Sharma Crawford

Special Immigrant & Humanitarian Programs

Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law focuses on Special Immigrant & Humanitarian Programs, providing dedicated support for DACA, TPS, and Asylum cases. We are committed to guiding clients through these intricate immigration processes with expertise and compassion.

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a U.S. immigration policy offering temporary relief from deportation and work authorization to eligible young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Known as “Dreamers,” these individuals, deeply rooted in American society, gain the opportunity to contribute without fear of deportation, although DACA doesn’t lead to permanent residency or citizenship.

DACA primarily benefits individuals who entered the United States as minors and have since lived in the country continuously. Applicants must meet specific criteria, such as:

  • Young immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before turning 16.
  • Individuals who have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007.
  • Those who were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.
  • Applicants who were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making their DACA request.
  • Individuals who had no lawful status on June 15, 2012.
  • Applicants who have completed high school, obtained a GED, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the U.S.
  • Those who have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not pose a threat to national security or public 

Application Assistance:

  • Expert guidance on initial DACA applications.
  • Ensuring accuracy and completeness for a smooth application process.
  • Personalized support in gathering and organizing necessary documentation.


  • Comprehensive assistance with DACA renewals.
  • Managing deadlines to avoid lapses in status.
  • Updating and organizing required documentation for renewal submissions.

Legal Challenges:

  • Addressing and resolving legal issues during the DACA process.
  • Expertise in responding to USCIS requests for evidence.
  • Navigating complex cases with tailored legal strategies.

For individuals and families impacted by DACA, Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law is committed to providing reliable and compassionate legal support. We strive to make the process as smooth as possible, allowing our clients to focus on their lives and contributions to their communities in the United States.

TPS (Temporary Protected Status)

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a humanitarian relief program provided by the United States to nationals of certain countries experiencing ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters, or extraordinary and temporary conditions. TPS allows beneficiaries to live and work in the U.S. legally for a designated period, which can be extended depending on the situation in their home country.

To be eligible for TPS, applicants must be nationals of a country currently designated for TPS. They must file during the open registration or re-registration period and meet all requirements, including continuous physical presence and continuous residence in the United States since specified dates. Individuals with certain criminal records or who pose a threat to national security are not eligible.

The countries eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) are subject to change and is dependent of the evolving conditions within these nations. For current information and to assess your eligibility, we highly recommend consulting with an experienced immigration attorney. To explore your options and determine if you qualify for TPS, consider scheduling a consultation with Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law.

Application Assistance: We guide clients through the TPS application process, ensuring that all forms are accurately completed and submitted within the required timeframes. Our team helps gather necessary documentation and evidence to support the application, increasing the chances of approval.

Renewals: TPS status is temporary and requires periodic renewals. Our firm assists clients with the renewal process, managing deadlines and ensuring that all paperwork is up-to-date and submitted correctly.

Guidance on Maintaining Status: We provide ongoing support and advice to TPS beneficiaries on how to maintain their status. This includes guidance on travel, employment authorization, and staying compliant with all TPS requirements.

Navigating Complex Cases: For clients facing challenges or who have unique circumstances, our team is skilled in addressing complex issues related to TPS. Whether it’s responding to requests for evidence or dealing with changes in country designation status, we are equipped to provide expert legal assistance.


Asylum offers protection in the United States to individuals who have suffered persecution or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion in their home country. At Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law, we are dedicated to guiding clients through this vital process, ensuring their rights and safety are prioritized.

  • Fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
  • Presence in the U.S. or at a port of entry.
  • Filing for asylum within one year of arrival in the U.S., unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  • Application Assistance: We help clients prepare and file their asylum applications (Form I-589), ensuring accuracy and completeness to enhance the chances of approval.
  • Representation in Interviews: Our attorneys provide representation during asylum interviews, offering support and guidance to navigate this critical stage.
  • Handling Complex Cases: We have a reputation in managing complex asylum cases, including those involving legal intricacies or past immigration issues.
  • Appeals and Litigation: In cases of denial, we assist clients with appeals and, if necessary, legal action to uphold their right to asylum.

For personalized assistance with your asylum case, contact Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law. We’re here to help you navigate the asylum process with expertise and care.

VAWA Petitions: Empowering Abuse Survivors

VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) petitions provide a lifeline for individuals who have suffered abuse at the hands of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse, parent, or child. This provision empowers survivors to seek legal status independently, without relying on their abuser.

