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KOREAN STUDENT WORKING IN U.S. IMPRESSES EMPLOYER, GETS GREEN CARD
Ms. S., a student from Korea, worked on Practical Training. She impressed her employer, who then filed a PERM Labor Certification for her. The PERM was approved, as well as an immigrant petition, and Ms. S. was granted Permanent Residency, a green card. She is able to live and work here in a skilled position. Our attorney, Beryl Farris, handled this case.
Department of Labor Denies Labor Certification; We Fight for Overturn and Approval
A man from S. Korea was offered a job as an accountant at a beauty supply company in Georgia and our office was hired to work on his labor certification, I-140 and EB-2 Green Card (Employment Based Immigration: Second Preference) for our client and his family. Together with the alien and company, we placed job advertisements to test the market and all the required steps in order to process the labor certification. We were able to file the labor certification on November 10, 2014 after no qualified US workers were found.
But rather than accepting the request, the DOL (Department of Labor) then audited the labor certification on April 27, 2015 (they sent us a list of detailed information they needed). We filed our audit response and then received news that the labor certification was denied. After careful review, we found that the DOL had erroneously denied the labor certification, so we filed a reconsideration. The denial was overturned, and the labor certification was approved on April 28, 2016. This was great news to get the certification after a long process. We are now able to file the I-140 and Green Cards!
Work Permit Secured in Two Months
Our client hired us after filing his I-485 application for a Green Card, to help him apply for a work permit (the Employment Authorization Card). We were very pleased to help this client apply for a work permit to enable him to work while his Green Card application was pending. We filed an I-765 application for work permit with USCIS in first week of February 2015, and very quickly we received the fingerprint notice, which our client attended as scheduled. His EAD application was approved by March 13th 2015. Once again, our firm, particularly Grecia, who was the case worker, has a very happy client. We secured his work permit in less than two months, though the average work permit takes as long as 6 months to a year.
Prosecutorial Discretion & Admin Close Enable Client to Continue Working in USA
Our client, a Mexican citizen, was placed in removal proceedings by the Immigration service. He had been coming to the United States for a little over 9 months each year on an H-2A, temporary work visa, each year from 1998 to 2006. However, his visa was denied in 2007 and he came back to the United States without documents and remained in the U.S. since 2007. In Immigration Court, our client applied for cancellation of removal for non-permanent residents and also asylum and withholding of removal. Unfortunately, our client had spent too much time outside the U.S. within the last 10 years to qualify for cancellation of removal. As a result, we pushed the Department of Homeland Security to agree to exercise prosecutorial discretion to close his Immigration Court case. We sent a brief with lots of supporting documents about the good person he is, his family ties in the U.S., his wife and mother’s health issues, and having no criminal record. The Department agreed to exercise their prosecutorial discretion and we jointly filed with the Court to administratively close the case, which the Immigration Judge agreed to do. Our client was able to get work authorization and is able to continue to renew it.
Mexican Couple with TN Visas Receive Green Cards
Mr. and Mrs. E entered the U.S. from Mexico as TN professionals. The TN is a work visa very much like an H-1B, but it is offered to citizens of Mexico and Canada by special agreement via the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It is available to professionals whose occupations are listed by the agreement (just google “list of TN professions” and it should pop up). There are no numerical limitations and the paperwork and visa process are somewhat less onerous than the H-1B.
Mr. and Mrs. E decided that they’d like to gain permanent residence in the U.S. via their employment, and retained us in late 2009 to process their PERM labor certification, I-140 and Adjustment of Status. Then, after months and much work spent preparing their PERM application, our clients informed us that they would be switching employers. Unfortunately they were not at a point in their immigration process where any of their case could go with them, or “port” to a new employer. We processed new TNs for the couple through the new employer (processed and approved in less than one week!) and began the PERM process anew.
The PERM was filed through their new employer in November of 2011 and was approved in July of 2012. The I-140 was filed shortly thereafter, and Mr. and Mrs. E filed their Adjustment of Status in August of 2013. They received their green cards only two months later, in October of 2013!
All in all, a smooth and successful case. One thing worth mentioning, though: Mr. and Mrs. E noticed errors on their I-94 entry forms not once, but TWICE during their time spent in TN status. The first time, their entry forms and passports were stamped with “B-2” (visitor status) instead of “TN.” The second time, Mr. E was given TN status only until the expiration date of his visa, and NOT until the expiration date of his form I-797 approval notice (as he should have been given). In both instances our office was able to arrange appointments with Customs officers to meet with our clients and fix the errors.
Lesson: always pay very, very close attention to the information on your I-94 card. Your I-94 card is the most important proof of the status you have in the U.S.! If you are given an electronic I-94 card, go online and check it out! Mistakes can and do happen.
Alien with specialized computer job gets H-1B approved
An employer located in Texas who handles complex PLM and consulting needed our services to apply for a labor certification and I-140 for an Indian individual they hired. We handled the processing of the labor certification and received an approval. We also filed for the I-140 after the labor certification approval on February 1, 2013 and received an approval on April 29, 2013. This was filed under the EB2 category, While the individual is waiting for his priority date to become current we ensure he has H-1B status to continue his highly complex PLM work.
We were retained to do a PERM, I-140, and I-485 case for an employer. The beneficiary is a citizen of Mexico and working in the United States through a TN visa. His employer began the PERM process for the beneficiary. However, a few months after the process began, the beneficiary received a job offer from a new employer. As a result, we were retained to extend the client’s TN visa. We filed the TN visa application and received approval for the client. The new employer also wanted to sponsor the beneficiary for a greencard. So we were retained to do a PERM process and then an I-140 and I-485 case. We filed the PERM application for the employer. We received an audit notice from the Department of Labor. We responded to the audit notice immediately and later received approval of his PERM labor certification. The employer then filed an I-140 petition for beneficiary based on the EB2 immigrant visa category. An RFE was issued and responded to almost immediately. Days later the I-140 visa petition was approved. The beneficiary and his derivative wife then filed I-485 applications to adjust their status to permanent resident. Their applications were both approved and they were issued green cards as proof of their permanent resident status.
Approved I-140, H-1B beyond 6 years and green card approval
In 2007, we were retained to represent in an H-1B visa application for a South Korean citizen. His H-1B application was approved and he returned to South Korea to obtain his visa from the US Embassy there. His H-1B visa was approved a few days after his interview at the US consulate and returned to the United States. His employer wanted to petition him for permanent residence in the United States. In 2008, a PERM labor certification was filed and 6 months later the Department of Labor certified the position. In 2009, the employer then filed an I-140 visa petition based on EB3 immigrant visa category for the South Korean client. An RFE was issued and we responded to the RFE. The I-140 was approved in the EB3 immigrant visa category. Unfortunately, there were no immigrant visas available yet and the South Korean client could not yet file for his permanent residence. His H-1B was set to expire soon and we filed an extension of his H-1B visa status. The H-1B extension was approved and he was given H-1B status for another 3 years. In March of 2013, his H-1B was set to expire. Normally a person can only receive an H-1B for 6 years. However, we filed for another extension and were able to get an extension approved for our South Korean client because of a special exception for individuals with an approved I-140 where their immigrant visas were still not yet available. A few months later, the immigrant visas became current and we filed for adjustment of status for our client and his derivative wife. In October of 2013, our client and his wife were approved for permanent resident status. The client was happy to finally become a permanent resident after so many years waiting.
