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CASE: I-130 and Consular Processing (Immigrant Visa) – Marriage-Petition

Our client is a Lawful Permanent Resident (Green card holder) from the Philippines. He got his green card through family petition; however, his wife and children did not get the green cards back then. In August 2015, he retained our office to bring his wife and two children to the States via consular processing. Once retained, our office filed the I-130 petition on October 22, 2015 and this petition was approved by the USCIS on August 5, 2016.

Once the priority date became current, we filed the immigrant visa packets to the National Visa Center on March 7, 2017, who in turn forwarded our clients’ materials to the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. An interview notice was set for the client at the US Embassy in Manila, and we prepared them for the interview. On November 20, 2017, the interview was conducted.  Eventually, after the interview, the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines approved and issued their immigrant visas.

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CASE:   I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Hardship Waiver of Inadmissibility

APPLICANT / BENEFICIARY: Chinese

LOCATION: Cleveland, Ohio

Our client came to the United States from China in October 1999 without inspection and admission. He married his U.S. citizen wife in 2010. They have two U.S. citizen children together.  His U.S. Citizen wife filed an I-130 petition for him on August 26, 2016. This I-130 petition was approved on December 8, 2016.

Our client cannot file for adjustment of status application due to his ground of inadmissibility. He needed a waiver of inadmissibility to become a green card holder. Moreover, our client was placed in removal proceedings and he has a final order of removal in absentia. Nevertheless, his I-212 (permission to reapply for admission into the United States) was approved on July 21, 2017.

Under current law, immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are not eligible to adjust status in the United States must travel abroad and obtain an immigrant visa. Individuals who have accrued more than 180 days of unlawful presence while in the United States must obtain a waiver of inadmissibility to overcome the unlawful presence bars under section 212(a)(9)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act before they can return to the United States.

In 2013, the USCIS announced of new policy called the provisional unlawful presence waiver. Beginning March 4, 2013, certain immigrant visa applicants who are spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens (immediate relatives) can apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers before they leave the United States. The provisional unlawful presence waiver process allows individuals, who only need a waiver of inadmissibility for unlawful presence, to apply for a waiver in the United States.

The new process is expected to shorten the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives while those family members are obtaining immigrant visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States.

INA § 212(i) provides for a discretionary waiver of the entry without inspection inadmissibility ground. To qualify for the waiver, the alien must establish that his or her US Citizen spouse would suffer extreme hardship if the alien were denied admission. INA § 212(i)(1). In addition to the equities presented, the USCIS may consider the nature of the inadmissibility ground.

There is a seminal BIA case that deals with this waiver.  In Matter of Cervantes, 22 I & N Dec. 560 (BIA 1999), the BIA identified the factors to be considered in determining whether a qualifying relative would suffer extreme hardship if the alien were denied admission.  Those factors include: the presence of LPR or USC family ties both within and outside the United States; the conditions in the country to which the qualifying relative would relocate and the extent of the qualifying relative’s ties to that country; the financial impact of departure from the United States; and significant conditions of health, particularly when tied to the unavailability of suitable medical care in the country to which the qualifying relative would relocate.

Our client’s I-601A application had a good chance since our client’s U.S. Citizen wife suffer from a great degree of medical hardship. In the I-601A brief and supporting documents, our office included extensive medical reports of his wife.  We argued that if he was removed from the United States, extreme hardship to his wife is clearly foreseeable and evident.  His wife has ongoing medical hardships and she would not be able to take care of her own needs and the bulk of their family chores, most importantly taking care of their children. Also, it would be extremely difficult for her to get the same level of therapy and satisfactory access to medical services in China in case she joins our client there.

In our brief, we also argued that our client and his wife have maintained strong family ties in the United States, that his wife will have difficulty in finding the same level of employment in China, that our client has good employment in the United States, and that his U.S. citizen child and his wife will face extreme financial and emotional difficulties if he is removed.

On August 21, 2017, we filed the I-601A waiver application which included the brief in support, his wife’s extensive medical examination records, and other documents that demonstrated hardship to her husband if she is removed from the United States. Eventually, without any RFE, her I-601A waiver was approved on December 19, 2017. Now, he can file packet 3 and 4 here in the United States, and would go to China shortly to get his immigrant visa.

