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

Our client came to the United States in 2011 on an F-1 student visa from China to study in the United States. He married a U.S. Citizen in April 2013 and retained our office on December 15, 2015 for his petition and adjustment of status application. Our firm prepared and filed the I-130 petition and I-485 adjustment of status application on December 23, 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 at our office. On March 31, 2016, our client was interviewed at the Cleveland, Ohio USCIS office. Attorney Sung Hee (Glen) Yu from our office accompanied our client as well.

However, on April 27, 2016, the USCIS issued Request for Evidence (RFE) for our client to submit his response for the reason why he did not continuously study at the school that he attended in the U.S. Our office assisted him to draft his affidavit and filed the Response to RFE on June 2, 2016.

Eventually, on November 22, 2016, 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: Termination of Removal Proceedings with an Approved I-130 Petition

CLIENT: Malian
LOCATION: Cleveland, Ohio

Our client is from Mali who came to the U.S. on a F-1 Student Visa in August 2010 to study. Our client currently resides in the greater Cleveland area with his current U.S. Citizen wife. They were married in January 2015, and retained our office on January 6, 2016 for representation of our client at the Cleveland Immigration Court. Our client’s wife filed an I-130 Petition for our client with their former immigration lawyer in February 2015.  While the I-130 petition was pending, our client appeared at the Cleveland Immigration Court on January 26, 2016 for his initial master calendar hearing.  Attorney Sung Hee (Glen) Yu from our office represented him at the hearing, did the pleading and sought for adjustment of status relief upon the approval of the I-130 petition.

Our client’s I-130 interview was scheduled on June 21, 2016 at Cleveland USCIS Filed Office.  Prior to the interview, our office thoroughly prepared our client and his wife for the interview at our office. Attorney Yu also accompanied them for their interview. The interview lasted two hours, but the I-130 petition was eventually approved on August 25, 2016.

Once the 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 Cleveland agreed to terminate our client’s proceedings. Ultimately, the Immigration Judge granted the Motion to terminate without prejudice on January 5, 2017.  Now, he can file his I-485 adjustment of status application to USCIS to obtain his green card.

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CASE: N-400 (Citizenship / Naturalization)

APPLICANT: Indian

LOCATION: Ohio

Our client contacted us in April 2016 to seek legal representation for his naturalization and citizenship N-400 application. He came to the United States from India and obtained his green card in September 1984.

Once retained, his N-400 application was filed on May 3, 2016 with all supporting documents. Prior to his citizenship interview, our office prepared him. On November 28, 2016, our client appeared at the Cleveland, OH USCIS office for his naturalization interview. Attorney JP Sarmiento from our office accompanied our client as well. Our client answered all questions correctly and passed his naturalization and citizenship interview. Eventually, his application was approved on November 30, 2016. His oath taking is scheduled in which he will become a naturalized U.S. Citizen.

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CASE: I-751 / Waiver of the Joint Waiver Requirement
APPLICANT: Ghanaian
LOCATION: Columbus, OH

Our client contacted our office in July of 2016 regarding a response to the RFE for her I-751 filing. She is from Ghana and she married a U.S. citizen in May 2013. Through her marriage with a U.S. citizen spouse, she obtained a 2-year conditional green card in January of 2014. Therefore, her conditional residency terminated in January 2016. She filed the I-751 with her husband in 2015. However, she got the RFE from the USCIS in May 2016.

Unfortunately, during their marriage, our client and her ex-husband went through struggles. Therefore, immediately after they filed the I-751, they lived separately for a while and divorce proceedings was initiated. Thus, our client could not proceed with I-751 joint filing with her ex-husband. After the consultation, we advised that we can help her file the I-751 application with a waiver of the joint filing requirement. 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.

On August 2, 2016, our office filed the Response to RFE with the request of I-751 application category conversion from joint filing to waiver of filing 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. 

In September 2016, the USCIS scheduled an I-751 interview for our client. Prior to the interview, our office thoroughly prepared our client via conference call with potential issues at the interview. On October 27, 2016, our client was interviewed for her I-751 application at the USCIS Columbus, OH Field Office. The interview was very extensive and the officer questioned a lot of the nature of her marriage with her ex-husband.  Nevertheless, the USCIS approved his I-751 application on December 7, 2016. Now, she has her ten-year green card.

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CASE: I-751

APPLICANT: Sri Lankan

LOCATION: Cleveland, OH

Our client contacted our office in early March this year regarding his I-751 application.

He is from Sri Lanka and married a U.S. citizen in October 2013. Through his marriage, he obtained a 2-year conditional green card in July of 2014.  His conditional residency terminated in July 2016.

To comply with immigration requirements, our client and his wife had to file an I-751 Joint Petition to Remove Conditions. He retained our office again on March 16, 2016 and our office prepared an I-751 application for our client with other supplemental exhibits.

On April 4, 2016, our office filed an I-751 application to the USCIS with multiple affidavits from his friends and family members, joint tax records, joint bank statements, utility bills, insurance policies, and photos of our client and his wife to demonstrate the bona fideness of their marriage.

Once the application was filed, the fingerprint notice was issued two weeks later. There was no RFE issuance or interview request for our client’s I-751 application. As a result, on December 14, 2016, the USCIS approved our client’s I-751 application and our client received his 10-year green card which removed the conditions.