National of India Gets H-1B; Awaits Priority Date Before Applying for Green Card
Our office was retained by a hotel management company in upper New York state to work on an H-1B and PERM for an alien. The alien is of Indian descent and nationality. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and over 5 years previous experience. His admission to the US is H-1B. We started the labor certification process in November of 2012, identified the prevailing wage, and ensured the ads were running in the appropriate media. The labor certification was filed on 2/22/13 and was then approved on 9/4/13. DOL issued the certification, and now we can do the I-140 for the alien, and wait for the priority date to become current before filing for his Green Card.
Greek Surgeon Receives H-1B
A Surgeon from Greece received a job offer from a U.S. hospital, which wanted employ the Surgeon on a H-1B work visa. A foreign worker’s first H-1B petition would ordinarily be subject to a H-1B “lottery” held each year for the limited number of new H-1Bs issued. However, this U.S. hospital was non-profit and affiliated with a U.S. university, so this H-1B was exempt from the “lottery.” Our firm filed the H-1B petition, and after approval, the Surgeon came to the USA with his wife and children. The hospital also wished to sponsor the Surgeon for permanent residence. Our firm completed the entire green card process for the family, including labor certification (aka “PERM”), I-140 employer petition, and I-485 applications for permanent residency, from start to finish in 14 months.
Egyptian Surgeon Gets PERM Certified
On April 19 we filed PERM for a client from Egypt; client is a surgeon and came to the US on J-1 visa. In just a week, on April 26, 2006 it was certified and we are now in the process of filing for permanent residence for client.
Software Developer from India gets H-1B
Our client is a highly skilled software developer from India. He applied for a position with a firm in Cleveland and was hired. His employers contacted us regarding their newest employee’s need for a H-1B visa. We started the process of gathering the required documents in May, 2011. With the Labor Department’s certification process pending we filed the I-129 application. We also filed to secure H-4 status for our client’s wife. Not long after the Labor Department approved the certification of the position. In August, 2011 the H-1B and H-4 visas were approved.
The client and his employer indicated to our team that they wanted to pursue a more permanent solution and secure a green card. We explained the PERM process and started the paperwork. In October 2011, we requested a prevailing wage determination from the Labor Department and when that was received began the process of advertising the position to see if any eligible American workers were available. In May of 2012 we were ready to file the PERM application with the Department of Labor. While this was pending we organized for our client’s educational achievements to be evaluated. By late August everything was ready to file the I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker that would allow our client to become a permanent resident. We were filing under the EB2 category which requires “exceptional ability” on the part of the applicant. Our client’s advanced degrees and experience as a software developer easily put him in this category. In March 2013, USCIS approved the I-140 petition. As our client is from India he has to wait for an available visa to apply for his green card. With his I-140 approved, however, he can remain in the United States on his H-1B status without any problems until he can get his green card. We are now preparing to extend his H-1B visa to keep him in status and ready to become a permanent resident when the time comes.
Nigerian Nurse Receives I-140A / Green Card after Priority Date
On August of 2008 our firm was retained by a Nurse of Nigerian Nationality to assist her with the process of her I-140A Petition for Immigrant Worker / I-485 Adjustment Application and I-765 Employment Authorization. The Employment Authorization was approved on January of 2007 and the Petition for Immigrant Worker was approved on October of 2007. Since she fell under the EB3 Category (Skill/Professional Workers) to be eligible to Adjust Status she had to wait for her priority date to become current. Immediately after her priority date was current she was able to adjust status. Very happily, for her and her children on March of 2013 they all received their Green Cards.
Mother applies under EB2 and receives Green Card
In January 2012 we were contacted by our client, a senior member of the marketing team with a wholesale beauty product company, that her employer was willing to sponsor her for permanent residency. Ms. Wong met with the client and talked her and her employer through the process. We had her qualifications evaluated to ensure they matched with US standards. The employer then outlined the duties of the position which our client would work in and we placed the appropriate advertisements to check for qualified American applicants. In July we were ready to file the PERM labor certification, which was duly approved in mid-September. Following this step, Senior Paralegal Brian Marek helped prepare the I-140 application for an immigrant worker under the EB2 category, which requires a college degree and five years experience. Less than a month after filing the I-140 a visa became available and we filed the green card application package for our client, her husband, and her daughter. In January 2013, we received the approvals. In just under a year we had taken our client and her family from non-immigrant visa holders to permanent residents of the United States.
Green Card Received on Christmas Eve
Our client first came to us in 2002, beginning what would be a long ten year odyssey to become a permanent resident of the United States. Throughout that time, Margaret Wong, in spite of great difficulties in the case, stuck by the side of her client and persevered until the happy ending on Christmas Eve of 2012 when our client and his wife received their green card approvals. It all started with our client’s employer’s intention to sponsor him for permanent residency in the United States. Initially, our client had great difficulties paying his legal fees and this slowed down the process. Over the course of 2002 and 2003 we worked with our client to get the appropriate documents. We filed the labor certification in May 2003. While waiting for the response our client was charged with driving without a license. We offered him legal advice and made note in the file should it become an issue later on. The labor certification was finally approved in late 2005 and we then moved to file the I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker for in February 2006. The case remained pending, all the while our team kept in contact with USCIS. Then in January 2007 we received a request for evidence (RFE) from the government asking for more information on our client. We filed this information in a timely manner and in mid April the I-140 was approved. Now, our client had to wait for the quota to open and for his priority filing date of June 2003 to be current. Our client now realized the benefit of starting the process back when he did. Had he waited, even if the I-140 was approved sooner, his priority date would be even later, and his wait even longer. As soon as his priority date came up and there was a visa opening we filed the I-485 or green card applications for both he and his wife. While our clients were waiting for the approvals we helped them maintain legal working status in the US. In October 2012, after a long wait and after pushing USCIS we received notice of the approvals.
PERM process for Filipino Worker
Our office was retained to help an employer petition for his alien worker (Filipino) under the labor certification/PERM process. The alien is here on a B-1 visa and has had several extensions approved under this classification. The employer owns a home and wanted his domestic worker to get a green card as a household manager. The process began as usual with the drafting of the job description and sample advertisement and then a prevailing wage determination was received. After this the ads were placed and it was determined no qualified US workers were located. The PERM was filed on 2/16/10. The DOL then issued an audit on 9/16/2010 and the employer through our office submitted the resumes and recruitment summary report. The DOL then decided to audit the case again and we responded accordingly. After this DOL moved this case to supervised recruitment and this took place on 2/6/12. We worked closely with the employer to conduct yet a new round of advertisements to show DOL the recruitment was conducted properly. After getting resumes, the employer yet was still unable to find a qualified US worker. These findings were submitted to DOL and the DOL then approved the labor certification on 7/2/12. Margaret Wong with the assistance of Brian Marek worked on this matter.
I-140 for an Employee of a Wireless Phone and Service Provider
Our office was retained by a wireless phone and service provider to process a labor certification and I-140 for their alien worker from India. After doing the prevailing wage and recruitment we were able to file the case to DOL on March 13, 2012. Approval came in on June 4, 2012. We can now work on the I-140 to USCIS. While this is an EB2 case with a master’s degree requirement, the I-485 can only be filed once a visa # is available.
I-140 for Mongolian Man under EB3
Our office was retained by an employer petitioning a prospective alien employee for a labor certification, I-140 and green card. Our office worked hard to get the labor certification approved and subsequently we filed an I-140 for the Mongolian national on January 13, 2012 under the EB3 classification. The I-140 was then approved on May 11, 2012.
PLM Company Obtains Labor Certification for Employee from India
Our office was retained by a company in Texas who specializes in PLM consulting. The labor certification was started by getting the prevailing wage, then advertising and once no US workers were located the labor certification was filed on February 13, 2012. The case was an EB2 category and the alien is from India. The labor certification was approved on May 15, 2012. The company and alien were happy with our work.
