It's a dangerous business... going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to. -JRR Tolkien

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Elizabeth B Ford PortraitElizabeth B. Ford is a native of Chardon, Ohio.

After graduating from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York with a degree in Classics, Elizabeth returned to Ohio to attend Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland.  While studying at Case Western Law School, Elizabeth had the opportunity to intern at the Empire Justice Center in Albany, New York where she worked in the immigration unit.  Elizabeth served as a legal intern at the Cleveland Immigration Court, where she observed removal proceedings and assisted in researching and drafting judicial opinions.   Elizabeth also was a law clerk for a local Cleveland immigration attorney where she assisted in researching and preparing cases for litigation.  After she graduated in 2011, Elizabeth was a volunteer attorney for the Cleveland Legal Aid Society Community Advocacy Program (“CAP”) and later an associate attorney at a Cleveland immigration law firm where she handled a variety of immigration cases.

Elizabeth became interested in immigration law when she met her husband, Wilhans, a native of Brazil.  After navigating the U.S. immigration system for her husband, Elizabeth developed a keen understanding not only of immigration law, but also the emotional toll the immigration process takes on families.  As a result, Elizabeth has devoted her practice to providing professional and compassionate service to people from all walks of life.

Elizabeth is a member of the Ohio bar and the American Immigration Lawyer Association (“AILA”).  Elizabeth is an avid equestrian and world traveler. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Wilhans, and their horses and other animals.

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Recent Blog Posts

July 29, 2016 |

USICS Finally Announces Expanded Provisional Waiver Start Date

Back in 2014, President Obama announced that there would be immigration reform by means of executive actions and changes within USCIS.  To date, none of those programs have been implemented, and the executive actions remain tied up in Court.  However, today, USCIS announced that it will begin accepting the expanded provisional waiver on August 29, 2016.  What does this mean?  How do you qualify? If you are an undocumented immigrant, and you : Are married to a US citizen or LPR or have a US citizen or LPR parent; Have an approved I-130 Are not in immigration proceedings, or the proceedings are administratively closed; Have no criminal issues other than minor traffic infractions; Only...

November 23, 2015 |

What to be thankful for in 2015…

Hello! With Thanksgiving nearly here, and the end of the year quickly approaching, it is a good time to reflect on what we should be thankful for this year.  Last year, on November 20, 2014, President Obama announced an executive action that would protect undocumented parents of US citizen children from deportation and expand DACA to include children who came to the USA since 2010.  Sadly, today those actions still sit tied up in Court, and hopefully now in the hands of the Justices of the Supreme Court of the USA. DHS and the immigration courts have been trying to use their prosecutorial discretion to administratively close as many cases as they can that...

October 19, 2015 |

H-2B Temporary Non Immigrant Visa Season is here!

As the fall time approaches, it comes time to look forward towards spring employment!  (a little early, right?  Not for immigration!)  Fall is a great time to start preparing for the H-2B Temporary Non-Immigrant employment-based visa season.  An H-2B visa is for seasonal, peak load, one-time or intermittent need temporary employment, not to exceed nine months.  Examples of H-2B visas employment includes landscaping, snow plowing, tree climbers/pruners, hospitality work in hotels and resorts, and equestrian grooms.  These are just some examples of the kinds of employment that meets the criteria of the H-2B visa.  While the H-2B is a great opportunity for employers to find foreign nationals to come in and work a job,...

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