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A Story of Family Unification - A Best Present for the Holiday

A story of family unification-A best present for the holiday

Our office recently won a case in immigration court after many years of representation of a client at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and the immigration court. In November 2020, the immigration judge terminated the client's removal proceeding, allowed him to retain his U.S. lawful permanent resident status, and immediately filed for U.S. citizenship.

Our client, a 48-year-old gentleman, came to the U.S. in 1987 with a tourist visa and landed in Los Angeles. He had two children born out of wedlock whom he left behind in his home country. He needed work to support himself and his children back home. He was introduced to an agency where they promised to get him a U.S. work permit if he paid them several thousand dollars. He borrowed money and unscrupulously paid them, but the work permit never came.

Our client relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in early 2000. During the period, the mother of his two children traveled to the U.S. to visit him. She gave birth to their third child after she returned to their home country. However, the relationship between him and the mother of his children became rocky due to differences in raising the kids, long separation, and financial struggles. Our client soon married a fellow countrywoman (a naturalized U.S. citizen) whom he met in the U.S. Based on the marriage, he obtained his green card (U.S. lawful permanent resident status), then brought his three minor children over to the U.S. based on his green card status. The three children are grown up now, attending colleges in the U.S., and all have become naturalized U.S. citizens.

However, the marriage did not last, and they then divorced after three years of marriage. In 2011, our client filed for citizenship application that was denied on the ground of suspicion of a fraudulent marriage. He was placed in removal proceedings in front of an immigration judge and charged deportable for misrepresentation of a material fact of his marriage. Court hearings were soon scheduled but the case was continued many times during the past ten years due to the case backlog at the San Francisco Immigration Court. Our client's hearing was once again delayed When COVID-19 hit the U.S. until early November 2020 when our office successfully obtained relief for our client from the immigration judge under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act § 237(A)(1)(H).


我們律師事務所最近在移民法庭成功打贏了一起困難的移民案件。我們代表這個客人十多年时间,案件被再三延期。直到最近,移民法官終於同意了我們提出的§ 237(A)(1)(H)豁免申請,允許客人保住綠卡,並馬上可以申請入籍。

我们的這位菲律賓籍客人在1980年末拿旅遊簽證來到美國。當時他還是单身汉,但已经有了兩個未婚生子女。两个孩子无法与他一起来,就被留在了母國。 來到美國後,為了謀生並養活兩個孩子,在洛杉矶找到了一家"律师事务所"帮他办理工卡。这家律师事务所说只要付5000美金左右就可以幫他拿工卡。客人四處借錢,終於湊夠了费用。可是付了钱之后,工卡卻一直沒有到來。





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