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CASE:  Immigrant Visa / I-601A Hardship Waiver of Inadmissibility

APPLICANT / BENEFICIARY: Filipino

LOCATION: California / Manila, Philippines (Visa Interview)

Our client came to the United States from the Philippines in 2002 on a C1/D visa (Crewman). He remained in the United States after his entry in 2002. He married his U.S. citizen wife in 2009. His U.S. Citizen wife filed an I-130 petition for him in November 2009. This I-130 petition was approved on April 13, 2010.

However, our client cannot file for adjustment of status application due to his ground of inadmissibility (crewman entry and overstay). He needed a waiver of inadmissibility to become a green card holder.

Under current law, immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are not eligible to adjust status in the United States must travel abroad and obtain an immigrant visa. Individuals who have accrued more than 180 days of unlawful presence while in the United States must obtain a waiver of inadmissibility to overcome the unlawful presence bars under section 212(a)(9)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act before they can return to the United States

In 2013, the USCIS announced of new policy called the provisional unlawful presence waiver. Beginning March 4, 2013, certain immigrant visa applicants who are spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens (immediate relatives) can apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers before they leave the United States. The provisional unlawful presence waiver process allows individuals, who only need a waiver of inadmissibility for unlawful presence, to apply for a waiver in the United States.

The new process is expected to shorten the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives while those family members are obtaining immigrant visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States.

INA § 212(i) provides for a discretionary waiver of the entry without inspection inadmissibility ground. To qualify for the waiver, the alien must establish that his or her US Citizen spouse would suffer extreme hardship if the alien were denied admission. INA § 212(i)(1). In addition to the equities presented, the USCIS may consider the nature of the inadmissibility ground.

There is a seminal BIA case that deals with this waiver.  In Matter of Cervantes, 22 I & N Dec. 560 (BIA 1999), the BIA identified the factors to be considered in determining whether a qualifying relative would suffer extreme hardship if the alien were denied admission.  Those factors include: the presence of LPR or USC family ties both within and outside the United States; the conditions in the country to which the qualifying relative would relocate and the extent of the qualifying relative’s ties to that country; the financial impact of departure from the United States; and significant conditions of health, particularly when tied to the unavailability of suitable medical care in the country to which the qualifying relative would relocate.

In 2013, our client filed his first I-601A application to USCIS. However, USCIS denied it because his case does not demonstrate that his U.S. citizen wife will not suffer “extreme hardship.” He contacted our office in June 2016 and retained our office on July 6, 2016 for the re-file of I-601A application.

Our client’s I-601A application had a good chance since our client’s U.S. Citizen wife suffers from a great degree of hardship. We argued that if he was removed from the United States, extreme hardship to his wife is clearly foreseeable and evident. She would not be able to take care of her own needs and the bulk of their family chores, most importantly taking care of their child. Also, it would be extremely difficult for her to get the same level of economic stability in the Philippines in case she joins our client there.

In our brief, we also argued that our client and his wife have maintained strong family ties in the United States, that his wife will have difficulty in finding the same level of employment in the Philippines, and that his U.S. citizen children and his wife will face extreme emotional difficulties if he is removed.

On October 13, 2016, we filed the I-601A waiver application which included the brief in support, and documents that demonstrated hardship to his wife if he is removed from the United States. Eventually, his I-601A waiver was approved on February 21, 2017.

Once his I-601A waiver was approved, he retained our office again for his immigrant visa processing. Our office prepared and filed his immigrant visa application on July 6, 2017. In October 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines informed our office that they scheduled an immigrant visa interview for our client. Our client went back to the Philippines to appear at his interview on November 27, 2017. On November 27, 2017, our client appeared at his immigrant visa interview at the Embassy. Eventually, on December 22, 2017, and the U.S. Embassy approved his immigrant visa.

Now, our client successfully came back to the United States with an approved immigrant visa and he will get his green card in a mail within two months.

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CASE: I-130 and Consular Processing (Immigrant Visa) – Marriage-Petition

Our client is a Lawful Permanent Resident (Green card holder) who married his wife in Seoul, South Korea in 2013.  After the marriage, he filed an I-130 (F-2A category) petition for his wife in South Korea. This I-130 Petition was approved by the USCIS in 2015 (the priority date of this petition was September 9, 2014). After the I-130 was approved, their daughter was born in South Korea in December 2015.

