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Motion to Reopen & to Rescind Expedited-Removal Order
04/20/2016
06/07/2016
U.S. Customs & Border Protection
With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Clients, a married Fijian-citizen couple who had been ordered expeditiously removed from the U.S. while attempting to enter as visitors at the airport, were successful in having those expedited-removal orders reopened, rescinded, and recategorized as withdrawals of their respective applications for admission so that they would not be barred in the future from traveling to the U.S.
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I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition and I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
12/24/2015
06/03/2016
USCIS
With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Clients, a U.S. citizen and her Indian-citizen mother, were able to obtain a Green Card for the mother based on their mother-son relationship without a Request for Evidence and without an interview.
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Appeal from Denial of Motion to Reopen Removal Proceedings
03/09/2015
05/25/2016
The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
The Client, a Tongan-citizen woman, had been order removed (deported) in her absence after she failed to appear for a removal hearing because she had lost the hearing notice while moving and, consequently, had been confused about the hearing date. Following the denial by the Immigration Court of a motion to reopen filed by the Client by herself, the Client appealed to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), which set a briefing schedule. The Client then hired the Firm's attorneys a mere two day before her appellate brief was due. The Firm's attorneys not only were successful in having the briefing deadline extended but also obtained on the Client's behalf the sought reopening of her removal proceedings.
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EOIR-42B Cancellation of Removal & Adjustment of Status for Certain Nonpermanent Residents
08/31/2011
03/21/2016
U.S. Immigration Court, Los Angeles, California
The Indian-citizen Client with the Firm's attorneys' assistance willingly placed himself in removal proceedings because he was not being approved for adjustment of status before USCIS based on his U.S.-citizen wife's approved immediate-relative immigrant petition for him because of concerns relating to the labor-certification application and employment-based immigrant petition previously filed for him. In his removal proceedings and with the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client was successful in obtaining relief from removal and consequently a Green Card based on the level of hardship his U.S.-citizen wife would suffer were he not permitted to remain with her in the U.S.
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Motion to Reopen Removal Proceedings
07/27/2015
02/12/2016
The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
The Client, a Nicaraguan-citizen man, had been removed (deported) from the U.S. because of an alleged conviction deemed a controlled-substances-trafficking aggravated felony causing several years later his family to seek the Firm's attorneys' assistance. After determining that the alleged conviction's date preceded the effective date of the relevant Aggravated-Felony bar, that the Client was otherwise eligible for a form of relief from removal that does not exist today but still is available for individuals with certain older perceived convictions, and that the Client did not receive notice of his removal hearing at which he was ordered removed, the Firm's attorneys successfully persuaded the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) through a motion to reopen and to reconsider to reopen and to remand (return) the case to the Immigration Court, thereby permitting the Client to return to the U.S.
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I-765 Work Permit
09/23/2015
10/21/2015
USCIS
With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client, a Nepalese citizen, was successful in renewing a work permit in less than a month after filing based on the Client's having a pending asylum application.
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I-130 Family-Based Immigrant Petition
07/01/2015
10/20/2015
USCIS
The Client, the U.S.-citizen step-mother of a Pakistani-citizen child, obtained approval with the Firm's attorneys' assistance of a stand-alone immigrant petition for her step-child.
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I-130 Family-Based Immigrant Petition
07/01/2015
10/20/2015
USCIS
The Client, the U.S.-citizen step-mother of a Pakistani-citizen child, obtained approval with the Firm's attorneys' assistance of a stand-alone immigrant petition for her step-child.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on Grant of T Nonimmigrant Status)
04/27/2015
10/15/2015
USCIS
The Client, an Indian citizen, had previously with the Firm's attorneys' assistance obtained T nonimmigrant status based on the Client's having been a victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons. The Client thereafter sought the Firm's attorneys' assistance in obtaining a Green Card based on the Client's maintenance of T nonimmigrant status. Typically a T nonimmigrant must maintain such status for at least three years before applying for a Green Card, but the Client with the Firm's attorneys' assistance was able to meet an exception to that rule and apply for and receive a Green Card much sooner.
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I-601 Crime Waiver
09/18/2015
10/14/2015
USCIS
In less than a month from filing and with the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client, a citizen of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) found to have two separate convictions for crimes involving moral turpitude, was approved for a waiver of inadmissibility and consequently was granted a Green Card.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
09/16/2015
10/14/2015
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, successfully sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance and in less than a month from filing a work permit and advance parole issued as a single card based on a pending Green-Card application.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
08/07/2015
10/13/2015
USCIS
The Indian-citizen Client's work-permit and advance-parole applications, which were based on the pendency of the Client's Green-Card application, were approved with the Firm's attorneys' assistance and issued as a single card.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on I-360 Abused-Spouse Self-Petition)
03/16/2015
10/13/2015
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of India, was approved for a Green Card based in part on the prior approval with the Firm's attorneys' assistance of her abused-spouse self-petition and despite her no longer residing with her abusive U.S.-citizen husband.
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I-130 Family-Based Immigrant Petition
07/14/2015
09/21/2015
USCIS
The Client, the U.S.-citizen son of a Mexican-citizen man, successfully sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance approval of an immigrant petition for his father.
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I-130 Family-Based Immigrant Petition
07/14/2015
09/21/2015
USCIS
The Client, the U.S.-citizen son of an El-Salvadorian-citizen woman, successfully sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance approval of a stand-alone immigrant petition for his mother.
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I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition and I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
05/14/2015
09/18/2015
USCIS
The Clients, a Vietnamese citizen and her U.S.-citizen husband, successfully obtained with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a Green Card for the wife based on their marriage in approximately four months from filing.
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Motion to Terminate Removal Proceedings
09/03/2015
09/10/2015
U.S. Immigration Court, Los Angeles, California
The Client, a citizen of Mexico but a long-time Green-Card holder, was upon his return to the U.S. from a brief trip abroad placed in removal proceedings due to multiple criminal convictions several years prior. With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client was successful in obtaining post-conviction relief that consequently rendered him no longer removable from the U.S., and once again with the Firm's attorneys' assistance and also with the agreement of ICE, which filed the motion itself, the Client had his removal proceedings terminated, allowing him to keep his Green Card.
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I-130 Family-Based Immigrant Petition and I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
01/21/2015
09/08/2015
USCIS
With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Clients, a U.S. citizen and his Fijian-citizen mother, were able to obtain a Green Card for the mother based on their mother-son relationship without a Request for Evidence and without an interview.
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N-400 Naturalization Application (Citizenship)
03/20/2015
09/04/2015
USCIS
The Client, a Green-Card-holding citizen of Guatemala, had been previously scared to apply for naturalization as a result of a criminal case in which he had been convicted of a violent crime. However, after learning from the Firm's attorneys that although the criminal case arguably rendered him removable from the U.S. it did not automatically bar him from naturalizing, the Client applied for naturalization with the Firm's attorney's assistance and was approved shortly after his interview.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
05/06/2015
08/19/2015
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina, successfully sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a work permit and advance parole issued as a single card based on a pending Green-Card application.
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I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition
05/03/2014
08/18/2015
USCIS
The Client, the U.S.-citizen wife of a Mexican citizen, submitted with the Firm's attorneys' assistance an immigrant petition for her husband, and it was approved immediately following an interview.
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I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition
03/05/2015
08/18/2015
USCIS
The Client, the U.S.-lawful-permanent-resident wife of a Canadian citizen of Pakistani descent, submitted with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a stand-alone immigrant petition for her husband, and it was approved despite the lack of an authenticated marriage certificate.
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I-765 Work Permit
10/21/2013
08/17/2015
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, was the mother of a minor U-nonimmigrant-status petitioner but had criminal history of her own. Following responding to a Request for Evidence regarding that criminal history and with the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client was successful in obtaining a work permit based on her maternal relationship to the U-nonimmigrant-status petitioner.
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I-360 Self-Petitioning Spouse of Abusive U.S. Citizen
09/09/2014
07/22/2015
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of India, had been abused by his U.S.-citizen wife. With the Firm's attorneys' assistance and despite the Client's long criminal history, the Client successfully sought approval of his self-petition.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
05/14/2015
07/20/2015
USCIS
The Vietnamese-citizen Client's work-permit and advance-parole applications, which were based on the pendency of the Client's Green-Card application, were approved with the Firm's attorneys' assistance and issued as a single card.
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I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition and I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
04/20/2015
07/09/2015
USCIS
The Clients, an Indian citizen and her U.S.-citizen husband, successfully obtained with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a Green Card for the wife in less than three months.
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I-130 Family-Based Immigrant Petition and I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
04/20/2015
07/09/2015
USCIS
The Clients, an Indian citizen and her U.S.-citizen son, sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a Green Card for the mother based on their parent-son relationship, and the case was approved in less than three months.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
04/27/2015
07/07/2015
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of the People's Republic of China, successfully sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a work permit and advance parole issued as a single card based on a pending Green-Card application.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
04/20/2015
07/02/2015
USCIS
The Indian-citizen Client's work-permit and advance-parole applications, which were based on the pendency of the Client's Green-Card application, were approved with the Firm's attorneys' assistance and issued as a single card.
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I-765 Work Permit
06/02/2015
07/01/2015
USCIS
With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client, an Indian citizen, was successful in being granted a work permit in merely a month after filing based on the Client's having a pending Green-Card application.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
04/27/2015
06/30/2015
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of India, successfully sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a work permit and advance parole issued as a single card based on a pending Green-Card application.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
04/20/2015
06/26/2015
USCIS
The Indian-citizen Client's work-permit and advance-parole applications, which were based on the pendency of the Client's Green-Card application, were approved with the Firm's attorneys' assistance and issued as a single card.
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I-360 Self-Petitioning Spouse of Abusive U.S. Citizen
03/12/2015
06/24/2015
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of India, had been abused by her U.S.-citizen husband whom she had fled. With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client successfully obtained approval of her self-petition in a little more than three months from filing.
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I-821D Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (and I-765 Work Permit)
03/23/2015
06/16/2015
USCIS
The Fijian-citizen Client was granted a renewal of DACA and a work permit in less than three months from filing and without a Request for Evidence.
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I-765 Work Permit
03/16/2015
06/16/2015
USCIS
With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client, an Indian-citizen woman, received a work permit based on her pending Green-Card application.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
04/27/2015
06/12/2015
USCIS
The Venezuelan-citizen Client's work-permit and advance-parole applications, which were based on the pendency of the Client's Green-Card application, were approved with the Firm's attorneys' assistance and issued as a single card in less than two months after filing.
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Motion to Terminate Removal Proceedings
06/08/2015
06/11/2015
U.S. Immigration Court, San Francisco, California
The Client, a male citizen of India, had been placed in removal proceedings after having been accused of marriage fraud. However, with the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client had approved his abused-spouse self-petition in which he had explained that he had been the victim of physical battery and emotional cruelty by his U.S.-citizen ex-wife. Thereafter, the Firms' attorneys were able to work cooperatively with ICE in San Francisco, California to file with and to have granted by the Immigration Judge a motion to terminate the Client's removal proceedings so that he could apply for his Green Card without ever having to attend an immigration-court hearing again.
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I-765 Work Permit
05/19/2015
06/05/2015
USCIS
With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client, an Indian citizen in removal proceedings, was successful in being granted a renewed work permit in less than three weeks after filing based on the Client's having a pending Green-Card application.
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I-589 Asylum Application (Affirmative)
07/31/2014
06/05/2015
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Pakistan, successfully obtained with the Firm's attorneys' assistance asylum.
