the structure of the U.S. government. Our lawyers can assist with naturalization applications, and we can address any issues that may affect a person's ability to become a U.S. citizen.

Contact Our Woodbridge, Virginia Immigration Attorneys

The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC works to ensure that immigrants and their family members can complete the immigration process successfully. We can address concerns about filing forms and applications, submitting documents and other types of evidence, responding to questions that will be asked during interviews, and defending against deportation. To get legal assistance with issues related to immigration, get in touch with us by calling 571-441-2233 and setting up a free consultation.

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