  • Relationship to Abuser: Must be the spouse, child, or parent of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident who has subjected you to battery or extreme cruelty.
  • Evidence of Abuse: Requires proof of abuse, such as police reports, medical records, court orders, or affidavits from witnesses.
  • Residence with Abuser: Generally, you must have lived with the abusive family member.
  • Good Moral Character: Applicants should demonstrate good moral character, typically for the last three years.

  • Independent Immigration Pathway: Allows victims to self-petition for legal status without the abuser’s knowledge or consent.
  • Work Authorization: Eligibility for employment authorization upon approval of the petition.
  • Protection from Deportation: Provides interim protection against removal proceedings.
  • Pathway to Permanent Residency: Successful petitioners can eventually apply for a Green Card.

At Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law, we offer compassionate and skilled assistance for VAWA petitioners. Our services include:

  • Petition Preparation: Careful preparation and submission of VAWA petitions, ensuring all necessary documentation and evidence are accurately presented.
  • Legal Guidance: Providing expert legal advice to navigate the complexities of VAWA eligibility and the application process.
  • Confidentiality and Safety: Maintaining the highest level of confidentiality and prioritizing the safety and well-being of our clients.
  • Addressing Complex Challenges: Skilled in handling complex cases, including those with legal complications or where additional evidence is required.
  • Continuous Support: Offering ongoing support and guidance throughout the VAWA petition process, from initial consultation to final resolution.

Our team at Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law is dedicated to empowering abuse survivors through the VAWA petition process, providing the legal support needed to start a new chapter of life with dignity and independence.

U Visa: for Victims of Crime

The U Visa offers a pathway to legal status for individuals who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse from being victims of certain crimes in the U.S. This visa provides a crucial lifeline, enabling victims to assist law enforcement without fear of deportation.

  • Victim of qualifying criminal activity resulting in substantial physical or mental harm.
  • Possess information about the criminal activity.
  • Currently helpful, have been helpful in the past, or is likely to be helpful to law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime.
  • The crime occurred in the United States or violated U.S. laws.
  • Temporary legal status and work authorization in the U.S. for up to four years.
  • Potential pathway to permanent residency (Green Card) after three years.
  • Eligibility for certain family members to also receive U Visa status.
  • Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law provides comprehensive assistance with U Visa applications. Our services include:

    • Thoroughly assessing eligibility and guiding clients through the application process.
    • Gathering and compiling necessary evidence to support the claim of being a crime victim.
    • Collaborating with law enforcement to obtain necessary certifications.
    • Providing ongoing support and legal advice throughout the application and approval process.

T Visa: for Victims of Human Trafficking

The T Visa is a critical U.S. immigration benefit designed for individuals who have suffered severe forms of human trafficking. It offers a pathway for victims to stay in the United States and assist in the investigation or prosecution of human trafficking cases.

  • Victim of Trafficking: Must be a victim of severe forms of trafficking in persons, including sex trafficking and labor trafficking.
  • Presence in the U.S.: Must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or at a port of entry due to trafficking.
  • Compliance with Law Enforcement: Must comply with any reasonable request from law enforcement for assistance in the investigation or prosecution of human trafficking (exceptions apply for victims under 18 or those unable to cooperate due to physical or psychological trauma).
  • Extreme Hardship: Demonstrate that you would suffer extreme hardship involving unusual and severe harm if removed from the United States.
  • Legal Status: Provides legal status in the U.S. for up to four years, with potential extensions in certain circumstances.
  • Work Authorization: Eligibility for employment authorization in the United States.
  • Pathway to Permanent Residency: May lead to eligibility for adjustment of status to lawful permanent residency (Green Card) after three years or upon completion of the investigation or prosecution, whichever occurs earlier.
  • Family Member Eligibility: Certain immediate family members may also be eligible for T nonimmigrant status

Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law offers comprehensive assistance for T Visa applications and renewals. Our services include:

  • Application Preparation: Meticulous preparation and filing of T Visa applications, ensuring all eligibility criteria are met and documentation is complete.
  • Evidence Gathering: Assisting in gathering crucial evidence to support the claim of human trafficking and demonstrating compliance with law enforcement requirements.
  • Legal Support: Providing robust legal support throughout the application process, including representation in any necessary legal proceedings.
  • Renewal Assistance: Helping clients navigate the renewal process to maintain their T Visa status.
  • Family Member Applications: Assisting with applications for eligible family members of T Visa recipients.