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I-612 J-1 Waiver Application
04/22/2015
05/19/2015
USCIS
The Client, an Indian citizen, sought the Firm's attorneys' assistance in obtaining an adjustment of status to that of a Green-Card holder, something that necessitated first the grant of a waiver of the applicable J-1 two-year home-residency requirement based on no objection by the Government of India. With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client received the waiver and was successful in obtaining her Green Card. Because of clerical errors, the original approval notice was never received by the Client, so a newly dated duplicate approval notice was issued by USCIS.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on U.S.-Citizen Marriage-Based Petition)
12/09/2014
05/18/2015
USCIS
The Client, a Mexican citizen, successfully sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a Green Card based on her U.S.-citizen husband's already-approved immigrant petition despite her having been previously denied once already.
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Appeal from Denial of Motion to Vacate Conviction and to Withdraw Guilty Plea
08/04/2014
05/12/2015
Superior Court of California for Kern County, Appellate Division
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, had been placed in removal proceedings in 2014 based on the allegation that he had a domestic-violence conviction in 1998. Concluding that there was one or more errors in the elicitation of the Client's plea in his criminal proceedings and knowing that simply having the conviction expunged would not resolve the Client's immigration matter, the Firm's attorneys motioned the criminal court to have the conviction vacated (thrown out altogether) but were initially rebuffed. With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client appealed, and following the Firm's attorneys' filing of a legal brief and appearing for oral argument before a California Superior Court's Appellate Division's three-judge panel, the Client's appeal was sustained with the instruction that his underlying motion be granted.
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I-589 Asylum Application (Affirmative)
07/31/2014
04/23/2015
USCIS
The Client, a Pakistani citizen, successfully obtained with the Firm's attorneys' assistance asylum from Pakistan.
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N-400 Naturalization Application (Citizenship)
08/11/2014
04/22/2015
USCIS
The Client, a Green-Card-holding citizen of Russia, had been stopped and placed in secondary inspection numerous times while returning to the U.S. following brief trips abroad, in part prompting her to seek with the Firm's attorneys' assistance to become a U.S. citizen. Following an investigation and only after responding to a Request for Evidence that sought records from years ago, the Client's application was approved.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
02/26/2015
04/20/2015
USCIS
The Mexican-citizen Client's work-permit and advance-parole applications, which were based on the pendency of the Client's Green-Card application, were approved with the Firm's attorneys' assistance and issued as a single card in less than two months after filing.
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EOIR-42A Cancellation of Removal for Certain Permanent Residents
03/15/2013
04/16/2015
U.S. Immigration Court, San Francisco, California
The Client, a Green-Card-holding Fijian citizen who has been residing within the U.S. since he was a child, had been charged as deportable from the U.S. based on his having a conviction for child endangerment and, despite having approximately eighteen separate arrests, most of which pertained to perceived drug-related offenses, was granted after a hearing and with the Firm's attorneys' assistance an application that permitted him to retain his Green Card.
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I-90 Green-Card Replacement
10/16/2014
04/06/2015
USCIS
The Client, a Greek citizen who had already been issued a Green Card but whose Green Card had her maiden name rather than her married name as she had requested during her Green-Card interview, successfully sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a replacement, which was granted without her having to pay the filing fee.
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I-918 Crime-Victim Petition and I-192 Nonimmigrant Waiver
10/16/2013
03/31/2015
USCIS
The Client, a minor citizen of Mexico, was previously the victim of a crime based on violence perpetrated against her by her child's father. With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, she sought U nonimmigrant status not only for her but also for her parents based on her victimization and helpfulness in the investigation of the relevant crime despite the perpetrator's never having been brought to justice. Because the cap for U nonimmigrant status had been reached for the fiscal year, the Client was issued a letter stating that her case is approvable and will be approved as soon as there is availability at the beginning of a future fiscal year but that in the meanwhile she has been granted deferred action and consequently may apply for a work permit.
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I-914 Trafficking-Victim Application and I-192 Nonimmigrant Waiver
11/20/2014
03/25/2015
USCIS
The Client, an Indian citizen who had been residing in the U.S. without lawful immigration-related status for over a decade, with the Firm's attorneys' assistance reported to law-enforcement authorities his having been trafficked over the course of several months several years ago by not one, but two, employers and consequently applied for and had approved in approximately only four months an application based on his being the victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on I-360 Abused-Spouse Self-Petition)
07/24/2014
03/23/2015
USCIS
The Client, a Mexican-citizen man, was approved for a Green Card based in part on the prior approval with the Firm's attorneys' assistance of his abused-spouse self-petition and despite his having accrued a permanent, yet waivable, bar to admissibility based on his multiple exits and unlawful reentries.
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I-131 Advance Parole
10/31/2014
03/13/2015
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Sri Lanka, successfully sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance an advance parole based on a pending Green-Card application.
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I-131 Advance Parole
01/21/2015
03/12/2015
USCIS
The Client, a Fijian citizen, successfully sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance in less than two months an advance parole based on a pending Green-Card application.
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I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition
08/22/2014
03/12/2015
USCIS
The Client, the U.S.-citizen husband of a Mexican citizen, submitted with the Firm's attorneys' assistance an immigrant petition for his wife, and it was approved immediately following an interview.
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I-131 Advance Parole
12/09/2014
02/17/2015
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, successfully sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance an advance parole based on a pending Green-Card application.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on U.S.-Citizen Marriage-Based Petition)
06/13/2014
02/13/2015
USCIS
The Client, a Mexican citizen, successfully sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a Green Card based on his U.S.-citizen wife's already-approved immigrant petition despite his having been previously denied once already.
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I-765 Work Permit
12/08/2014
02/06/2015
USCIS
The Client, an Egyptian citizen who had received L-2 nonimmigrant status due to his wife's having been issue L-1 nonimmigrant status, was issued with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a work permit based on such L-2 nonimmigrant status.
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I-90 Green-Card Renewal
06/11/2014
01/29/2015
USCIS
The Client, a Mexican citizen who had already been removed (deported) when his family first met with the Firm's attorneys who successfully had the Client's removal proceedings reopened and had the Client returned to the U.S., was successful with the Firm's attorneys' assistance in renewing his expired Green Card.
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I-765 Work Permit
01/05/2015
01/29/2015
USCIS
The Client, a Pakistani citizen who is a derivative of a filed asylum application, obtained with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a work permit in a little more than three weeks after filing the work-permit application.
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I-765 Work Permit
01/05/2015
01/28/2015
USCIS
The Client, a Pakistani-citizen asylum applicant, obtained with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a work permit in a little more than three weeks after filing the work-permit application.
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I-765 Work Permit
01/05/2015
01/27/2015
USCIS
The Client, a Pakistani citizen who is a derivative of a filed asylum application, obtained with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a work permit in a little more than three weeks after filing the work-permit application.
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Motion to Reopen Removal Proceedings (and to Rescind In-Absentia Removal Order)
12/24/2014
01/27/2015
U.S. Immigration Court, Los Angeles, California
The Client, a Tunisian citizen, was ordered removed in his absence by the Immigration Court in 2011 following his being apprehended and released in 2007. The Client never received notice of his removal proceedings before the Immigration Court because that notice was sent almost four years after the Client's 2007 apprehension and release. More than three years after issuance of the Client's in-absentia removal order, the Firms' attorneys were able to motion the Immigration Judge successfully to have that removal order thrown out and to have the Client's removal proceedings reopened.
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I-821D Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (and I-765 Work Permit)
11/04/2014
01/23/2015
USCIS
The Mexican-citizen Client was granted a renewal of DACA and a work permit in less than three months from filing and without a Request for Evidence.
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I-918 Crime-Victim Petition and I-192 Nonimmigrant Waiver
03/25/2014
01/07/2015
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, was previously the victim of a crime based on a violent assault he suffered by a group of people. With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, he sought U nonimmigrant status based on his victimization and helpfulness in the investigation of the relevant crime despite the perpetrators' never having been brought to justice. The Firm's attorneys were also successful in having adjudication of the Client's case expedited based on his need for continuing medical treatment for the injuries he sustained by his victimization. Because the cap for U nonimmigrant status had been reached for the fiscal year, the Client was issued a letter stating that his case is approvable and will be approved as soon as there is availability at the beginning of a future fiscal year but that in the meanwhile he has been granted deferred action and consequently may apply for a work permit.
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I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition and I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
07/24/2014
01/07/2015
USCIS
The Clients, a New-Zealand citizen and his U.S.-citizen wife, successfully obtained with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a Green Card for the husband based on their marriage and despite the husband's having a conviction that potentially could have been a basis for denial.
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I-539 B-2 Visitor-for-Pleasure Nonimmigrant-Extension-of-Status Application
12/02/2014
01/06/2015
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Vietnam, sought immediately before the expiration of her nonimmigrant status the Firm's attorneys' assistance in extending such nonimmigrant status, and the Firm's attorneys were successful in timely filing and having approved the extension-of-status application.
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Appeal from Denial of Motion to Reopen Removal Proceedings
08/25/2012
12/24/2014
The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
The Client, a citizen of Fiji, had been removed (deported) from the U.S. because of two alleged convictions deemed aggravated felonies, in part causing several years later his family to seek the Firm's attorneys' assistance. After having had the alleged convictions vacated and receiving a motion from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL) to remand (return) the case to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) so that the BIA could reexamine its earlier decisions, the Firm's attorneys were successful in persuading the BIA to reopen the Client's removal proceedings and returning those reopened removal proceedings to the Immigration Court that had previously refused to reopen the Client's removal proceedings itself, thereby permitting the Client to return to the U.S.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
09/08/2014
12/18/2014
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of India, successfully sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a work permit and advance parole issued as a single card based on a pending Green-Card application.
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I-589 Asylum Application (Affirmative)
05/21/2014
11/21/2014
USCIS
The Client, a Fijian citizen, successfully obtained with the Firm's attorneys' assistance asylum from Fiji.
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I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition and I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
08/01/2014
11/19/2014
USCIS
The Clients, a citizen of the United Kingdom (Great Britain) and his U.S.-citizen wife, successfully sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a Green Card for the husband based on their marriage, and the Green Card was approved less than four months after filing.
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I-129 L-1A Intracompany-Transferee (Manager) Nonimmigrant Petition
09/18/2014
10/21/2014
USCIS
The Clients, a recently established hot-beverage distributor and its prospective Egyptian-citizen exports-and-imports manager, sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance an employment-based nonimmigrant-visa petition, and after responding to a complicated Request for Evidence, the Firm's attorneys were successful in obtaining an approval for a three-year period.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
09/10/2014
10/18/2014
USCIS
In a little more than a month, the Canadian-citizen Client received a work permit and advance parole issued as a single card based on the Client's pending Green-Card application.
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I-918 Crime-Victim Petition and I-192 Nonimmigrant Waiver
04/18/2012
10/17/2014
USCIS
Despite having been perceived as having fraudulently entering the U.S. and with the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Indian-citizen Client successfully pursued a petition for U nonimmigrant status and a nonimmigrant waiver based on his previously having been the victim of a crime, which was an armed robbery and in the investigation of which the Client was helpful.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on U.S.-Citizen Marriage-Based Petition)
05/12/2014
10/17/2014
USCIS
The Client, a Mexican citizen, successfully sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a Green Card based on his U.S.-citizen wife's already-approved immigrant petition and based on what is known as a Quilantan / Areguillin entry due to his having been "waived in" by a U.S. Immigration officer at the border while entering the U.S. several years prior despite not having a visa at that time of that entry.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
07/11/2014
10/14/2014
USCIS
The Client, a Filipino citizen, obtained with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a work permit and advance parole issued as a single card based on the Client's pending Green-Card application.
