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CASE: Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status

CLIENT: Ukrainian

LOCATION: Cleveland, OH

Our client came to the United States from Ukraine on a B-2 visitor’s visa in September 2015. She married a U.S. Citizen in November 2015 and retained our office on December 16, 2015 for her green card application.  Our firm prepared and filed the I-130 Petition and I-485 Adjustment of Status Application on December 21, 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 as well. On June 7, 2016, our client was interviewed at the Cleveland, Ohio USCIS office. Attorney Sung Hee (Glen) Yu from our office accompanied our clients as well. Eventually, on the same day of the interview, her green card application was approved.

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

CLIENT: Ukrainian

LOCATION: Cleveland, OH

Our client came to the United States in December 2015 as a K-1 visa entrant from Ukraine.  Our client is the beneficiary of an approved I-129F petition. She came to the United States as a K-1 Fiancée of a U.S. Citizen whom she married within 90 days of her entry. By law, if you married the 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 the middle of January 2016 and consulted with us for her adjustment of status application. After retention, our firm prepared and filed the I-485 Adjustment of Status Application on January 29, 2016.  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. The USCIS did not require an adjustment interview for our client.  On April 22, 2016, her green card application was approved.

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CASE: J-1 Waiver of Two-Year Foreign Residency Requirement, IGA

NATIONALITY: Ukrainian

LOCATION: Indiana

Our client is from Ukraine who came to the U.S. on a J-1 Visa in June 2003 to pursue his research program.  He has been extending his J-1 status since then.  In 2014, our client departed to Ukraine and his prospective-employer (university) contacted him to work as a Consultant. His prospective employer plans to file an H-1B petition for our client as his research project was of interest to a federal governmental agency (Department of Defense). However, he cannot get his H-1B visa unless he gets a waiver of the 2-year foreign residency requirement. Moreover, the Ukrainian Embassy does not intend to issue a No Objection statement for our client’s possible J-1 visa waiver.

The Department of State rules have stated that the J-1 visa holder (who is subject to a 2 year foreign residency require) need not work directly for the requested interested government agency, but if the exchange visitor is working on a project that is of interest to a government agency and that agency has determined that the visitor’s departure for two years to fulfill the foreign residence requirement will be detrimental to the agency’s interest, that agency may request an interested government agency waiver.

Once retained, our office prepared a waiver request through the IGA route. On November 19, 2014, the J-1 Waiver (Form DS-3035) Application was filed to the Department of State.  We also included letters from his prospective employer to the federal governmental agency and asked them to be an interested government agency based on the research project that our client was involved in.

Eventually, on May 8, 2015, the Waiver Review Division issued a favorable recommendation based on the IGA letter. On June 5, 2015, the USCIS issued an I-612 approval notice for the waiver of our client’s two-year foreign residency requirement. Now, our client can get an H-1B visa to work on his research in the United States.

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CASE: Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status.
NATIONALITY: Ukrainian
LOCATION: Indianapolis, IN

Our client came to the United States with J-2 visa when he was a child. Later, he changed his J-2 visa to F-1 when he started his undergraduate program. As explained in a previous success story, our office worked on our client’s J-2 visa waiver through the Interested Government Agency (IGA) route.  Eventually, the CIS issued an I-612 approval notice for our client’s waiver of the two-year foreign residency requirement in 2012. Our office also helped him in  his H-1B visa petition in 2012.

In July 2014, our client married his U.S. citizen wife.  He retained us again and sought legal assistance for his I-485 adjustment of status application. Our firm prepared and filed the I-130 Petition and the I-485 adjustment of status application on October 6, 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 conference calls. On December 29, 2014, our client was interviewed at the Indianapolis USCIS office. On the same day, his green card application was approved.

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CASE: I-751 / Waiver of the Joint Waiver Requirement

APPLICANT: Ukrainian

LOCATION: Cleveland, Ohio

Our client contacted our office in early December of 2013 regarding her potential I-751 filing. She came to the United States as a J-1 exchange visitor from Ukraine and she married a U.S. citizen (her ex-husband) in November 2011.

Through her marriage, she was able to obtain a 2-year conditional green card in August of 2012. Thus, her conditional residency purportedly expires in August 2014.

Unfortunately, their marriage ended in January 2014. Our client experienced a lot of difficulties during her marriage with her ex-husband. Thus, our client could not file the I-751 application jointly with her ex-husband.

Our client had compelling reasons for getting separated and eventually divorced. We requested a waiver because our client entered into the marriage in good faith, but the marriage was terminated through divorce or annulment before they can file a joint petition. We focused on the supporting documents that she can show and helped her draft an extensive affidavit about their marriage, and why it ended the way it did.

On March 26, 2014, our office filed the I-751 application with various supporting documents (over 15 exhibits and an affidavit over 6 pages) to demonstrate our client’s bona fide marriage with her ex-husband.  We also attached numerous notarized affidavits from our client’s friends.

However, on June 23, 2014, the USCIS issued a Request for Evidence (RFEs) to demonstrate the bona fideness of our client’s marriage with her ex-husband. We filed an extensive Response to RFE to the USCIS with more bona fide marital documents on August 13, 2014.