Neurologist Expected to Get Green Card
Our firm was retained in January 2011 by a family care center that wished to start the green card process for one of their employees, a nephrologist from Lebanon. The first step was to file an LCA application before we could extend our client and her husband's H-1B/H4 nonimmigrant work visas. The LCA was approved in October 2011 and the I-129 and I-539 Applications were filed less than one week later under premium processing. These applications were approved after a short wait of two weeks. While we worked on extending our clients nonimmigrant visas, we also filed an Application for Permanent Employment Certification to the Department of Labor, which was ETA certified in late December 2011. After months of preparing the applications, the I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker was filed under premium processing in March 2012. It was approved within 3 weeks. The I-140 petition was filed concurrently with green card applications for our client and her husband, which are still pending. We are very confident that these clients will receive their green card within the year. Attorney Francis Fungsang is handling this case.
Computer Software Engineer Gets PERM Approve
A computer software engineer originally from India retained our firm in March 2011 to obtain his non-immigrant work visa. The first step in the process was to obtain Permanent Labor Certification (PERM), which was filed on September 20, 2011. The PERM was approved after a short 2 months in late November 2011. 10 days after receiving the approval notice, an I-129 H-1B non-immigrant work visa was filed under premium processing on December 12, 2011.
Turkish National Expected to Receive Green Card
Client is a Turkish National and we applied for I-140 and I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence. Client was the School Principal in Turkey nad had 5 years past experience. After ETA (labor certification) was approved we filed for the I-140. The I-140 was filed on November 3, 2011 and was approved without RFE (request for additional information) on November 14, 2011. The I-485 was filed concurrently with the I-140 and now is pending for approval.
H1B Approved for Chinese Naional
In April 2010, we were retained by a Chinese national after his PERM, filed by a previous attorney, was denied. Our client had a Master of Science and was offered a position by a tech firm in the U.S. We filed a PERM in October 2010, which was approved 5 weeks later. In December 2010, we filed an I-140 petition on behalf of his employer, which was approved in late April 2011. Following this approval, we filed an H-1B extension in May 2011. A RFE was received on August 25, which was filed less than one month later on September 14. Less than one month later, the H-1B was approved on October 10, 2011.
South African Family Given Permanent residence
A husband, wife and two children from Gauteng, South Africa entered the U.S. in 2001 on the husband's H-1B temporary work permit. Husband has a Bachelor of Accountancy Degree and is a Certified Public Accountant. He worked as a Controller, providing financial planning and accounting functions, to his U.S. company employer. The family retained our firm in order to become permanent residents . In 2006, we filed an I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker on behalf of the U.S. employer for the husband as a professional or skilled worker. This would be the basis to adjust the husband's status to that of a permanent resident. The wife and the two children applied to adjust to permanent resident status as derivatives. While the petitions were pending, applications for employment authorizations for the wife and H-1B extensions for the husband were granted. The whole family was granted permanent residency on August 4, 2011.
H-1B Extension Given to Married Couple
A married couple from Tamil Nadu, India retained our services to assist with filing the husband's employment based visa. The husband has a Masters of Science in electrical engineering and is employed as an Applications Engineer for a U.S. company. We filed an H-1B1 specialty occupation visa in 2005 with the employer as petitioner and the husband as the beneficiary. His wife filed as a derivative. The visas were granted and the husband began work for his employer. In 2007, we filed applications for the couple to adjust to permanent resident status. Pending approval of the permanent residency applications, H-1B extensions and employment authorizations for the husband and wife were filed and approved. In August of 2011, the couple's applications to adjust to permanent resident status were approved.
Physician from Philipines Gets Permanent Residency
A pediatric physician from the Philippines was offered a position at a US hospital in Washington. In September 2010, she retained our firm to help her obtain work authorization. After her labor certification and PERM were approved in April 2010, we filed the I-140 petition on behalf of her employer, as well as her I-765 application for work authorization and her I-485 green card application at the beginning of June. By August, her work authorization was approved. Two months later this doctor received her Welcome Notice as a legal permanent resident of the United States. Thanks to the hard work and preparation of a team of an attorney and legal assistants, this application was approved without an interview.
PERM Certified for J-1 Physician
Applicant is a J1 physician. During intake, we carefully explained to him the USCIS special rules regarding J1 doctor adjustment. We also helped him drew up a timeline of different scenarios including documentation of fulfillment of 3-yr medical service, PERM sponsorship, job change, and travel. During PERM process, we also worked closely with the employer on the question of proof of ability to pay. Our office provided the sponsor our safeguard measures of protecting their information which are not privy to the sponsored alien. We also provided the employer information on PERM guideline and sponsorship responsibilities. As a result of our proactive action and upfront information, the PERM process and the subsequent I-140 and I-485 applications ran like a clock work with no interruption. All documentation were made readily available as and when needed. The PERM was certified without audit. The I-140 and I-485 approved with no RFE and interview.
Language Controversy Leads to Green Cards
The issue in this case is the language requirement. DOL audited the case because they said no reason why workers cannot communicate in English. They ignored the fact that this was a Korean language newspaper. All the characters, textual contents, verbiage, and grammar, and style of the art work has to be addressed to the Korean speaking population and in accord with their taste and preference. We took issue with the DOL and submitted a brief describing the demographic of the target area of the newspaper, the targeted readers and advertisers in the area, the ethnicity of the paper’s circulation area. While the PERM was pending, we educated the petitioner and alien the issues relating to the approvability of the I-140 and I-485, in particular, alien’s credential, status in the US, marking of the preference, and ability to pay. As a result, the I-140 and the I-485 have been approved in four months without any RFE. Clients got their green card now.
Alien Employee Maintains H-1B Status
We were hired by an employer to file an EB3 labor certification on behalf of their alien employee from S. Korea. We went through the labor certification steps including prevailing wage, advertisements and then were able to file on September 9, 2009. The labor certification was then approved on July 26, 2010. We are now doing the I-140 for this individual and he will stay on H-1B status until he is able to file for his adjustment of status upon his priority date becoming current.
Company RECRUITING Process Allowed to be Executed
This RIR was properly filed on April 28, 2001 with all pertinent information as required by the legacy ETA Form 750. After certification we filed the I-140 immigrant petition on June 28, 2001. It was approved after we successfully proved the ability to pay issue. While the I-485 was pending, the Service issued Intent to Revoke alleging that the familial relationship of one of the directors to the beneficiary caused serious doubt to the veracity of the recruitment as decided by an AAO case. Our office immediately research and reviewed the AAO decision. Having understood the crux of the Service's argument, we helped client to obtain affidavits from India describing the relationship. Secondly, we put together complete documentation of the recruitment, namely, prevailing wage, state job order, news paper ad placements, internal job posting. A recruitment summary prepared at the LC process was also provided to the Service, including copies of the applications received and reasons for rejection. We submitted independent documents demonstrating the fact that proper recruitment steps were taken in accordance with the RIR regulations, the rejections were properly exercised. A month or so after the rebuttal to Notice of Intent to Deny was filed, the Service approved the adjustment on July 12, 2010.
Labor Certificate Approved for Taiwanese Client
We were retained by an employer of an alien from Taiwan in order to process his green card application through the labor certification process. The beneficiary met the employer's EB2 requirements and we filed the application on May 14, 2010 as no qualified US workers were found. The labor certification was approved on July 9, 2010. We are now processing the I-140 and I-485 applications.
