These few examples are representative of how we have helped our clients:
- Case 1: Legal Permanent Residency through employment – Labor certification
- Case 2: I-130 Family Petition and Consular Processing –Daughter of a U.S. Citizen
- Case 3: I-751 Late Filing (Avoiding a loss of legal permanent residency status or green card)
- Case 4: Consular Petition –Petition by an U.S. Citizen Brother
- Case 5: Removal Proceedings –Motion to Terminate Removal Proceedings
- Case 6: Removal Proceedings: A 212 (c) waiver to stop deportation
- Case 7: Legal Permanent Residency through Violence Against Women Act (V.A.W.A.)
- Case 8: Removal Proceedings: A family in Proceedings
- Case 9: Temporary Work in the U.S. with a Non-Immigrant Visa -H1-B visa petition
- Case 10: Deferred Inspection
Case 1: Legal Permanent Residency through employment – Labor certification
A native of Mexico, Mr. H is a qualified French chef and his employer did not want to lose his top chef. Mr. H retained our Law Offices to assist him so that he could work in the U.S. legally at a Los Angeles area French restaurant. Our law office filed his Labor Certification petition as the first step to obtaining legal permanent residency or a green card.
After Ms. Emenike analyzed his case and advised him on the application process and his chances of success, we prepared, collated and filed Mr. H’s Labor Certification. After, Mr. H’s Labor Certification was approved, our law office continued to assist Mr. H and his young child until they were granted their U.S. Legal Permanent Residency status.
Case 2: I-130 Family Petition and Consular Processing –Daughter of a U.S. Citizen
Mr. R., a native of Belize and a U.S. citizen, had previously filed a petition using a Notary Public to emigrate his daughter to the U.S. from Belize and it was denied. Mr. R. then came to our law offices for help. Our goal was to provide Mr. R. with a fast, burden-free 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 relative petition was granted and when his daughter’s priority date became current, he hired us to petition for her legal permanent residency so she could enter the U.S. legally as a resident. His daughter was granted her U.S. Legal Permanent Residency status and has been re-united with her family in the U.S.
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 CIS would deport her children back to their native Philippines where they did not have anyone to care for them. Our attorney assessed her situation and gave her practical advice on the best way to resolve the problem. After a thorough analysis of her circumstances, we filed an I-751 petition with the CIS with good documentation and strong legal arguments in support of her sons’ late applications. Their application was approved after a few months and they were granted their U.S. legal permanent residency status.
Case 4: Consular Petition –Petition by an 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 relative 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 CIS waiting list. When our law office conducted a routine case status inquiry with the CIS, 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 law office 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 CIS themselves!
After much persistence, we finally succeeded in persuading the CIS to grant our Motion To Re-open and they re-opened Ms. M’s case. Our law office was also able to assist the CIS to reconstruct her CIS file. We continuously followed up with the CIS so that they could process and finalize Ms. M’s application because applications that had been filed around the same date as her application were now being processed. After many phone calls, online inquiries and personal trips to the CIS District Office in Los Angeles Office by Ms. Emenike, the CIS reviewed and granted Ms. M.’s relative petition in 2009. Ms. M. has since adjusted her status and is now 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: Removal Proceedings –Motion to Terminate Removal Proceedings
Ms. G, a Salvadoran national and a Legal Permanent Resident of the U.S. was in Immigration court for Removal Proceedings due to a prior misdemeanor conviction. After a review of her options, we determined that Ms. G. met the requirements for a waiver that would permit her to remain in the U.S. However, during our legal research we also discovered that Mrs. G’s previous conviction did not make her a candidate for deportation. As part of her defense, we filed a Motion to Terminate proceedings and were able to demonstrate to the court that Ms. G. should not have been referred to Immigration court given the nature of her conviction. The immigration judge agreed that our legal arguments were correct and granted our request to terminate the Removal proceedings. As a result of this, Ms. G’s retained her Legal Permanent Residency status.
Case 6: Removal Proceedings: A 212 (c) waiver to stop deportation
Mr. A, a Legal Permanent Resident of the U.S., was in Removal Proceedings in immigration court due to a decade old conviction to which he had pleaded guilty on the advice of his previous lawyer. When Mr. A. learnt that he was at risk of being deported to his native Costa Rica, he came to us for help. Ms. Emenike filed a section 212 (c) waiver on his behalf and successfully proved to the immigration judge that he was eligible for such a waiver. Mr. A. was granted his waiver from deportation. We later filed for his petition for U.S. citizenship after the conclusion of the proceedings and this was granted too.
Case 7: Legal Permanent Residency through Violence Against Women Act (V.A.W.A.)
Ms. S., a Japanese national, was married to a U.S. citizen, but was contemplating a divorce because she was a victim of domestic violence. We successfully filed a VAWA petition which was granted in 18 months. This permitted our client to remain in the U.S. legally with her U.S. citizen children. We then filed for and obtained her legal permanent residency.
Case 8: Removal Proceedings: A family in Proceedings
Mrs. P and her three minor daughters were in Removal Proceedings. Using an interpreter, we explained the court process and what she could expect during the proceedings to her. We then worked with her and her daughters to obtain and collate sufficient evidence to support their applications to prove to the U.S. judge that their removal from the U.S. would cause extreme and unusual hardship to their other minor U.S. citizen family members who could not move to Mexico with Mrs. P. Mrs. P’s case was successful and the judge granted the family’s application for Cancellation of Removal for Non Legal Permanent Residents. The turn-around time for Mrs. P’s removal proceedings case was approximately two years. Our Law Office then applied for the family’s Applications for Adjustment of Status and guided them through the entire process and interviews so they were able to obtain their “green cards” within the year.
Case 9: Temporary Work in the U.S. with a Non-Immigrant 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. 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 employment with his employer.
Case 10: Deferred Inspection
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 interview with him to discuss his case personally with the Immigration Officer and was able to demonstrate to the C.I.S that based on their regulations and the law he was not a candidate for removal from the U.S. The CIS agreed and Mr. E. was permitted to retain his U.S. Legal Permanent Residency status. Mr. E. later told us that knowing that our attorney was to represent him throughout his case and at his interview helped him sleep a lot better at night until his case was completed.