LAW GROUP, LLC
103 S Adams St
Rockville MD 20850
Through its affiliate, WMR Immigration Law Group LLC, WMR assists a widespread clientele ranging from businesses, executives, professionals, workers, students, families and asylum seekers on various U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Law matters. The integrated service offering of WMR’s U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Law team, based in our Adams Morgan location in Washington, DC, is tailored to the specific needs of three main practice areas or client groups:
BUSINESS & INVESTMENT
Businesses today actively seek new markets worldwide. This requires a mobile and dynamic workforce. WMR Immigration Law Group assists your business moving talent from one country to another with agility. Whether you are an investor seeking to start a business in the U.S. or an executive transferring or hiring foreign workers to satisfy the manpower needs of your U.S. or foreign operations, WMR can assist you in planning and executing an immigration strategy to satisfy those needs in a timely and efficient manner.
WMR also provides regulatory compliance services to ensure that your foreign employment relationships satisfy all formalities and reporting requirements. In addition, WMR represents businesses facing audits or investigations from the Department of Labor, the Department of Homeland Security, the Social Security Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service, among other relevant government agencies, in connection with your immigration employment matters.
WMR represents clients in virtually all areas of U.S. business immigration law, including:
- Permanent residence through investment and employment creation in the U.S. WMR offers foreign investors different scenarios from private equity investment funds, known in the immigration context as Regional Centers, to personalized investment solutions, including the firm’s assistance regarding business area selection, capitalization and operations process, profitability projections and immigration goal accomplishments.Transfer or relocation of multinational executives and managers coming to the U.S. to develop markets for their foreign companies or to buttress management teams within multinational companies already operating in the U.S. Such executives or managers often seek L1A Non Immigrant Visas.
- Employment-based non-immigrant visas. We assist businesses in retaining inter alia professional workers (H1B Visas), temporary and seasonal workers (H2B), international transferees (L1B) and workers with extraordinary abilities (O1 Visa).
- Petitions to ensure that your business has the needed staff and that your manpower costs are competitive.
- Adjustment of Status Applications filed with the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Consular Processing of immigrant visas issued abroad, with first class experience and attention to detail when reviewing and overcoming possible grounds of inadmissibility.
- Employment Eligibility Verification Audits and Compliance Counseling.
FAMILY AND HUMANITARIAN
Migration is one of the main causes of family separation and children of immigrant parents are at the forefront of the problem. It is estimated in the U.S. that close to 80% of immigrant children at some point have been living apart from their parents. Children are especially vulnerable to the problems caused by separation and often by reunification after prolonged separations. WMR Immigration Law Group pays special attention to those clients in need of immigration strategies and representation to prevent or shorten family separation caused by migration.
We assist spouses, parents, children, siblings and fiancés of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to become permanent residents and to enter the country facilitating and expediting family reunification. In this area, we secure temporary benefits for the intended beneficiaries while their cases are pending. WMR is also aware of the reality faced by millions of foreign nationals that for different circumstances are unlawfully present in the U.S. and face the imminence of a family separation. We serve with great care those applying for waiver of inadmissibility grounds (pardons of prior immigration violations), permits to re-apply for admission after deportation, and cancellation of removal proceedings.
The humanitarian tragedies suffered by people worldwide force millions even in these modern times to escape and seek protection away from their home countries. Intolerance, oppressive regimes, wars, natural disasters, extreme poverty, and disease outbreaks and epidemics, are among some of the numerous regrettable circumstances that affect people around the world on a daily basis. Different protection mechanisms are provided by domestic and international law. Asylum, Temporary Protected Status, Withholding of Removal, Humanitarian Parole, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and NACARA relief are some of the benefits available. Although aimed at protecting the underprivileged, these benefits are difficult to obtain and often require experienced attorneys to analyze and assess foreseeable problems and demonstrate that all requirements are met.
Citizenship is the instrument for integration and full participation in the American society. Besides the important benefits we list below, becoming a U.S. citizen allows the immigrant to gain stability and a sense of belonging to his or her new country. Citizenship creates the well founded perception that our life, thoughts and opinions matter. The benefits that citizenship has when compared to permanent residency are important and include: the right to vote, the right to petition or sponsor relatives for permanent residence, the right to transfer U.S. citizenship to your children, the right to live in the U.S. without fear of deportation or losing this privilege because of frequent travel overseas or residence in another country, receiving the same traveling privileges that American citizens enjoy when visiting other countries (without requiring a visa in most cases), the protections afforded by the U.S. Foreign Service and the U.S. Government to American overseas, the right to run for public office and work for the Federal Government without the restrictions imposed on foreign nationals, estate tax benefits, the right to enjoy U.S. Government benefits such as social security, Medicaid and Medicare without the restrictions or caveats that often accompany the enjoyment of those benefits by permanent residents and refugees.
Naturalization requires an applicant to demonstrate good moral character, continued residence and physical presence in the United States for certain periods of time. These three requirements are difficult to meet for some applicants having prior law enforcement records in the U.S. or abroad, or who travel frequently or maintain second residences in other countries. WMR’s expertise in defending our client’s eligibility for naturalization is well proven with an excellent track record of successes, including many cases where it was not clear whether the applicant had the right to become a lawful permanent resident in the first place.
Often, U.S. born citizens or U.S. citizens that acquired citizenship at birth make their life in other countries and give birth to children abroad. In such cases, it may be necessary to assess whether or not these children born abroad qualify as U.S. citizens, and to demonstrate a U.S. citizen parent’s ability to convey U.S. citizenship. In addition, many U.S. citizens abroad may lose their U.S. citizenship status through acts of expatriation and wish to recover it. WMR’s knowledge of current and impending nationality and citizenship law, as well as our experience working with the U.S. Department of State’s issues involving reinstatement and recognition of U.S. citizenship, make WMR one of the most competent law firms representing individual in this complex area of immigration law.