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CASE: I-130 and Consular Processing (Immigrant Visa) – Marriage-Petition
CLIENT: US Citizen Petitioner; Pakistani Beneficiary in Pakistan
LOCATION: Petitioner: Ohio; Beneficiary: Islamabad Pakistan

Our client is a U.S. citizen.  She married her husband in Pakistan in March 2016.  After the marriage, she came back to the United States and contacted our office in April 2016 and retained us to bring her husband to the States.

Our office prepared and filed the I-130 to the National Visa Center on April 15, 2016. The I-130 Petition was approved by the USCIS on July 25, 2016. After the I-130 approval, we filed the immigrant visa packets to the National Visa Center on September 30, 2016, who in turn forwarded our client’s materials to the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. An interview notice was set for the client at the US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan and we prepared him for his interview. On January 11, 2017, our client appeared at his immigrant visa interview at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad. On March 22, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan approved and issued his immigrant visa.

With the approved Immigrant visa, our client’s husband can come to the United States immediately, and he will get his green card within two months of entry.

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CASE: Marriage-Based Green Card

CLIENT: Pakistani

LOCATION: Durham, NC

Our client came to the United States from Pakistan on an F-1 student visa. She married her current husband, who is a green card holder, in December 2014.  After marriage, her husband filed an I-130 petition on behalf of our client in December 2014. This I-130 petition was approved in April 2015. Our office helped in our client’s I-130 petition process.

Our client retained our office again on September 22, 2015 for her I-485 adjustment of status application. We could file the I-485 application because the priority date for F2A category was current at the time of filing. Our office prepared and filed an I-485 adjustment of status application, together with all necessary supporting documents, on September 29, 2015. 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 via conference call. On December 7, 2016, our client was interviewed at the Durham, NC USCIS office. The interview went well, and the priority date for our client was current at the time of the interview as well. Eventually, on December 19, 2016, her green card application was approved.

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CASE:  Termination of Proceedings after Joint Motion to Reopen
CLIENT: Pakistanis
LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA

Our clients are Pakistani citizens who currently reside in Philadelphia, PA. They were on Withholding of Removal status. Their U.S. Citizen sons were US Citizens. Our client entered to the United States on a valid L-1 and L-2 visa in November 2000.  Later, they were granted withholding of removal in July 2006 by the Philadelphia Immigration Court.

In November 2013, our clients’ son became a naturalized U.S. citizen. However, for them to get a green card, their case should first be reopened in the Immigration Court for them to apply for adjustment of status either with the Court, or with the CIS should proceedings be terminated after reopening.

In May 2015, our clients contacted our office and sought legal assistance for their immigration matter. Our client retained us on May 14, 2015.  Upon retention, we first prepared and filed their U.S. citizen son’s I-130 petitions for them. We filed the I-130 petitions to the USCIS on May 20, 2015 and the USCIS approved the I-130s on October 5, 2015. Once the I-130s were approved, we filed a Request to Join in a Motion to Reopen for our client to USICE-DHS office in Philadelphia.  Our cover brief explained how they got their withholding of removal status, approval of I-130, and their prima facie eligibility to apply for adjustment of status.

After the long review period, the DHS office in Philadelphia finally agreed to join in our Motion to Reopen and an assigned counsel signed on the Motion on April 11, 2016.  Once we received the Joint Motion to Reopen, we filed a Motion to the Philadelphia Immigration Court to request reopening of our clients’ cases so that they can apply for adjustment of status. Eventually, on April 28, 2016, the Philadelphia Immigration Court terminated our clients’ removal proceedings. Now, with the termination order and approved I-130 by their U.S. citizen son, our client can file the adjustment of status applications to the USCIS.

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CASE:  Request to Join in a Motion to Reopen and Terminate Proceedings
CLIENT: Pakistanis
LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA

Our clients are a Pakistani couple who currently reside in Philadelphia, PA. They were granted withholding of removal years ago.  Our client entered the United States on a valid L-1 and L-2 visa in November 2000.  Later, they were granted withholding of removal in July 2006 by the Philadelphia Immigration Court.  They have remained in the United States thereafter.

