Archive for the ‘Success Stories’ Category

Archive for the ‘Success Stories’ Category

Maria’s Adoption is Finalized

February 16th, 2011 by mlpadmin

Jim and Julia began the adoption of four-year-old Maria from Brazil on their own without an immigration attorney. After completing the adoption in Brazil, the filed the immigration petition to bring Maria to the United States. Jim and Julia expected the petition to be approved, and they anticipated having Maria home in the USA very soon. They were shocked and distressed to learn that their petition was denied! Immigration officers had determined that Mariaa was not actually an orphan according to United States Immigration law.

Jim and Julia came to us with their denial papers from the United States Government. After listening carefully to their tale, I was certain that we had enough information and a legal basis to appeal the decision of USCIS. I worked with Jim and Julia over the next several weeks to prepare proper documents to prove that their new daughter, Maria, was indeed an orphan and should be considered as one under the immigration laws of the United States.

We filed our appeal within the required time limit, and succeeded in establishing Maria’s orphan status. Maria’s case was approved.

Jim and Julia are now happily raising their daughter, Maria, in the United States.

Eduardo & Juana Reunited

February 14th, 2011 by mlpadmin

Eduardo was born in Colombia.  He immigrated to the USA with his family as a child and later became a US citizen.  Eduardo started his own company in Chicago and was successfully operating his business when he met Juana.

Juana came to the USA to visit some friends in Chicago and she and Eduardo started to date.  While they were dating, Juana’s Visitor Visa expired.  She filed for an extension of her visa, which was granted by USCIS.

After several months, Eduardo proposed to Juana and they were married in Chicago.  A year and a half later their first child, Sara, was born.

Eduardo could not have been happier.  His business was doing well and he had wonderful wife and healthy daughter.

Eduardo thought that since he and Juana were married, she was permitted to live in the USA indefinitely.  Eduardo did not consult an immigration attorney.  He did not know that he had to file certain U.S. Immigration forms for her.

One day, Eduardo realized that Juana’s visa had been expired for more than a year.  He went to the local USCIS office to see what he should do.  The USCIS officer gave him an I-130 form to complete.  He also told Eduardo that Juana would have to leave the USA.  She would have to return to Colombia and apply for an Immigrant Visa.

Eduardo looked at the I-130 form and decided it was simple enough to complete by himself.  He filed the I-130 on his own without an immigration attorney and waited for the interview to be scheduled in Colombia.

When Juana went to her interview in Colombia, the interviewer noted that Juana had stayed in the USA for over a year after her visitor visa expired.  The fact of Juana’s marriage to Eduardo made no difference under Immigration law.  Juana was denied an Immigrant Visa and now was barred from entering the United States for ten years.

Eduardo was devastated.   He had to return to the USA alone to run his business, leaving his wife and daughter in Colombia.

When Eduardo was referred to me, he was distraught.  He did not know what he was going to do without his wife and daughter. He was so depressed that he was not eating, and had become unable to take care of his clients.

First, I encouraged Eduardo to get help for his depression.  I explained to him exactly why Juana was barred from the United States, and suggested that she might qualify for a special waiver.  Then we began to prepare and assemble the documentation for Juana’s case.  When all was ready, we petitioned the USCIS for a waiver of the 10-year bar that had been imposed against Juana.

At last, the waiver was approved and Juana was permitted to immigrate to the USA to reunite with her spouse.  Eduardo, Juana and Sara are now living the American dream together.

We understand that your immigration problem is a life problem.  Our goal is to work as hard as we can to make your life’s dreams come true.

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Jane Protected by Violence Against Women Act

February 14th, 2011 by mlpadmin

Jane was born in the Netherlands and met Benjamin when he was on a trip there in the summer.  After Benjamin returned to the United States, they corresponded by letters and phone calls. Soon Benjamin invited Jane to visit him.  Jane came to the USA on a visa waiver for a two week vacation.  Benjamin convinced her to stay longer and after several months they were married.

While they dated, Benjamin was the perfect gentleman and Jane was deeply in love with him. Jane knew that she and Benjamin needed to file some immigration applications and she mentioned this to him.  He said,  “Of course! We will file them as soon as we receive our tax refund.”

When the refund came, Benjamin needed to use that money to fix his boat instead of paying the filing fees. He told Jane that they would when he received his next pay bonus.

Jane began to worry because her visa had long expired.  She asked Benjamin again about filing the necessary immigration applications.  Now Benjamin told her that he could not afford to file them.  He became very angry whenever she brought up her immigration concerns. 

Jane could not work because she did not have employment authorization.  She tried to explain that if she could work, she could help out financially.  Benjamin told her he did not want her working.  He then threatened that if she kept asking, he would call USCIS and have her deported.

A few weeks later, Jane discovered she was pregnant and knew that they would need extra money for the baby.   Jane told Benjamin about the new baby, and his behavior now became even more controlling.

Now Benjamin would not let Jane call home to talk with her family or friends.  When he heard her speaking Dutch with friends she had in the USA, he would make her switch to English. 

One day, when Benjamin heard Jane speaking Dutch on the telephone, he grabbed the phone out of her hand, knocked her down and hung up the phone.  Jane began to sob and Benjamin yelled at her to stop.  He stormed out of the house. 

Jane was afraid and decided to go stay with some friends.  She looked for her passport and realized that Benjamin had taken it.

When Jane contacted me, her relationship with her spouse had totally disintegrated and she did not know what to do.  I told her I believed she could file for Permanent Residence on her own, based on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  We spent the next several months preparing Jane’s case in complete confidentiality.  We worked hard to document every detail and comply with every requirement of U.S. Immigration law. 

And our hard work paid off!  When we presented her case to USCIS, it was approved without the need for Benjamin’s consent.   Jane is now pursuing her profession as a nurse and raising her son in the USA.

Jane’s tragic story was transformed into victory by careful planning and the help of a competent, experienced immigration attorney.

No matter what your circumstances are, your case receives my personal attention and care. I take pride in building your case into the strongest possible presentation for Immigration authorities.  And I look forward to counting you among my successes!

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Frank Gets His Employment Visa

January 12th, 2011 by mlpadmin

Frank came to the United States to pursue his love of chemistry.  When he came to our office, he was as an assistant professor of chemistry at a local college.  His college respected his work as a teacher and scholar, and wanted to hire him as a permanent faculty member. Unfortunately, Frank was only authorized as a temporary worker by USCIS.

As with many of our cases,  Frank had a number of different immigration options, including the PERM Visa.   Each option implied certain advantages and disadvantages, so we spent the first part of our work carefully assessing and explaining  Frank’s chances of success with each option.

Frank was competent but very humble, and we discovered several qualifications that Frank himself had overlooked.  For instance, when we reviewed Frank’s accomplishments, we found that his research was internationally recognized.  In his case, the PERM option proved to be unnecessary.  Finally, we chose the immigration option that appeared to be the best one for Frank’s case.

Today, Frank is a full professor, sharing his love and expertise with hundreds of chemistry students.