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6 Common Reasons a Citizenship Application Is Denied

Completing your citizenship application can be very stressful, as there are many forms to complete and things to take care of. A single error can lead to processing delays or even an outright denial. To make things worse, you will typically not be told exactly what error or inconsistency led to your denial. What are some of the most common reasons your application might be denied?


Debunking 4 Myths About United States Citizenship

When you are looking to become a United States citizen, there are many different places that are happy to help you, like the Law Office of Elizabeth Anu Lawrence. However, unfortunately, there are also some places that are looking to take advantage of you by telling you various myths about United States citizenship. Here are some of the most common misconceptions and the truths behind them.


What Is a Notice to Appear?

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A Notice to Appear is a type of document that can be delivered via mail or in person by an immigration officer or law enforcement official. If you receive one, it’s important to understand what it means and what the potential next steps are.


Tips to Avoid Immigration Scams

The immigration process can be stressful, lengthy, and confusing. As a result, some opportunistic criminals attempt immigration scams to take advantage of honest people like you. Here are some of our tips for avoiding these scams and protecting yourself and your family.


Follow These 4 Tips to Avoid Slowdowns in the Immigration Process

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If you are currently in the middle of the immigration process, you know that it is a lengthy and often complicated process. With visa wait times longer than desired, we’ve compiled a few tips to help make sure you steer clear of any immigration slowdowns and achieve your goal of US citizenship as soon as possible.


How to Choose the Right Immigration Lawyer

US Immigration Application And Consular Visa Interview

Legally speaking, no one is required to work with an immigration lawyer in order to become a United States citizen. However, it can certainly make life a lot easier as you embark on one of the largest moves in your life. What traits should you seek out as you search for the ideal immigration lawyer to represent you along this journey?


Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) Frequently Asked Questions

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Back in April, we published a blog post giving an overview of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). There is a chance that SIJS could be a great option for you or your child under the age of 21 who has become undocumented through means outside of their control. To help you gain a deeper understanding of SIJS and whether you may qualify, here are five frequently asked questions about SIJS.


Frequently Asked Questions When Filing a VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) Case

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Back in April, we published a blog post outlining The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The post outlined the numerous benefits filing a VAWA case can present to women suffering due to circumstances involving domestic violence. Among these benefits is immigration relief. VAWA offers immigration relief and allows individuals impacted by domestic violence to apply for permanent resident status after receiving VAWA designation. To do so, the affected individual must fill in the VAWA self-petition and subsequently complete an application for adjustment of status based on VAWA. While this sounds excellent on paper, there are a hand full of questions that tend to pop up along the way. In this blog, we’ll answer the most common of them!


All About Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in Maryland

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If you are a parent or guardian of an undocumented minor, there is a chance the child will qualify for a specific type of immigration status by the name of “Special Immigrant Juvenile Status” (SIJS). In the state of Maryland, SIJS is a great option for individuals under the age of 21 who have become undocumented through means outside of their control. So, what exactly is SIJS and how does one file?


The Violence Against Women Act and its Effect on Victims of Domestic Violence

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Originally signed back in 1994, The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) exists to support victims of domestic violence and ultimately reduce instances of violence and sexual assault. The law expired back in 2019, but it is in the news once again as President Biden recently signed its reauthorization into law. As such, we’ve decided to outline exactly what supports the Violence Against Women Act offers, and how those in need can take advantage.