December 19, 2008: We received an I-601 extreme hardship waiver grant today. My client was from Mexico. He is married to a U.S. Citizen, and they live in Tustin. He entered the U.S. illegally 15 years ago. His wife petitioned for him to get his green card; however, due to his illegal entry, he was forced to apply for the visa while in Mexico. In order to have the visa granted, we had to provide evidence that his wife would experience “extreme hardship” if he is not permitted to immigrate to the U.S. and live in Tustin. The couple has two small children. Without my client’s income and help raising the children, the wife would have certainly experienced a great deal of hardship.
We prepared all of the evidence to show extreme hardship, and my client left from Tustin for Mexico two weeks ago to start the visa process. Today, he had his interview and his case was granted. The U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez agreed that “extreme hardship” would result if he is not permitted to immigrate to the U.S. Now, he will be able to return to the U.S. to live with and support his wife and children.
If you are married to a U.S. Citizen, but you are in the U.S. illegally, The Nuñez Firm can help you prepare your I-130 visa petition application and I-601 extreme hardship waiver evidence. I have vast experience with extreme hardship cases that will ensure that you present the strongest case possible when attempting to obtain your green card. Call The Nuñez Firm today – 949-903-0088.
December 17, 2008: There have been reports and complaints by several immigration attorneys about problems with the Texas Service Center failing to issue Biometrics Appointments for individuals seeking adjustment of status while in immigration court proceedings. The Immigration Court protocol in Los Angeles requires individuals to pay the $80 filing fee with Texas Service Center along with several other documents. After filing, the Texas Service Center will issue a biometrics appointment for the individual to have his/her fingerprints taken in Los Angeles (or a closer branch office). For the last several months, Texas has failed to issue the fingerprint appointments and many individuals are having their immigration court proceedings delayed indefinitely. Here is the Press Release from AILA:
AILA-TSC Liaison on Biometrics for EOIR I-485s
Cite as “AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 08121662 (posted Dec. 16, 2008)”
AILA has learned there has been a problem with the automatic biometrics scheduler at TSC affecting adjustment applicants in proceedings where EOIR I-485 applicants are not receiving ASC appointment notices, even though they are following immigration court instructions and paying the biometrics fee. TSC is aware of the problem and is in the process of getting it fixed. If your EOIR adjustment applicant has not received an ASC appointment for biometrics within the usual time period, TSC is requesting that affected AILA members call the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283, and “request a referral be taken to request the missing biometrics appointment notice. Use the term ‘Non-delivery of Other Notice.’” The NCSC will transmit a referral to the TSC, and the TSC will manually place the applicant in the queue for ASC scheduling.
If the NCSC process fails to work, please forward the Applicants’ identifying information (full name, A#, DOB, SRC I-485 receipt no. showing I-485 fee’d in), as well as NCSC tracking information and a brief description of how the NCSC step failed, to the AILA-USCIS TSC Liaison Committee at email@example.com, with Subject Line: “EOIR Biometrics.” This applies to Biometrics for EOIR I-485s only.
December 11, 2008: One of my longest running cases was finally resolved today in immigration court. My client’s case has been going on long before he retained me. He is originally from Guatemala, but lives with his wife in Mission Viejo. He used three other attorneys before he retained me, and his case has been pending in one form or another since 1999. Finally, today, his case was resolved and his green card was granted. He and his wife were extremely relieved and happy that they will not need to attend another immigration court hearing. Now, I believe that I will be helping him with the naturalization process so he can become a U.S. Citizen.
The Nunez Firm can help you avoid deportation while in immigration court in Los Angeles or San Diego. I can assist you in gaining your green card or naturalizing as a U.S. Citizen. Call The Nunez Firm today – 949-903-0088.
December 5, 2008: One of my clients was granted a Certificate of Rehabilitation today. The Certificate of Rehabilitation is the first step in obtaining a pardon from the Governor of California. In this case, my client needs a pardon from the Governor to avoid deportation back to Vietnam. He currently lives in Westminster with his wife and children.
Because of the serious nature of my client’s 1992 crime, if he does not receive a gubernatorial pardon, he will not be able to avoid deportation. He will be forced to move from Westminster back to a country in which he has not lived since he was a young child. He will be separated from his wife, children, siblings and parents, and will not be eligible to return to the United States.
The Nuñez Firm can help you obtain a Certificate of Rehabilitation, which can help your chances of avoiding deportation and naturalizing as a U.S. Citizen if you have a criminal history. Contact The Nunez Firm today to discuss your immigration case.