PERM Certified for TaeKwonDo
An employer hired us to file for a labor certification for one of their prospective employees from S. Korea. The employer is a community service center, providing physical wellness programs to the neighborhood's young and old, and are in need of a professional instructor. Applicant is S. Korean Tae Kwon Do black-belt teacher. He also has a degree in physical education. In preparing his PERM, we emphasized his theoretical knowledge in physical training and experience in teaching Tae Kwon Do to different age group students. We filed on April 23, 2008. In response to the DOL audit, we specifically pointed out the unavailability of willing physical instructor to accept a position in a church based community service center. The PERM was finally certified on May 14, 2010.
Chemical Engineer Gets I-140 Approved and is Growing
Our Japanese client retained our services with three very clear goals in mind: he wanted to work hard, exercise his education, and make the most influential contributions towards American engineering. Our client earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from a prestigious university in Japan. After earning his degree, our client's ambition carried him to the United States, at which point his skills and leadership attracted a prominent United States engineering firm. The engineering firm, located in California, filed an I-140-Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker-as our client was a member of a profession with an advanced degree and exceptional ability. After our attorneys highlighted the various abilities and achievements of our client, his I-140 was approved and a job at a top engineering firm became his. Now, our client supervises multiple engineers and technicians as he continues making impressive contributions as one of our country's best processing engineers.
Father and Son Prepared for Interview with Case Approval
Our clients are both Indian Nationals who entered the country without inspection in 1995. It was a father and son, the son was a minor at the time but is grandfathered under the 245(i) statute. Our client had a Labor Certification application filed for him on April 1, 2001 which was approved in 2008. Our team was successful in preparing them for their interview which was very successful and would have been approved. We ensured that they had all of the necessary documents and for all intensive purposes the case will be approved when the Visa quota numbers for India are current.
Nigerian Mathematics Professor Able to Get Green Card
We were assigned by the Attorney General's Special Counsel section to work on the green card application for a Nigerian Mathematics professor at a state college in Ohio. The DOL regulations, for the labor certification, allow for special handling for professors that allows for less ads and an 18 month filing window from date of selection buy the school. The school selected the candidate on January 4, 2010 and we filed the labor certification on January 11, 2010. Typically labor certifications take 10 months to be adjudicated, but we received a very quick approval on February 22, 2010. This was great to hear and now the school and alien can jointly file for the I-140 and I-485 in order to get his legal permanent residency.
Korean Alien Gets Green Card Approved
An alien from Korea retained us to work on her labor certification, I-140 and green card applications. The labor certification was approved on April 23, 2009 and the I-140 was filed concurrently with the I-485/765/131 on June 23, 2009. The alien was ending F-I status at the time of filing the I-140 and I-485. Her position was a market research analyst and qualified for the EB2 category. Also her son is turning 21 in November so we made sure that he was a part of the family's green card applications as a dependent. Her I-140 was approved on August 24, 2009 and the green cards were approved on October 13, 2009.
I-140 Approved for Malaysian Alien
An alien from Malaysia hired us to work on his labor certification and permanent residency applications. The labor certification was filed on October 6, 2008 after the employing petitioner did not receive any resumes from applicants based on the recruitment campaign. The labor certification was approved and the I-140 was filed on June 29, 2009. It was approved shortly thereafter on July 20, 2009. The alien is just waiting for their visa # to be current in order to proceed to the next step.
I-140 and I-45 are Ready for Alien
We were retained by a large corporation to file for a labor certification, I-140 and green card for one of their alien workers on H-1B from Canada. We went through the steps of the process and the alien fell into the EB2 category. We filed the application on January 19, 2009 and it was approved by DOL on January 23, 2009. We can now do concurrent I-140 and I-485 application to USCIS and wait for the green card to be adjudicated by USCIS.
Client Gets I-485 Done Very Convenienly
Our attorneys and various staff are fully committed to each and every client, regardless of the pressure and difficulty involved in each case. Our client came to us immediately before the expiration of her H-1B, a non-immigrant visa that allows United States employers to employ foreign guest workers in specialty occupations. It was essential to her that we file an I-140-Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker-in order to obtain an immigrant work visa and later a green card. Our client was an intelligent, hard-working Chief Resident of a leading health institution. With the firm commitment of keeping our client in status, we filed an I-140 under National Interest Waiver in June 2007, and it was approved in Nov. 2007 without any Request for Evidence! Aware of the contributions our client made to the medical field, we moved forward and filed an I-485-Adjustment to Permanent Resident Status-in August 2007. In August 2008, our client's I-485 was approved, emphasizing our belief that a client's commitment becomes our commitment.
Material Science Researcher Finally Gets I-140 in Tough Case
The expression "persistence pays off" accurately reflects our Korean client's arduous case. Our client, whom holds a Ph.D in material science, made outstanding contributions to a field of science that requires the utmost expertise and competence. His contributions included ground-breaking research at a top United States University and constructive contributions towards the United States government. In order to secure our client's status, we filed an I-140: Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, National Interest Waiver. CIS responded by issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE), which we responded to with a detailed brief and extensive documentation. Surprisingly, CIS rejected all documented evidence, and denied the case in July 2008 for failing to meet the requirements. This decision did not affect the resolve and dedication of our committed attorneys and hard-working staff. Our firm moved forward, restructuring another motion requesting CIS to re-evaluate our case and their previous decision. After twenty days, our client's I-140 was finally approved! Our client now has the opportunity to make scientific contributions that will benefit the United States and the world community.
Client and Family Are Given The Certification for Residence After Tough RFE
After originally filing with another law firm, our client retained our services in hope of quickly and successfully obtaining green cards for himself and his wonderful family. Our client, a Chinese national, was a leading researcher in his field. Our office responded to an I-140 Request for Evidence (RFE) with regard to an EB-12 (outstanding research). Soon thereafter, USCIS issued an RFE for our client's pending I-485. Our attorneys and staff welcomed such a challenge and quickly responded to the RFE. Now, our client continues to lead in his specialized filed of research, while his family enjoys a new life in a country with new opportunity.
Scientist can File I-140
We filed a Permanent Labor Certification (PERM) for our client, a scientist from China who worked at two major universities in the United States researching DNA and mouse genetics to be able to make findings on human genetics. The PERM was filed in March 2008 and approved in May 2008. We can now file an I-140 for the alien.
Information Scientist and Family to Receive Green Cards
We helped a Chinese family in all the process to get their green cards. First we helped the mother, an Information Scientist, to get his Labor Certification approved. In May 2007, as soon as the quota was open, we filed I-485 (Petition to adjust status to permanent resident) for the whole family. We received their approvals and our clients received their green cards in May 2008, without any request for additional documents.
Electrical Engineer Almost Through Green Card Process
Our client, an Electrical Engineer with an advanced degree, first came to USA from India in April 2005 under an H-1B, visa valid through December 2009. His wife and child joined him in July of the same year, when their H4 visas (for Immediate Relatives of H-1B holder) were approved. However, he had to change employer, so he hired us to file his papers with a new prospective employer. This new employer was willing to file an Immigrant Petition for him (I-140) later on, as a Sponsor. In November 2006 we filed the H-1B petition for our client and H-4 petitions for his wife and son, all with the new employer as petitioner. We also filed I-539 to extend the non-immigrant visas for them. At the beginning of March 2007, the H-1B and H-4 were approved, valid through 2009. In January 2008 we filed his PERM online (Labor Certification), which was approved in one month. As soon as it was approved we prepared his next case, I-140 which we have recently filed. We trust we will get the approval very soon. It will take some time to have a visa number available for India citizens in his category group, but we will pay attention and file his I-485 (Green Card) as soon as his priority date becomes current.