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I-765 Work Permit
05/13/2014
10/14/2014
USCIS
With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client, an Indian-citizen woman whose removal proceedings had already been administratively closed, was successful in renewing her work permit based on her being a derivative of a filed asylum application.
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I-290B Motion to Reopen & to Reconsider (and I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition)
06/23/2014
10/14/2014
USCIS
The Clients, an Indian citizen and her U.S.-citizen husband, obtained the Firm's attorneys' assistance following the denial of the U.S.-citizen's immigrant petition for his wife, and the Firm's attorneys were successful in having the denied petition reopened and approved.
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I-918 Crime-Victim Petition and I-192 Nonimmigrant Waiver
09/27/2012
10/09/2014
USCIS
Despite having a recent federal felony conviction and with the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the South-Korean-citizen Client successfully pursued a petition for U nonimmigrant status and a nonimmigrant waiver based on his previously having been the victim of a crime, which was an armed robbery and in the investigation of which the Client was helpful.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
07/24/2014
10/08/2014
USCIS
With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client, a citizen of New Zealand, received a work permit and advance parole issued together as a single card based on the pendency of the Client's Green-Card application.
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I-751 Joint Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence
02/12/2014
09/30/2014
USCIS
The Clients, a U.S.-citizen stepmother and her Colombian-citizen husband, jointly petitioned successfully with the Firm's attorneys' assistance for the Colombian-citizen husband to have without the need for an interview the conditions on his residence removed so that he received permanent residence, rather than simply conditional residence.
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I-751 Joint Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence
02/12/2014
09/30/2014
USCIS
The Clients, a U.S.-citizen stepmother and her Colombian-citizen husband, jointly petitioned successfully with the Firm's attorneys' assistance for the U.S.-citizen stepmother's Colombian-citizen stepson to have without the need for an interview the conditions on the stepson's residence removed so that he received permanent residence, rather than simply conditional residence.
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I-751 Joint Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence
02/12/2014
09/30/2014
USCIS
The Clients, a U.S.-citizen stepmother and her Colombian-citizen husband, jointly petitioned successfully with the Firm's attorneys' assistance for the U.S.-citizen stepmother's Colombian-citizen stepdaughter to have without the need for an interview the conditions on the stepdaughter's residence removed so that she received permanent residence, rather than simply conditional residence.
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I-751 Joint Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence
02/12/2014
09/30/2014
USCIS
The Clients, a U.S.-citizen stepmother and her Colombian-citizen husband, jointly petitioned successfully with the Firm's attorneys' assistance for the U.S.-citizen stepmother's Colombian-citizen stepson to have without the need for an interview the conditions on the stepson's residence removed so that he received permanent residence, rather than simply conditional residence.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on I-360 Abused-Spouse Self-Petition)
02/08/2013
09/29/2014
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Greece, was approved for a Green Card based in part on the prior approval with the Firm's attorneys' assistance of her abused-spouse self-petition and despite her no longer being married to her abusive U.S.-citizen ex-husband.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
08/01/2014
09/26/2014
USCIS
With the Firm's attorneys' assistance and in less than two months, the Client, a citizen of the United Kingdom (Great Britain), received a work permit and advance parole issued together as a single card based on the pendency of the Client's Green-Card application.
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I-765 Work Permit
08/25/2014
09/23/2014
USCIS
The Nepalese Client's work-permit application, which was based on the continued pendency of the Client's asylum application in removal proceedings, was approved with the Firm's attorneys' assistance in less than a month after filing.
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I-765 Work Permit
06/13/2014
09/19/2014
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, was approved with the Firm's attorneys' assistance for his work permit based on a pending Green-Card application.
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I-765 Work Permit
05/13/2014
09/15/2014
USCIS
The Fijian Client's work-permit application, which was based on the continued pendency of the Client's asylum application despite the Client's removal proceedings having been administratively closed, was approved with the Firm's attorneys' assistance.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
07/11/2014
09/09/2014
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of India, received a work permit and advance parole issued together as a single card based on the pendency of the Client's Green-Card application.
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Motion to Recalendar and to Terminate Removal Proceedings
07/16/2014
09/05/2014
U.S. Immigration Court, San Antonio, Texas
The Client, a citizen of Honduras, had with the Firm's attorneys' assistance his removal proceedings reopened and administratively closed after establishing his eligibility to obtain a provisional unlawful-presence waiver. Following the approval of his provisional-unlawful-presence-waiver application and once again with the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client had his administratively closed removal proceedings recalendared and terminated at the same time so that he may proceed with his immigrant-visa application abroad without any obstacles to issuance of his Green Card.
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I-765 Work Permit
05/12/2014
09/02/2014
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, was approved with the Firm's attorneys' assistance for his work permit based on a pending Green-Card application.
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I-765 Work Permit
07/28/2014
08/28/2014
USCIS
The Fijian Client's work-permit application, which was based on the recommended approval of the Client's pending asylum application that was filed with the Firm's attorneys' assistance, was approved in only a month.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
07/24/2014
08/26/2014
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, received a work permit and advance parole issued together as a single card based on the pendency of the Client's Green-Card application.
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I-765 Work Permit
06/13/2014
08/14/2014
USCIS
The Tunisian Client's work-permit-renewal application, which was based on the Client's pending asylum application, was approved in two months.
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I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition
03/15/2014
08/14/2014
USCIS
The Client, the U.S.-citizen husband of a Malaysian citizen, submitted with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a stand-alone immigrant petition for his wife, and it was approved without a Request for Evidence in five months.
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I-918 Crime-Victim Petition and I-192 Nonimmigrant Waiver
04/16/2012
08/13/2014
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of India, was previously the victim of a crime based on an armed robbery, following which he departed and reentered the U.S. on a fraudulent passport and visa. With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, he successfully sought U nonimmigrant status based on his victimization and helpfulness in the investigation of the relevant crime despite the perpetrator's never having been located. Because the cap for U nonimmigrant status had been reached for the fiscal year, the Client was issued a letter stating that his case is approvable and will be approved as soon as the next fiscal year begins but that in the meanwhile he has been granted deferred action and consequently may apply for a work permit.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
05/28/2014
07/28/2014
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of India, was approved with the Firm's attorneys' assistance for his work permit and travel document based on a pending Green-Card application in only two months after filing.
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I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition and I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
04/24/2014
07/15/2014
USCIS
The Clients, a citizen of Canada and her U.S.-citizen husband, were seeking a Green Card for the wife. With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the case was approved in less than three months after filing, and the wife received her Green Card in the mail the very same week as the interview.
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Motion to Terminate Removal Proceedings
05/22/2014
06/13/2014
U.S. Immigration Court, Los Angeles, California
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, had been involuntarily removed (deported) from the U.S. in 2010 based on the perception that he was not eligible for a waiver for his crime-related grounds for inadmissibility. The Client's family then turned to the Firm's attorneys who were able to show that the Client was legally eligible for the waiver and consequently had the removal order thrown out so that the Client could return to the U.S. and be reissued his original Green-Card status more than three years after his removal. In the reopened removal proceedings, the Firm's attorneys convinced ICE that the Client's first alleged conviction could not be proven to be for a crime involving moral turpitude, leading to a successful joint motion to terminate the Client's removal proceedings.
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I-601A Provisional Unlawful-Presence Waiver
01/15/2014
06/11/2014
USCIS
The Client, a Honduran citizen, sought the Firm's attorneys' assistance following his marriage to a U.S. citizen and was successful with such assistance in provisionally waiving his prospective unlawful-presence-related ground for inadmissibility in less than five months and without ever having been issued a Request for Evidence.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on I-360 Abused-Spouse Self-Petition)
09/28/2012
05/13/2014
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Thailand, was approved for a Green Card on the same day as her interview based in part on the approval of her abused-spouse self-petition and despite her having unlawfully entered the United States.
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I-765 Work Permit
04/28/2014
05/12/2014
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of India, was approved with the Firm's attorneys' assistance for his work permit based on a pending Green-Card application in only two weeks after filing.
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I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition
06/07/2013
05/05/2014
USCIS
The Client, the U.S.-citizen wife of a Mexican citizen, submitted with the Firm's attorneys' assistance an immigrant petition for her husband, and despite perceived issues relating to her husband's first marriage it was approved without a Request for Evidence.
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I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition
12/13/2013
04/16/2014
USCIS
The Client, the U.S.-citizen husband of a Mexican citizen, submitted with the Firm's attorneys' assistance an immigrant petition for his wife, and it was approved without a Request for Evidence.
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I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition and I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
04/09/2012
04/11/2014
USCIS
The Clients, a citizen of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and his U.S.-citizen wife, were seeking a Green Card for the husband, who had previously been married but discontinued pursuing a Green-Card petition filed by his previous wife and who was the subject of an ongoing federal criminal investigation resulting in his being convicted. Nevertheless, with the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the case was ultimately approved without the need for a waiver.
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I-765 Work Permit
02/05/2014
04/09/2014
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of India, received with the Firm's attorneys' assistance his work permit based on his pending Green-Card application in a little more than two months after filing.
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I-765 Work Permit
02/05/2015
03/06/2014
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Canada, had previously received with the Firm's attorneys' assistance tentative approval of her petition for U nonimmigrant status, and such approval provided her deferred action, with which she successfully obtained with the Firm's attorneys' assistance approval of a work permit.
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I-765 Work Permit
02/05/2014
02/25/2014
USCIS
The work-permit-renewal application for the Greek-citizen Client, who is a native of Albania, was based on a pending Green-Card application and was approved in less than a month.
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E-2 Treaty-Investor Nonimmigrant-Visa Application
02/18/2014
02/24/2014
U.S. Consulate General, Vancouver
The Clients, a motion-picture-consultation-services company and its Canadian-citizen owner, sought with the Firm's assistance to obtain abroad an E-2 treaty-investor nonimmigrant visa for the owner, who was granted the visa with the maximum validity period of five years.
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Motion to Reopen Removal Proceedings
04/25/2013
02/21/2014
The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, had been removed (deported) from the U.S. because of two alleged convictions for crimes involving moral turpitude, prompting his family to seek the Firm's attorneys' assistance. After obtaining an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL) to remand (return) the case to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) so that the BIA could reexamine its earlier decisions not to permit the Client to pursue a waiver, the Firm's attorneys were successful in persuading the BIA to reopen the Client's removal proceedings, thereby permitting the Client to return to the U.S.
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I-129 H-1B Professional Nonimmigrant Petition
01/02/2014
02/07/2014
USCIS
The Clients, a restaurant and its prospective French-citizen food & beverage manager, sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a change in employer regarding the prospective employee's employment-based status, and the petition was approved without issuance of a Request for Evidence in a little more than a month.
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I-765 Work Permit
12/13/2013
01/31/2014
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, received with the Firm's attorneys' assistance her work permit based on her pending Green-Card application in less than two months after filing.
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I-765 Work Permit
11/13/2013
01/30/2014
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, had previously received with the Firm's attorneys' assistance his self-petition's approval, which also provided him deferred action, with which he successfully obtained with the Firm's attorneys' assistance approval of a work permit.
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I-360 Self-Petitioning Spouse of Abusive U.S. Citizen
02/08/2013
01/28/2014
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Greece, had been abused by her U.S.-citizen husband whom she had fled but who had withheld from her all evidence of their joint residency. With the Firm's attorneys' assistance and despite receiving a Request for Evidence regarding the issues of good-faith marriage and joint residence, the Client successfully sought approval of her self-petition in spite of the lack of any joint documents.
