Benefit of a DC Immigration Attorney

A benefit of a DC immigration attorney is that my entire career has been dedicated to immigration law. Throughout my career, both as a policy advocate and in private practice, I have demonstrated unwavering concern for the lives of immigrants. I was an advocate with CLINIC where I was involved with their advocacy efforts, drafting and analysis of anti-immigrant legislation, writing comments for proposed rules promulgated by USCIS and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), answering specific client case queries, and assisting with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono Project to place immigration cases with pro bono counsel. Contact an experienced immigration lawyer right away to see what they can do for you and your family.

Other Qualifications

I worked as a project attorney for the Legal Orientation Program for Custodians of Unaccompanied Alien Children (LOPC), a program funded by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), where I supervised orientations given throughout the country to the custodians of children who entered the United States unaccompanied. My role was providing insight as to how best to explain to the custodians how to advocate for the children placed in their care and facing removal proceedings.

For the last four years, I have been providing direct services to clients before the Asylum Office, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Immigration Courts, principally in Arlington and Baltimore. However, I have represented clients throughout the country and I have been able to secure for clients a wide array of immigration benefits including Asylum/Withholding of Removal, Cancellation of Removal, VAWA, U Visas, TPS, DACA, SIJS, extensions of status, waivers, adjustment, citizenship, and business immigration visas/status (i.e. H, L, P, O, and PERMs).

Unique Approach to Immigration

My approach is two-fold. I create a complete picture of who my client is. If they are in the United States, I need to know how they are here. I need to know the names and statuses of all family members; every detail, irrespective of how insignificant it might seem. I need to know their lives before entering the United States up to the present time and determine what impact, if any, that has in their motivations for coming to the US.

Once I have a picture of the client’s family life, their employment history, and their previous experiences before coming to see me I can then provide realistic expectations. I then ask the clients their desired outcome and determine whether it is realistic based upon the information provided.  If their goal is unobtainable I then develop alternatives to get them to a good place.

The first thing I look at is the client’s desired outcome and then l Iook for the roadblocks that may prevent that outcome. The common roadblocks are the manner of entry, previous unlawful entry or unlawful presence in the United States, and criminal convictions. Then, I determine whether the client has ties to the United States by asking about family members and all their respective statuses. Finally, in light of the information provided, I inform the client whether or not their outcome is attainable and, if it is not, I explore other options.

Experiences with Training and Preparation

Everyone deserves to experience a benefit of a DC immigration attorney. I have participated in many pieces of training on family-based petitions, employment-based petitions, and removal defense offered by CLINIC and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Most recently, I received training on the topic of U-Visas, waivers, and specific issues with Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) filings.

Defining the Role of a Potential Client

The first question is the desired outcome of the client. Then I ask the standard questions about date of birth, country of origin, entry date, entry place, their status at entry, marital status, criminal record, and information about relatives. One of the key questions is whether or not the individual is or has ever been in removal proceedings.  Depending on these answers we can develop a strategy for obtaining lawful status.

The benefit of a DC immigration attorney is their ability to set expectations and build off of them. Not all people want to remain in the United States permanently. Some want to start a business, get it established and go back home. It just depends on the client’s desired outcome. That is why this is always my first question.