In March 2017, he contacted our office and retained us to bring his wife and daughter to the States via consular processing. Once retained, we immediately contacted National Visa Center and informed them that they have a daughter who would like to come to the United States as a derivative applicant of her mother (our client’s wife)’s immigrant visa. The priority date of this petition was already current. Our office filed the immigrant visa packets to the National Visa Center on August 4, 2017, who in turn forwarded our client’s materials to the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. An interview notice was set for the client at the US Embassy in Seoul, and we prepared her for the interview. On December 11, 2017, the interview was conducted.  Eventually, after the interview, the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea approved and issued immigrant visas for our client’s wife and daughter.

With the approved immigrant visas, our client’s wife and daughter can come to the United States immediately, and they will get their green cards within two months of entry.

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CASE: I-130 and Consular Processing (Immigrant Visa) – Marriage-Petition

Our client is a Lawful Permanent Resident (Green card holder) who married his wife in Jordan in 2014.  After the marriage, he came back to the United States to work and wanted to file an I-130 (F-2A category) petition for his wife in Jordan.  He retained our office in October 2015 and our office prepared and filed the I-130 petition on October 30, 2015. This I-130 Petition was approved by the USCIS in February 2016 (the priority date of this petition was October 30, 2015). Once the I-130 petition was approved, he retained us again to bring his wife to the States via consular processing.

Once retained and her priority date became current, we filed the immigrant visa packets to the National Visa Center on November 14, 2016, who in turn forwarded our client’s materials to the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan. An interview notice was set for the client at the US Embassy in Amman, and we prepared her for the interview. On November 2, 2017, the interview was conducted.  Eventually, after the interview, the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan approved and issued her immigrant visa on November 13, 2017.

With the approved immigrant visa, our client’s wife can come to the United States immediately, and she will get her green card within two months of entry.

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CASE: Consular Processing (Immigrant Visa)

CLIENT: US Citizen Petitioner Daughter; Chinese Beneficiary Mother in China

LOCATION: Petitioner: Cleveland, OH; Beneficiary: China

IV APPROVED: October 30, 2017

Our client retained us to bring her mother over from China. She was born and raised in China, but was naturalized in the United States. She retained our office in December 2014, and our office prepared and filed the I-130 petition for her mother on December 5, 2014. This I-130 Petition was approved by the USCIS on April 7, 2015. Once the I-130 petition was approved, we then started the immigrant visa processing phase of trying to get her mother over to the United States.

On May 11, 2016, we filed the immigrant visa packets to the National Visa Center who in turn forwarded our client’s materials to the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, China. An interview notice was set for our client’s mother at the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, China, and we prepared her for her interview.  She did her interview in July 2016, but her case was remained pending until October 2017. On October 30, 2017, she did appear at her second immigrant visa interview.  Eventually, on October 30, 2017, the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, China approved and issued her immigrant visa.

With the approved immigrant visa, our client’s mother can come to the United States immediately, and she will get her green card within two months of entry.

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CASE:   Immigrant Visa / I-601A Hardship Waiver of Inadmissibility

APPLICANT / BENEFICIARY: Mexican

LOCATION: Ohio / Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (Visa Interview)

Our client came to the United States from Mexico in 2009 without inspection and admission. He married his U.S. citizen wife in November 2011. With our firm’s legal assistance, his U.S. Citizen wife filed an I-130 petition for him. This I-130 petition was approved on August 11, 2016.

Our client could not file for adjustment of status application due to his ground of inadmissibility (entry without inspection and admission). He needed a waiver of inadmissibility to become a green card holder.

Under current law, immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are not eligible to adjust status in the United States must travel abroad and obtain an immigrant visa. Individuals who have accrued more than 180 days of unlawful presence while in the United States must obtain a waiver of inadmissibility to overcome the unlawful presence bars under section 212(a)(9)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act before they can return to the United States

In 2013, the USCIS announced of new policy called the provisional unlawful presence waiver. Beginning March 4, 2013, certain immigrant visa applicants who are spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens (immediate relatives) can apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers before they leave the United States. The provisional unlawful presence waiver process allows individuals, who only need a waiver of inadmissibility for unlawful presence, to apply for a waiver in the United States.

The new process is expected to shorten the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives while those family members are obtaining immigrant visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States.