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I-918 Crime-Victim Petition and I-192 Nonimmigrant Waiver
09/10/2013
01/17/2014
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Canada, was previously the victim of a crime based on domestic violence she suffered by an immediate-family member and subsequently departed and reentered the U.S. With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, she sought U nonimmigrant status based on her victimization and helpfulness in both the investigation of the relevant crime and the prosecution of the perpetrator. The Firm's attorneys were also successful in having adjudication of the Client's case expedited based on her medical conditions. Because the cap for U nonimmigrant status had been reached for the fiscal year, the Client was issued a letter stating that her case is approvable and will be approved at the beginning of a future fiscal year but that in the meanwhile she has been granted deferred action and consequently may apply for a work permit.
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I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition
05/22/2013
01/16/2014
USCIS
The Client, the U.S.-citizen wife of a Mexican citizen, submitted with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a stand-alone immigrant petition for her husband, and it was approved without a Request for Evidence and without even an interview.
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N-400 Naturalization Application (Citizenship)
09/30/2013
01/13/2014
USCIS
The Client, a Green-Card-holding citizen of the Republic of Korea (South Korea), had been previously denied naturalization as a result of a criminal case in which he had been convicted of a violent crime. However, after learning from the Firm's attorneys that although the criminal case rendered him removable from the U.S. it did not automatically bar him from naturalizing, the Client applied for naturalization once again but this time with the Firm's attorney's assistance and was approved less than four months after filing.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on Family-Based Petition)
07/10/2013
12/30/2013
USCIS
With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client, a citizen of Bangladesh who had been trying to resolve his immigration matter for more than twenty years prior to meeting with the Firm's attorneys, was able earlier to have both the immigrant petition filed for him by his U.S.-citizen adult daughter approved and his removal proceedings reopened and terminated so that he could, again with the Firm's attorneys' assistance, apply for adjustment of status, and his Green-Card application was approved without the need for an interview.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on U.S.-Citizen Marriage-Based Petition)
06/25/2013
12/07/2013
USCIS
The Client, a Mexican-citizen man, had been apprehended in 1996 and ordered deported in his absence during a deportation hearing before the Immigration Court. After failing twice to reopen his deportation proceedings, the Client, who had an approved immigrant petition from his U.S.-citizen wife and who was otherwise eligible to adjust status but for his deportation order, ultimately sought the assistance of the Firms' attorneys, who after having the Client's deportation proceedings reopened and terminated were successful in having the Client issued a Green Card.
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I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition and I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
09/12/2013
12/04/2013
USCIS
The Clients, a citizen of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and her U.S.-citizen husband, were seeking a Green Card for the wife. With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the case was approved in less than three months after filing, and the wife received her Green Card in the mail less than a week thereafter.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on being a Derivative Beneficiary of U.S.-Citizen-Sibling Petition)
04/08/2013
11/18/2013
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, applied with the Firms' attorneys' assistance for his Green Card based on an approved immigrant petition filed for his wife by her United-States-citizen sister long before the Client even knew his wife, and the Client was approved despite having been previously convicted for possessing a controlled substance.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
09/12/2013
11/12/2013
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of the Republic of Korea (South Korea), received a work permit and advance parole issued together as a single card based on the pendency of the Client's Green-Card application.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on I-140 Employment-Based EB-3 Immigrant Petition)
07/15/2013
11/12/2013
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Colombia, applied with the Firm's assistance for her Green Card based on her prospective employer's approved immigrant petition and was approved without the need for an interview.
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I-90 Green-Card Replacement
04/24/2013
11/07/2013
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, had been placed in removal (deportation) proceedings but later after meeting with and with the help of the Firm's attorneys was nevertheless able to have her lost Green Card replaced without even receiving a Request for Evidence.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
07/30/2013
11/05/2013
USCIS
The work permit and advance parole were issued as a single card to the Client, a citizen of the Republic of Korea (South Korea), based on the pendency of the Client's Green-Card application.
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I-918 Crime-Victim Petition and I-192 Nonimmigrant Waiver
09/27/2012
11/01/2013
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of the Republic of Korea (South Korea), was previously the victim of a crime based on an armed robbery at a store that she was visiting. Although she had entered the U.S. lawfully several years prior, the Client had overstayed her authorized status and subsequently was unable to resolve her immigration matter before meeting with the Firm's attorneys. With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client was successful in pursuing U nonimmigrant status and a nonimmigrant waiver based on her victimization and assistance.
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I-360 Self-Petitioning Spouse of Abusive U.S. Citizen
02/09/2013
10/25/2013
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, had reentered the U.S. without inspection following a brief departure despite having been married to a U.S. citizen because his abusive U.S.-citizen wife coerced him to do so. His wife, whom he married in the U.S., had petitioned for him in the past, and based on faulty advice from a previous immigration lawyer, the Client traveled to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico for an immigrant-visa interview with the unfounded hope of being able to apply for an unlawful-presence extreme-hardship waiver, for which legally at the time he was not even eligible to apply solely because of his multiple stops at the border and multiple entries without inspection. Nevertheless, the Firm''s attorneys were successful in having the self-petition approved in less than nine months and without even receiving a Request for Evidence because of the abuse the Client suffered by his wife and because of the Client's past material immigration-related transgressions' being related to that abuse.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on I-140 Employment-Based EB-2 Immigrant Petition)
04/30/2013
10/15/2013
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Egypt, applied with the Firm's assistance for his Green Card based on his employer's concurrently filed approved immigrant petition and was approved without the need for an interview.
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I-765 Work Permit
06/20/2013
10/08/2013
USCIS
The work permit was issued to the Thailand-citizen Client based on the pendency of the Client's Green-Card application.
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I-129 H-1B Professional Nonimmigrant Petition
07/12/2013
10/02/2013
USCIS
The Clients, a four-employee motion-picture production-consultation company and its Indian-citizen set and exhibit designer, sought with the Firm's assistance a change in the employment conditions and extension of the employee's employment-based status, and the petition was approved without issuance of a Request for Evidence.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on Grant of T Nonimmigrant Status)
01/02/2013
09/19/2013
USCIS
The Client, an Indian citizen who had been previously in removal (deportation) proceedings, had been granted with the Firm's attorneys' assistance lawful immigration status based on her having been a victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons. Thereafter, the Client was able to have her family members abroad enter the U.S. lawfully as derivative beneficiaries of the Client's T nonimmigrant status. The Client then sought the Firm's attorneys' assistance in successfully obtaining a Green Card for her and her family members based on her having received T nonimmmigrant status.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
07/15/2013
09/19/2013
USCIS
The work permit and advance parole were issued as a single card to the Colombian-citizen Client in a little more than two months based on the pendency of the Client's Green-Card application.
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I-129 H-1B Professional Nonimmigrant Petition
06/12/2013
09/17/2013
USCIS
The Clients, an Indian-citizen woman and her employer, sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a change in the employment conditions and extension of the employee's employment-based status, and the petition was approved without issuance of a Request for Evidence.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
07/10/2013
09/13/2013
USCIS
The work permit and advance parole were issued as a single card in a little more than two months to the Bangladeshi-citizen Client based on the pendency of his Green-Card application.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
06/25/2013
08/30/2013
USCIS
The work-permit and advance-parole applications for the Mexican-citizen Client were based on a pending Green-Card application, were approved in just over two months, and resulted in issuance of a single card authorizing both employment and travel.
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I-360 Self-Petitioning Spouse of Abusive U.S. Citizen
09/28/2012
08/26/2013
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Thailand, had entered the U.S. without inspection despite having been married to a U.S. citizen because her abusive U.S.-citizen husband coerced her to do so. Her husband, whom she married in Thailand, also coincidentally was her maternal uncle, raising an issue as to whether the marriage would be recognized within the U.S. even though it was validly contracted in Thailand. Nevertheless, the Firm's attorneys were successful in having the self-petition approved based on the abuse the Client suffered by her husband and based on the state in which the Client resided recognizing such marriages if permitted in the jurisdiction in which they were contracted.
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I-765 Work Permit
06/17/2013
08/13/2013
USCIS
The work-permit application for the Mexican-citizen Client was based on a pending Green-Card application and was approved in less than two months.
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I-290B Motion to Reopen & to Reconsider (and I-140 Employment-Based EB-2 Immigrant Petition)
04/30/2013
08/13/2013
USCIS
The Clients, an Egyptian citizen and his employer, were seeking approval of an immigrant petition based on the Egyptian-citizen employee's bachelor degree and at least five years of post-degree progressive work experience. However, because of USCIS's confusion regarding the bachelor-degree issuance date, the petition was initially denied. Nevertheless, the Firm's attorneys were able to alert USCIS to this mistake so that USCIS soon thereafter and on its own motion reopened and approved the petition.
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Motion to Administratively Close Removal Proceedings to Pursue Provisional Unlawful-Presence Waiver
07/26/2013
08/13/2013
U.S. Immigration Court, San Antonio, Texas
The Client, a citizen of Honduras, was placed in removal proceedings following allegedly unlawfully entering the United States. But for his being in removal proceedings, the Client was eligible for a provisional unlawful-presence waiver based on his marriage to a U.S. citizen, who would suffer extreme hardship were the Client not permitted to remain permanently with her in the U.S. Therefore, the Firm's attorneys worked cooperatively with ICE in San Antonio, Texas to motion jointly the Immigration Court to administratively close the Client's removal proceedings, thereby ridding of the only obstacle to the Client's eligibility for the provisional unlawful-presence waiver.
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I-821D Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (and I-765 Work Permit)
10/09/2012
08/09/2013
USCIS
The Client, a Honduran citizen, was eligible for DACA because he had come to the U.S. as a child but had some complications in his case based on a lack of valid identity documents and on his incomplete educational record. After communicating with the Client's educational institution, the Firm's attorneys were able to address the concerns raised in a long Request for Evidence so that the DACA application and the dependent work-permit application could be approved.
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I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition and I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
05/11/2013
08/09/2013
USCIS
The Clients, a Mexican citizen and her U.S.-citizen husband, were seeking a Green Card for the wife. Based on what is known as a Quilantan / Areguillin entry, she had been "waived in" by a U.S. Immigration officer at the border while entering the U.S. as a minor despite not having a visa and believed because she did not have proof of her entry with inspection that she would have to depart the U.S. to obtain a Green Card based on her marriage to a U.S. citizen. However, after meeting with the Firm's attorneys, the Clients sought with their assistance to obtain the Green Card in the U.S. without the necessity of departing, and the Green Card was granted in less than three months.
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I-360 Self-Petitioning Spouse of Abusive U.S. Citizen
03/15/2012
08/07/2013
USCIS
The client, an Indian-citizen man, who was in removal proceedings and whose United-States-citizen ex-wife's immigrant petition for him both was denied and was found to be based on a fraudulent marriage, sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance to self-petition for himself based on the abuse he suffered in his marriage to his ex-wife. The Firm's attorneys worked closely and successfully with the Client to confront all alleged bases for the prior marriage-fraud finding and, relatedly, to overcome any legal barriers to obtain approval of the Client's self-petition, which not only maintained the original priority date of the Client's ex-wife's immigrant petition but also makes the Client eligible to apply for a Green Card. Because of clerical errors, the approval notice was only issued three-and-a-half months after the self-petition was actually approved.
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N-400 Naturalization Application (Citizenship)
04/02/2013
08/02/2013
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Cambodia, had been a Green-Card holder since he was very young following his coming to the U.S. as a refugee. He wished to be a U.S. citizen but had a criminal conviction for reckless driving with injury to a minor and believed that he would be ordered removed (deported) if he sought to naturalize. After speaking with the Firm's attorneys, the Client understood that the conviction did not bar him from naturalizing and with the Firm's attorneys' assistance took the oath to become a citizen in a little more than four months from the filing of his naturalization application.