In November 2013, our clients’ son became a naturalized U.S. citizen. However, for them to get a green card, their case should first be reopened in the Immigration Court for them to apply for adjustment of status either with the Court, or with the CIS should proceedings be terminated after reopening.

In May 2015, our clients contacted our office and sought legal assistance for their immigration matter. After consultation, our client retained us on May 14, 2015.  Upon retention, we first prepared and filed their U.S. citizen son’s I-130 petitions for them. We filed the I-130 petitions to the USCIS on May 20, 2015 and the USCIS approved the I-130s on October 5, 2015. Once the I-130s were approved, we filed a Request to Join in a Motion to Reopen for our client to USICE-DHS office in Philadelphia.  Our cover brief explained how they got their withholding of removal status, approved of I-130, and their prima facie eligibility to apply for adjustment of status.

On April 11, 2016, the DHS office in Philadelphia agreed to join in the Motion to Reopen and Terminate Proceedings. The Joint Motion was then filed to the Philadelphia Immigration Court and upon reopening and termination, their adjustment of status applications can then be filed to the USCIS.

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CASE: Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status

CLIENT: Pakistani

LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA

Our client came to the United States when he was a minor as an H-4 visa holder. Later, he changed his status from H-4 to F-1 once he was enrolled in college. After he completed his undergraduate degree, he got a job and was petitioned for his H-1B status in the United States. In August 2015, he married a U.S. Citizen and retained our office for his petition and adjustment of status application.

Once retained, our firm prepared and filed the I-130 petition and I-485 adjustment of status application on December 11, 2015. Everything went smoothly and the receipt notices, fingerprint appointment, and work permits all came on time. There were no requests for evidence.

Prior to the interview, we thoroughly prepared our clients via conference calls. On March 10, 2016, our clients were interviewed at the Philadelphia Pennsylvania USCIS office. However, after the interview, the USCIS issued a Request for Evidence (RFE) and asked our client to submit more bona fide marital documents with his wife.  Our office prepared and filed the Response to RFE on March 21, 2016. Eventually, on April 11, 2016, the USCIS approved our client’s case. Now he is a green card holder.

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CASE: I-130 (Petitions for Parents) and Adjustment of Status

CLIENT: Pakistani

LOCATION: New Jersey

Our client retained us to petition for her parents for a green card. Our client was born and raised in Pakistan, but was naturalized in the United States in 2012. She contacted our office in May 2015 and discussed with us the green card process for her parents. Her parents came to the United States from Pakistan in March 2015 to visit our client, and our client wanted to petition them while they were here in the United States.  After consultation, she retained our office on May 14, 2015.

Once retained, our firm prepared and filed the I-130 Petition and I-485 Adjustment of Status Application on June 30, 2015 for her parents.  Everything went smoothly and the receipt notices, fingerprint appointment, and work permits all came on time.  Eventually, on December 15, 2015, our client’s parents’ adjustment of status applications were approved. Now, they are green card holders.

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CASE: N-400 (Citizenship / Naturalization)

APPLICANT: Pakistani

LOCATION: Cleveland, Ohio

Our client contacted us in December 2014 to seek legal representation for her naturalization and citizenship N-400 application. She came to the United States from Pakistan and obtained her green card in January 2011. She retained our office on December 16, 2014.

The N-400 application was filed on January 30, 2015 with all supporting documents. Prior to her citizenship interview, our office prepared her at our office. On September 14, 2015, our client appeared at the Cleveland, OH USCIS office for her naturalization interview. Attorney Sung Hee (Glen) Yu from our office accompanied our client as well. Our client answered all questions correctly and passed her naturalization and citizenship interview. Eventually, her application was approved on September 17, 2015. Her oath taking is scheduled in which she will become a naturalized U.S. Citizen.