University Professor Gets Green Cards Issued
We were retained by a math professor who was starting his permanent residency process through his employment with the University. We filed the permanent labor certification via special handling for University professors on July 25, 2007 and it was approved in ten days. On August 14, 2007 we were able to file his and his wife's green card applications together with the I-140 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker). The I-140 was approved on April 4, 2008 and the green cards were issued two weeks after that. Our client wrote to us thankfully and very pleased with our service.
Project Manager gets EPA and PERM Certified
In August 2008 we started the Labor Certification case for a Guatemalan project manager to be employed in a small construction company. The case was difficult because it fell in the category of EB-3 unskilled worker. We gathered all relevant information and filed his Prevailing Wage request and began the process of posting job order and ads. After that, we filed his PERM online on January 18, 2008. Two months later the Department of Labor selected this case for an Audit and required us to present many supporting documents and evidence of having given the opportunity for other (American) candidates to apply for the same job. On March 24, 2008 we filed back all the documentation required in the Audit notification. Two weeks later, his PERM was approved and the ETA Form certified. Upon request of our client, we immediately prepared and sent to him all the documents to file his I-140 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker). We expect to file his I-140 petition very soon.
Italian Interpreter’s Green Card in Reach
In November 2007 we were retained by an Italian interpreter-translator to do her Labor Certification. She was working under an H-1B visa that would expire in 2009 and she had an advanced degree in another language. She wanted to see her chances of working on a permanent basis and her employer was willing to retain her for long because of business necessity. We started her Labor Certification process with the employer in November 2007 requesting prevailing wage for her kind of job, doing the job order and postings, and in February 2008 we filed her PERM online. In the first days of April 2008 her Application for Permanent Employment Certification was approved and her ETA Form 9089 was certified. The very next day we sent her a package with all the forms ready to sign for her I-140 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker) and I-485 (Adjustment of Status to Permanent Resident), since we had been preparing these new cases with our client ahead of time. We will be filing them soon and most probably will get her approvals and her green card in the short term.
Medical Doctor Close to Permanent Residency
We were retained by a medical doctor from Venezuela to work on his Labor Certification Application. We filed his PERM in February 2008. After two weeks we heard that the employer's Human Resources Manager was no longer working for them and had closed the PERM account by mistake. We followed up with the employer and the PERM processing center to have the account reactivated and the application current. Finally, our client's Labor Certification Application was approved in the beginning of April 2008. We are currently working in the I-140 case (Immigrant Petition for an Alien Worker) for our client and we will also file I-485 and I-765 to adjust his status to permanent resident and to get his employment authorization card.
Research Analyst Gets PERM Approved
We started the case for an Indian research analyst in the end of 2007, and in January 2008 we filed his PERM (Labor Certification Application). However, his file was selected for Audit in mid February and the employer was given a month to present all supporting documents and evidence of having given a chance to all prospective candidates for the same job position. We worked thoroughly with the employer and filed the response to the Audit on March 14, 2008. The Labor Certification was finally approved in the first days of April 2008. Currently we are preparing our client's I-140 case (Immigrant Petition for an Alien Worker) which will be filed soon.
Bulgarian Client Gets I-140 and I-48 Approved
One of our clients from Bulgaria hired us in February 2007. He and his wife came to United States on student visas (F-1) back in 1997. Later, they started to work under H-1B visas in the same University they had graduated from. He came to our firm for our help regarding how to obtain a Permanent Residence. The University he is working at agreed to sponsor him on filing for the green card. We filed the Perm (Labor Certification application) on June 27, 2007 and it was certified in a couple weeks. Our office then prepared the I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker and filed it a week after PERM approval. The quota for the client was open in August (2007) to file his and his wife's applications to register Permanent Residence (I-485). Client and his wife were scheduled for fingerprints in a few months. On March 13, 2008 their I-140 and I-485 petitions were approved and they received their Green Cards in the mail shortly after that. They are looking forward for our help when the time comes to get their Citizenship as well.
Syrian Couple Get Green Cards
In 2001, after receiving his Medical Doctor Degree from Damascus University in Syria, our client came to USA on a J-1 visa as a trainee. He completed his residency in internal Medicine at St. John's Episcopal Hospital. In 2002 he hired us to get an approval for his waiver of J-1 visa status so he would not have to go home for two years. The waiver was granted later on. The client started his three year Medical Service at the appointed site in Alaska. In 2004 the employer he was working for agreed to sponsor his I-140 immigrant Petition which was approved in less than three months. In 2005 our firm helped the Doctor to extend the H-1B status with the same employer and after a month he received approval for the extension. In 2005 he completed the three year service which opened the opportunity to apply for the Permanent Residence. Our firm filed his I-485 (Green Card Application) in September of 2005. While his Green Card Application was pending, he married a Syrian lady in his home country in 2006. Since he was still on H-1B status his wife was able to come to the United States with the husband on H-4 visa (H-1B dependant). As soon as she came to USA we filed her Application for the Green Card as derivative. After a month she received the Notice for fingerprinting. Doctor's biometrics were recaptured again in 2007 since the previous ones had expired. As of February 4th, 2008 Immigration issued the Service Memo regarding I-485 (Green Card Applications) stating that if FBI name check was pending for longer than 180 days, and the case is otherwise approvable, Immigration has to proceed with green card issuance. As soon as this Memo was published we wrote a letter to USCIS explaining the situation and requesting to adjudicate the case. Our claim was sustained and after three weeks Immigration approved their I-485 applications and issued the green cards.
Alien Receives Green Card Through Labor Cetrificate
Alien from Malaysia retained us for his labor certification application, I-140 (Immigrant Petition for an Alien Worker) and I-485 (Adjustment to Permanent Resident) for him and his family. We successfully received approval of the labor certification and proceeded with the I-140/ I-485 in July last year as quota was open for EB3 (Employment Based Third Preference: Skilled Workers, Professionals with Baccalaureate degree). We concurrently filed for the work permit, but the alien and his wife were inconvenienced as USCIS did not send the EAD cards. We pushed USCIS and made calls and follow ups and finally the aliens received their cards.
Permanent Residence Status Being Received go Japanese Resuraunt
We were retained by a Japanese Restaurant in South Carolina to help them petition a sushi chef from China. We started the labor certification process with the prevailing wage from the State of S. Carolina, then advertised for the position. No qualified US workers were found and the labor certification was filed on December 10, 2007 via the online PERM system. The case was approved on February 27, 2008, allowing us to file for the I-140 Immigrant Worker Petition, which is currently pending.
Green Cards Issued to Italian Family
We were hired by an Italian client to file for an I-140 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker). We filed for his Labor Certification (PERM) in October 2005 and it was certified in March, 2006. On the same month we filed for his I-140, together with I-539 (visa extension) for his family and I-129 (non immigrant worker) extension for his wife, all with Premium Processing which enabled us to get their approval in twelve days. On the next year we were requested by our client to file for I-485 (Adjustment of Status to Permanent Resident) and I-765 (Employment Authorization Document) for his wife, son and daughter, and to file an I-485 for our client. The I-765 were approved in two months. Later the family wanted to travel to their home country while their case (I-485) was pending, so we filed for I-131 (Travel Document or Advance Parole) for the whole family. The I-131 were approved in a month. Currently the family has passed their fingerprint checks and they are waiting for their interview before they can be issued their Green Cards and stay permanently in USA.
