We were very pleased to be part of the following sampling of successes based on our representation:
FAMILY PAROLED INTO THE U.S. FROM MEXICO . A wonderful family from Mexico of mixed heritage (U.S. & Mexico) was being persecuted in Mexico, family kidnapped, people murdered in the process, threatening calls, etc. The family presented at the border and after a few weeks of detention, the whole family was allowed to enter to present asylum claims (ongoing now). The children were being threatened and weren't leaving the house, even for school. We're very pleased that they are now safe and pursuing claims to stay in the U.S. permanently.
CURRENCY TRADER / STATISTICIAN . A currency trader with a degree in statistics is a 'spot-on' example of a professional who's skills are needed in the U.S. His statistical analysis enabled a U.S. company to receive several awards for huge successes in the first years of business and the company was soon bought by a larger New York firm, creating a windfall of income for all involved. We were very pleased to help the company get the professional help they needed at the right time.
LATINA MOTHER . A Latina mother of 3 citizen children lost her husband almost two years ago. His older children from a pervious relationship turned on the mother after his death, kicked her out of the house, and called police with false accusations. All charges were dismissed, but ICE was notified and they initiated proceedings. It was a horrible situation for her but it turned out well. We asked ICE attorneys for understanding, and they gave it. They closed the case without a hearing, even. Our client can stay, and three citizen children get to keep their mom.
FILIPINA SHOPPER . A Filipina woman was shopping south of San Diego and took a wrong turn, ending up in Mexico. Her legal status in the U.S. had expired years ago. She's 65 years old and is married to a citizen. It took us two weeks to get to see her - there's no right to counsel when ICE is holding someone for deportation. After seeing her, she was released within a couple of days on parole to allow her to make application for permanent residence. ICE officers were particularly responsive in her case. We believe it was her age and her kind disposition that got her such a good result.
VIETNAM REMOVAL CASE . A client who was "removed" from the United States in 1992 but had never left the country because his home country, Vietnam, was not accepting its citizens returning from the States at that time. The US and Vietnam signed an Agreement in 2008 to repatriate Vietnamese citizens who are removed from the US, but that agreement only covers those who are "removed" from the US in 1995 and later, when relations were "normalized" between the two countries, meaning that the client who was ordered removed in 1992 can stay.
INVESTOR VISA CASES . FIRST CASE . A client was denied E2 visa at the U.S. Embassy in Vancouver because of the unorganized presentation from another law office. The client's father told us that he would be glad start a new company for her if the government wouldn't approve her application based on the existing company. "No, we can organize the presentation to get her approved," we replied. We were very pleased to get her E2 status.SECOND CASE . Another client invested his savings into one business in the U.S. and was on E2 status for years, until he sold his initial business and bought another. When his status was denied 2x, he came to our office as a "complicated case." Thankfully, we were able to explain the circumstances and our application was approved.
MULTI-NATIONAL EXECUTIVES . Of the multi-national exec cases (L1 Visas) cases, a complicated case involved a client with a lucrative company in a UK country who needed advice re: starting a U.S. subisidiary. We were happy to tell him re: incorporating & visa status. It was two (2) years before he was ready to make the step - by that time, his company had two large U.S. clients and he needed to be close to them to business going smoothly. What he didn't tell us was that his UK company had gone through bankruptcy in the two (2) intervening years. That came out after USCIS sent back request for further information re: financials. But because his company had current profits and good contracts, he was approved (and we were very pleased).
STATE CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS . Criminal convictions under state laws sometimes do not have the same immigration consequences as the federal offense. Our client had prostitution-related convictions from the past that came up on a quick scan at the airport when she was flying back to Vegas. She was charged as 'inadmissble' for having been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude and her case was transferred to the Court. We presented the facts of prostitution and related issues in Nevada that differ from other parts of the country, and the Judge understood that prostitution isn't the same issue in Nevada (where it is legal in some counties) and let her stay in the U.S.
FIANCE VISA CASE . A female client arrived in the U.S. on a fiance visa, married her U.S. fiance. After being heavily abused, she left the marriage and divorced. She was able to adjust status to permanent residence even after divorcing the man who sponsored her visa. This area of the law is in flux right now because of abuse to foreign fiances in some cases. Seek legal counsel.
MOTION TO REOPEN . A client's case was reopened because his previous attorney withdrew three days before the merit's hearing, which was fundamentally unfair.
SPOUSAL ABUSE CASE . A client's husband demanded money from her and threatened non-participation with the immigration process. We recently got her case approved on self-petition, where she can petition on her own without husband's signature or cooperation. The application was risky because there was no physical abuse. We documented the financial and emotional abuse, and the officials understood, thankfully.