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CASE: Adjustment of Status Based on Approved K-1 Visa

CLIENT: Nigerian

LOCATION: Youngstown, OH

Our client came to the United States in November 2016 as a K-1 visa entrant from Nigeria.  Our client is the beneficiary of an approved I-129F petition. He came to the United States as a K-1 Fiancé of a U.S. Citizen whom he married within 90 days of his entry. By law, if you married your petitioner-fiancé within 90 days of your K-1 visa entry, you are eligible to apply for adjustment of status (green card) in the United States.

Our client contacted our office initially in March 2017 and consulted with us for his adjustment of status application. After the retention, our firm quickly prepared and filed the I-485 Adjustment of Status Application on April 4, 2017.  Things went smoothly and the receipt notices, and the fingerprint appointment all came on time.  

It is not mandatory to have an adjustment of status interview for an applicant who entered on a K-1 visa.  However, the USCIS may require an interview to test the validity and bona fide nature of the marriage between the Petitioner and Beneficiary. Nevertheless, the USCIS scheduled an interview for our client. Prior to the interview, we thoroughly prepared our clients at our office. On July 25, 2017, our clients were interviewed at the Cleveland, Ohio USCIS office. Attorney Sung Hee (Glen) Yu from our office accompanied them at their interview as well. After the interview, his green card application was approved.

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CASE: Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status

NATIONALITY: Nigerian                                                                                                        

LOCATION: Cleveland, Ohio

Our client is from Nigeria who came to the U.S. on a B-2 visitor’s visa in June 2015. Since then, he has remained in the United States after his authorized stay period expired.  In January 2016, our client married his current U.S. citizen wife.  He retained our office in October 2016 for his green card application.  Our firm prepared and filed the I-130 Petition and I-485 Adjustment of Status Application on December 20, 2016.  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 at our office as well. On April 17, 2017, our client was interviewed at Cleveland Ohio USCIS office. Attorney JP Sarmiento from our office also accompanied our clients as well. Eventually, on May 3, 2017, his green card application was approved.

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CASE: H-1B Concurrent Employment

PETITIONER: Law Firm

BENEFICIARY: Nigerian IT Quality Assurance Project Manager

LOCATION: Cleveland, OH

Our client is a mid-sized law firm which is located in Cleveland, OH. They contacted our office in September 2016 to seek assistance from our office for their foreign employee’s H-1B based on concurrent employment category. The beneficiary is from Nigeria and he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in computer science. The proffered position for the Beneficiary is an IT Quality Assurance Project Manager which we argued qualifies as a specialty occupation. He got his H-1B status with a different petitioner-employer in 2016.

After retention, our office promptly filed the H-1B visa petition with various supporting documents on October 21, 2016 via regular processing. We also gathered supporting documents from both the Petitioner and Beneficiary and argued that beneficiary’s position is a specialty occupation as the law requires.  Eventually, our client’s H-1B application was approved on March 15, 2017.  His H-1B is good until October 2019.

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CASE: Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status

NATIONALITY: Nigerian                                                                                                        

LOCATION: Cleveland, OH

Our client is from Nigeria who came to the U.S. on an F-1 student visa in August 2015.  In March 2016, our client married his U.S. citizen wife.  He retained our office in September 2016 for his green card application.  Our firm prepared and filed the I-130 Petition and Adjustment of Status Application on September 8, 2016.  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 at our office as well. On January 6, 2017, our client was interviewed at the Cleveland Ohio USCIS office. Attorney Sung Hee (Glen) Yu from our office also accompanied our clients as well. Eventually, on January 13, 2017, his green card application was approved.

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K-1 Fiancé Visa Approved for Nigerian Client

by JP Sarmiento on January 10, 2017

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CASE: Fiancé Visa

PETITIONER: US Citizen in Cleveland Ohio

BENEFICIARY: Nigerian

PETITION FILED: April 27, 2016

PETITION APPROVED: July 22, 2016

K-1 VISA APPROVED: November 14, 2016

Our client, a US Citizen Petitioner, met her Nigerian fiancé online in 2013. They started their relationship, and she visited Nigeria.  In 2016, the beneficiary proposed and our client decided to file a fiancé petition for her fiancé.  She retained our firm to file a fiancé petition for him on April 15, 2016.