INA § 212(i) provides for a discretionary waiver of the entry without inspection inadmissibility ground. To qualify for the waiver, the alien must establish that his or her US Citizen spouse would suffer extreme hardship if the alien were denied admission. INA § 212(i)(1). In addition to the equities presented, the USCIS may consider the nature of the inadmissibility ground.

There is a seminal BIA case that deals with this waiver.  In Matter of Cervantes, 22 I & N Dec. 560 (BIA 1999), the BIA identified the factors to be considered in determining whether a qualifying relative would suffer extreme hardship if the alien were denied admission.  Those factors include: the presence of LPR or USC family ties both within and outside the United States; the conditions in the country to which the qualifying relative would relocate and the extent of the qualifying relative’s ties to that country; the financial impact of departure from the United States; and significant conditions of health, particularly when tied to the unavailability of suitable medical care in the country to which the qualifying relative would relocate.

Our client’s I-601A application had a good chance since our client’s U.S. Citizen wife suffers from a great degree of medical hardship. In the I-601A brief and supporting documents, our office included extensive medical reports of his wife.  We argued that if he was removed from the United States, extreme hardship to his wife is clearly foreseeable and evident.  His wife has ongoing medical hardships and she would not be able to take care of her own needs and the bulk of their family chores, most importantly taking care of their child. Also, it would be extremely difficult for her to get the same level of therapy and satisfactory access to medical services in Mexico in case she joins our client there.

In our brief, we also argued that our client and his wife have maintained strong family ties in the United States, that his wife will have difficulty in finding the same level of employment in Mexico, and that his U.S. citizen child and his wife will face extreme emotional difficulties if he is removed.

On October 17, 2016, we filed the I-601A waiver application which included the brief in support, his wife’s extensive medical examination records, and other documents that demonstrated hardship to his wife if he is removed from the United States. Eventually, his I-601A waiver was approved on March 14, 2017.

Once his I-601A waiver was approved, he retained our office again for his immigrant visa processing. Our office prepared and filed his immigrant visa application on May 25, 2017. In September 2017, the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico informed our office that they scheduled an immigrant visa interview for our client. Our client went back to Mexico to appear at his interview on October 2, 2017. On March 2, 2017, our client appeared at his immigrant visa interview at the Consulate, and the Consulate officer approved his immigrant visa on the same day.

Now, our client successfully came back to the United States with an approved immigrant visa and he will get his green card in a mail within two months.

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CASE: I-130 and Consular Processing (Immigrant Visa)

CLIENT: LPR Mother; Filipino Beneficiary Minor Son in the Philippines

LOCATION: Petitioner: Ohio; Beneficiary: Philippines

Our client retained us to bring her minor son over from the Philippines. She was born and raised in the Philippines, but lives in the United States as a LPR (Green Card holder).

On September 18, 2015, our firm filed the I-130 Petition to the CIS. There were no Requests for Evidence throughout the pendency of the petition. On February 1, 2016, the I-130 Petition was approved. However, we could not start the immigrant visa processing because their visa numbers were not available. In July 2016, once their visa numbers were available, we then started the immigrant visa processing phase of trying to get her son over to the United States.

On May 4, 2017, we filed the immigrant visa packet to the National Visa Center who in turn forwarded our clients’ materials to the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. An interview notice was set for our client’s son at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, and we prepared them for his interview. On September 12, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines approved and issued his immigrant visa.

With the approved immigrant visa, our client’s son can come to the United States immediately, and she will get her green card within two months of entry.

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CASE: Consular Processing (Immigrant Visa)

CLIENT: US Citizen Petitioner Son; Indian Beneficiary Mother in India

LOCATION: South Carolina; Beneficiary: India

IV APPROVED: August 31, 2017

Our client retained us to bring his mother over from India. He was born and raised in India, but was naturalized in the United States. Once retained, our office prepared and filed the I-130 petition for his mother on February 25, 2016. This I-130 Petition was approved by the USCIS in July 2016. Once the I-130 petition was approved, we then started the immigrant visa processing phase of trying to get his mother over to the United States.

On February 10, 2017, we filed the immigrant visa packets to the National Visa Center who in turn forwarded our client’s materials to the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai, India. An interview notice was set for our client’s mother at the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai, and we prepared her for her interview.  She did her interview on August 31, 2017. Eventually, after the interview, the U.S. Consulate General Mumbai, India approved and issued her immigrant visa.

