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From Jail to Removal Proceedings to Marriage Green Card Approval for Indonesian Client in Cleveland Ohio

by JP Sarmiento on February 13, 2013

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CASE: I-485 Approval
CLIENT: Indonesian
LOCATION: Cleveland, Ohio

Our client came to the U.S. on a valid B-2 visa from Indonesia in March 2003. Our client had a final order of removal after his asylum case was denied at the Cleveland Immigration Court and then by the BIA.

In December 2011, our client married his U.S. Citizen wife and through our office, filed an I-130 petition on January 3, 2012. Unfortunately, our client was picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement due to his final order. So after we obtained the I-130 receipt notice, even before the I-130 was approved, we filed a Motion to Reopen on January 10, 2012, within the 90-day deadline for filing Motions to Reopen with the BIA.

Eventually, the BIA granted our client’s Motion to Reopen on February 8, 2012, and remanded it to the Immigration Judge to allow our client to apply for adjustment of status (green card). Our client got out of jail.

Our client’s I-130 interview was scheduled on July 23, 2012 at Cleveland USCIS Field Office. Prior to the interview, our office thoroughly prepared our client and his wife for the interview. Attorney Sarmiento also accompanied them for their interview. The I-130 petition was eventually approved the next day.

After the I-130 was approved, our office filed a request to join in a Motion to Terminate proceedings with a copy of the I-485 application and supporting documents. The DHS counsel in Cleveland agreed to terminate our client’s proceedings at our client’s Master Calendar hearing on November 7, 2012. Ultimately, the Immigration Judge granted the Motion to terminate without prejudice.

Once his case was terminated by the Immigration Court, our office prepared and filed the I-485 Adjustment of Status Application on November 27, 2012, together with other necessary forms and supporting documents. Everything went smoothly and the receipt notices, fingerprint appointment, and work permits all came on time. Prior to the interview, we thoroughly prepared our clients over the conference all.

On February 7, 2013, our client was interviewed at the Cleveland CIS office. Our client was fully prepared and the interview went well.  On the same day, his green card application was approved.


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