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Case Status Update: Approvals- I-751 (10-Yr Green Card), I-130, Alien Relative Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Naturalization, Employment Authorization (EAD)!

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The hard-working attorneys at The Shapiro Law Firm, LLC have been so busy that we have not been able to post a Case Status Update since last October! We have had so many approvals since then that I will post them in parts over the next few weeks. Congratulations to all of our clients whose case was recently approved!

I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residency Approvals - The following clients had the conditions on their residency removed and are now permanent residents who received their 10-year Green Cards:

  • Client, (hereinafter, client “T”), is a native and citizen of Mali.  T and his U.S. Citizen Spouse previously filed an I-751 joint petition without the assistance of counsel. The I-751 was denied due to failure to timely file and provide a written explanation. We assisted T and his wife in re-filing the I-751. This time we provided a through written explanation detailing the reason the first I-751 was not filed within the requisite time period with plenty of evidence of their good faith marriage. 

I-797C, Notice of Action - I-751 Approval Notice

I-797C, Notice of Action - I-751 Approval Notice

  • Client, (hereinafter, client “S”), is a native and citizen of Poland. S filed a joint petition with her U.S. Citizen husband. We submitted a substantial amount of evidence of their good faith marriage and the petition was approved without an interview.

Form I-797C, Notice of Action, I-751 Approval Notice

Form I-797C, Notice of Action, I-751 Approval Notice


I-130 Marriage Petition Approvals - The following marriage petitions were approved for clients who could not concurrently file Form I-485, Application for Adjustment of Status because they either reside abroad and will now start Consular Processing, or they are in removal/ deportation proceedings and will now file to adjust their status with the immigration judge:

  • Client, (hereinafter, client “P”), is a naturalized U.S. Citizen who filed for his spouse who is native and citizen of Guinea. P initially filed the I-130 petition without lawyer. The petition was approved, but his wife had some issues when she went to the visa interview abroad.  The I-130 approval was sent back to USCIS, who subsequently revoked the approval. We assisted P and his wife in refiling the petition.  We explained the discrepancies that arose at the visa interview and the re-filed petition was approved. 

Form I-797, Notice of Action- I-130 Approval Notice (Spouse of U.S. Citizen)

Form I-797, Notice of Action- I-130 Approval Notice (Spouse of U.S. Citizen)

  • Naturalized U.S. Citizen from Guyana filed for her Spouse from Trinidad & Tobago, (hereinafter, client “O”). O was placed in removal/ deportation proceedings after he was arrested for a minor offense. Despite being together for years (and having three kids together), O and his wife did not get married until after he was placed in removal proceedings. An individual who gets married after being placed in removal/ deportation proceedings is supposed to have a Stokes Interview (a marriage interview where each spouse is separated and asked identical questions).

  • However, since the evidence that we submitted in support of their bona fide marriage was so strong, USCIS scheduled them for a regular marriage interview and the I-130 was quickly approved! We just filed O’s I-485, application for adjustment of status to that of a lawful permanent resident with USCIS. As soon as we have the receipt notice we will file it with the immigration judge and request an individual hearing date so that O can finally get a Green Card!

Form I-797C, Notice of Action- I-130 Approval Notice (Spouse of U.S. Citizen)

Form I-797C, Notice of Action- I-130 Approval Notice (Spouse of U.S. Citizen)


N-400, Naturalization Application Approvals - Congratulations to all of our clients who are now U.S. Citizens:

  • Client, (hereinafter, client “R”), is a native and a previously a citizen of France. R Obtained her Green Card through marriage to a U.S. Citizen. Jointly-filed I-751 was approved earlier this year and R was able to immediately apply for naturalization (by the time I-751 was approved, R had been LPR for at least 3 years and was still married and living with her U.S. Citizen spouse).

Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony Letter - Last step to becoming a U.S. Citizen!

Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony Letter - Last step to becoming a U.S. Citizen!

  • Client, (hereinafter, client “Q”), is a native and previously a citizen of Montenegro.  Q has been a lawful permanent resident since 1969, but he was scared to file for citizenship because of past criminal history that occurred when he was around 18-years-old.  He has completely transformed his life since that day and had no problem establishing the good moral character requirement to naturalize.  His naturalization application was approved after only one interview without a pesky request for additional evidence relating to the criminal history!

Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony Letter - Last step to becoming a U.S. Citizen!

Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony Letter - Last step to becoming a U.S. Citizen!

