Woman from China Earns USA Medical Degree, Marries Local Lawyer, and Obtains Green Card to Pursue Her American Dream on the COVID-19 Front Lines

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In 2017 the [nap_names id=”FIRM-NAME-1″]. Wong team in Cleveland worked with a woman from China named Catie who was attending medical school in Philadelphia on an F1 student visa. Despite her strenuous studies,  Catie found time to establish a relationship with Hank, an enterprising attorney living in Boston, and they saw each other every other week taking turns traveling to each other’s locale.

Finally, Catie and Hank married in 2017 and enlisted the services of [nap_names id=”FIRM-NAME-1″] so that Catie could obtain a marriage-based green card. Subsequently, we filed a package for Catie that included an I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative) and an I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residency) and prepped Hank and Catie for the USCIS interview that took place in February of 2018. At our suggestion, Catie brought with them copies of the airline tickets showing how they managed to maintain their relationship over the past several years as well as proof that she was the beneficiary on her new husband’s life insurance. Catie also explained to the ISO that she had arranged to complete her fourth-year rotation as a medical student in Boston where she planned to settle permanently with Hank who was a partner in a successful law firm located in that city. Regarding this matter, Catie and Hank showed the ISO a copy of the lease for a condominium where they would live.

At the conclusion of the interview, the ISO smiled and said that “this all looks good” and, by the end of the month, Catie was the recipient of a two-year-marriage-based green card. To be sure, our team congratulated Catie and Hank and set a time for them to come see us within the next two years to apply for a permanent green card for Catie. Accordingly, in January of 2020 Catie, now an intern at a prominent Boston medical clinic, contacted the [nap_names id=”FIRM-NAME-1″]. Wong team, once again, and we told her what documents we needed to file an I-751 (Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence) which included letters from the HR department at Hank’s law firm that demonstrated that Hank’s marital status had changed and Catie was the contact person in case of an emergency. Of course, we suggested that she also provide us with statements from all their joint accounts and insurance policies.

Due to the Covic-19 pandemic, which naturally kept Catie quite busy, she and Hank were never called in for a I-751 interview, but her permanent green card was approved at the end of October of 2020. Needless to say, Catie was very happy and promised to look up our team again in several years when she was eligible to become a U.S. citizen. As busy and as tired as she was due to her work treating patients stricken by Covid-19, Catie took a few minutes to place a call to Hank’s colleague at the law office to thank her for recommending the [nap_names id=”FIRM-NAME-1″]. Wong team to Hank back in 2017 when Hank let it be known that he was in search of a good immigration attorney for his fiancé….and the rest is history!

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