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Marriage Based Green Card (130 485) Approval for Filipina Client in New York, NY

by JP Sarmiento on April 10, 2014

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CASE: Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status.



Our client is from the Philippines who came to the U.S. on a J-1 Visa in July 2005.  Upon completion of her J-1 program, she remained in the United States and changed her status to H-1B.  She was subject to the two-year foreign residency requirement.

In April 2013, she got married to her U.S. citizen husband.

She was eligible to get a green card through her marriage to U.S. citizen; however, before we can file her I-130/I-485 application simultaneously, she had to get a waiver of her two-year foreign residency requirement. In order to get a waiver of her two-year foreign residency requirement, she retained our office.

Our office worked on our client’s J-1 waiver.  Eventually, the Philippine Embassy issued a No Objection Statement for our client, and sent this letter to the State Department’s Waiver Review Division.  On November 26, 2013, the Waiver Review Division issued a favorable recommendation based on the No Objection statement. The CIS receipted the fee and issued an I-612 approval notice for our client’s waiver.

After we received the I-612 waiver, our firm prepared and filed an I-130 petition and I-485 adjustment of status application on January 16, 2014.  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 through the conference calls.  On April 9, 2014, our client was interviewed at the New York USCIS office.  On the same day, her green card application was approved.

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