In September 2014, the USCIS scheduled an I-751 interview for our client.

Prior to the interview, our office thoroughly prepared our client at our office and informed her of potential issues at the interview.

On October 16, 2014, our client was interviewed for her I-751 application at the USCIS Cleveland, OH Field Office.  Attorney Glen Sung Hee Yu from our office accompanied our client.  The interview was very extensive.  Nevertheless, the USCIS approved our client’s I-751 application on October 30, 2014. Now, she has her ten-year green card.

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CASE: Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status
CLIENT: Canadian
LOCATION: Detroit, MI

Our client is a medical doctor from Canada who last came here on an H-1B visa. He previously came here on a J-1 visa, but our firm filed and won a J-1 waiver for him based on extreme hardship.

He married a U.S. Citizen in January 2011 and retained our office on March 4, 2013 for his adjustment of status application.  Our firm prepared and filed the I-130 Petition and Adjustment of Status Application on March 15, 2013.  Everything went smoothly and the receipt notices, fingerprint appointment, and work permits all came on time. Prior to the interview, we thoroughly prepared our client through conference calls.

On March 29, 2013, our client was interviewed at the Detroit, Michigan USCIS office.  Attorney JP Sarmiento from our office also accompanied them. Our client’s interview went well, and on the same day, his green card application was approved.

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CASE: I-129F Fiancé Petition and Fiancé Visa

PETITIONER: US Citizen in Cleveland, OH

BENEFICIARY: Ukrainian

PETITION FILED: August 2, 2012

PETITION APPROVED: April 22, 2013

Our client, a US Citizen Petitioner, met her Ukrainian fiancé in Ukraine in 2010 and 2011. A few months after he came back to the States, he retained our firm to file a fiancé petition for her.

After consultation, we told him that the petition process may not be easy since they have a 30-year age gap, and due to his previous history of filing fiancé petitions.

So we thoroughly informed our client about the necessary supporting documents to demonstrate the bona fide nature of their relationship. Our client retained our office on June 18, 2012.

We helped him and his fiancée draft letters in support of the fiancé petition, and we filed the petition on August 2, 2012.

Despite the age gap, and the previous fiancé petitions, there were no requests for evidence, and eventually, on April 22, 2013, the I-129F fiancé petition was approved.

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CASE: N-400 (Citizenship / Naturalization)
APPLICANT: Ukraine
LOCATION: Cleveland, OH

Our client contacted us in March 2011 to seek legal assistance for his naturalization application. His main issue was his English language skills. Despite obtaining his green card in 1993, he said he did not speak good English.  He came to the United States from Ukraine and obtained his green card in 1993.  He retained our office on March 28, 2012 to assist in his citizenship application.

Our client was born in 1955. He became a Permanent Resident of the United States in1993. Under INA Section 312(b)(2) and 8 U.S.C. Section 1423(b)(2), the English language requirement shall not apply to (1) persons who are over 50 and have lived in the U.S. for 20 years in LPR status; or (2) persons who are over 55 and have lived in the United States for 15 years in LPR status.

When our firm was retained and prior to filing, our client was 57 years old and had lived in the United States as a green card holder for more than 18 years. Accordingly, we argued based on the said statute that he sufficiently met the waiver of the English Language Test, and that he was also permitted to take the civics test in his own language. Attorney Sung Hee Yu accompanied our client at the interview, and his naturalization interview was conducted in his native language.  On July 26, 2012, his naturalization application (N-400) was approved. His oath taking will be scheduled soon in which he will be a naturalized Citizen.

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CASE: Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status
CLIENT: Ukraine
LOCATION: Cleveland, OH

Our client came to the United States in June 2008 with a J-1 exchange visitor visa from Ukraine.  She married a U.S. Citizen in December 2011 and retained our office on January 9, 2012 for her adjustment of status application.  Our firm prepared and filed the I-130 Petition and Adjustment of Status Application on February 28, 2012.  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. On June 18, 2012, our client was interviewed at the Cleveland, Ohio USCIS office.  We accompanied them at the interview as well.  On the same day, her green card application was approved.

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CASE: H-1B Visa Petition
PETITIONER:  Financial Investment Management Company
BENEFICIARY: Associate Financial Analyst

Our client is a financial investment management company located in Indianapolis, IN.  They contacted our office in late March to seek legal assistance from our office for their foreign employee.  Their foreign employee was a former client of ours, and he got a J-2 waiver approval through our representation before. The beneficiary obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business/Finance in the United States. The proffered position for the Beneficiary is an associate financial analyst.  We showed that this is a “specialty occupation” because the minimum requirement for this position is a Bachelors Degree in Business / Finance or its equivalent.

Once retained, our office filed the H-1B visa petition with various supporting documents on May 1, 2012 via premium processing. There were no Requests for Evidence during the processing of the H-1B.  Eventually, our client’s H-1B application was approved on May 12, 2012, only 11 days from the date of filing. He can now work for his employer for three years on an H-1B status starting October 1, 2012. He will continue to work there on an OPT in the meantime.

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