One of our Los Angeles clients’ had his I-751 approved and the conditions removed from his permanent resident status. We filed his I-751 in May 2010 after his previous attorney failed to file on time. When we were hired, our client was already in immigration court in Los Angeles and he was trying to avoid deportation.
We advised the judge that we would be filing the I-751 late, but that the untimeliness did not make my client ineligible for retaining his permanent resident status. We filed the I-751 arguing that although my client was divorced from his ex-wife (a US citizen), their marriage was entered into in good faith. We provided hundreds of pages of documents evidencing the bona fides of their marriage including written statements from friends, bills, apartment leases and even a written statement from the ex-wife explaining why she believed the marriage did not last.
In December 2010, we received a Request for Evidence asking for further documentation. We provided that as well. Then we waited. In 2011, we were interviewed by a USCIS officer in Los Angeles. The interview went well, but the officer was not willing to approve the case on the spot. She said she needed more time to review the case. Since then, I have followed up with USCIS every few months, often driving to Los Angeles to speak with an infopass officer in person about the status. Additionally, my client and I have attended immigration court hearings every few months for status reports to the judge.
Finally, after three years of waiting, we just found out that my client’s case was approved and he received his green card. He will be eligible for naturalization immediately because he as been a permanent resident for over five years. Our next court hearing is in early June, and we intend to inform the court that the I-751 was approved and the case should be terminated.
If you are in removal proceedings or filing an I-751, contact The Nunez Firm to schedule a consultation. Managing attorney Jay Nunez will personally meet with you to help you better understand the options available to you.