With the approved immigrant visa, our client’s mother can come to the United States immediately, and she will get her green card within two months of entry.

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CASE:   Immigrant Visa / I-601A Hardship Waiver of Inadmissibility

APPLICANT / BENEFICIARY: Chinese

LOCATION: Cleveland, OH / Guangzhou, China (Visa Interview)

Our client came to the United States from China in March 2001 without inspection and admission. She made an illegal entry and was inadmissible. She applied for Asylum and Withholding of Removal, and she was granted Withholding of Removal. She married her U.S. citizen husband in 2006 and has U.S. citizen children together.

Through our office, she applied for a Motion to Reopen and the Cleveland Immigration Court granted our Motion and reopened our client’s case in 2015. Once reopened, with our office’s assistance, her removal proceedings were administratively closed in November 2015 to file a provisional waiver application. Her U.S. Citizen husband filed an I-130 petition for our client, and this I-130 petition was approved in 2009.

However, our client cannot file her adjustment of status application due to her ground of inadmissibility. She needed a waiver of inadmissibility to become a green card holder. Under current law, immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are not eligible to adjust status in the United States must travel abroad and obtain an immigrant visa. Individuals who have accrued more than 180 days of unlawful presence while in the United States must obtain a waiver of inadmissibility to overcome the unlawful presence bars under section 212(a)(9)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act before they can return to the United States

The USCIS announced of new policy called provisional unlawful presence waiver. Beginning March 4, 2013, certain immigrant visa applicants who are spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens (immediate relatives) can apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers before they leave the United States. The provisional unlawful presence waiver process allows individuals, who only need a waiver of inadmissibility for unlawful presence, to apply for a waiver in the United States and before they depart for their immigrant visa interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.

The new process is expected to shorten the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives while those family members are obtaining immigrant visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States. Thus, our client would like to apply so called I-601A provisional waiver.

INA § 212(i) provides for a discretionary waiver of the entry without inspection inadmissibility ground. To qualify for the waiver, the alien must establish that his or her US Citizen spouse would suffer extreme hardship if the alien were denied admission. INA § 212(i)(1). In addition to the equities presented, the USCIS may consider the nature of the inadmissibility ground.

There is a seminal BIA case that deals with this waiver.  In Matter of Cervantes, 22 I & N Dec. 560 (BIA 1999), the BIA identified the factors to be considered in determining whether a qualifying relative would suffer extreme hardship if the alien were denied admission.  Those factors include: the presence of LPR or USC family ties both within and outside the United States; the conditions in the country to which the qualifying relative would relocate and the extent of the qualifying relative’s ties to that country; the financial impact of departure from the United States; and significant conditions of health, particularly when tied to the unavailability of suitable medical care in the country to which the qualifying relative would relocate.

Our client’s I-601A application had a good chance since our client’s U.S. Citizen husband suffers from great degree of psychological hardship. In the I-601A brief and supporting documents, our office included extensive medical reports of her husband.  We argued that if she was removed from the United States, extreme hardship to her husband is clearly foreseeable and evident.  Her husband has ongoing psychological hardship and he would not be able to take care of his own needs and the bulk of their family chores, most importantly taking care of their infant children. Also, it would be extremely difficult for him to get the same level of therapy and satisfactory access to medical services in China in case he joins our client there. 

In our brief, we also argued that our client and her husband have maintained strong family ties in the United States, that her husband will have difficulty in finding the same level of employment in China, that our client has a good employment in the United States, and that her U.S. citizen children and her husband will face extreme financial and emotional difficulties if she is removed.

On May 20, 2016, our client submitted our I-601A waiver application which included the brief in support, her husband’s extensive psychological examination records, and other documents that demonstrated hardship to her husband if she is removed from the United States. Eventually, her I-601A waiver was approved on November 16, 2016.

Once her I-601A waiver was approved, she retained our office again for her immigrant visa processing. Our office prepared and filed her immigrant visa application on May 17, 2017. Thereafter, the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, China informed our office that they scheduled an immigrant visa interview for our client. Our client went back to China to appear at her interview on July 10, 2017. On July 10, 2017, our client appeared at her immigrant visa interview at the Consulate, and the Consulate officer approved her immigrant visa on the same day.

 

Now, our client can come back to the United States with an approved immigrant visa and she will get her green card in a mail within two months of her entry to the United States.  

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