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I-192 Nonnimmigrant Waiver via CBP
02/20/2013
07/31/2013
U.S. Customs & Border Protection
The Client, a Canadian citizen, was deemed inadmissible by CBP for an alleged drug-possession-related basis and was consequently not permitted to enter the U.S. Through the Firm's attorneys' assistance, a nonimmigrant-waiver application was prepared on behalf of the Client and was filed in person at the Canada-U.S. border to be forwarded to CBP's Admissibility Review Office for adjudication. Unfortunately, the application was lost for unknown reasons. Nevertheless, using various channels, the Firm's attorneys were able to have the application resubmitted so that it would receive accelerated processing, i.e., the Client did not lose the place in line he would have had were the application never lost. In fact, the application was adjudicated and the nonimmigrant waiver approved in less time than the normal standard processing time that then existed, and the Client was permitted to enter the U.S.
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I-821D Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (and I-765 Work Permit)
08/22/2012
07/23/2013
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of India, sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance to obtain DACA based on his having come to the U.S. as a minor. However, the Client's case was extremely complicated because of confusion over which birth records applied to him, thereby potentially rendering his identity and therefore age unclear. Despite this confusion and after a response to a Request for Evidence was submitted, all obstacles to eligibility were overcome and the Client was granted deferred action and a work permit.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on U.S.-Citizen-Sibling Petition)
04/08/2013
07/23/2013
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, applied for her Green Card based on her sister's approved immigrant petition and was approved at the Green-Card interview less than four months after filing.
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I-821D Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (and I-765 Work Permit)
02/20/2013
07/19/2013
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of India, sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance to obtain DACA based on his having come to the U.S. as a minor. However, the Client's case was extremely complicated because of confusion over which birth records applied to him, thereby potentially rendering his identity and therefore age unclear. Despite this confusion and after a response to a Request for Evidence was submitted, all obstacles to eligibility were overcome and the Client was granted deferred action and ultimately a work permit.
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I-140 Employment-Based EB-2 Immigrant Petition
12/11/2012
07/12/2013
USCIS
The Clients, a citizen of the Philippines and her prospective employer, sought approval with the Firm's attorneys' assistance of a petition based on the Philippines-citizen employee's advanced-degree nursing experience. Receiving an approval for an immigrant petition based on an advanced-degree nursing position is difficult because of the conclusion that most nursing positions do not require an advanced degree, but the Clients were successful because of the Firm's attorneys' ability to show both that the offered position required such an advanced degree and that the Philippines-citizen prospective employee had such an advanced degree. Moreover, by pursuing a position that qualified for the advanced-degree category rather than simply the bachelor-degree category, the Philippines-citizen prospective employee was able to preserve her older minor daughter's ability to benefit as a derivative from the approved petition.
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I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition and I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
11/05/2012
07/05/2013
USCIS
The Clients, an Italian citizen born in Argentina and his U.S.-citizen wife, sought a Green Card for the husband based on their marriage. However, the husband maintained a business in Argentina that required him to travel back and forth between the U.S. and Argentina during the pendency of the petition and Green-Card application. Nevertheless, the Firm's attorneys secured the ability for the Italian-citizen husband to travel each time and obtained approval of both the petition and Green-Card application on the date of the interview, which based on the Clients' residence location took place in Houston, Texas.
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Motion to Reopen Removal Proceedings (and to Rescind In-Absentia Removal Order)
06/17/2013
07/02/2013
U.S. Immigration Court, San Antonio, Texas
The Client, a Honduran citizen, was ordered removed in his absence by the Immigration Court in 2005 following his being apprehended near the border in Texas. The Client never received notice of his initial removal hearing before the Immigration Court because that notice was sent by the Immigration Court to the wrong address. About eight years following issuance of the in-absentia removal order, the Firms' attorneys were able to motion the Immigration Judge successfully to have that removal order thrown out and to have the Client's removal proceedings reopened.
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Motion to Reopen and to Terminate Removal Proceedings
05/21/2013
06/28/2013
The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
The Client, a citizen of Bangladesh, had been ordered removed (deported) from the U.S. after failing to be granted asylum. That order of removal had also been upheld by the BIA. However, the Client's adult daughter became a U.S. citizen and with the Firms' attorneys' assistance had her family-based immigrant petition for the Client approved. Thereafter, the Firms' attorneys were able to work cooperatively with ICE in Phoenix, Arizona to file with and to have granted by the BIA a joint motion to reopen and to terminate the Client's removal proceedings so that he could apply for his Green Card without ever having to attend an immigration-court hearing again.
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Motion to Reopen and to Dismiss Deportation Proceedings
06/07/2013
06/13/2013
U.S. Immigration Court, San Diego, California
The Client, a Mexican citizen, was apprehended in 1996 and ordered deported in his absence during a deportation hearing before the Immigration Court. The Client sought soon thereafter on two occasions to reopen his deportation proceedings but was denied both times, and an appeal of the second denial was dismissed by the Board of Immigration Appeals. The Client, who was married to a U.S. citizen and who was otherwise eligible to adjust status because he fell within section 245(i) but for his deportation order, sought several years later the Firms' attorneys' assistance. By working cooperatively with the ICE office in San Diego, California, the Firm's attorneys were able to motion the Immigration Court jointly and successfully to reopen and to dismiss the Client's deportation proceedings so that he could pursue a Green-Card application based on his U.S.-citizen wife's approved immigrant petition.
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I-90 Green-Card Renewal
12/24/2012
06/11/2013
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of the Philippines, had been removed (deported) from the U.S. in 2001 and consequently had his Green Card taken from him. Nearly ten years later and after not being able to find any solution from any other lawyers, his family sought out the Firm's attorneys who were able to reopen the Client's removal proceedings, thereby allowing him to return to the United States, and to have his original Green Card renewed.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on U.S.-Citizen Fiance-Based Petition)
08/17/2012
06/10/2013
USCIS
The Client, an Indian citizen whom the Firm assisted in coming to the U.S. as a fiancee of a U.S. citizen, received her Green Card without an interview following her marrying her fiance.
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I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition
07/10/2012
06/05/2013
USCIS
The Client, the U.S.-citizen wife of a Honduran citizen, submitted with the Firm's attorneys' assistance an immigrant petition for her husband who had previously been ordered removed (deported) from the U.S. To ensure that the Client's husband would not be arrested by ICE at the interview, the Firm's attorneys submitted to the local ICE office a request for a stay of removal. During the interview and after noting that the Client's husband had an order of removal, the officer adjudicating the petition contacted ICE to arrest the Client's husband, but because the Firm's attorneys had already submitted the request for stay ICE did not arrest the Client's husband, allowing the Client to return home with her husband and with an approval notice in hand.
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Motion to Terminate Removal Proceedings
04/25/2013
05/29/2013
U.S. Immigration Court, Los Angeles, California
The Client, a citizen of the Philippines, had been involuntarily removed (deported) from the U.S. in 2001 based on the perception that he had been convicted of a drug-related crime. Several years later and after not finding any lawyers who could help, the Client's family turned to the Firm's attorneys who were able to show that the Client in fact never was convicted of a drug-related offense and consequently had the removal order thrown out so that the Client could return to the U.S. and be reissued his original Green-Card status more than ten years after his removal. In the reopened removal proceedings, the Firm's attorneys convinced ICE that the Client never had been convicted of a drug-related offense, leading to a successful joint motion to dismiss the charge of removability and to terminate the Client's removal proceedings.
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I-914 Trafficking-Victim Application
10/16/2012
05/08/2013
USCIS
The Client, an Indian citizen, had been brought to the U.S. by her husband, who then through violence and other means coerced her to work against her will to provide him money for his personal use. The Client's husband also maintained exclusive control over her immigration status, leading her to fall out of status without even knowing. The Client escaped her husband and sought out the Firm's attorneys who assisted her in reporting her victimization to law-enforcement authorities and in obtaining for her status as the victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons.
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Motion to Reopen and to Administratively Close Removal Proceedings
04/08/2013
04/30/2013
The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
Before seeking intervention by the Firm's attorneys, the Clients, a citizen of Fiji and his family members, had been denied asylum and ordered by the BIA to depart the U.S. voluntarily. Working cooperatively with ICE, the Firm's attorneys were able to motion the BIA before the voluntary-departure period expired to reopen and to administratively close the Clients' removal proceedings so that they could remain in the U.S.
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Petition for Review (Motion to Remand)
04/05/2013
04/25/2013
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth (9th) Circuit
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, had been removed (deported) from the U.S. because of two alleged convictions for crimes involving moral turpitude, prompting his family to seek the Firm's attorneys' assistance before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. After submitting to the court an opening brief arguing that the Client should have been afforded the opportunity to apply for a waiver of his alleged inadmissibility, the Firm's attorneys were contacted by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL) to obtain agreement to remand (return) the case to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) so that the BIA could reexamine its earlier decisions not to permit the Client to pursue a waiver. Based on such agreement, the court issued the remand order.
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I-130 Family-Based Immigrant Petition
03/14/2012
04/05/2013
USCIS
The Client, the U.S.-citizen daughter of an elderly Bangladeshi citizen, petitioned with the Firm's attorneys' assistance for her father, who had been ordered removed (deported) from the U.S., to obtain a Green Card. With the approval of the immigrant petition, the Firm's attorneys were successful in obtaining ICE's agreement to motion the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to reopen and to dismiss the Client's father's removal proceedings.
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I-918 Crime-Victim Petition and I-192 Nonimmigrant Waiver
02/13/2012
03/22/2013
USCIS
The Client, a Honduran citizen, was previously the victim of a crime based on domestic violence she suffered by her mother in New Jersey. The Client had returned to Honduras from the U.S. and was unable to return because of her immigration matter. After the Client's father met with the Firm's attorneys, he learned that the Client was eligible for U nonimmigrant status based on her victimization and with the Firm's attorneys' assistance pursued for his daughter a victim-based petition that was approved, thereby allowing for the Client to return to the U.S. to reside with her father.
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I-918A Crime-Victim Derivative-Beneficiary Petition and I-192 Nonimmigrant Waiver
02/13/2012
03/22/2013
USCIS
The Client, a citizen Honduras, was unsuccessful in obtaining lawful status in the U.S. despite having been married to a U.S. citizen because of issues he had while previously attempting to enter the U.S. at the border. After meeting with the Firm's attorneys, the Client learned that he might be able to resolve his immigration matter based on his minor daughter's eligibility to receive U nonimmigrant status. As a derivative beneficiary of his daughter's victim-based petition, the Client resolved his immigration matter so that he could remain in the U.S. with his family.
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I-129 H-1B Professional Nonimmigrant Petition
02/25/2013
03/07/2013
USCIS
The Clients, a Colombian-citizen woman and her employer, sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a change in the employment conditions and extension of the employee's employment-based status, and the petition was approved in ten days without premium processing.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
02/08/2013
03/04/2013
USCIS
The work-permit and advance-parole applications for the Greek-citizen Client, who is a native of Albania, were based on a pending Green-Card application, were approved in less than a month, and resulted in issuance of a single card authorizing both employment and travel.
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I-821D Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (and I-765 Work Permit)
11/13/2012
02/25/2013
USCIS
The Mexican-citizen Client was granted DACA and a work permit in a little more than three months and without a Request for Evidence.
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I-192 Nonimmigrant Waiver
11/27/2012
01/23/2013
USCIS
With the Firm's attorneys' assistance the Indian-citizen Client, who with the Firm's attorney's help had already obtained U nonimmigrant status, was able to travel internationally and receive expedited adjudication of a nonimmigrant waiver so that he could be issued a U visa abroad and return to the U.S. despite previously having resided in the U.S. without lawful status for several years.