After retention, we informed our client about the necessary supporting documents to demonstrate the bona fide nature of their relationship. We helped her and her fiancé draft letters in support of the fiancé petition, and we filed the petition on April 27, 2016.

On July 22, 2016, little after three months of filing, the I-129F fiancée petition was approved. On November 14, 2016, our client’s fiancé appeared at the U.S. Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria for his K-1 visa interview. The interview went well, and on November 14, 2016, the U.S. Embassy issued his K-1 visa.

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CASE: Adjustment of Status Based on Approved K-1 Visa

CLIENT: Nigerian

LOCATION: Cleveland, OH

Our client, a US Citizen Petitioner, met her Nigerian fiancé in March 2007 in Nigeria.  Over time, they started their relationship, and she went to Spain multiple times in 2012 and in 2013 after her fiancé moved to Spain.  When she visited his fiancé in July 2012, her fiancé proposed to her. Months after his proposal, she retained our firm to file a fiancé petition for him.

After retention, we informed our client about the necessary supporting documents to demonstrate the bona fide nature of their relationship. Our client retained our office on October 14, 2013. We helped her and her fiancé draft letters in support of the fiancé petition, and we filed the petition on November 26, 2013.

On February 4, 2014, the I-129F fiancé petition was approved. On June 20, 2014, our client’s fiancé appeared at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain for his K-1 visa interview. The interview went well, and on the same day, the U.S. Embassy issued his K-1 visa.

Later, her fiancé came to the United States in July 2014 as a K-1 visa entrant. By law, if you married your petitioner-fiancé within 90 days of your K-1 visa entry, you are eligible to apply for adjustment of status (green card) in the United States. They married in August 2014.

Our client and her husband retained our office again for his adjustment of status application. After the retention, our firm quickly prepared and filed the I-485 Adjustment of Status Application on February 6, 2015.  Things went smoothly and the receipt notices, and the fingerprint appointment all came on time.  

It is not mandatory to have an adjustment of status interview for an applicant who entered on a K-1 visa.  However, the USCIS may require an interview to test the validity and bona fide nature of the marriage between the Petitioner and Beneficiary. Nevertheless, the USCIS scheduled an interview for our client. Prior to the interview, we thoroughly prepared our clients through conference calls. On May 10, 2016, our clients were interviewed at the Cleveland, Ohio USCIS office. Attorney Sung Hee (Glen) Yu from our office accompanied them at their interview as well. However, after the interview, the USCIS issued Request for Evidence for our client to submit more bona fide marital evidence. The response to RFE was filed timely.

Eventually, on August 23, 2016, his green card application was finally approved.

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CASE: Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status

CLIENT: Nigerian

LOCATION: Cleveland, OH

Our client came to the United States in May 2011 on an F-1 Student visa from Nigeria. She married a U.S. Citizen in October 2014 and retained our office for her petition and adjustment of status application.

She also asked us to file her son’s (Petitioner’s step-son) adjustment of status application.

Once retained, our firm prepared and filed the I-130 petition and I-485 adjustment of status application on January 29, 2016. 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 conference calls. On August 18, 2016, our clients were interviewed at the Cleveland, Ohio USCIS office. Attorney Sung Hee (Glen) Yu from our office accompanied them at their interview as well. On August 23, 2016, our client and her son’s green card applications were approved.

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CASE: I-485 / I-140 (EB-2)

EMPLOYER: Home Health Services in Chicago Illinois

BENEFICIARY: Nigerian Director of Business Technology and Strategy

Our client is a Nigerian individual who was in the U.S on H-4 status. His prospective employer was willing to do an immigration petition for him, second-preference. Our client has a Master’s degree in Engineering Management.

