A Miami high school valedictorian who gained national attention with her fight to avoid deportation back to Colombia has been granted a two-year reprieve by federal authorities who now say that their bigger goal is going after illegal immigrants who are criminals — and not dutiful students.
Daniela Pelaez, and her sister, Dayana, were ordered to leave the country just last week by a federal immigration judge. But U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday issued a statement saying the agency would defer carrying out the court order for at least two years.
The decision, which elated many in South Florida, followed growing local protests aimed at keeping the two teens in the United States, not to mention a steady din of news coverage about the family’s plight. Several lawmakers also interceded on the girls’ behalf, including Republican congresswoman Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
Thousands took to the streets just last week in North Miami to protest the court ruling. They held banners and chanted “Justice for Daniela.” The Miami Herald said it was the single largest immigration demonstration in the area since then-President George W. Bush proposed legalizing millions of undocumented immigrants back in 2004.
Our client in Colombia just had her consular interview at the U.S. consulate in Colombia. She is engaged to her fiancee in Orange County, California. He is a teacher in Costa Mesa, and they met two years ago through a friend. He has visited her several times, and the couple even traveled to Peru and some other South American countries during one of his visits. The couple decided to marry last year, and they approached The Nunez Firm in the Summer of 2010.
We filed the necessary forms and evidence with USCIS and they approved the fiance visa petition. Once the visa petition was approved, the case was transferred to the consulate in Colombia for consular processing. We helped prepared all the necessary forms and evidence for the consular interview. When the interview went forward, everything went smoothly and the K-1 visa was approved. Additionally, one of the client’s sons was approved for a K-2 visa.
When she arrives in the US, the couple will have 90 days to get married. Then, we will file for the adjustment of status to obtain lawful permanent residence for her.
If you are considering the fiance visa process, contact The Nunez Firm today to schedule a free consultation with managing attorney Jay Nunez.
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We just received the approval notice for a fiance visa petition we filed several months ago. The client lives in Orange County, and his fiance is currently living in Colombia. They have been dating for several years now, and she wants to come to the United States to get married. He has visited her on several occasions, and we provided USCIS with proof that the relationship was entered into in good faith and not to evade the immigration laws.
The next step is to apply for the visa at the consulate. His fiance will have an interview at the consulate in Colombia. If all goes well, she will be permitted to travel to the United States for the sole purpose of getting married.
Upon her arrival, the couple will need to get married within the first 90 days. Then we will file for the adjustment of status to lawful permanent resident. As you can see there are many more steps before this case is completed, but it is good news that the first step is completed.
If you are considering a fiance visa or other type of visa petition, contact The Nunez Firm to schedule a free consultation. Managing attorney Jay Nunez has handled all types of family based visa petitions, and he will personally meet with you to discuss your situation and the viable options available to you.
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My client from Newport Beach recently found out that the I-129F he filed for his fiance in Colombia was approved by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The California Service Center for USCIS notified us of the approval earlier this week.
He has been dating his fiance since 2007, and the couple got engaged in 2008. We filed the I-129F early this year along with all the necessary forms and evidence. The next step is to have the fiancee attend the consular interview in Colombia. As of right now the interview is not yet scheduled. USCIS must transfer the file to the National Visa Center in Washington DC. Then, the National Visa Center will forward the file to the Department of State at the Colombian Consulate. This process will likely take several more months. Hopefully, my clients will be reunited in Newport Beach by the end of the year.
If you are considering the K-1 fiance visa process, The Nunez Firm can help you. Managing attorney Jay Nunez has helped many clients obtain permanent resident status through the fiance visa and adjustment of status process. Please contact The Nunez Firm to schedule a free and confidential consultation.