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Story About Lelia Adams

Principal at Essien Immigration Law located in Phoenix, AZ with specialization in Family-based immigration and Deportation defense and Employment-based immigration. Lelia is also the founder of Muesliikon (healthy alternative to sugary cereal/granola).

Lelia grew up in a small village in Africa without electricity and running water. Walking miles to the stream to fetch water or firewood was her daily norm until she miraculously arrived in America.

At one point, Lelia was a child of an undocumented immigrant but now she is the child of a lawful permanent resident. Lelia is one of those lawyers who has personally gone through “immigration hell” because her mother was deported and as a young girl she watched helplessly.

As she drove her mother to JFK in tears, she promised her mother she would become a lawyer and would bring her back. She went to law school, became a lawyer and brought her mother back to America.

Immigration is personal to Lelia and she can relate on a different level with her client’s issues because of her unique experiences.

What we are expert at

Legal Practices Area

Family-Based Immigration

The purpose of family based immigration is to aid the reunification of temporary divided families. This means that if you have a relative that is a United States citizen (USC) or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), then your relative who is a USC or LPR can petition for you to come to the United States.

Nonimmigrant Visas

What is a Nonimmigrant Visa? Types of Nonimmigrant Visas

A nonimmigrant visa is a visa of temporary intent which means that your reason for coming into the United States is to stay here temporary and eventually return to your country. The flip side of the nonimmigrant visa coin is known as the Immigrant visa or a visa of permanent intent.

For this article the focus is on types of nonimmigrant visa. There are over 20 types of nonimmigrant visa, and some of the common ones include.

Employment-Based Immigration

One of the most sought after visa is known as the H-1B visa which an employment based visa. An employment-based visa allows you to work in the United States and eventually allows you to become a permanent resident. This allows about 140 thousand people a year to get a green card.

Removal Defense

Removal defense involves representing and advocating for immigrants facing deportation from the United States. For many immigrants facing removal from the United States, the process involves appearing before an immigration judge in immigration court.

Naturalization & Citizenship

You can become a United States citizen either by birth, by naturalization or by through U.S. citizen parents. All children born in the United States are U.S. citizens except for children born to foreign nationals who are recognized diplomats of another country.

Immigration Document Review

Immigration lawyers assists clients with all immigration cases including identifying the forms and researching solutions for each type of case. We have handled cases where clients have attempted to complete their immigration document/submit themselves with the hopes that they will save money.

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    What we are expert at

    Why Clients Choose Us

    “One immigrant helping other immigrants”. Lelia being an immigrant can relate directly with you. 

    We tap into our years of experience in immigration, research and will always seek solution to our clients immigration issues while at the same time anticipating our clients needs and will do what is best for our clients. 

    Our Works

    Case Studies


    Words From Clients

    • Lelia assisted my employer with a TN renewal case. My employer was very satisfied with her work so when we had another case, we went back to her. Lelia is currently handling my case and I can’t be more pleased. She genuinely cares about her clients and goes above and beyond to help them achieve their goals and dreams. She returns calls promptly and follows through on what she says she will do. Lelia sets the bar high not only in her personal life but also professionally and that is evidenced by her work product. I would recommend her without hesitation because I know her clients will be very satisfied with her work.

    • Very Knowledgeable –

      Lelia is as talented as she is caring. She will do everything she can to make sure you come out with the best possible outcome. In my case, I had a situation where the immigration implications of my case were very technical and with second order effects. Lelia was able to give me the right counsel just when I needed it. Of everyone I consulted, she was the one who gave me the most complete information. I will recommend her any day anytime.

    • Leila is just awesome. She helped me with obtaining my removal of condition. She gives great advice, she is a people person, she goes above and beyond to help.


    Contact Info

    Call Now : (1)602-535-2500

    • Mon - Fri 09:00-5:00
    • 20 E. Thomas Rd, Ste. 2200 Phoenix AZ, 85012

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