Case Status Update: Approvals- I-751 (10-Yr Green Card), I-130, Alien Relative Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Naturalization, Employment Authorization (EAD)!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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!
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!
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.
Husband and wife. Natives and citizens of Mali.
Native and citizen of Nigeria.
Husband and wife. Natives and citizens of Cote d’Ivoire.
Native and citizen of Indonesia
Native and citizen of Nigeria
Native and citizen of Cote d’Ivoire
Native and citizen of Nigeria
Native and citizen of Nigeria
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:
Native and citizen of Senegal who removal/ deportation proceedings are currently administratively closed.
Native and citizen of Trinidad & Tobago who removal/ deportation proceedings are currently administratively closed.
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.
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.
We wish all of our recently-approved clients the best of luck!
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