The Most Common Challenges Faced by Undocumented Immigrants: What Are Your Legal Options?

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Undocumented immigrants face many different challenges in their daily lives, even in a more supportive state like Maryland. The state exists within a complicated federal immigration system that has regular changes to immigration policies. Whether you are an undocumented immigrant or are a friend or family member of someone who is, working with an experienced attorney is critical to ensure that someone is fighting on your behalf. 

The Most Common Challenges Faced by Undocumented Immigrants

Employment Challenges

Undocumented immigrants often find it more challenging to secure stable and lawful employment. They are frequently limited to low-paying, unstable jobs that do not offer benefits or job security. This precarious situation can lead to exploitation and unfair labor practices.

Healthcare Access

Healthcare access is another common issue for undocumented immigrants. A lack of status can make you ineligible for many public health insurance programs, and many undocumented individuals avoid seeking medical care due to fear of deportation or other consequences.

Housing Instability

Securing safe and affordable housing can be hard for anyone, and it can be particularly challenging for undocumented immigrants. Landlords may refuse to rent to undocumented individuals, or they may exploit their tenants’ status by charging excessive rents or neglecting necessary repairs.

Fear of Deportation

For many undocumented immigrants, the most pressing challenge that they face is the constant fear of deportation. This fear can impact all aspects of life, from interacting with law enforcement to accessing benefits and other public services. You deserve to live a life without fear.

Understanding Your Legal Options

Despite these challenges, there are legal options and protections available for undocumented immigrants in Maryland. Working with an attorney is important to make sure that you apply for the appropriate protections.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

TPS is granted to nationals from certain countries that are experiencing ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters, or other special conditions. It allows individuals to stay and work in the United States temporarily, but it can be extended.

U Visa

The U Visa is available to undocumented immigrants who have been victims of certain crimes, such as domestic violence or human trafficking, and have cooperated with law enforcement. This visa grants both temporary legal status and work eligibility.


Undocumented immigrants who have suffered persecution or fear persecution in their home country due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group may apply for asylum. Asylum seekers generally must file their application within one year of arriving in the United States, though there are exceptions.

Family-Based Immigration

Undocumented immigrants with close family members who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents may be eligible for family-based immigration visas.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

SIJS is available to undocumented children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by one or both parents, and it can provide a pathway to lawful permanent residency.

Partner with an Experienced Personal Immigration Attorney at The Law Office of Elizabeth Anu Lawrence

If you or a loved one are interested in exploring work visas, choose an experienced firm like the Law Office of Elizabeth Anu Lawrence to give you the help you need.  Please give us a call at 443.352.3201. Skype and telephone consultation are both available to clients.

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