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I-918 Crime-Victim Petition and I-192 Nonimmigrant Waiver
08/08/2011
01/08/2013
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, was the victim of a crime based on his being robbed while walking home from work. The Client reported the crime to law-enforcement authorities and assisted them throughout the investigation of the crime and the prosecution of the criminals. Despite having a U.S.-citizen fiancee, the Client was previously unable to resolve his immigration matter because of his own perceived unlawful-presence- and crime-based grounds for inadmissibility. However, with the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client successfully pursued U nonimmigrant status based on his victimization and assistance and had his alleged ground(s) for inadmissibility waived.
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Motion to Reopen & to Reconsider (I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition and I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card))
09/26/2012
10/18/2012
USCIS
The Clients, a U.S. citizen and her husband, a citizen of the Republic of Korea (South Korea), sought the Firm's attorneys' assistance in obtaining a Green Card for the husband. The immigrant petition was initially denied, and consequently so was the Green-Card application, shortly after the interview because of the perception that the husband was still lawfully married to his first wife. However, such a conclusion was in error because the husband had divorced his first wife prior to marrying his petitioning wife. Therefore, without having to pay a fee, the Firm's attorneys were successful in having the immigrant petition and the Green-Card application reopened.
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N-400 Naturalization Application (Citizenship)
02/16/2012
10/16/2012
USCIS
The Client, a Green-Card-holding German citizen, was staying out of the U.S. for several months with her husband who was working on a project in Australia for a U.S. corporation. Because of the extended time abroad, the Client would have been ineligible to naturalize and become a U.S. for several years after her return to the U.S. However, because of the nature of her husband's employment, the Client learned from the Firm's attorneys that she was eligible to naturalize through a special exception to the general rule. With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, she applied for naturalization under that exception, flew to the U.S. for the naturalization interview, and had her application approved.
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I-765 Work Permit
09/28/2012
10/15/2012
USCIS
The work permit was granted to the Thailand-citizen Client in less than a month based on her pending Green-Card application.
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I-918 Crime-Victim Petition and I-192 Nonimmigrant Waiver
12/15/2011
10/01/2012
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, could not resolve his immigration matter through his marriage to his U.S.-citizen wife because of issues he previously had at the Mexico-U.S. border. After speaking with the Firm's attorneys, the Client learned that because of a robbery he suffered at gunpoint he was eligible to petition for U nonimmigrant status provided he obtained a certification from the law-enforcement agency investigating the crime. After initially being rebuffed, the Firm's attorneys were successful in securing the necessary certification and ultimately were successful in having the Client's victim-based petition and related nonimmigrant-waiver application approved.
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Motion to Reopen Removal Proceedings
07/13/2012
09/28/2012
The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
The Client, a Green-Card-holding citizen of the Philippines, had been deported from the U.S. in 2001 based on the perception that he had been convicted of a drug-related crime. After conducting a records check and learning that the Client was convicted in fact of a much lesser charge, the Firm's attorneys sought to reopen the Client's removal (deportation) proceedings more than ten years after his deportation so that he could return to the U.S. and be reissued his original Green-Card status. However, the BIA initially denied the Client's motion, citing insufficient information in the criminal-court documents on which the motion relied. The Firm's attorneys then contacted the Office of the District Attorney for the county in which the Client had been convicted and received a letter clarifying his criminal history. Based on such letter, the BIA reopened the Client's removal proceedings despite his having been out of the country for more than a decade.
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I-589 Asylum Application (Affirmative)
05/31/2012
09/10/2012
USCIS
The Client, a Pakistani citizen, had been persecuted in Pakistan because of his political opposition to enforcement of the blasphemy-related criminal laws there. He sought the Firm's assistance in filing for asylum, the interview for which was conducted in San Francisco, California. Shortly after the interview, the Client's asylum application was approved.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on Grant of T Nonimmigrant Status)
01/09/2012
09/10/2012
USCIS
The Clients, an Indian-citizen man and his Indian-citizen wife, had previously with the Firm's attorneys' assistance obtained T nonimmigrant status based on the husband's having been a victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons. The Clients thereafter sought the Firm's attorneys' assistance in obtaining their Green Cards based on their maintenance of T nonimmigrant status. Typically a T nonimmigrant must maintain such status for at least three years before applying for a Green Card, but the Clients with the Firm's attorneys' assistance were able to meet an exception to that rule and apply for and receive their Green Cards much sooner.
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I-918 Crime-Victim Petition and I-192 Nonimmigrant Waiver
03/30/2012
09/07/2012
USCIS
The Client, a Mexican citizen, had been convicted of two drug-sale crimes, thereby making him ineligible for almost all forms of immigration-related relief despite his being married to a U.S. citizen. However, the Client had been the victim of a kidnapping and was helpful to the law-enforcement agency to which he reported the crime. After obtaining a certification from that law-enforcement agency, the Firm's attorneys sought to resolve the Client's immigration matter through a petition for U nonimmigrant status. Because of the Client's severe criminal history, he required a nonimmigrant waiver, an application for which the Firm's attorneys prepared and submitted. Furthermore, the Client faced imminent termination of his employment at the time and required expedited adjudication. The Firm's attorneys not only were able to have the Client's victim-based petition and nonimmigrant-waiver application approved but were successful in obtaining expeditious adjudication so that they were approved in far less time than the then-standard processing time.
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Dissolution
01/10/2012
08/29/2012
Superior Court of California for Los Angeles County
The Client, a citizen of India, sought the assistance of the Firm's attorneys to pursue successfully a divorce from his wife.
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I-589 Asylum Application (Affirmative) in Removal Proceedings
10/29/2010
08/21/2012
U.S. Immigration Court, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Client, a citizen of Egypt, had sought asylum but previously had been found to have engaged in marriage fraud regarding a prior filing. Moreover, the Client's asylum application was filed several years after he had entered the U.S., thereby creating another potential ground for denial if he could not show that the one-year filing deadline should be waived. However, with conditions in Egypt becoming worse, the Client feared that returning there would result in his persecution on account of his liberal political beliefs as expressed on his social-media profile pages. With the Firm's attorneys representing the Client before the U.S. Immigration Court in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and through the Firm's attorneys' positive communication with ICE, the Client was able to overcome the legal hurdles to his claim for asylum and had his application granted.
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I-539 E-2-Derivative Treaty-Investor Nonimmigrant-Change-of-Status Application
06/08/2012
08/17/2012
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of the Republic of Korea (South Korea), sought the Firm's assistance in successfully changing her nonimmigrant status from that of a visitor to that of a treaty-investor dependent.
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N-400 Naturalization Application (Citizenship)
08/02/2011
08/10/2012
USCIS
The Client, a Green-Card-holding citizen of Sweden, had convictions for domestic violence, possession of drugs, falsifying a vehicle registration, and driving under the influence. The Client had convinced himself that he would one day be deported for his past convictions but learned otherwise after meeting with the Firm's attorneys. The Firm's attorneys went through each conviction with the Client and showed him how he was not removable (deportable) for any of them. Thereafter, the Client sought the Firm's attorneys' assistance with naturalization so that he could become a U.S. citizen. After the naturalization interview and after the Firm's attorneys followed up with the adjudicating officer to show how the Client was not removable and was not ineligible for U.S. citizenship, the naturalization application was approved.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on U.S.-Citizen Marriage-Based Petition)
06/03/2011
05/08/2012
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Colombia, had been alleged to have engaged in prior misrepresentation regarding a past Green-Card application and therefore had been requested to file a waiver application showing extreme hardship to his U.S.-citizen wife before he could be granted a Green Card. However, with the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client was able to show that he had not engaged in any such misrepresentation and instead had been victimized in the past by the fraudulent practices of an immigration consultant. Consequently, the Client was found not to require a waiver and instead simply was granted his Green Card.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on Grant of T Nonimmigrant Status)
07/13/2011
05/07/2012
USCIS
The Client, a Mexican citizen who had been previously deported from the U.S. multiple times and had previously made a false claim to U.S. citizenship, had been granted with the Firm's attorneys' assistance lawful immigration status based on his having been a victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons. Thereafter, the Client sought the Firm's attorneys' assistance in obtaining a Green Card based on his having received T nonimmmigrant status, and the Firm's attorneys were successful in having the Client's Green-Card application approved.
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I-918 Crime-Victim Petition and I-192 Nonimmigrant Waiver
06/07/2011
02/29/2012
USCIS
The Client, a Venezuelan-citizen LGBT-community member, who had been the victim of domestic violence by his boyfriend, sought the Firm's attorneys' assistance with his immigration matter. The Client believed that he was eligible for U nonimmigrant status but was wary of approaching law-enforcement authorities on his own to obtain a required certification because of those authorities' reluctance in pursuing a criminal case against the Client's boyfriend. Nevertheless, the Firm's attorneys were successful in obtaining the necessary certification after contacting the relevant law-enforcement authorities and ultimately both in having the Client granted lawful immigration status based on his victimization and in having the Client's past immigration violations waived.
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I-129F Petition for Fiance
10/13/2011
02/28/2012
USCIS
The Client, a U.S. citizen, who could not obtain a visa to India because the Indian government had blacklisted him for having successfully sought in the past asylum in the U.S. from India, wanted to marry an Indian-citizen woman who was his fiancee. However, because he could not travel to India, the Client met with his fiancee in Nepal and decided to marry his fiancee in the U.S. so that more friends and family members could be present. With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client successfully pursued a fiancee petition, which when sent to the U.S. consulate abroad met resistance by the U.S. consular officer(s) who did not initially believe that the Client had not already married his fiancee. One cannot receive a fiance visa if already married but instead must pursue an immigrant visa based on an approved marriage-based immigrant petition. However, after receiving from the Firm's attorneys correspondence detailing the reasons why the Client had not already married his fiancee, i.e., his inability to receive a visa to India to have the marriage ceremony, the U.S. consulate promptly issued the fiancee visa.
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Request for Change of Plea to and Dismissal of Criminal Charge(s) (Expungement)
01/05/2012
02/24/2012
Superior Court of California for Santa Barbara County
The Client, a citizen of the Philippines, sought the Firm's attorneys' assistance in cleaning up his criminal record by having a past conviction expunged, and the Firm's attorneys were successful.
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Motion to Dismiss Removal Proceedings
02/02/2012
02/09/2012
U.S. Immigration Court, Los Angeles, California
The Client, a citizen of India, had been placed in removal (deportation) proceedings before the U.S. Immigration Court in Los Angeles, California because of the denial of her Green-Card application. Thereafter, she sought the assistance of the Firm's attorneys, who determined that the Client had been a victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons relating to her denied Green-Card application because of the threats and coercion directed toward her by the immigration consultant who had been handling her case. After obtaining T nonimmigrant status for the Client, the Firm's attorneys worked cooperatively with ICE, which filed in the Client's removal proceedings a motion to dismiss that was granted by the Immigration Judge.
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Humanitarian Parole
10/03/2011
02/08/2012
USCIS
The Client, a U.S. citizen, had a special-needs adult younger brother residing in Pakistan and sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance to have him come to the U.S. Knowing that the Client's brother would be unlikely to receive a nonimmigrant visitor visa and that an immigrant petition would take a decade or so before the Client's brother could benefit from it, the Firm's attorneys applied for humanitarian parole for the Client's brother. Humanitarian parole permits an individual lawfully to enter the U.S. despite not having a visa if it is for an urgent humanitarian reason, such as necessary medical care, or a matter of the public interest. It can be granted for up to a year and can be renewed before its expiration while the beneficiary is still in the U.S. After the Client's brother was granted humanitarian parole, he was permitted to enter the U.S. to receive the medical care he required but could not receive in Pakistan.
