CASE: Termination of Proceedings / I-751
LOCATION: Columbus, OH
Our client contacted our office in July 2014 regarding his removal proceedings representation and I-751 application.
He is from Ghana and he married a U.S. citizen in August 2010. Through his marriage, he obtained a 2-year conditional green card in May 2011. His conditional residency terminated in May 2013.
To comply with immigration requirements, our client and his wife had to file an I-751 Joint Petition to Remove Conditions. They filed the I-751 application first; however, they failed to appear at the I-751 interview because they were not informed of their interview date. Our client’s initial I-751 application was thus denied. Later on, our client was placed in removal proceedings and had to appear for his Master Calendar hearing at the Cleveland Immigration Court on August 5, 2014. Our client retained our office on August 4, 2014 and Attorney Sung Hee (Glen) Yu represented our client at his initial Master Calendar Hearing.
After the hearing, our office prepared an I-751 application for our client with other supplemental exhibits including a detailed brief on why they failed to appear at their initial I-751 interview.
On January 29, 2015, our office filed an I-751 application to the USCIS with multiple affidavits from his friends and family members, joint bank statements, utility bills, insurance policies, and photos of our client and her husband to demonstrate the bona fideness of their marriage.
Once the application was filed, the fingerprint notice was issued two weeks later. However, the USCIS issued a Request for Evidence (RFE) in July 2015 and requested our client to submit more bona fide evidence. In response to the RFE, our office prepared and filed the Response to RFE with several supplemental exhibits to the USCIS on August 4, 2015. Eventually, on August 19, 2015, the USCIS approved our client’s I-751 application and our client received his 10-year green card which removed the conditions.
Once our client received his 10-year green card, our office filed a Motion to Terminate proceedings with the Cleveland Immigration Court on August 31, 2015. On September 30, 2015, the Immigration Judge terminated our client’s removal proceedings.