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CASE:  I-485 Adjustment of Status with step-father’s I-130 petition

CLIENT: Vietnamese

LOCATION: Michigan

Our clients are from Vietnam who came to the U.S. in 2012 on a J-2 visa. Since that time, they never left the United States.

In August 2015, our clients’ mother married our clients’ step-father (U.S. citizen) and later she got her green card through marriage. Our clients are also eligible to file an adjustment of status along with his step-father’s I-130 petition for them since their mother and their step-father’s marriage occurred prior to their 18th birthday and they are younger than 21 years old.

Our clients retained us on August 23, 2016. Once retained, our office promptly filed the I-130 petition and Form I-485 for their adjustment of status applicantion on August 30, 2016. Everything went smoothly and the receipt notices and fingerprint appointment all came on time.  Eventually, on February 7, 2017, our clients’ I-485 applications were approved.  They finally became green card holders.

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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 December 2014.  After the marriage, he came back to the United States to work and retained our office for the I-130 and immigrant visa processing for his wife. With our assistance, the I-130 (F-2A category) petition was filed for his wife in South Korea in February 2015. This I-130 Petition was approved by the USCIS in November 2015

Once her priority date became current, we filed the immigrant visa packets to the National Visa Center on July 18, 2016, 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 2, 2016, the interview was conducted.  Eventually, after the interview, the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea approved and issued her immigrant visa.

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: J-1 Waiver of the Two-Year Foreign Residency Requirement, No Objection Statement

NATIONALITY: Nepalese

LOCATION: Michigan

Our Nepalese client came to the U.S. on an F-1 student visa and finished his Ph.D. program. Thereafter, he changed his status from F-1 to J-1 to work as a research scholar.  However, his J-1 visa made him subject to the two-year foreign resident requirement. In April 2015, he filed an I-140 EB-2 NIW Self-Petition to the USCIS and it was approved in August 2015. However, due to the two-year foreign residency requirement, he had to obtain a waiver first before he can file an adjustment of status application.

After he retained our firm, we prepared and filed a waiver request through a No Objection Statement (NOS) from the Nepalese Embassy in the United States.  Our office contacted the Nepalese Embassy in Washington D.C. to make sure we knew all the requirements needed for their office to issue a no objection statement.  The Embassy requested numerous documents including a statement of reason for the waiver, the applicant’s resume, a copy of his valid Nepalese passport, the approved copy of I-140 notice, a copy of DS-2019, and a copy of Third Party Bar Code Page

On January 12, 2016, the J-1 Waiver (Form DS-3035) Application was filed to the Department of State.  We also sent a request to the Nepalese Embassy to issue a No Objection Statement and recommend this waiver based on the fact that our client would have been eligible to file an employment-based adjustment of status application but for the waiver.

The Nepalese Embassy eventually issued a No Objection Statement for our client, and sent this letter to the State Department’s Waiver Review Division.  On March 7, 2016, the Waiver Review Division issued a favorable recommendation based on the No Objection statement. The CIS then issued a receipt and an I-612 approval notice on August 23, 2016.  Now that our client’s two-year foreign residency requirement is waived, he can file adjustment of status application with the approved I-140 petition.

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CASE: I-824 (Follow-to-join) based on approved I-140 and Consular Processing (Immigrant Visa)

CLIENT: Filipina LPR Petitioner; Filipino Beneficiary in the Philippines

LOCATION: Petitioner: Michigan; Beneficiary: Manila, Philippines

Our client is a Lawful Permanent Resident who got her green card under EB-2 category with our office’s legal assistance in 2014.  She has a husband, and our client and her husband married before his adjustment of status application was adjudicated. However, her husband was in the Philippines when she got her green card due to his employment. He could have been a derivative applicant at the time of our client’s green card filing, but he was not in the United States at that time. Nevertheless, we told our client that we can do an I-824 and do consular processing for her husband when he wants to permanently move to the United States.

In October 2014, she contacted our office to do an I-824 follow-to-join application to the USCIS so that her husband can file an immigrant visa and come as a derivative beneficiary of the I-140 petition. She retained our office on October 17, 2014 to help bring her husband to the States.

After we were retained, our office filed an I-824 follow-to-join application to the USCIS on October 31, 2014. After the I-824 was filed, everything went smoothly and the receipt notice came on time. The I-824 application was approved by the USCIS on June 29, 2015 and this case was transferred to the National Visa Center.

After the I-824 approval, we filed the immigrant visa packets to the National Visa Center on August 20, 2015 who in turn forwarded the client’s materials to the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. An interview notice was set for our client at the U.S. Embassy in Manila. On November 10, 2015, our client’s husband appeared at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. The interview went well, and eventually, on the same day, the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines approved and issued his immigrant visa.

