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CASE: Change of Status / I-539
NATIONALITY: Filipina
LOCATION: North Dakota

Our client is from the Philippines who came to the U.S. on a J-1 exchange visitors visa to work in the United States. She consulted with our firm a few weeks before the expiration of her J-1 status. She wanted to continue her stay in the United States for six more months to spend more time here for her medical treatment.  We explained to her that CIS has been more stringent on Visitor status changes.

Upon retention, we asked her to prepare a statement on her plans if her change of status request is granted. We asked her to provide as much detail as possible as we reviewed her drafts several times. We made sure all addresses, contact information, and dates on her statements were complete and accurate. We made sure all her plans were supported by corroborating evidence as exhibits to the application to avoid a possible Request for Evidence by the CIS.  Our office submitted financial documents as well. We filed the I-539 Change of Status Application on February 1, 2016.

However, on November 29, 2016, the USCIS California Service Center issued Request for Evidence and requested our client to submit more evidence to demonstrate her intention to go home (Philippines), reasons for her change of status, and her financial ability to stay in the United States if her change of status is granted. Our office prepared the Response to RFE and filed the response to USCIS on December 27, 2016. Eventually, on January 9, 2017, her change of status request (from J-1 to B-2) was granted and she can stay in the United States until July 2017.

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CASE: Change of Status from B-2 to F-1

CLIENT: Filipina

LOCATION: Anaheim, CA

Our client came from the Philippines on a valid B-2 visa in February 2016. Later, she decided to study further in the United States and get admission. She retained our office for her I-539 Change of Status application to change her status from B-2 to F-1 to the USCIS.

Once retained, we helped our client obtain supporting documents for the Change of Status. We filed I-539 Change of Status application along with supporting documents to USCIS on May 19, 2016. In the application, we fully explained her financial ability to pursue her studies in the U.S., and reasons for her studies. Eventually, on October 11, 2016, the Change of Status was approved. Our client is now on F-1 and can start her program.

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CASE: Change of Status / I-539
NATIONALITY: Filipina
LOCATION: Cleveland, OH

Our client is from the Philippines who came to the U.S. on a J-1 exchange visitor visa to work at Holiday Inn as an intern. She consulted with our firm a few weeks before the expiration of her J-1 status. She wanted to continue to stay in the United States for six more months to spend more time here and to travel.  We explained to her that CIS has been more stringent on Visitor status change. Upon retention, we prepare a statement based on her plans if her change of status request is granted. We asked her to provide as much detail as possible as we drafted the statement. We made sure all addresses, contact information, and dates on her statement were complete and accurate. We made sure all her plans were supported by corroborating evidence as exhibits to the application to avoid a possible Request for Evidence by the CIS.  Our office submitted financial documents from her parents in the Philippines as well. We filed the I-539 Change of Status Application on December 8, 2015 and her B-2 status extension was approved on April 4, 2016 with no Requests for Evidence.

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CASE: B-2 Visa Extension / I-539
NATIONALITY: Filipina
LOCATION: New Jersey

Our client is from the Philippines who came to the U.S. on a B-2 visitor visa to see her sister and her sister’s family. She consulted with our firm a few weeks before the expiration of her B-2 status. She wanted to continue her stay in the United States for six more months to spend more time with her sister.  We explained to her that CIS has been more stringent on visitor status extensions.

Upon retention, we prepared a statement based on the information she provide about her plans if her extension is granted. We asked her to provide as much detail as possible. We made sure all addresses, contact information, and dates on her statements were complete and accurate. We made sure all her plans were supported by corroborating evidence as exhibits to the application to avoid a possible Request for Evidence by the CIS.  Our office submitted letters from family member in the United States, an employment verification letter for her sister and brother-in-law, as well as financial documents from her sister. We filed the I-539 Extension Application on September 15, 2015 and her B-2 status extension was approved on February 8, 2016 with no Requests for Evidence.

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CASE: B-2 Visa Extension / I-539
NATIONALITY: Filipino
LOCATION: Cleveland, Ohio

Our clients came from the Philippines on B-2 visitor visas. They came to the United States in early June of 2011 to attend a Math competition in Las Vegas Nevada. Their visas were single entry ones good for only a month, but their tourist status upon entry was good for six months. .  They wanted to visit their grandmother from Ohio so after the competition, they visited her in Ohio. They consulted with our firm about a week before the expiration of their B-2 status. They wanted to extend their visit for six months to spend more time with their grandmother.

Upon retention, we went into detail with their reasons for requesting extension. We made sure all addresses, contact information, and dates on their statements were complete and accurate. We made sure all their plans were supported by corroborating evidence as exhibits to the application to avoid a possible Request for Evidence from the CIS.  Our office submitted letters from family members in the United States and financial statements from the Philippines. We also submitted school ties from the Philippines as proof of their intention to retain. We also submitted return tickets prior to the expiration of the requested extension. Our firm filed the I-539 Extension Application on December 1, 2011, a day before the expiration of their status. On January 9, 2012, their B-2 status extensions were approved with no Requests for Evidence.  Now they can stay in the United States for six more months with their grandmother.

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CASE: B-2 Visa Extension / I-539
NATIONALITY: Korean
LOCATION: Cleveland, Ohio

Our client is a Korean national who came to the U.S. on a B-2 visitor visa. She wanted to visit her daughter who is studying in the United States. She consulted with our firm a few weeks before the expiration of her B-2 status. She wanted to extend her visit for six months to visit her sister and be with her daughter for a longer time.  We explained that the CIS has been more stringent on visitor status extensions.

Upon retention, we went into detail with her reasons for requesting extension. Her daughter was entering her senior year in high school, and our client wanted to be there as her daughter chooses a college and prepares for applications. We made sure all addresses, contact information, and dates on her statements were complete and accurate. We made sure all her plans were supported by corroborating evidence as exhibits to the application to avoid a possible Request for Evidence from the CIS.  Our office submitted letters from family members in the United States, an employment verification letter for her husband in South Korea, as well as financial documents from Korea. We filed the I-539 Extension Application on July 26, 2011 and her B-2 status extension was approved on August 11, 2011 with no Requests for Evidence.

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CASE: Change of Status from J-1 to B-2 Visitor
NATIONALITY: Filipino (Philippines)
LOCATION: Ohio

Our client is a Filipino national who came to the U.S. on a J-1 Visa. She consulted with our firm a few weeks before the expiration of her J-1 status. She wanted to continue to stay in the United States for a few more months to visit her relatives and see what her options were. We explained to her that CIS has been more stringent on Visitor status applications. We also explained that a Change of Status from a J-1 is even harder than an Visitor extension application. Upon retention, we asked her to prepare a statement on her plans after the expiration of her J-1 program. We asked her to provide as much detail as possible as we reviewed her drafts several times. We made sure all addresses, contact information, and dates on her statements were complete and accurate. We made sure all her plans were supported by corroborating evidence as exhibits to the application to avoid a possible Request for Evidence by the CIS. Letters from family and friends all over the country were obtained, as well as financial and employment documents from the Philippines. We filed the Application and in a few weeks, her change of status to B-2 visitor was approved with no Requests for Evidence.

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