Worker’s Family Given I-485’s
We started working with a client of India on March, 2001. We assisted him with his H1B visa (Petition for Non Immigrant Worker), which we got in less than five months and that allowed him to work until October 2004, also allowing his family to remain in USA with him. Later, on November 2005 we filed for his I-140 (Petition for Immigrant Worker) through previous Labor Certification, and this was approved in October 2006. The next month, November 2006 was very important, since we filed for I-765 (Work Authorization) for her husband and son, and also the I-485 (Adjustment of Status to Permanent Resident) for all the family. The I-765 petitions were approved in less than a month, valid for a year. Later we renewed them for one more year valid until October 2008. On December 2007 the I-485 petitions were approved for client and family members and they all got their welcome notices. They will soon receive their Green Cards on the mail.
Zimbabwean Client and Family Get Green Cards in Time
Here is a good example of how we search for all the options for our clients, and do not let them down despite any obstacles that we can find on our way: Client from Zimbabwe was on H-1B with previous employer back in 2007 and got laid off. His wife was on H-1B also at a different firm. There was less than a week left before a possible H-4 Change of Status deadline when client consulted with us at our New York office. Upon retention we immediately filed the H-4 and it got approved. Client then retained us also for his green card. Previously, he consulted with several lawyers who would not take his case because a relative was a partner in the potential petitioning employer. However, as long as you prove bona fideness of the position, a Labor Certification would still be possible. We took the case and after reviewing all the documents, including discussing his past experience with his previous employer, we filed a Second Preference Labor Certification, requiring an MBA plus 2 years experience in the same position. The Labor Certification was approved despite the issue regarding the relative, mainly because the position was a bona fide position. When the I-140 was about to be filed, the past experience letter we received from the previous employer was 17 days short of the 2-year requirement that was stipulated at the Labor Certification. Apparently previous employer assumed it was two years experience just based on the month and year, but a precise count of the days would leave our client 17 days short. Our office received a Request for Evidence addressing this issue from the CIS. We had to contact all of the previous employers of our client so assess possible responses to the Request for Evidence. After contacting our client's 1998 employer, all they could do was draft a general letter regarding the position, without even mentioning the job description as it was a long time ago. We understood their position especially since they were a Fortune 500 company so upon receiving their general letter, we submitted that to the Immigration Service and argued that the position was still "the same position". We accessed a copy of our client's job description online and with his old archived employment documents, pointed out that the position specified in the Labor Certification and the 1998 position was "the same." Ten days later both the Petition and the Green Card Application were approved and our client and his wife are now both recipients of a ten-year permanent resident card.
Chinese Cook Gets I-140 Approval
We started working a case for a Chinese cook in September 2002 when we filed his I-140 (Petition for an Alien Worker) based on a petition by the employer, a Chinese restaurant. Our client had previously filed a Labor Certification in January 2002 which received a letter forwarding it to the Backlog Processing Center only in January 2005, being approved in April 2005. Therefore in June 2005 we filed a new I-140, an I-485 (Adjustment of Status to Permanent Resident) and I-765 (Employment Authorization Document), based on the approved LC. However, in September 2005 USCIS denied the petition, and we noticed that their decision ignored the fact that our client had an approved LC, so we filed an appeal but estimated they would dismiss it due to their own procedures and criteria. We decided to file another I-140 in October with Premium Processing (PP) based on the approved LC, but they denied the Premium Processing and said it had to be done by regular procedure, (which we consider to be a wrong decision and fought it repeatedly). Later, in March 2007 USCIS denied our appeal, but by that time we already had the second I-140 pending. Later we applied for I-485 (adjustment) and I-765 for client, and an I-824 for his wife and son, so they could join and follow him in USA. Finally his I-765 (Work document) was approved in September 2007 followed by the approval of his I-140 in January 2008. With these approvals we estimate we will soon have the approvals of all petitions for client and his family.
Market Research Analyst Gets I-140 Ready
On December 13, 2007 we filed a PERM (Electronic filed Labor Certification) under the EB3 category (professional skilled worker) for a market research analyst, to the Chicago Processing Center. We received approval in less than a month, on January 10, 2008. Currently we are working with the client to get his papers ready to file the I-140 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker), with which will enable him to get a green card.
Sri-Lankan Client Gets Working on Green Card Certification
Client from Sri-Lanka hired us for a PERM Labor Certification (I-140). He had entered USA as B2 (visitor) in 1996 and filed a labor certification before 01/14/1998. He had an employment authorization valid until 2006. Client and wife, now with three children, had failed to maintain continuous status. We have filed his I-140 together with the Adjustment of Status (I-485) and petition for Work Authorization (I-765). Even if client had personal problems with his checks sent to immigration, once USCIS received correct payment, on 12/03/07, both he and his wife received their work authorization on 12/24/07. Currently their I-140 and Green Card is pending, and we are constantly monitoring their case.
Canadian Gets Quick Residency Permit
A citizen of Canada hired us to do his H-1B and subsequent labor certification for his permanent residency application. As an attorney he falls under the EB2 category. We filed on 12/7/07 and received approval on 1/16/08.
Korean National Gets I-140 Approval
Korean national in the field of management, third preference, we filed I-140 in June 2007 and received the approval in Nov. 2007 without RFE.
Chef Receives PERM
Our office filed PERM on behalf of a Malaysian Chef on September 4, 2007 via the paper based process as the employer was unable to register. We filed to Chicago as required given the work location and received certification on October 5, 2007. We are now in process of doing the I-140 for our client.
PERM Approved for Youth Minister
Our office filed PERM application on behalf of a Church for the position of Youth Minister with foreign language requirement. The case was audited. Our office worked with employer and beneficiary closely to show the business necessity of the foreign language requirement and responded to the audit request. The PERM was certified almost immediately after Labor Department received our response.
I-140 Filed for Lecturer
We filed a labor certification for a lecturer working at Kent State University. We filed under special recruitment as allowed under the DOL's regulations for college professors. We filed on July 25, 2007 and received certification on August 1, 2007. We can now file for the I-140/485 concurrently in August 2007.
Green Cards for Alien Family in Sight
A bakery sponsored I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Relative for an Indian client as baker. This petition was filed under regular processing system and it was approved in just six months. We are currently working on her and her five family members' green card applications to meet the August 17th deadline.
Green Card Certificate Coming for Clinical Doctor
An Indian doctor and his employing clinic retained our firm beginning May 2006, when we started the labor certification process. PERM was certified after four months and I-140 immigrant petition employment was submitted in November. It has just been certified and as quota was open for all categories in July 2007, we have also submitted green card applications for him and his wife pursuant to FR Doc. 02-19249 based on pending immigrant petitions.
Engineer Gets I-140 Passed, Green Card Next
I-140 immigrant petition for an Indian engineer by a major instrument-manufacturing company in the US has just been approved when premium processing was requested after it had been pending for three months. He is currently on three-year H-1B visa which was also obtained by our law firm. We are currently working on his green card application to file before August 17, 2007.
Green Card Being Processed for US Educated Client
Philipino client who obtained her bachelor's degree in accounting from a US university was sponsored for H-1B visa as well as I-140 immigrant petition by a clinic. After the I-140 petition had been pending with Nebraska service center for a few months, it was approved in July 2007. This will facilitate the processing of their green card applications, which we filed for them in June when quota first opened for their EB3 category.
Nurse Going Through Green Card Process
Nurse from Vietnam retained our law firm to represent her in her green card process. We filed schedule A for her on behalf of her hospital and obtained an approval in July 2007. This makes her eligible to file for permanent residency under the July bulletin before August 17, 2007. We are currently finalizing all the paperwork for green card applications to submit to US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Marketing Analyst Expecting Green Cards
I-140 immigrant petition for Indonesian client who changed status from F to H-1B has been approved. Client works as marketing analyst for a major financial group. We have submitted green card applications for him and his wife who holds H-4 status. We expect their green cards to be approved in the near future now that the immigrant petition has been approved.