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CASE: I-140 (EB-3)
EMPLOYER: Beauty Supply Distributing / Retail Company in Cleveland, OH
BENEFICIARY: Korean Product Safety / Quality Assurance Director

 

Our client is from South Korea, who is currently working in the U.S. on his H-1B status. His current employer was willing to do an immigration petition for him, third-preference. Our client has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Degree and has worked for the current employer as a Product Safety / Quality Assurance Director. After talking to our client, our firm concluded that his employer can petition him as a Product Safety / Quality Assurance Director. Based on our client’s educational, professional and working backgrounds, our office determined that he is clearly eligible for EB-3 classification.

Prior to filing PERM, 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 PERM could be filed at least 60 days from the job posting date or 30 days from the last ad. On February 5, 2016, the prevailing wage request was filed.  After we obtained Prevailing Wage determination, our office filed the job order on May 5, 2016.  On August 1, 2016, we promptly filed PERM.  Eventually, on October 24, 2016, the PERM Labor Certification was approved – an EB3 position for the Korean beneficiary.

We then proceeded with the I-140 Petition filing. We submitted a cover brief with the “ability to pay” argument 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 29, 2016 via premium processing service. Eventually, on December 5, 2016, the I-140 EB-3 Petition for our Korean client was approved without any Request for Evidence (RFE). Our client can file his I-485 adjustment this month.

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Post image for With N-648 Granted Approved Naturalization N-400 for Chinese Client in Cleveland Ohio

CASE: N-400 (Citizenship / Naturalization)

APPLICANT: Chinese

LOCATION: Cleveland, Ohio

Our client contacted us in April 2016 to seek legal representation for her naturalization and citizenship N-400 application. She came to the United States from China and obtained her green card in May 2011. She retained our office for her naturalization and citizenship N-400 application on April 5, 2016. Our client had health concerns and we argued was eligible for N-648 certification (medical certification for disability exceptions).

The naturalization and citizenship N-400 application was filed on April 26, 2016 with all supporting documents. Our office prepared her before her naturalization interview, and also accompanied her on November 28, 2016 at the Cleveland CIS office. Our client’s history test was waived since her N-648 was granted by the office. Our client did her N-400 interview. Eventually, her naturalization application was approved on November 29, 2016. Her oath taking is scheduled in which she will become a naturalized U.S. Citizen.

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CASE: Asylum in Immigration Court

CLIENT: Cameroonian

LOCATION: Cleveland Immigration Court

Our Cameroonian client came to the United States on a B-2 visitor’s visa in November 2013 with her minor daughter.  She was persecuted and harmed in Cameroon based on her political opinion and political activism, so within one year of her entry, she filed an asylum application (Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and relief under the CAT) to the USCIS.  She was interviewed at the Asylum Office, but her case was referred to an immigration judge. The Notice to Appear was issued and our client was placed in removal proceedings.  The USCIS thought that our client’s testimony was different from that of her written statement.

After the case was referred to the Immigration Court, our client contacted our office in early January of 2015, and eventually retained our office on January 20, 2015.  

Our client was scared to go back home to Cameroon, fearing that she will be persecuted based on her political opinion and her past participation with human rights activist groups. While our client was a student in Cameroon, she became a human rights activist involved in educating and informing fellow students on campus for their basic fundamental rights. Our client organized some student movement activities, joined student marches against government’s actions and participated in political activities.  As a result, she was arrested and detained multiple times by the Cameroonian police and has experienced harm and mistreatments in numerous occasions.  Moreover, her father was arrested and detained due to his political opinion.

We helped her prepare her asylum application and represented her in immigration court hearings. We also asked her to provide supporting documents corroborating her claim, some of which were a letter from her family members, colleagues and friends in Cameroon, Cameroonian medical documents of our client’s injury, and her membership certification with the different organizations. Our firm also did some research on articles related to her claim, and the type of persecution she will experience in Cameroon if sent back.

Our client’s individual hearing was scheduled on July 24, 2015 at the Cleveland Immigration Court. Attorney Sung Hee (Glen) Yu represented our client at the hearing. During the hearing, our client testified credibly as to her past persecution in Cameroon and likelihood of future persecution.

However, during the cross-examination, the DHS attorney raised an issue of “firm resettlement.” Congress has mandated by statute numerous exceptions and exclusions to the grant of asylum, one being that the applicant has been firmly resettled in another country prior to arriving in the U.S. 8 C.F.R. §§ 2208.13(c)(2)(i)(B). The applicant will be deemed firmly resettled if, prior to arriving in the U.S., he or she entered another country with, or while in that country received, an offer of permanent resident status, citizenship, or some other type of permanent resettlement. 8 C.F.R. § 208.15. The offer must be must be for permanent, not temporary, residence in a third country where the applicant lived peacefully and without restriction. Maharaj v. Gonzales, 450 F.3d 961, 969 (9th Cir. 2006).

In fact, prior to her entry to the U.S., our client lived in Denmark for one year. The DHS alleged that she had a permanent residency in Denmark. Nevertheless, our office filed the brief and supporting documents. In the brief, we argued that our client’s visa and “residence cards” in Denmark were all indications of a temporary status, and based on she not being able to meet the permanent residency requirements, she is clearly was never “firmly resettled”, nor was a permanent resident, nor was offered permanent residency in Denmark.

Eventually, on November 25, 2016, the Immigration Judge granted asylum relief for our client. She is now an asylee who will get her work permit in two weeks and will be eligible to apply for permanent residency in one year.

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