We just received an approval notice for the removal of conditions on lawful permanent residence (I-751). The husband is originally from Japan. He and his wife, who is a US citizen, originally met in 2008 while living in Hawaii. They dated for almost a year before deciding to marry and move to California. They hired us shortly after their wedding in 2009 and we helped the husband with adjustment of status to lawful permanent residence. Because the marriage was less than two years old at the time of the adjustment to permanent residence, the husband was approved for a two year conditional resident status. This meant that he would need to file an I-751 with USCIS during the 90 day period immediately preceding the expiration of his two year green card.
The couple came back to us when it was time to remove the conditions and file the I-751. We helped them collect the necessary evidence and compile a packet of evidence that proved the couple had been living in a good faith marriage and combining their assets for the last two years. We provided bank statements, joint tax returns, proof the couple had been living together and many other pieces of evidence. When we filed, we were confident that we were presenting a compelling packet of evidence; however, I believed we would likely need to attend an interview with USCIS. In I-751 cases, USCIS has the option of calling an interview before adjudication of the I-751. I was surprised when we received an approval without an interview.
The couple is very excited as well. They are already talking about naturalizing the husband as a US citizen, which he will be eligible for in a few months. If you are married to a foreign-born spouse and are considering the green card process, contact The Nunez Firm to schedule a consultation. Managing attorney Jay Nunez will help you better understand the process that applies to your situation. We have helped countless couples obtain green cards in the United States and avoid deportation.
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I just attended an adjustment of status interview yesterday at the Santa Ana office of USCIS. I accompanied a Huntington Beach couple to the adjustment interview. The couple met in 2009 while the US citizen wife was visiting Europe. While traveling with a friend, she met her future husband and they hit if off. The couple continued communicating after she left Europe, and he visited on the Visa Waiver Program a few months later. The couple visited each other over the next couple years with her traveling to see him in Europe on a few occasions. He traveled to the US to see her and meet her parents as well.
In June 2011, he came to the United States on a J-1 visa and stayed with her. After a month in the United States, he proposed marriage to her and she accepted while the couple was in Las Vegas celebrating her birthday with her family. She was overjoyed and accepted.
The couple attempted the adjustment of status process on their own initially; however, they didn’t follow the procedures correctly and the I-485 was denied. After that, they came to The Nunez Firm to seek assistance. We handled all the paperwork for them and filed the case within a month or so. A few months later, USCIS scheduled the interview. I prepared them for the interview and advised them on what to expect at the interview. They were well-prepared and everything went smoothly. The USCIS officer approved the case after a 30 minute interview and the couple was happy.
After the interview, I advised them that they will need to file an I-751 petition to remove the conditions on permanent residency. I advised that they should collect documents proving joint residency over the next two years so they will be well-prepared to file the I-751.
If you are considering the adjustment of status process, contact The Nunez Firm where we handle countless adjustments every year. Managing attorney Jay Nunez will personally meet with you to help you better understand the process and whether adjustment of status is a viable option for you.
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We recently received an approved I-485 and I-130 for our Costa Mesa client. He is originally from Europe and she is a US-born citizen. The couple dated for a long while before deciding to get married and go forward with the adjustment of status process. We filed a few months ago and because USCIS has been processing marriage based adjustment cases so quickly, we just recently had the good faith marriage interview.
The interview went smoothly with no major issues. The couple has a one year old child together so good faith marriage was a relatively low concern for the USCIS officer. We provided USCIS with other proof of the relationship as well including joint health insurance, joint back account records, joint car insurance and a joint lease for an apartment.
The couple was very excited that they would be able to stay together in the US and the husband would be able to start looking for work. I advised them that they would need to file the I-751 to have the conditions removed from permanent residency in two years. I advised how they could best prepare for that process as well.
If you are considering applying for a green card, contact The Nunez Firm to schedule a free consultation. Managing attorney Jay Nunez will personally meet with you to discuss your case and help you better understand the options available to you.
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We recently received an approval for a marriage-based adjustment of status case. The wife was in the United States on a TN Visa from Mexico when she met her husband. They dated for several years before he proposed to her. Within a year they were married. The couple lives in Santa Ana and they hope to have children in the couple years.
At the interview, the officer was friendly and professional as they almost always are. He asked questions about how the couple met, when they started dating and how they decided to get married. I had prepared the couple on what to expect and they were very relaxed during the interview. The interview lasted only about 30 minutes and the case was approved.
Because the marriage is less than two years old, the wife will receive a conditional resident card valid for two years. They will be required to file an I-751 along with evidence of their marriage two years from now. I advised that they should collect evidence of their relationship over the next two years. If they provide enough evidence, USCIS has the option of foregoing another interview and granting the removal of conditions (I-751 form) based solely on the evidence.
The couple was very happy with the outcome and advised that they intend to hire us to handle the removal of conditions process in 2014. If you are considering the green card process, or need to file an I-751, contact The Nunez Firm to schedule a free and confidential consultation. Managing attorney Jay Nunez will personally meet with you to advise of your options and help you determine how to proceed with your case.
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