Financial Analyst Working Towards H-1B Approval
Another I-140 immigrant petition for an Indian financial analyst has been approved, following his approval for 3-year H-1B extension and filing for permanent residency along with his wife. The I-140 approval will bring their application one step closer to getting approved.
Internist Gets I-140 Approval in a Week
Indian internist petitioned by a hospital has recently received his I-140 approval. The petition was originally filed in December 2006 and had been pending for several months. Then the client decided to file for premium processing to obtain an approval within 15 days. We therefore filed for premium processing request with the USCIS office where the petition was pending and we received an approval in one week.
I-140 for Engineer Approved in a Week
Chinese national from Shanghai was sponsored a green card via a position as engineer with an international manufacturer in Ohio. After PERM labor certification was filed and certified, I-140 petition was submitted with Nebraska. However, it was pending for over four months and we did not receive a decision. Therefore, we requested premium processing and were able to secure an approval within a week. His classification is EB second preference category and hopefully we will be able to file his permanent residence application next year.
Chinese Citizen Working for I-140 Approval/Benefits
Chinese citizen holds H-1B status and works as R&D Engineer for an engineering corporation in Maryland. By the time the EB2 RIR was finally certified under the pre-PERM system, the original petitioning company had been sold. Our office diligently worked with the purchasing entity and their corporate attorneys in order to provide documentation of the successor-in-interest entity so that the green card process could continue. We were able to file the immigrant petition (I-140) based on the previous labor certification thereby keeping the original priority date. The I-140 was filed through premium processing and it was adjudicated and approved in less than two weeks. Quota for client’s EB2 category is open so I-485 applications were already in the process of being prepared, and once the I-140 was approved, we could immediately file for the beneficiary and his wife.
Client’s I-140 Approved in a Week
Client from Macedonia entered the United States without inspection in 1997 and his wife and two children later joined them by coming on a tourist visa but overstayed. To rectify his status, he and his family were able to take advantage of the LIFE Act by having a willing employer file a Labor Certification in a household manager position for him in April 2001, which was certified in 2006. While the employer has had many assets throughout the years, he also retired in 2005 and had tax returns in the high negative numbers due to a business venture. Our attorney worked with the employer’s accountant and financial advisor to prepare a detailed summary of the employer’s financial circumstances and filed the I-140 under premium processing. Client was delighted to hear the news that it was approved in just a week. Their green card applications were submitted and are currently under processing.
LC Passed for UK Client
Our office today received a traditional LC certification with a priority date of April 26, 2001 for a UK client. We were contacted by DOL in 2006 to indicate our intention to continue with or abandon the case and we responded to proceed with the case. We were further instructed to begin recruitment period form December 2006. In March 2007 we filed our recruitment report and LC was certified a month later. Our client will be eligible to adjust to permanent resident status immediately as quota for his category and chargeability is current.
Mexican Restaurant Owner Adjusting EB3 Status
A Mexican client and his petitioning restaurant recently received their approved I-140, immigrant petition for alien worker. Their priority date is EB3 2003 and the position is Mexican Specialty Cook. He will be able to adjust status when quota for Mexico opens for EB3.
I-140 Passed for Iranian Project Manager in 3 Weeks
I-140-Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker-for Iranian national and project engineer was approved in three weeks. Him and his wife’s applications for status as permanent residents were filed concurrently pursuant to FR Doc. 02-19249, published in the Federal Registrar Vol.67, No.147 on July 31, 2002 and are currently under processing. They also hold H-1B and H-4 status until 2009.
PERM Certification gained for Restaurant
A Hong Kong Café in Kentucky sponsored an Indonesian client for a position as Specialty Cook in January 2005. Caught in the pre-PERM wave of backlog, it remained pending. It was finally certified after 45-day letter was received and confirmed. However, client left the US. The employer can use it for equally qualified candidates in the future.
Client Able to File for Green Card Rights
Our office received a certified RIR for a Filipino client today. The client, an H-1B holder and an accountant, has his LC case under the traditional system. We then worked with the employer and conducted advertisements in an effort to convert the traditional case to Reduction in Recruitment. In April 2007 it was finally approved. Although it took years for his LC to be certified, the good thing is that priority date for his category is now open, which enables him to file for I-140 immigrant petition and I-485 green card applications concurrently. (Some applicants have to wait for quota to open before they can file their green card application even if their LC is certified and I-140 is approved).
Client Gets Labor Certification
Indian client’s traditional labor certification has been pending for a long period even after we responded to the 45-day confirmation letter. We then proceeded to convert this conventional case to Reduction in Recruitment. In the meanwhile, we communicated with DOLD to make several amendments to the ETA forms. After complying with DOL guidelines and conducting recruitments, Dallas Backlog elimination Center immediately certified the Labor Certificate. Currently we are working on filing the I-140 immigrant petition.
Prompt Response to RFE Gets I-140 Passed
A Chinese restaurant filed RIR labor certification in 2004 for their employee and it was certified in 2006. We promptly filed I-140 and it then became pending until January 2007 when Request for Additional Evidence was issued. In this RFE, USCIS asked for employer’s tax returns and monthly bank statements and gave us a deadline of March. Employer did not have everything the RFE requested. Intimidated that he might get denied, he considered withdrawing the I-140 petition. After closely examining the RFE and the employer’s financial situation, we formed our strategy to proceed by substituting alternative documents and timely responded to the RFE just before the deadline. The employer as well as our law firm was delighted to receive the approval notice two weeks after we submitted our response. As client is EB3 category, we are waiting for quota to become current to file his green card application.
Lithuanian Client Gets Permanent Residency Rights!
Congratulations to our client from Lithuania who finally completed her three-year long journey to US permanent residency. Having accountant LC approved in 2004 and I-140 filed in I-140 (and later approved in 2005), her and husband’s I-485 had been filed and pending since 2004, but priority for her category did not become current until December 2006. We reminded USCIS of the opening of quota and received this couple’s green cards in March 2007.
I-140 Passed for Chinese Restaurant
We represent many ethnic, including Chinese, restaurants all over the country to get labor certification for cook positions. One of the Chinese restaurants in Lorain, Ohio sponsored a Chinese national for RIR in 2004 and I-140 was filed in 2006. It was recently approved and consular processing will be initiated in time by the US consulate in Guangzhou as client is currently residing in Shenzhen, China.
I-140 Attained for US Employer
Our office has just received another I-140 approval notice. As we assist many US employers in obtaining permanent residency for their current and/or potential employees, we congratulate them on approaching their priority date through traditional and RIR labor certification approvals. This employment-based immigration petition was filed for an Israeli national for a position as tailor. His I-485 is yet pending but he is one step closer to getting his green card.
PERM Certified in a Day!
Our law firm has just received another extraordinary expeditious PERM certification-it was submitted on March 20, 2007 and approved the next day. This LC was filed by a major healthcare provider in Cleveland, Ohio for a Chinese citizen as a statistician. The next petition will be submitted in the coming days.
Corporate Client Gets PERM Certificate in a Day
7-day approval of PERM for one of our corporate clients was recently received. We have assisted this corporation in dozens of employees’ immigration matters. This time the position was for analyst and this employee is from India.