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I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition
06/03/2011
02/03/2012
USCIS
The Client, a U.S. citizen, sought the Firm's attorneys' assistance in petitioning for her Colombian-citizen husband to receive a Green Card. However, her husband tentatively had been determined to have engaged in marriage fraud regarding a prior filing. After a contentious interview that took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Firm's attorneys were successful in overcoming that tentative finding and in having the Client's immigrant petition for her husband approved.
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Motion to Vacate Conviction and to Withdraw Guilty Plea
11/17/2011
12/01/2011
Superior Court of California for Orange County
The Client, a citizen of Fiji and former Green-Card holder, had been removed (deported) based on one or more convictions deemed by an Immigration Judge in 2004 to be for an Aggravated Felony because it was for a theft offense in which a sentence of a year or more of confinement was imposed. Several years after the Client had already been deported, the Client's family sought out the Firm's attorneys to learn whether there was a way for him to return to the U.S. Concluding that because the Client's more-than-one-year sentence was imposed because of, in part, a prior conviction that no longer existed because the Firm's attorneys were successful earlier in having that conviction vacated (thrown out altogether) and knowing that simply having a conviction expunged would not resolve the Client's immigration matter, the Firm's attorneys initially motioned the criminal court to alter the Client's already-completed sentence but were successful ultimately in also have the conviction vacated by the Superior Court Judge. As a result, the very basis for the Client's removal order no longer existed, thereby providing an avenue for him to return to the U.S. and for his original Green-Card status to be reissued to him.
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I-130 Family-Based Immigrant Petition
06/15/2011
11/29/2011
USCIS
The Client, a U.S.-citizen stepmother, petitioned successfully with the Firm's attorneys' assistance for her Colombian-citizen stepson to receive abroad an immigrant visa to come to the U.S. to receive a Green Card based on her marriage to her stepson's father.
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I-130 Family-Based Immigrant Petition
06/15/2011
11/29/2011
USCIS
The Client, a U.S.-citizen stepmother, petitioned successfully with the Firm's attorneys' assistance for her Colombian-citizen stepdaughter to receive abroad an immigrant visa to come to the U.S. to receive a Green Card based on the Client's marriage to her stepdaughter's father.
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I-130 Family-Based Immigrant Petition
06/15/2011
11/29/2011
USCIS
The Client, a U.S.-citizen stepmother, petitioned successfully with the Firm's attorneys' assistance for her Colombian-citizen stepson to receive abroad an immigrant visa to come to the U.S. to receive a Green Card based on her marriage to her stepson's father.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on U.S.-Citizen Marriage-Based Petition)
06/27/2011
11/07/2011
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of India, received with the Firm's attorneys' assistance her Green Card in a little more than four months based on her U.S.-citizen husband's approved immigrant petition.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on U.S.-Citizen Marriage-Based Petition)
06/15/2011
11/01/2011
USCIS
The Client, an Indian citizen, received with the Firm's attorneys' assistance his Green Card in less than five months based on his U.S.-citizen wife's approved immigrant petition.
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I-90 Green-Card Renewal
07/19/2011
10/24/2011
USCIS
The Client, a Mexican-citizen Green-Card holder, had in the past been stopped at the Mexico-U.S. border because she was allegedly trying to assist her previously deported husband illegally reenter the U.S. Although she was not arrested for or charged with any offense at that time, she worried about the consequences of renewing her Green Card, which had expired. After meeting with the Firm's attorneys, who assisted her in obtaining the records relating to the incident at the border, the Client understood that no formal negative findings were made against her and that she still remained eligible to maintain her Green-Card status. The Firm's attorneys then successfully renewed her Green Card.
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I-360 Employment Based EB-4 (Religious-Worker) Immigrant Petition
01/19/2011
10/20/2011
USCIS
The Clients, a religious institution and its Nepalese-citizen minister, sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance approval of an immigrant petition for the minister. Through the same religious institution, the Nepalese-citizen minister had previously been granted a religious-worker nonimmigrant visa and an extension of his nonimmigrant religious-worker status. However, due to confusion over the minister's employment history, the immigrant petition was initially denied. On their own initiative, the Firm's attorneys successfully sought to reopen the immigrant petition by exposing the adjudicating officer's confusion. Thereafter, the immigrant petition was approved, and the filing fee for the motion to have it reopened was refunded based on the acknowledgement that the previous denial was USCIS's error.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on Family-Based Petition)
05/09/2011
09/20/2011
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, believed she could no longer benefit at the time from her Green-Card-holding mother's immigrant petition for her because the Client had already passed twenty-one years of age. However, after meeting with the Firm's attorneys, the Client learned that she was protected by the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) and could still pursue a Green-Card application without having to wait. With the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client received her Green Card in a little more than four months after filing her application.
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I-914 Trafficking-Victim Application
04/08/2011
09/01/2011
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Colombia, was trafficked into the U.S. by her U.S.-citizen fiance who coerced her to engage in commercial sexual acts. With the help of the Firm's attorneys, to whom she was referred by a non-profit agency, the Client successfully pursued an application to resolve her immigration matter based on her being the victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons.
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I-914A Trafficking-Victim Derivative-Beneficiary Application
04/08/2011
09/01/2011
USCIS
The Client, a Colombian citizen, was able to come and to live in the U.S. as a derivative beneficiary of the Client's mother's approved application for T nonimmigrant status.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
06/15/2011
08/12/2011
USCIS
The Indian-citizen Client's work permit and advance parole were issued as a single card in less than two months based on the Client's pending Green-Card application.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on U.S.-Citizen Marriage-Based Petition)
11/30/2010
08/08/2011
USCIS
The Client, a Canadian citizen, previously unsuccessfully sought a Green Card based on a prior marriage and was also the subject of a marriage-fraud investigation despite his being the victim of abuse in that marriage. After assisting the Client in having that prior marriage dissolved and despite there being two interviews, the Firm's attorneys successfully helped the Client in obtaining a Green Card based on a subsequent marriage.
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I-129 H-1B Professional Nonimmigrant Petition
06/13/2011
08/05/2011
USCIS
The Clients, a bio-fuel company and its Indian-citizen prospective employee, sought the assistance of the Firm's attorneys, who were successful in having the employment-based petition approved in less than two months without issuance of a Request for Evidence.
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I-765 Work Permit
05/09/2011
07/18/2011
USCIS
The Mexican-citizen Client's work permit was granted in a little more than two months based on her pending Green-Card application.
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I-914 Trafficking-Victim Application and I-192 Nonimmigrant Waiver
01/05/2011
07/15/2011
USCIS
The Client, an Indian citizen, first met with the Firm's attorneys to see how quickly he could depart the U.S. forever based on a threat he received from a former business partner that he would report the Client's unlawful presence in the U.S. to law-enforcement authorities unless the Client paid the former business partner an exorbitant amount. The Firm's attorneys instead advised the Client to report the former business partner's threats to law-enforcement authorities and accompanied the man during such reporting. By following the Firm's attorneys' advice, the Client was able not only to end the former business partner's threats but also to resolve his immigration matter by successfully pursuing with the Firm's attorneys' assistance an application based on his being the victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons.
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I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition and I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
10/07/2010
07/13/2011
USCIS
The Clients, a U.S. citizen and his Brazilian-citizen wife, sought the assistance of the Firm's attorneys, who were successful in assisting them in obtaining a Green Card for the wife.
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I-765 Work Permit
06/03/2011
07/12/2011
USCIS
The Colombian-citizen Client's work permit was granted in a little more than a month after filing based on his pending Green-Card application.
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Motion to Vacate Conviction and to Withdraw Guilty Plea
05/18/2011
06/24/2011
Superior Court of California for Orange County
The Client, a citizen of Fiji, had been deported because of one or more convictions deemed by an Immigration Judge to be for an Aggravated Felony. Several years after the Client had already been deported, the Client's family sought out the Firm's attorneys to learn whether there was a way for him to return to the U.S. Concluding that there was one or more errors in the elicitation of the Client's plea in his criminal proceedings and knowing that simply having a conviction expunged would not resolve the Client's immigration matter, the Firm's attorneys motioned the criminal court to have the conviction vacated (thrown out altogether) and were successful, despite the District Attorney's opposition, in having the Superior Court Judge grant the motion.
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I-129 R-1 Religious-Worker Nonimmigrant Petition
12/16/2010
06/24/2011
USCIS
The Nepalese-citizen Client and his family had their religious-worker-based nonimmigrant status extended with the Firm's attorneys' assistance.
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I-765 Work Permit
03/25/2011
05/18/2011
USCIS
The work permit was granted to the Mexican-citizen Client in less than two months based on his pending Green-Card application.
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N-400 Naturalization Application (Citizenship)
12/07/2010
05/13/2011
USCIS
The Client, an Indian citizen, previously had his naturalization application denied because of issues relating to his marriage at the time. After meeting with the Firm's attorneys and with the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client once again pursued a naturalization application but was successful.
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I-130 Marriage-Based Immigrant Petition and I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card)
12/09/2010
04/21/2011
USCIS
The Clients, a U.S. citizen and her Indian-citizen husband, sought the Firm's attorneys assistance in obtaining a Green Card for the husband based on their marriage. The Clients were concerned because of issues relating to their joint residence and the husband's last entry, but with the Firm's attorneys' help, the immigrant petition and Green-Card application were approved in a little more than four months.
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I-765 Work Permit
02/08/2011
04/18/2011
USCIS
The Egyptian-citizen Client's work-permit application was based on his pending application for Cancellation of Removal & Adjustment of Status for Certain Nonpermanent Residents pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act and was improved in a little more than two months.
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I-918 Crime-Victim Petition and I-192 Nonimmigrant Waiver
12/06/2010
04/08/2011
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, was previously unable to resolve her immigration matter despite being married to a U.S. citizen because she did not enter the U.S. with inspection. However, after meeting with the Client, the Firm's attorneys learned that she had been the victim of domestic violence, rendering her eligible for U nonimmigrant status. Once a law-enforcement certification was obtained and with the Firm's attorneys' assistance, the Client successfully pursued her victim-based petition, which was granted in a little more than four months from filing.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on Cancellation of Removal for Certain Nonpermanent Residents pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act)
09/17/2009
04/05/2011
USCIS
After the Firm's attorneys assisted him in winning his case before the U.S. Immigration Court in Las Vegas, Nevada and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the Tunisian-citizen Client was issued the Green Card based on the grant of his application for Cancellation of Removal & Adjustment of Status for Certain Nonpermanent Residents pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act.
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I-765 Work Permit
10/07/2010
02/24/2011
USCIS
The work permit was issued to the Brazilian-citizen Client based on the pendency of her Green-Card application.
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I-765 Work Permit & an I-131 Advance Parole
12/09/2010
02/23/2011
USCIS
The work permit and advance parole were issued as a single card to the Indian-citizen Client based on the pendency of his Green-Card application.
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I-765 Work Permit
10/09/2010
02/03/2011
USCIS
The work permit was granted to the Tunisian-citizen Client based on the pendency his Cancellation of Removal & Adjustment of Status for Certain Nonpermanent Residents pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act.
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Motion to Terminate Removal Proceedings
01/20/2011
01/24/2011
U.S. Immigration Court, Los Angeles, California
The Client, a citizen of India, was placed in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court following the denial of his marriage-based Green-Card application. The Client thereafter sought the assistance of the Firm's attorneys, who discovered that the Client had previously been the victim of a violent crime and consequently could resolve his immigration matter through a victim-based petition. With the Client's next hearing date approaching, the Firm's attorneys were successful in having adjudication of the Client's petition expedited and in having the petition approved, thereby leading to termination of the Client's removal proceedings.
