By Oral Ofori
The Law Office of Samira Sulemana has called on undocumented immigrants and their families living in the United States of America that intend to take advantage of President Obama?s recent executive order on immigration to seriously consider using the services of an immigration attorney.
Samira Sulemana, who is an Attorney at Law, said ?hiring an attorney can make all the difference between being approved for your visa or being deported?. The Ghanaian based US lawyer says the Obama executive order will protect a lot of undocumented persons living in the USA illegally from the threat of deportation, as well as give them the opportunity to stop living in the shadows.
President Barack Obama sidestepped Congress on November 20, 2014 to announce steps he will take to shield immigrants living and working illegally in the United States from deportation, thus defying Republican lawmakers by using executive orders.
Under the new law, as many as 5 million people will be spared from deportation and made eligible for work permits. This means any individual who qualifies for protection from deportation would be given authorization to work legally in the USA, a social security number, as well as the ability to obtain a driver’s license in their own name.
Samira Sulemana who is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) said: Africans living in the USA who are from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will under this new action also qualify for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months.
?Individuals from these countries may also qualify for Employment Authorization that allows them to work legally in the USA. On the broader scale, current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Parents of US Citizens and Green Card Holders will greatly benefit from this executive order,? Ms. Sulemana said.
Others who will qualify are undocumented parent(s) of US citizens or permanent residents living in the USA on 11/20/2014, the day President Obama announced this executive order. One requirement is that these individuals must have also lived continuously in the USA since 01/01/2010. If you meet all the above requirements then you may qualify for President Obama?s Deferred Action Program.
Stressing on the importance of engaging the services of an immigration lawyer, Attorney Sulemana told this writer that there might be many who may not understand how this new presidential action works and they may out of fear of deportation not take advantage of the protection the law will afford them.
?If you or someone you know is living in the shadows of the law in the USA, I will ask that you take advantage of this moment to come into the light, have your status regularized and legalized and afford yourself the opportunity to pursue the American Dream? she appealed.
The Law Office of Samira Sulemana has partners in the States of New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. They also handle immigration cases all over the USA. Samira Sulemana herself personally speaks the Ghanaian languages of Ga, Twi and Hausa and is also fluent in French.
“My doors are open to all Africans and foreign nationals, which is why my partners and I encourage all to reach out to via phone number +1215-320-7455 or through her email at [email protected] to discuss options” says the lawyer who seeks to address culturally sensitive issues of clients too.
Samira Sulemana, Esquire, specializes in immigration law, family law, personal injury, medical malpractice, and criminal defense. She studied at the Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law in the state of Philadelphia USA after obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rutgers University in New Jersey. Prior to immigrating to the USA, Ms. Sulemana obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ghana, Accra, with a major in Psychology and a minor in French.
Attorney Sulemana is licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey, as well as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She offers free consultation and encourages anyone with an immigration question to call the Law Office of Samira Sulemana today.
Oral Ofori of #TheAfricanDream