After talking to our client, our firm concluded that his employer can petition him as a Director of Business Technology and Strategy. Based on our client’s educational, professional and working background, our office determined that he is eligible for EB-2 classification.

Prior to filing PERM labor certification, our firm prepared the prevailing wage request, job order, advertisements, internal job posting, recruitment report, and all other steps which are important pre-PERM filing. Take note that the PERM Labor Certification application could be filed at least 60 days from the job posting date or 30 days from the last ad.

On October 28, 2014, the prevailing wage request was filed.  On April 17, 2015, we filed the PERM labor certification application.  Eventually, on November 17, 2015, the PERM labor certification was approved – an EB2 position for the Nigerian Director of Business Technology and Strategy.

We then proceeded with the I-140 Petition filing. We submitted the “ability to pay” letter for the I-140 petition application. We included the job offer letter, employer’s tax records, and other necessary supporting documents.

The I-140 Petition was filed on November 24, 2015 via premium processing service. However, on December 7, 2015, the USCIS issued a Request for Evidence (RFE) for our client’s petition. In the RFE, the USCIS requested our client to submit any documentation that demonstrates his specific software usages in the past. Our office filed the Response to RFE on December 8, 2015 to USCIS. Eventually, on December 16, 2015, the I-140 EB2 Petition for our Nigerian client was approved.

Once his I-140 petition was approved, our office prepared his adjustment of status application. On December 23, 2015, our office filed I-485 adjustment of status applications for our client and his wife. Everything went smoothly and the receipt notices and fingerprint appointment came on time.

Eventually, on March 23, 2016, the USCIS approved our client and his wife’s I-485 adjustment of status applications. Now, he is a green card holder.

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CASE: Termination of Removal Proceedings with an Approved I-130 Petition / I-485 Adjustment of Status / Response to Notice of Intent to Revoke

CLIENT: Nigerian

LOCATION: New Orleans, LA

Our Nigerian client came to the United States in August 2011 with a valid F-1 student visa to study in a college. However, he did not maintain status and was placed in removal proceedings in July 2012. After he got a Notice to Appear, he appeared at his initial master calendar hearing at the New Orleans Immigration Court without an attorney.

In May of 2014, he contacted our office and asked us whether we can take his case. He was married to a US Citizen, but he also had two previous marriages and divorces, also to US Citizens. We told him an I-130 can be filed, but that we need bona fides from his first two marriages also. We explained that the strength of his wife’s I-130 for him would also depend on how he can prove that his first two marriages were in good faith.

He retained our office on May 16, 2014. He married his U.S. wife in May 2014 and our office filed the I-130 petition for our client with a bona fide marriage exemption letter and bona fide marital documents. We organized the exhibits so that bona fide evidence from his first two marriages were also shown. We filed the I-130 application to the USCIS on June 12, 2014.

On June 17, 2014, our attorney Glen Yu appeared at his master calendar hearings via telephonic appearance. Attorney Yu did pleadings for our client, requested adjustment of status relief for our client, and requested a continuance based on a pending I-130 petition. However, the DHS requested a Velarde hearing to the Court. The DHS requested this hearing to determine whether proceedings should be continued to allow USCIS to adjudicate the I-130. DHS argued that our client’s marriage to his U.S. citizen spouse is presumptively invalid under immigration purposes since he married his wife after initiation of removal proceedings.

A Velarde Hearing is a hearing to establish whether good cause exists to continue proceedings for adjudication of a pending I-130 petition. A variety of factors may be considered, including, but not limited to: (1) DHS’ response to the Motion to continue; (2) whether the underlying visa petition is prima facie approvable; (3) the Respondent’s statutory eligibility for adjustment of status; (4) whether the Respondent’s application for adjustment merits a favorable exercise of discretion; and (5) the reason for the continuance and any other relevant factors. Matter of Hashimi, 24 I&N Dec. 785 (BIA 2009).

