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A native of Mexico, Mr. H is a qualified French chef who hired our Law Offices to help him obtain a green card so that he could work in the U.S. legally at a Los Angeles area French restaurant. We filed his Labor Certification petition and after this was approved we successfully filed for his green card application.
Mr. R., a native of Belize and a U.S. citizen, had his first green card application denied when he had used a ‘notario’ or immigration consultant. After this, when Mr. R hired our law office for help our goal was to provide him with a fast, and successful process. In addition to taking care of all the problems which had led to his previous denial, we provided Mr. R with periodic updates regarding his daughter’s petition and addressed any questions or concerns that he had along the way. Eventually, Mr. R’s family visa petition was approved and his daughter was able to enter the U.S. legally as a legal permanent resident.
Ms. M had not filed her two minor sons’ I-751 petitions to Remove the Conditions of Residence before their legal residency cards (‘green cards’) expiration date. After she noticed that their green cards had expired, she contacted our law office to seek help for she was concerned that the USCIS would deport her children back to their native Philippines where they did not have anyone to care for them. After a thorough analysis of her case, we filed an I-751 petition with the USCIS with strong legal arguments in support of her sons’ late applications and good supporting documents. Their application was approved after a few months and the children were able to get their permanent green cards.
Ms. M. a native of Ethiopia and our client, had been waiting patiently for years for the moment she could file for her green card because of the family visa petition filed by her U.S. citizen brother. As the sister of a U.S. citizen, Ms. M. had an average of a ten year wait on the USCIS waiting list. When our law office conducted a routine case status inquiry with the USCIS, they informed us that Ms. M’s file had been lost, and that there was nothing that they could do.
Given that Ms. M. had already been on the waiting list for many years, Ms. Emenike and our legal team spent many hours over the next several months communicating with and urging the CIS officers to not abandon our client’s case as it would be unfair to make her to start the whole process again when her file had been lost by the USCIS themselves!
After much persistence, we finally succeeded in persuading the CIS to approve our Motion To Re-open Ms. M’s case and reconstruct her lost USCIS file. After many phone calls, online inquiries and personal trips to the USCIS Los Angeles District Office, the USCIS finally reviewed and approved Ms. M’s family visa petition. Ms. M. has since become a legal permanent resident of the U.S. This was a very satisfying outcome for us, particularly when Ms. M told us that she felt that our perseverance was the main reason why she was able to get her green card despite the odds.
Ms. G, who had a green card, was placed in immigration court so that she could be deported from the U.S. because she had a criminal conviction. After she hired us, we studied her immigration and criminal history and found out that Mrs. G’s criminal history should not cause her to be deported. As part of her defense, we filed an application with the court to stop her deportation proceedings (Motion to Terminate proceedings) and were able to prove to the court that Ms. G. should not have been sent to the immigration court in the first place because her conviction was not so serious to cause her to be deported. The immigration judge agreed with us and ordered that her deportation case be stopped. As a result of this, Ms. G did not lose her green card.
Mr. A, a U.S. Legal Permanent Resident was in deportation proceedings and in danger of being deported to his native Costa Rica, because of an earlier criminal conviction when he came to us for help. Ms. Emenike filed a section 212 (c) waiver to stop his deportation from the U.S. and successfully proved to the immigration judge that he was a suitable person for the waiver. After his criminal waiver was approved and his deportation case closed, we later helped him become a U.S. citizen.
Mr. E. is a U.S. Legal Permanent Resident, and a native of Guatemala who had been detained at the airport and then referred to the Deferred Inspection Unit to determine if he should be placed in Removal Proceedings. Our Law Offices assisted Mr. E. by reviewing his case and records to research whether his previous conviction should really cause him to be removed from the U.S. Ms. Emenike attended his Deferred Inspection appointment with him to discuss his case personally with the Immigration Officer and was able to prove to the USCIS that based on their regulations and the law he should not be deported or removed from the U.S. The immigration officer agreed and Mr. E. was allowed to keep his green card or U.S. Legal Permanent Residency status. Mr. E. later told us that knowing that we were there to speak on his behalf to the immigration service helped him sleep a lot better at night until his case was completed.
Comment: We are glad that our client came to us for help quickly because we could stop him from being put into deportation proceedings. It has been our experience that people usually wait before they seek help from a lawyer and by that time their case has become more complicated and expensive. Here Mr. E saved himself a lot of money and sleepless nights by speaking to an experienced immigration attorney quickly.
Although our client was married to a U.S. citizen he could not file for a green card in the U.S. because he had entered illegally and he was scared to risk leaving the U.S. to apply for a green card at a Consulate abroad. His concern was that he would be separated from his family here and he did not know if a waiver for his unlawful stay in the US would be approved by the U.S. consulate in his home country.
After he came to us, we saw that he would be a suitable person to apply for a provisional waiver for unlawful presence here in the U.S. so that he gets the waiver here before he even leaves the country.
We filed for Mr. M’s family visa petition, and after this was approved we sent the USCIS a provisional waiver application to pardon his unlawful stay in the U.S. After the Provisional waiver approval, Mr. M was able to travel home to be processed for a green card at the U.S. consulate and he came back to the U.S. with a green card approval.