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CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

The Law Office of Raymond O. Griffith understands that results are what counts when deciding on an experienced immigration attorney. Here are a few stories that show why clients call us for legal representation.

A Mother Reunited With Her 4 Children
(FAMILY IMMIGRATION-CITIZENSHIP)

One of our clients came here from West Africa for a better life and after many years became a permanent resident. On her own, she applied for citizenship so that she could bring her 4 children to the U.S. Because she did not use the services of a lawyer, she made the mistake of not including any proof of supporting her children in Africa while she was here in the U.S as a resident. USCIS (formerly INS) denied her application. They claimed she was not a person of a good moral character because she could not prove she had sent her children money over the years. This crushed our client who had worked 2 jobs to send money home to support her children for many years. If she did not gain citizenship she could not bring her children to the U.S. for many more years. She would also have to wait 5 more years to become a citizen. We requested a hearing to explain her position to USCIS. We made her gather all of her Western Union receipts and receipts for her children’s school fees that she had paid for many years. We worked with the Immigration Officer to explain her position and were able to convince them she had been supporting her children all these years. She finally took the oath of allegiance to the U.S. and is a proud citizen. Oh yeah, and all of her children were able to come to the U.S. after we successfully petitioned for them.

Undocumented at Four Months Old, Resident at 20 Years Old (NACARA)

One of our clients entered the United States with his mother as an undocumented alien from Central America when he was an infant. After 18 years in the United States, my client committed a minor crime which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) claimed made the client subject to removal from the U.S. The client wanted to apply for residency through a special program for those from his Central American country but was told by, the government and other lawyers that he did not have hope. His family started to prepare his return to Central America. With hard work, research and many hearings before a Baltimore Immigration Judge, were able to apply and win an application for NACARA, Special Rule Cancellation of Removal. This allowed this young man the opportunity to gain his residency despite his relatively minor criminal mistake. He is now attending college, working and looking forward to a long productive life here in the U.S.

Domestic Abuse (VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT)

One of our clients came to the U.S. from West Africa as an F-1 student. After tough financial times she had to stop going to school to work to support her family back home. Years later she married to a US Citizen who had promised for years to file to make our client a permanent resident. After many years of promising and making her wait until he was ready he finally filed the required documents. When the client showed up for the interview she was suddenly placed under arrest by DHS. Her husband had secretly withdrawn the petition which had the affect of not only preventing the client from her dream of permanent residency, but made her deportable since her F-1 expired many years earlier. Crying and depressed she called our office. ICE had her under supervision with an ankle bracelet monitor and our client was sure she was going to be deported. After hearing of her story and about the physical and mental abuse she suffered we encouraged her to let us file and I-360 Petition, under the Violence Against Women Act. This petition allowed her to file her own documents without the need of her abusive U.S. Citizen husband. We filed the petition, worked hard to gain an approval and today the client is a permanent resident. In fact she recently called our office to prepare to file her application for citizenship.

YOU COULD BE OUR NEXT SUCCESS STORY

THESE STORIES REPRESENT PAST SUCCESSES. WE CAN’T PREDICT WHAT THE OUTCOME OF YOUR CASE MAY BE. EVERY CASE MUST BE REVIEWED AND RESEARCHED TO FIND A SOLUTION TO YOUR SPECIFIC IMMIGRATION ISSUE.