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I-918 Crime-Victim Petition and I-192 Nonimmigrant Waiver
09/22/2010
01/09/2010
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of India, was placed in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court following the denial of his marriage-based Green-Card application. The Client thereafter sought the assistance of the Firm's attorneys. After discovering that the Client had been the victim of a violent crime, the Firm's attorneys worked quickly in obtaining a certification from the law-enforcement agency to which he reported that crime. After obtaining the certification, the Client with the Firm's attorneys' assistance then successfully petitioned for U nonimmigrant status.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on U.S.-Citizen Marriage-Based Petition)
04/01/2010
12/14/2010
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Canada and a native of Haiti, had been traveling to the U.S. many times during his life with his final trip being in 2006 when he stayed permanently and later married a U.S. citizen whose immigrant petition for him had been approved. Because the client faced potential overstay, arrest, admission, and birth-certificate issues, he sought the assistance of the Firm's attorneys regarding his Green-Card application. The Firm's attorneys confronted these issues and although a waiver application was initially requested because of the Client's alleged overstay, such request was withdrawn and the Green-Card application approved without the necessity for a waiver after the Firm's attorneys met with and discussed the issue with the adjudicating officer.
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Appeal from Grant of Cancellation of Removal & Adjustment of Status for Certain Nonpermanent Residents pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act
01/15/2010
12/17/2010
The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
The Client sought the Firm's attorneys' services after he had spent almost five years in removal (deportation) proceedings without any progress. After the Firm's attorneys successfully represented the Client regarding his application before the U.S. Immigration Court in Las Vegas, Nevada, ICE appealed that decision. The Client then requested that the Firm's attorneys represent him in opposing that appeal. The main issues on appeal were whether the Immigration Judge ruled correctly in finding that the Client did not commit marriage fraud, whether the Client had shown the required hardship, and whether the Client's remarriage invalidated his eligibility for his application for relief. The BIA found that the Immigration Judge acted correctly and dismissed ICE's appeal, thereby resulting in the Client's being granted a Green Card after more than six years of removal proceedings.
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I-129 H-1B Professional Nonimmigrant Petition
09/10/2010
12/17/2010
USCIS
The Clients, a Colombian-citizen woman and her employer, sought with the Firm's attorneys' assistance a change in the employment conditions listed in the original employment-based petition, and the changes were approved.
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Motion to Terminate Removal Proceedings
06/09/2009
12/13/2010
U.S. Immigration Court, Los Angeles, California
The Clients, four Pakistani-citizen family members who were Green-Card holders since 1992, and three of their U.S.-citizen family members had left the U.S. for Pakistan in October 2005 only intending to remain there for a short period. However, due to multiple medical conditions and property-sale issues, their trip became extended involuntarily until June 2009 when they returned to the U.S. Upon the Clients' arrival in the U.S., their passports and Green Cards were confiscated and they were placed in removal (deportation) with the allegation that they abandoned their Green-Card status because they were outside of the U.S. for almost four years. The Clients sought the assistance of the Firm's attorneys thereafter. The Firm's attorneys sought to terminate the Clients' removal proceedings because they did not intend to remain outside of the U.S. for so long, but ICE initially opposed the motion, thereby requiring a hearing on the merits of the motion. At that merits hearing, testimony was taken and arguments were made. At the end of the merits hearing, the Immigration Judge found that the Clients had not abandoned their Green-Card status and, due in part to ICE's change in legal position, granted their motion to terminate their removal proceedings. ICE waived appeal, making the decision final, and the Clients were returned their Green Cards and passports that very same day.
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I-129 H-1B Professional Nonimmigrant Petition
06/14/2010
12/09/2010
USCIS
The Clients, a college-preparatory academy engaged in helping already bright students excel further and its prospective Indian-citizen employee who had a U.S. master's degree and who would be one of the academy's teachers, filed the employment-based petition with the Firm's attorneys' assistance before the expiration of the prospective employee's Optional Practical Training. After receiving two Requests for Evidence, which typically reflects an intent to deny the filing, the Firm's attorneys were successful in obtaining an approval.
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I-129 H-1B Professional Nonimmigrant Petition
09/02/2010
09/14/2010
USCIS
The Clients, a Florida animation studio and its prospective Egyptian-citizen employee who would be the studio's senior artist, successfully pursued with the Firm's attorneys' assistance the employment-based petition, which was approved in less than two weeks.
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I-129 H-1B Professional Nonimmigrant Petition
05/19/2010
08/18/2010
USCIS
The Clients, a three-employee motion-picture production-consultation company and its Indian-citizen prospective employee who would be the company's set and exhibit designer, successfully pursued with the assistance of the Firm's attorneys the employment-based petition, which required the Firm's attorneys to respond to a demanded Request for Evidence regarding whether a bachelor degree is required for the offered position.
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Dissolution
04/14/2010
07/23/2010
Superior Court of California for Los Angeles County
The Client, a Colombian citizen, had married a woman several years prior, but because of complications in the marriage, he sought the Firm's attorneys' assistance in obtaining a divorce from his wife.
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I-485 Adjustment of Status (Green Card) (based on U.S.-Citizen Marriage-Based Petition)
05/05/2010
07/20/2010
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Honduras, pursued the strategy proposed by the Firm's attorneys to apply for a Green Card in the U.S. based on his U.S.-citizen's approved immigrant petition rather than following the wrong advice by an immigration consultant to apply for an immigrant visa and waiver in Honduras. Although the Client had entered the U.S. without inspection, he was eligible to apply for his Green Card in the U.S. because his grandmother petitioned for his father several years ago, thereby rendering the Client eligible to have his lack of lawful entry waived. Although there were also some criminal issues that affected the case, the Client's application was granted at the end of his interview less than three months following the filing of the application.
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I-129 H-1B Professional Nonimmigrant Petition
04/21/2010
07/20/2010
USCIS
The Clients, a marketing-consulting company and its prospective Indian-citizen employee, pursued with the Firm's attorneys' assistance the employment-based nonimmigrant petition, which was approved in three months without issuance of a Request for Evidence.
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I-765 Work Permit
04/01/2010
07/15/2010
USCIS
The Canadian-citizen Client's work-permit application was based on a pending Green-Card application.
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N-400 Naturalization Application (Citizenship)
03/01/2010
06/02/2010
USCIS
An Indian-citizen Client who had been granted asylum in the U.S. and had thereafter received his Green Card sought the Firm's assistance in obtaining U.S. citizenship. The Client took the oath of naturalization in a little more than three months from the date of filing his application.
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I-914 Trafficking-Victim Application and I-192 Nonimmigrant Waiver
09/16/2009
06/01/2010
USCIS
The Client, a citizen of Mexico, had twice been deported from the United States and had falsely claimed U.S. citizenship. Because of those past immigration violations and despite his marriage to a U.S. citizen, he was previously unable to resolve his immigration matter. After returning to Mexico, the Client was accosted by several individuals who attacked him and who brought him back into the U.S. against his will to work at a sweatshop clothing factory hidden within a warehouse. The Client escaped from the individuals and hid for almost seven years with his family in California fearing that his captors would locate him. Seeking a way to resolve his immigration matter, the Client turned to the Firm's attorneys who assisted him in reporting his victimization to law-enforcement authorities and in successfully pursuing lawful immigration status for him as the victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons.
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I-589 Withholding of Removal (Defensive) in Removal Proceedings
11/03/2009
04/05/2010
U.S. Immigration Court, Lancaster, California
In 2008, the Client, a Pakistani citizen with a Green Card, was convicted in the U.S. for two felonies: grand theft and identity theft, for which he received a jail sentence of 365 days. After serving his criminal sentence, the Client was immediately transferred to the custody of ICE and placed in removal proceedings. The Immigration Judge found the Client removable for having an Aggravated Felony, thereby making him ineligible for several forms of relief including asylum and cancellation of removal and even ineligible at the time for release from custody during his removal proceedings. Nevertheless, he remained eligible for withholding of removal because of the terrible conditions in Pakistan, and the Firm's attorneys represented the Client before the Immigration Court to obtain that rarely granted form of relief. After meeting on several occasions with the Client at the detention facility and with the family members to let them understand what was required for the application to be successful, the Firm's attorneys vigorously pursued the application in the face of strong opposition by ICE. Following a merits hearing, the Immigration Judge granted the Client withholding of removal so that he may remain in the U.S. with his family and not be removed (deported) to Pakistan.
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I-612 J-1 Waiver Application (and I-129 H-1B Professional Nonimmigrant Petition)
12/16/2009
02/23/2010
USCIS
The Client, a Colombian citizen, sought the Firm's attorneys' assistance in obtaining a change to H-1B status. Despite the fiscal-year cap being very close to being reached, filing as soon as possible was not preferred because a required J-1 two-year home-residency waiver based on no objection by the Government of Colombia had not yet been issued. Nevertheless, the Firms' attorneys were able to file the petition before the cap was reached and even before the waiver was issued but was still able to have the waiver granted while the petition was pending, thereby allowing for the petition to be approved.
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I-140 Employment Based EB-3 Immigrant Petition
10/20/2009
01/29/2010
USCIS
The Clients, a citizen of Colombia and her prospective employer, sought the Firm's attorneys' assistance because although there was an approved Labor Certification Application, the tax return of the prospective employer did not show that enough revenue had been generated to pay the proffered wage. After the Firm's attorneys successfully argued that the prospective employer's existing assets could cover the proffered wage, the petition was approved.
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Dissolution
11/17/2009
12/30/2009
Superior Court of California for Orange County
The Client, a Canadian citizen, had married a U.S. citizen, but because of complications in the marriage, he sought out the Firm's attorneys to assist him in obtaining a divorce from his wife. In a little more than a month thereafter, the Firm's attorneys were successful in obtaining the divorce decree from the Court.
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I-360 Self-Petitioning Spouse of Abusive U.S. Citizen
04/14/2007
08/19/2009
USCIS
The Client was the victim of extreme mental cruelty and battery by his U.S.-citizen wife. He had filed his self-petition in April 2007, but his case was delayed possibly because of his Arab descent. After waiting for more than two years, he sought the Firm's attorney's assistance in having the case processed. Approximately only three months thereafter, and following the Firm's attorneys' contacting the adjudicating office and responding to a lengthy Request for Evidence, the self-petition was approved.
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Appeal from Denial of Motion to Vacate Conviction and to Withdraw Guilty Plea
01/24/2008
05/28/2009
California Court of Appeal
The Client, a citizen of Armenia, had previously been convicted of a California criminal-code section based on alleged criminal activity in 1995. He had been deported as a result of the conviction. Several years later, the Client's family discussed the case with the Firm's attorneys to look into finding a way to bring the Client back to the U.S. legally. The Firm's attorneys determined that vacating (having thrown out altogether) the 1995 conviction was required to accomplish such a goal. Twelve years after the conviction, the Firm's attorneys motioned the Superior-Court Judge to vacate the conviction, arguing that the offense for which the Client was convicted was not a substantive criminal offense but instead was simply a penalty provision. A penalty provision simply allows for a longer sentence but does not define an actual crime, which must be separately charged for a penalty provision even to apply. The client was not charge in the case of any such actual crime. The Superior-Court Judge denied the motion, and with the Firm's attorneys' assistance the Client appealed. In a published split decision, a three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeal granted the Client's appeal and ordered the Superior-Court Judge either to dismiss the case or to amend the original complaint because there was no jurisdiction to convict the Client solely under the penalty provision with which he had been charged. The decision also affected other similar cases by stating that a motion such as the Client's may be brought at any time regardless of how long ago the conviction occurred.
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