The Velarde hearing for our client was scheduled for August 18, 2014. Prior to the hearing, our office filed a brief in support and more documents to demonstrate the bona fide nature of our client’s marriage to his U.S. citizen wife.  Attorney Sung Hee Yu from our firm prepared him and his wife extensively via conference calls. He also represented our client at the Velarde Hearing at the New Orleans Immigration Court on August 18, 2014.

The hearing went well and as a result, the Court concluded that our client’s I-130 petition is prima facie approvable. After the Velarde hearing, the USCIS scheduled the I-130 interview for our client and his U.S. citizen wife. Our office prepared them for their interview. On December 31, 2014, our client and his wife appeared at the USCIS New Orleans Field Office for their I-130 interview. The interview went well, and the USCIS approved the I-130 petition for our client on the same day.

Once his I-130 was approved, our office filed a request to join in a Motion to terminate proceedings with the I-485 application and supporting documents. The DHS counsel in New Orleans agreed to terminate our client’s proceedings. Ultimately, the Immigration Judge granted the Motion to terminate without prejudice on August 14, 2015.

After his removal proceeding was terminated, our client retained us again for his I-485 adjustment of status application.  Our firm prepared and filed the I-485 Adjustment of Status Application on September 14, 2015. Everything went smoothly and the receipt notices, fingerprint appointment, and work permit all came on time. Prior to the interview, we thoroughly prepared our clients via conference call. On December 1, 2015, our client was interviewed at the New Orleans, LA USCIS.  Attorney Sung Hee (Glen) Yu from our office accompanied our clients.

Although the interview went well, the USCIS New Orleans office issued Notice of Intent to Revoke our client’s I-130 petition. In the Notice of Intent to Revoke, the USCIS argued that our client’s marriage to her U.S. citizen spouse was in violation of Louisiana law so that the marriage is invalid. However, after careful review of related marital laws and local statutes, we determined that our client’s marriage to his wife was valid. Our office promptly filed the Response to Notice of Intent to Revoke on December 15, 2015. Eventually, on January 13, 2016, his I-485 application was approved.  Now, our client is a green card holder.

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CASE: I-140 (EB-2)

EMPLOYER: Home Health Services in Chicago Illinois

BENEFICIARY: Nigerian Director of Business Technology and Strategy

Our client is Nigerian, who is in the U.S on H-4 status. His prospective employer was willing to do an immigration petition for him, second-preference. Our client has a Master’s degree in Engineering Management.

After talking to our client, our firm concluded that his employer can petition him as a Director of Business Technology and Strategy. Based on our client’s educational and professional, our office determined that he is eligible for EB-2 classification.

Prior to filing PERM labor certification, our firm prepared the prevailing wage request, job order, advertisements, internal job posting, recruitment report, and all other steps which are important pre-PERM filing. Take note that the PERM Labor Certification application could be filed at least 60 days from the job posting date or 30 days from the last ad, whichever is later.

On October 28, 2014, the prevailing wage request was filed.  On April 17, 2015, we filed the PERM labor certification application.  Eventually, on November 17, 2015, the PERM labor certification was approved – an EB2 position for the Nigerian Director of Business Technology and Strategy.

We then proceeded with the I-140 Petition filing. We submitted the “ability to pay” letter for the I-140 petition application. We included the job offer letter, employer’s tax records, and other necessary supporting documents.

The I-140 Petition was filed on November 24, 2015 via premium processing service. However, on December 7, 2015, the USCIS issued a Request for Evidence (RFE) for our client’s petition. In RFE, the USCIS requested our client to submit any documentation that demonstrates his specific software special skills in the past. Our office promptly filed the Response to RFE on December 8, 2015 to USCIS by submitting a letter from his old employer detailing his usage and knowledge of the three specific software that were required. Eventually, on December 16, 2015, the I-140 EB2 Petition for our Nigerian client was approved. He can now file an I-485 adjustment of status application for his green card (he could have filed the I-485 application simultaneously, but he wanted to make sure the I-140 was approved first).

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