Our dedicated team at Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law is committed to supporting victims of human trafficking, guiding them through the legal complexities of the T Visa process with empathy and expertise.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is a critical U.S. immigration classification that offers protection to foreign children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. This status is designed to safeguard the welfare of vulnerable children, providing them a pathway to remain in the United States legally.

  • Age Requirement: The child must be under 21 years old.
  • Marital Status: The child should be unmarried.
  • Juvenile Court Dependency: The child must be declared dependent on a juvenile court.
  • Best Interest Determination: The court must find that it is not in the child’s best interest to return to their home country.
  • Pathway to Lawful Permanent Residency: SIJS recipients can apply for a Green Card.
  • Stability and Security: Offers a stable and secure environment for the child to live in the U.S.
  • Work Authorization: Enables the child to legally work in the United States.
  • Protection from Deportation: Provides protection against removal or deportation from the U.S.

At Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law, we are committed to assisting young immigrants through the SIJS process with compassion and expertise. Our services include:

  • Legal Representation in Family Court: We provide representation in juvenile court proceedings, essential for obtaining the necessary orders for SIJS eligibility.
  • SIJS Application Assistance: Our team expertly handles the preparation and submission of SIJS applications, ensuring all legal requirements are meticulously met.
  • Navigating Complex Cases: We are experienced in dealing with complex SIJS cases, including those involving intricate family dynamics or legal challenges.
  • Liaising with USCIS: Our attorneys effectively communicate with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of our clients, addressing any concerns or requests for evidence.
  • Comprehensive Support: From the initial consultation to the final resolution, we provide continuous support and guidance, ensuring each child’s case is given the attention and care it deserves.

Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law is dedicated to protecting the rights and futures of vulnerable children through the SIJS program. We strive to provide a safe and legal pathway for these young individuals to rebuild their lives in a nurturing environment.

Why Choose Sharma-Crawford for DACA, TPS, and Asylum Humanitarian Assistance Programs

In-depth Legal Expertise:

We have a reputation in successfully navigating complex immigration areas like DACA, TPS, asylum, and more, offering you unparalleled guidance.

Empathetic and Respectful Service:

Your story matters to us. We handle every case with empathy and respect.

Multilingual Communication:

Communicating in multiple languages, we ensure every client feels understood.

Proven Success:

We're proud of our track record in winning challenging cases and safeguarding client futures.

Personalized Approach:

Understanding your unique needs, we tailor our approach to your specific need and for the most effective solutions.

Comprehensive Client Support:

From start to finish, we're with you, providing guidance and assurance.

Strong Advocacy:

We aggressively defend your rights, ready to face any legal challenge.

Active Community Engagement:

Beyond the courtroom, we're committed to advocating for immigrant and refugee rights.

We’re more than just your attorneys; we’re your staunch allies in navigating the immigration journey. Trust the immigration attorneys at Sharma-Crawford Attorneys at Law, for legal assistance with DACA, TPS, asylum cases and more.

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            Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

            DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; it is a U.S. immigration policy for individuals who entered the country as children. These individuals are often referred to as DREAMers. DACA offers protection from deportation and a two-year renewable work permit, but not citizenship or a direct path to it. Eligibility includes arriving in the U.S. before age 16, continuous residence since June 15, 2007, and meeting certain education or military service criteria, without serious criminal offenses. Established in 2012, DACA’s future remains uncertain due to legal challenges.

            Yes, DACA is active but with limitations. Current DACA recipients can renew their status and are protected from deportation. However, USCIS is not accepting new DACA applications due to a July 2021 court order. The program’s future remains uncertain, with ongoing legal challenges and potential changes depending on future court rulings or congressional actions.

            TPS stands for Temporary Protected Status.  TPS is a U.S. immigration program granting temporary residency and work authorization to nationals from certain countries experiencing conflicts, disasters, or other extraordinary conditions. TPS protects recipients from deportation and allows them to work legally in the U.S. It’s a temporary solution without a direct path to permanent residency or citizenship.  Countries designated for TPS are periodically reviewed by the Department of Homeland Security and is subject to change.

