Green Card Approved Based on VAWA for Los Angeles Client After Deportation Proceedings Dismissed by Immigration Judge
One of our Los Angeles clients recently received her green card after her I-485 adjustment of status application was approved. She was approved for VAWA based on being the victim of domestic violence; however, because she had an outstanding removal order, her I-485 was denied. We did not represent her with her initial VAWA adjustment.
She came to me through a client referral. I explained that we first needed to reopen her removal proceedings and get the deportation order taken off her record. After that, we could proceed with the adjustment of status based on the approved VAWA.
I contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement and explained the situation. They agreed to join in a joint motion to reopen her immigration court case. The immigration judge agreed to reopen the case, dismiss the removal order, and close the court case.
Once the court case was closed, we spoke with USCIS asking them to adjudicate the I-485. After an interview in the Los Angeles office of USCIS, the officer approved the I-485, and, within a few weeks, my client received her green card.
She is very excited that she is a permanent resident. The next step will be to petition for her daughter to come to the United States to live and go to school.
If you have an immigration situation and would like to better understand the options available to you, contact The Nunez Firm to schedule a consultation. Managing attorney Jay Nunez will meet with you on a confidential basis and help devise the best strategy to accomplish your goals.