  • Client, (hereinafter, client “K”), is a native and previously a citizen of Mongolia. K obtained his Green Card after being declared a “dependent” by a juvenile court and afforded special immigrant juvenile (SIJ) status.  SIJ status is granted to individuals who are present in the United States, under the age of 21, unmarried and have a valid juvenile court order declaring that him or her a dependent of the court who cannot be reunified with at least one parent because of abuse, abandonment or neglect. As with other categories of permanent residence, K was eligible to apply for naturalization after he had been a permanent resident for 5 years. K recently got engaged to his fiancee, and now that he is a citizen, he is very excited to get married and file for his future wife’s green card!

Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony Letter - Last step to becoming a U.S. Citizen!

Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony Letter - Last step to becoming a U.S. Citizen!


Employment Authorization (EAD) Approvals for Asylum Applicants- We received the following approvals for employment authorization for asylum applicants:

  • Client, (hereinafter, client “Y”), is a native and citizen of Burkina Faso. Y is a derivative on his wife’s asylum application. Y entered the country after his wife filed for asylum, so we needed to submit a special request to the asylum office in order to get him an alien registration number (A#) and subsequently an EAD card.

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Asylum Applicant)

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Asylum Applicant)

  • Husband and wife. Natives and citizens of Mali.

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Asylum Applicant)

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Asylum Applicant)

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Asylum Applicant)
  • Native and citizen of Nigeria.

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Asylum Applicant)

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Asylum Applicant)

  • Husband and wife. Natives and citizens of Cote d’Ivoire.

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Asylum Applicant)

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Asylum Applicant)

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Asylum Applicant)

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Asylum Applicant)

  • Native and citizen of Indonesia

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Asylum Applicant)

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Asylum Applicant)

  • Native and citizen of Nigeria

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Asylum Applicant)

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Asylum Applicant)

  • Native and citizen of Cote d’Ivoire

Form I-797, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Asylum Applicant)

Form I-797, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Asylum Applicant)

  • Native and citizen of Nigeria

Form I-797, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Asylum Applicant) (Renewal EAD)

Form I-797, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Asylum Applicant) (Renewal EAD)

  • Native and citizen of Nigeria

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Asylum Applicant) (Renewal EAD)

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Asylum Applicant) (Renewal EAD)


Employment Authorization (EAD) Approvals for Cancellation of Removal Applicants- We received the following approvals for renewal employment authorization for applicants for Non-Lawful Permanent Resident Cancellation of Removal:

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Cancellation of Removal Applicant) (Renewal)

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Cancellation of Removal Applicant) (Renewal)

  • Native and citizen of Trinidad & Tobago who removal/ deportation proceedings are currently administratively closed.

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Cancellation of Removal Applicant) (Renewal)

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-765 Approval Notice (Cancellation of Removal Applicant) (Renewal)


I-130 Alien Relative Petition & I-485 Adjustment of Status Application Approvals for Spouses of U.S. Citizens (concurrent filings)- We received the following approval notices for concurrently filed I-130 Marriage Petitions & I-485 Adjustment of Status Applications for Spouses of U.S. Citizens. This means that these clients are now permanent residents:

  • Client, (hereinafter, client “X”), is a native and citizen of Mali. X initially entered the U.S. with a F-1 Student Visa. Thereafter, X married a U.S. Citizen who filed a form I-130 marriage petition on X’s behalf. X concurrently filed a Form I-485, Application for Adjustment of Status.

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-130 Approval Notice (Spouse of U.S. Citizen)

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-130 Approval Notice (Spouse of U.S. Citizen)

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-485 Approval Notice

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-485 Approval Notice

  • Client, (hereinafter, client “Z”), is a native and citizen of Brazil. Z initially entered the U.S. with a B-2 Visitor Visa. Thereafter, X married a U.S. Citizen who filed a form I-130 marriage petition on X’s behalf. X concurrently filed a Form I-485, Application for Adjustment of Status.

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-130 Approval Notice (Spouse of U.S. Citizen)

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-130 Approval Notice (Spouse of U.S. Citizen)

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-485 Approval Notice

Form I-797C, Notice of Action - I-485 Approval Notice

We wish all of our recently-approved clients the best of luck!

**If you need representation in Removal/ Deportation proceedings or with help filing for immigration benefits, contact an experienced immigration attorney at The Shapiro Law Firm today to get started!**

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