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

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CASE: J-2 Waiver of Two-Year Foreign Residency Requirement Post-Divorce

NATIONALITY: Vietnamese

LOCATION: Michigan

Our client is a citizen of Vietnam who initially came to the U.S. on a J-2 Visa in January 2012. She came with her ex-husband who held a J-1 Visa as a Ph.D. student. Both were subject to the two-year foreign residency requirement.

Unfortunately, their marriage did not work out and she eventually got divorced from her ex-husband.  Our client has a U.S. citizen fiancé who was willing to file an I-130 for our client after their marriage, but our client will not be able to file an adjustment of status application without the waiver of the two-year foreign residency requirement.

She contacted our office, and our firm was retained for her J-2 waiver.  On July 22, 2015 the J-2 Waiver was filed to the Department of State. We also sent a request to the DOS to be an interested government agency and recommend this waiver based on the fact that our client was divorced from the J-1 visa holder.

On August 21, 2015, the DOS sent a recommendation to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) for our client be granted a waiver. On September 24, 2015, the USCIS issued the I-612 waiver approval.

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CASE: I-485 adjustment of status based on approved I-140 (EB-2 Category) / Schedule A

EMPLOYER: Nursing Care Facility

BENEFICIARY: Filipina

LOCATION: Michigan

 

Our client is from the Philippines and her prospective employer-sponsor was willing to petition her for a second-preference employment immigrant visa petition (I-140). Since she has a registered nurse license and the proffered position for her is a mental health program nurse manager, she is eligible for “Schedule A” classification.

 

The Department of Labor (DOL) maintains a schedule of occupations in its regulations, Schedule A included, for which the individual permanent labor certification procedure is not required. The schedule of pre-certified occupations is referred to as Schedule A, and is included in DOL regulations at 20 CFR 656.10. Based on an occupation’s inclusion on Schedule A, an employer may file an immigrant visa petition (I-140) directly with the (USCIS) without having to file a Labor Certification with the Department of Labor. Usually, prior to filing I-140 petitions (EB-2 or EB-3 category), the employer must file a Labor Certification to the Department of Labor. However, for Schedule A cases, the employer does not have to go through the labor certification process. We argued that the position of Mental Health Program Nurse Manager should be included in Schedule A.

 

Our client has a Bachelor’s degree in nursing and a Master’s degree in psychology. She also has a registered nursing license in the state of Michigan. Our office was retained on July 25, 2014 and we started on the Prevailing Wage Determination filing and other related matters.

 

After the prevailing wage was determined, we filed the I-140 application on September 24, 2014 via premium processing. We included the job offer letter, the notice of filing, employment letter, and other necessary supporting documents. In our cover brief, we included the “ability to pay” argument and why mental health program nurse managers must fall under Schedule A designation and Eb-2 classification. 

 

On October 1, 2014, without any Request for Evidence (RFE), the USCIS Nebraska Service Center approved her EB-2 I-140 petition. Once the I-140 petition was approved, our client retained our office again for her I-485 adjustment of status application. Our office filed an I-485 adjustment of status application for our client on October 7, 2014. Everything went smoothly and the receipt notices and fingerprint appointment came on time.

 

Eventually, on May 27, 2015, the USCIS Nebraska Service Center approved our client’s adjustment of status application. Now, she finally is a green card holder. 

 

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CASE: I-140 (EB-2 Category) / Schedule A / Premium Processing

EMPLOYER: Nursing Care Facility

BENEFICIARY: Filipina

LOCATION: Michigan

Our client is from the Philippines. Her prospective employer-sponsor is willing to petition her for a second-preference employment immigrant visa petition (I-140). Since she has a registered nurse license and the proffered position for her is a mental health program nurse manager, the petition wanted to try going for a “Schedule A” classification. They also wanted to do EB2 (requiring at least a Masters degree or Bachelors degree + 5 yrs experience).

The Department of Labor (DOL) maintains a schedule of occupations in its regulations, Schedule A included, for which the individual permanent labor certification procedure is not required. The schedule of pre-certified occupations is referred to as Schedule A, and is included in DOL regulations at 20 CFR 656.10. Based on an occupation’s inclusion on Schedule A, an employer may file an immigrant visa petition (I-140) directly with the (USCIS) without having to file a Labor Certification with the Department of Labor. Usually, prior to filing I-140 petitions (EB-2 or EB-3 category), the employer must file a Labor Certification to the Department of Labor. However, for Schedule A cases, the employer does not have to go through the labor certification process. We argued that the position of Mental Health Program Nurse Manager should be classified under Schedule A. We argued that it falls under the broad spectrum of “professional nurse” occupations. We also argued that the job description has excerpts that fall under “professional nurse” and that the description justifies the requirements also of a Masters degree in Psychology. It was seemingly a difficult case because it was not a straightforward Schedule A case (like a “registered nurse” position) or a straightforward EB2 case (“nurse practitioners” for example). Employers even have a hard time getting an H-1B for a nurse manager (which requires a Bachelors Degree), so what more if you require a Masters (as is the case for an EB2 petition).

