Immigration Lawyer in Maryland, Virginia, & Washington DC
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Mark J. Monaco, Esq.
4216 Evergreen Lane
Annandale, VA 22003
FAX: (703) 575-8868
My first office was at the same location in Arlington, Virginia for about ten years. I well remember my first case. It was an asylum application for a young man from Somalia. I won't tell you his name. Anyway, he had already filed his application with the assistance of another immigration attorney - I won't tell you that attorney's name either. It was a short application, only a few pages long. It didn't include many of the things that had happened in Somalia to this young man. The application had already failed to obtain asylum for him, but he had a chance to apply for asylum a second time in Immigration Court. He wanted my help in preparing this second application
Boy did we work! One problem with his application was that he had no evidence to support his story of what had happened - no medical examination to confirm that he had been tortured, no letters from witnesses, only his own testimony. I must have had him tell his story to me thirty or forty times before I felt he was ready to tell it to the Immigration Judge in Baltimore, Maryland. Thankfully, the Judge granted the application, and the young man continues to live legally in the United States to this day. I saw him not long ago in a local coffee shop. Do you know what he said to me? He said "thank you for taking the trouble."
He explained his remark by telling me that his first immigration lawyer had met with him maybe twice - once to take his money, and again to fill out the asylum application form. This is a sure method to prepare an asylum application - or any other immigration application - that will fail. This may be how some immigration lawyers might work. We do not prepare things that way in my office.
Hanging outside my doorway is a framed copy of the passport that my grandfather used when he came to the United States from Italy a hundred years ago. He was only nine years old. Every time someone sits across from me in my private office and seeks my help in an immigration matter, I see in him my grandfather. That's all I need to make me do everything that I can do, legally, to get him the immigration benefit he seeks - whether it's asylum, TPS, or a green card.
Whether you are in Fairfax, Richmond, and Alexandria or anywhere in Northern Virginia, Maryland, or Washington DC area come to my office if you have an immigration problem. I will do the same for you.
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