            Asylum in immigration law is a protection granted to individuals in the U.S. who fear persecution in their home country based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Asylum seekers must prove a well-founded fear of persecution and cannot safely return home. Asylum may offer a path to permanent residency and citizenship. The process involves application, interviews, and evidence presentation, and must include legal counsel. Applications must be filed while physically present in the U.S.

             Affirmative asylum applications are proactively filed by individuals who are not in removal proceedings and believe they qualify for asylum. These applications are submitted directly to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Defensive asylum applications, on the other hand, are filed by individuals who are already in removal proceedings in Immigration Court. This is typically a “defense” against their removal from the U.S. The application becomes a part of their court proceedings, and the immigration judge will decide on their asylum eligibility.

            Yes, you can work while your asylum application is pending, however there are specific guidelines you must adhere to. You cannot apply for work authorization immediately after filing for asylum; instead, you must wait 150 days from the date USCIS received your complete asylum application. If no decision has been made on your asylum application till after the 150-day period, you can apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) by submitting the required form. Once approved, the EAD allows you to work legally in the U.S. It’s essential to be aware of these timelines and ensure you have the necessary authorization before seeking employment, to avoid jeopardizing your asylum application or status.

            If you’ve missed the one-year deadline to apply for asylum after arriving in the U.S., your asylum application may be denied unless you qualify for an exception. There are two primary exceptions to this rule:

            • Changed Circumstances
            • Extraordinary Circumstances

            Yes, in most cases, you can petition to bring your spouse and unmarried children under 21 to the U.S. after being granted asylum.

              A U visa is a nonimmigrant visa in the U.S. for victims of certain crimes who have suffered significant abuse and are willing to assist law enforcement. Eligibility requires being a victim of a qualifying crime, suffering substantial abuse, and aiding in investigation or prosecution. Benefits include protection from deportation, work permit eligibility, and potential for permanent residency after three years. The application process is complex and may involve lengthy processing times due to annual visa caps. Obtaining the assistance of an experienced immigration attorney is highly recommended. Call (816) 994-2300 today!

             A T visa is a nonimmigrant visa in the U.S. for victims of severe human trafficking who assist law enforcement in investigations or prosecutions. It offers protection from deportation, work authorization, and a potential pathway to permanent residency after three years. Eligibility includes being a trafficking victim, cooperating with law enforcement, and meeting other specific criteria. There’s an annual cap on T visas, emphasizing confidentiality for applicants. The application process is tedious and involves evidence gathering.  Obtaining the assistance of a seasoned immigration attorney is highly recommended. Call (816) 994-2300 today!

            VAWA, or the Violence Against Women Act, is a provision that allows victims of abuse at the hands of certain U.S. citizens or Green Card holders to seek legal immigration status in the U.S. without the knowledge or involvement of their abuser. VAWA allows victims, irrespective of gender, to carve pursue their path to legal U.S. residency. This pathway is a testament to the United State’s commitment to protect those vulnerable, ensuring their safety and a life free from harm.

            The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) plays a pivotal role in safeguarding immigrants who’ve been subjected to abuse by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR).  Following are some ways victims of abuse you can seek assistance under the provisions offered by VAWA:

            • Self-Petitioning: Through VAWA, immigrants gain the ability to self-petition for legal status without relying on their abusive family member’s sponsorship.
            • Protection for all genders: The name might suggest specificity to women, but VAWA casts a wide net including men and member of the LGBTQ+ community.
            • Cancellation of Removal: Immigrants facing an imminent risk of deportation can invoke the VAWA Cancellation of Removal. This not only puts a potential stop to the deportation process but also opens doors to adjust their immigration status.
            • Protection for undocumented Immigrants: A key tenet of VAWA is its inclusivity. Even if someone’s undocumented, VAWA can still be a beacon of hope, offering avenues to adjust their status, especially if abuse is part of their narrative.
            • Support during deportation proceedings: Deportation can be a harrowing experience. VAWA recognizes this and extends support even during these proceedings, potentially altering the course of the individual’s immigration journey.
            • Waiver of Inadmissibility: Certain grounds might render an immigrant inadmissible to the U.S. VAWA introduces flexibility here, allowing for waivers of inadmissibility under less stringent criteria than typical immigration processes.

            Evidence is crucial: While VAWA offers multiple avenues of support, backing one’s claims with concrete evidence remains paramount. This can include medical reports, testimonies, police records, or other pertinent documentation.


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