Family Immigration Miracle
Our office in Washington DC has served a large Korean community for a number of years.The GLG recently opened an office in Honolulu. In the following weeks, we will share some of the cases we have handled successfully in the past. This week’s case involved a family of six who came to the United States in 1998 on visitor visas when the four children were very young. When this family came to our office in September 2012 they were hopeless about their futures. The entire family had been placed in removal proceedings in 2006.After many hearings and continuances over 3 years, and due to their prior attorney’s lack of diligence and courage, the family’s case was eventually closed by the Judge-leaving the family in limbo and without permission to work. Their prior attorney did not aggressively pursue their green cards through an approved visa petition filed by a dry cleaning company on behalf of the mother. There were two major obstacles that had to be overcome in order to save this family. The first obstacle was that the family was out of status when the employer (I-140) petition was approved which normally destroys the ability to benefit from the petition. The second obstacle was that one of the children had aged out (turned 21) and there was concern that they would not get green cards even if the other family members could. Our office performed a miracle in a matter of a few months. We successfully reopened the case and were able to schedule a hearing before the judge in several months even though the normal waiting period for an individual hearing was years away. We successfully obtained green cards for the entire family by presenting proof that an earlier petition by a different employer filed in 2001 enabled the family to adjust their status despite being out of status when the second petition was approved (even though the first petition was ultimately denied by USCIS). Using similar reasoning, we were able to obtain green cards for all 4 children, even the one adult-child who was in her later 20’s. In doing so, we prepared a legal memorandum of law, and provided courtroom testimony by the employer that was convincing to the Judge. We also proved that the denial of the first petition in 2002 was a mere technicality and that the petition was otherwise “approvable” under the law.The family’s long term distress turned to celebration and relief because of our firm’s persistence, thoroughness, and our good reputation for integrity earned over 30 years of practice.