- Case 1: Green Card or U.S. Legal Permanent Residency through employment – Labor certification
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.
- Case 2: I-130 Family Visa Petition and Consular Processing – Daughter of a U.S. Citizen
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.
- Case 3: I-751 Late Filing (Avoiding a loss of legal permanent residency status or green card)
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.
- Case 4: Consular Petition – Green Card through a U.S. Citizen Brother
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.
- Case 5: Deportation or Removal Proceedings – Stop a deportation – Application to Terminate the Deportation
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.
- Case 6: Removal Proceedings: A 212 (c) Waiver to stop deportation
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.
- Case 7: Legal Permanent Residency After a Divorce
Ms. S., a Japanese national, was married to a U.S. citizen, and had filed for a divorce because she was a victim of domestic violence. She did not have a green card and she wanted to continue to live in the U.S. with her children. We filed a VAWA petition (Violence Against Women Act) which was approved in 18 months and so she was able to live in the U.S. legally with her U.S. citizen children. We then filed for her green card and Ms. S now lives here legally and safely.
- Case 8: Deportation Proceedings: Stopping Deportation From The U.S. For A Family
Mrs. P, a single mother was afraid she was going to be deported along with her three young daughters because they were all in deportation proceedings in immigration court. Using an interpreter, we explained the court process to her and what she could expect during the deportation hearings. We also helped her to find and organize enough documents to show the immigration judge that their deportation from the U.S. would cause extreme and unusual hardship to her other U.S. citizen family members who could not move to Mexico with Mrs. P. We were all very happy when the immigration judge approved her family’s Cancellation of Removal for Non Legal Permanent Residents application. The turn-around time for Mrs. P’s deportation hearing was about two years. After this, we applied for the family’s green cards and guided them through the entire process and interviews so they received their green cards in less than a year.
- Case 9: Working in the U.S. with a Temporary Work Visa -H1-B visa petition
Mr. K is a British citizen who wanted to join his company’s new office in Los Angeles, California, but he did not have a valid visa to work in the U.S. After we reviewed his work history we determined that of all the temporary visas available to him, he was best suited for an H-1b visa. Our law office applied for an H-1b visa petition on his behalf to establish that the fairly new U.S. business entity was a qualified H1-B petitioner and that Mr. K was a qualified employee with the appropriate skills and education for the position. Mr. K’s H-1B petition was granted quickly allowing him to continue his with his career here.
- Case 10: Deferred Inspection – Stopping Deportation Before It Starts.
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.
- Case 11: From F-1 visa to a P-1A Visa for a Track and Field Athlete:
Mr. K wanted to change from his F-1 student visa to become a track and field athlete. We reviewed his case to see if he had the appropriate track and field athletic skills and qualifications, then we assisted with his P-1 visa application by guiding him through the necessary pre-filing steps and preparing the supporting documentation. Mr. K’s P-1 visa application was approved within 4 months and he now trains as an athlete in the U.S.
- Case 12: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA or Dreamers:
We helped our client, Ms. G, apply for deferred action because of President Obama’s order of Deferred Action which allows certain people to ‘postpone’ deportation and get a work permit if they have lived in the U.S. before the age of 16 and meet the other requirements. Although Ms. G has lived in the U.S. since she was a young child and had attended high school, she found herself in need of a work permit so that she could support her family as she was undocumented. After we spoke to Ms. G about her situation, we applied for her deferred action petition which was approved.
- Case 13: Getting Permission To Stay In The U.S. After Deportation
Ms. S. had been ordered deported by an immigration judge and was under an Order of Supervision with ICE. She was deeply concerned about returning to her country because of her ill health. We were able to file for a Stay of Removal from ICE to stop her deportation for one year so that she could continue to receive medical treatment here.
- Case 14: Provisional Waiver: Getting a green card through marriage after unlawful entry or overstay
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.