Maria’s Adoption is Finalized

Maria’s Adoption is Finalized

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.