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CASE: Joint Motion to Reopen and Termination of Removal Proceedings with an Approved I-130 Petition

CLIENT: Pakistani
LOCATION: Indiana; San Francisco (EOIR)

Our client is from Pakistan who came to the U.S. on a B-2 visitor’s visa in May 2010. He remained in the United States even after his authorized stay expired.  Later, he filed for asylum and withholding of removal. However, he could not attend his hearing due to an emergency medical issue. He even notified the immigration court but his submission was procedurally incorrect (this was used as an exhibit in our motion). Subsequently, he received an order of removal in absentia. A few months later, his jewelry store got robbed too, leaving them with no money at that time to afford a lawyer for a proper Motion to Reopen.

Our client remained in the United States with the final order of removal. He married his current U.S. citizen wife. His wife filed an I-130 petition in April 2014 with help from of our office, which was subsequently approved by the USCIS in November 2014.

Our client and his wife were wondering whether he has any viable option for his immigration situation.  After careful review, our office determined that we can file a Request to Join in a Motion to Reopen based on the I-130 approval and Bo Cooper’s May 17, 2001 Memorandum.

Once retained, our office filed a Request to Join in a Motion to Reopen and Terminate to the San Francisco DHS office on February 13, 2015. Our office prepared an extensive brief along with multiple supporting documents to request a favorable exercise of DHS’s discretion on this case. We argued that DHS should consider the following factors as set forth in Bo Cooper’s May 17, 2001 Memorandum: (1) whether adjustment of status was available at the prior hearing; (2) whether the alien is statutorily eligible for adjustment of status; and (3) whether the alien merits a favorable exercise of discretion. Bo Cooper, Motions to Reopen for Consideration of Adjustment of Status (May 17, 2001). In considering these factors, as delineated in William J. Howard’s October 24, 2005, Memorandum, “Where a motion to reopen for adjustment of status… is filed on behalf of an alien with substantial equities, no serious criminal or immigration violations, and who is legally eligible to be granted relief except that the motion is beyond the 90-day limitation contained in 8 C.F.R. § 1003.23, strongly consider exercising prosecutorial discretion and join in this motion to reopen to permit the alien to pursue such relief to the immigration court.” William J. Howard, Prosecutorial Discretion (October 24, 2005).

Our office argued that if our client’s case is reopened, he will be prima facie eligible to adjust his status. Our client has been living in the United States since 2010, has no criminal record, and has an approved I-130 petition based on his marriage to his U.S citizen spouse.

As a result, the DHS office agreed to join in our Motion to Reopen and Terminate. The DHS filed the joint motion to the San Francisco Immigration Court, and the San Francisco Immigration Court re-opened and terminated our client’s case on March 3, 2015. Now he can file for adjustment of status and work permit with the CIS.

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CASE: Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status

CLIENT: Pakistani

LOCATION: Cleveland, OH

Our Pakistani client came to the United States on a B-2 visitor visa in June 2014. She married her U.S. citizen husband in April 2014 in Pakistan, before she came on a visitors visa.

Our client and his husband first planned to file her immigrant visa through consular processing, but after she came to the United States, they changed their mind.

Our client consulted with us and retained our office in November 11, 2014 for her adjustment of status application.  Our firm prepared and filed the I-130 Petition and Adjustment of Status Application on November 21, 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 at our office, in particular focusing on the lack of immigrant intent.  On January 29, 2015, our client was interviewed at the Cleveland USCIS office. Attorney Sung Hee (Glen) Yu from our office accompanied them as well. On the same day, her green card application was approved.

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CASE: Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status

CLIENT: Pakistani

LOCATION: New York, NY

Our Pakistani client came to the United States on a B-2 visitor visa in May 2014. He married his U.S. citizen wife in December 2011 in Pakistan when his spouse was a Lawful Permanent Resident. She became a naturalized U.S. Citizen in June 2014. Once she was naturalized, our client retained our office on June 9, 2014 for his adjustment of status application.  Our firm prepared and filed the I-130 Petition and Adjustment of Status Application on June 18, 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 via conference calls. On November 7, 2014, our client was interviewed at the New York City USCIS. On the same day, his green card application was approved.

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