Our client has a Bachelor’s degree in nursing and a Master’s degree in psychology. She also has a registered nursing license in the state of Michigan. Our office was retained on July 25, 2014 and we started on the Prevailing Wage Determination filing and other related matters.

Once the prevailing wage was determined, we filed the I-140 application on September 24, 2014 via premium processing. We included the job offer letter, the notice of filing, employment letter, and other necessary supporting documents. In our cover brief, we included the “ability to pay” argument and why the mental health program nurse manager position falls under a Schedule A and EB2 designation.

On October 1, 2014, without any Request for Evidence (RFE), the USCIS Nebraska Service Center approved her EB-2 I-140 petition. Now, with the approved EB-2 I-140 petition (priority date for EB2 Philippines nationals is current), she can file her adjustment of status application at any time.

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CASE: N-400 (Citizenship / Naturalization)

APPLICANT: Pakistani

LOCATION: Michigan

Our client contacted us in May 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 July 2008. She retained our office for her naturalization application on May 15, 2014.

The N-400 application was filed on May 28, 2014 with all supporting documents. Our office prepared her before her naturalization interview via conference calls.

On September 30, 2014, our client appeared for her interview at the Detroit CIS office.  Our client answered all questions correctly and passed. Eventually, her naturalization application was approved. Her oath taking is scheduled in which she will become a naturalized U.S. Citizen.

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 CASE: J-1 Waiver of the Two-Year Foreign Residency Requirement, No Objection Statement

 NATIONALITY: Malaysian

 LOCATION: Michigan

Our Malaysian client came to the U.S. on a J-1 Visa in August 2008.  He came to the United States to pursue his Bachelor’s program, and his J-1 visa made him subject to the two-year foreign resident requirement.  He later changed his status from J-1 to F-1 when he started this Master’s program. His research and higher education enhanced his interest in the field, and he would like to further his studies in the field.

However, since most of the research projects that interest him will take a longer time, and since some of the projects he had inquired on have resulted in the employers/institutions inquiring whether he is eligible to work beyond the OPT, he anticipated that most employers will eventually wish to petition him for an alternate form of visa such as an H-1B.

However, due to the two-year foreign residency requirement, he had to obtain a waiver first before he could change his current status in the United States.

After he retained our firm, we prepared and filed a waiver request through a No Objection Statement (NOS) from the Malaysian Embassy in the United States.  Our office contacted the Malaysian Embassy in New York and Washington D.C. to make sure we got all the requirements needed for their office to issue a no objection statement.  The Embassy requested different documents including a statement of reason for the waiver.

On October 24, 2013 the J-1 Waiver (Form DS-3035) Application was filed to the Department of State.  We also sent a request to the Malaysian Embassy to issue a No Objection Statement and recommend this waiver based on the fact that our client would have been eligible to file a change of status application but for the waiver.

The Malaysian Embassy eventually issued a No Objection Statement for our client, and sent this letter to the State Department’s Waiver Review Division. The Waiver Review Division issued a favorable recommendation based on the No Objection statement. The CIS then issued a receipt and an I-612 approval notice on September 18, 2014.  Now that our client’s two-year foreign residency requirement is waived, he can be a beneficiary of other non-immigrant visa in the United States without going back to Malaysia for 2 years.

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CASE: Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status.

NATIONALITY:Burmese

LOCATION: East Lansing, MI

Our client is from Myanmar who came to the U.S. on a J-1 Visa in September 2012.  She came to the U.S. for her research program, and her J-1 program made her subject to the two-year foreign residence requirement.

In June 2013, our client married her U.S. citizen husband. She was eligible to get a green card through her marriage to U.S. citizen; however, before we file her I-130/I-485 application simultaneously, she has to get a waiver of her two-year foreign residency requirement.

As our previous success story explained, our office worked on our client’s J-1 waiver.  Eventually, the Myanmar Embassy issued a No Objection Statement for our client, and sent this letter to the State Department’s Waiver Review Division.  On February 27, 2014, the Waiver Review Division issued a favorable recommendation based on the No Objection statement. The CIS has receipted the fee and issued an I-612 approval notice for our client’s waiver of the  two-year foreign residency program on March 6, 2014.

After we received the I-612 waiver, our firm prepared and filed an I-130 petition and I-485 adjustment of status application on March 24, 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 July 22, 2014, our client was interviewed at the Detroit, MI 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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