Engineer Gets I-140 Passed in One Day! PERM and Green Card Being Filed
Our Indian client who is an engineer was employed by a design and construction corporation on H-1B. Our office filed H-1B on his behalf. The employer later wanted to sponsor him for a green card so we filed PERM and I-140. Amazing! Through premium processing, his I-140 was filed on February 6, 2007, and was approved the very next day, February 7.
PERM Approved in One Day
Our office has just received another amazing next day PERM approval. On January 2nd 2007, we filed PERM for our client from Indonesia with Chicago Processing Center; he is a network engineer working for a data system corporation. On January 4 it was already certified. We are now working on our client’s I-140 application.
Computer Scientist Gets Work I-140
Another client’s RIR labor certification was caught up in the pre-PERM LC backlog. He is from India with a master’s degree in computer science. His employer wanted to petition I-140 for him as software analyst. After responding to the 45-day letter and a lot of patience, it was eventually certified in January 2007. We are currently actively working on our client’s I-140, immigrant petition for alien worker.
Iranian Client Getting Green Card and I-140 Prepared
We were retained by a citizen of Iran to work on her labor certification and green card applications for her permanent stay in the US. We filed for the labor certification online on January 30, 2007 under the EB2 classification and received certification on February 16, 2007. The employer was leary of doing EB2, but was understanding after our discussion with them and the case processing. We are now preparing the I-140 and green card applications as this is the next step as the alien has a visa number available. Attorney Margaret Wong and paralegal Brian Marek worked on this case.
Market Research Analyst from Uzbekistan Gets RIR Certified
Our law firm filed labor certificate application for our client who is a market research analyst. He was born in Uzbekistan but is a citizen of Russia. Although it was unfortunately caught up in the backlog wave, our client decided to wait until it came through instead of filing a new application under PERM. And, his persistence was rewarded when in December, 2006 we received certified RIR and we can now proceed with I-140 and I-485 concurrently.
PERM Finally Being Processed for Indian Client
Our law firm was retained by a corporation to file PERM for their employee from India. This company wanted to sponsor their employee for a green card based on a job offer as financial analyst. When our office had assembled all the necessary information, we filed PERM with Atlanta Processing Center in October 2006. In December it had been approved and certified. Although Indian nationals have to wait a long time for their priority date to open, we have started working on the next step-filing I-140.
Green Card Soon to Be Obtained for Spanish Cook
Our client from Spain retained our law firm as he was offered a position as a specialty cook for a restaurant in Ohio. Therefore, we filed PERM for our client on November 17, 2006. On the 27th of December, it was already certified and we received the certified labor certification in January of 2007. As the first step to get our client a green card has been completed, we have moved on to work on the following step-to file I-140 for him.
I-10 and Permanent Residency Almost Ready for Argentinian Client
Our law firm has just received another long-awaited RIR approval. Back in November, 2004 our firm filed RIR for our client from Argentina. It was unfortunately caught up in the backlog wave and processing had been delayed. On December 21, 2006, our office finally received certified labor certification. As client’s priority date is approaching, we are working on filing I-140 and will soon be able to file for permanent residency.
Computer Scientist Gets Labor Certification in two Days and Is Filing for I-140
Our Chinese client works as a computer software engineer for an instrument company in Solon, Ohio. His employer wanted to sponsor him for a green card and therefore retained our law firm to file labor certificate-PERM for client. After conducting advertisements and getting everything else ready, we electronically filed on December 13, 2006. On the second day, which was on December 15, 2006, Chicago Processing Center certified this labor certificate. We received it just a few days after that and are now all ready to file I-140 for our client.
PERM Approved for Material Scientist in 3 Days!
This client is from India. He studied Chemistry. He is 36 years old. He is a material scientist and works for his sponsor, a company in California. He came to us to help him with PERM, so we filed the PERM on November 27, 2006 and three days later, November 30 they approved the PERM. It only took us just 3 days!! We already filed I-140 visa petition. He now continue down his road to success in the U.S.
Civil Engineer Gets PERM in 7 Days!
Our client, a civil engineer, hired us to assist him with his PERM, it was November 21, 2006 when we filed the PERM, on November 28 The US Department of Labor approved the PERM. This case took us only 7 days!
PERM Certified in Two Days for Economist
This client is from South Korea is an economist who was sent here due to our experience in immigration issues. He works for a company in Cleveland who also is his sponsor. We filed his PERM on November 29, 2006 and on December 01 the PERM was approved. It took just only 2 days to get the PERM for our client!
PERM Certified for Cook in Three Weeks!
Our Portuguese client (26) is a cook. His sponsor is a Brazilian Restaurant in Cleveland where he is the Chef. He asked us to help him with his PERM. Our firm filed the PERM on October 23, 2006 and on November 30 it was approved. It took three weeks!
PERM Approved for Social Worker
On September 28, 2006 a PERM application for our client from Peru was sent to Chicago Processing Center and its priority date was receipted as September 29, 2006. Our client is a social worker and her employer is a social service center in Ohio. In just 12 days the PERM application was approved (10/11/2006) and we received the certification on October 13 in our office.
Industrial Engineer Gets PERM in Two Weeks
On September 27, 2006 our law firm filed another PERM application for our client from China. Client has a master’s degree and works as an industrial engineer. His employer is an Ohio-based associate of a renowned valve manufacturing corporation in China. In exactly two weeks PERM was certified (October 11, 2006) and we received the certification on October 13. We can now start to work on the next step.
Clergyman Gets PERM in One Week
On October 5 2006 we filed PERM application for our client from South Korea . He works as a clergy and was petitioned by a church in Ohio. In just one week (October 12, 2006), a final determination was made on the case and certified PERM was mailed out to our office. Congratulations to our client and his employer-we can now work together to finish the next process.
Client from Jordan Getting I-10 Processed
In April 2006 we filed PERM for our client from Jordan. He is a manager for the food service industry. This case was pending longer than usual so we kept following up with Atlanta Processing Center and in October it was certified and we received the original certified labor cert and have started working on I-140.
Hungarian Clients to Get Green Cards Soon, I-140 Approved
In April 2001 our office filed RIR for our client from Hungary. He first came in 1999 with B-2 but it had expired. But fortunately he was just eligible for 245(i) to adjust status. His potential employer is a restaurant and he would be a specialty cook. We communicated with Dallas Backlog Center multiple times and we finally received an approval in April 2006. In June we filed I-140. As client’s priority date was open, we concurrently filed I-485. On October 25 I-140 was approved and an approval notice was received in our office on October 31. Currently our client and his family’s I-1485 applications are pending but they can expect to receive their green cards in the foreseeable future.
Software Engineer Gets IRI Certification
In March 2005 we filed RIR with Ohio Department of Labor for our client from India and in April it was transferred to the appropriate processing center. The position involved is computer software engineer and the petitioner is based in Washington D.C. In July 2006 we received 45-day letter from Dallas and at once responded to acknowledge our interest in continuing the application. On October 4 it was certified and we received it in our office two weeks later, on October 19. We will from now on work on the I-140 process with our client and his petitioner.
Taiwanese Client Getting I-140 Certified
Back in December 2004 our law firm filed RIR for our client from Taiwan. A private household in Columbus, Ohio petitioned her to be household manager. Having worked for 4 years as household manager for a household in Taipei, Taiwan, our client meets the requirements of the position. Not until July 2006 did we receive the 45-day letter, to which we timely responded. But soon after that, on October 31 we received certified RIR and we can now proceed with the I-140 process. Our client now has multiple-entry tourist visa to the US but hopefully she will be able to stay here permanently once the quota opens.
Financial Consultant Close o Green Card Status
Back in December 2003 our law firm filed RIR for our client from India. His petitioner is a major financial consulting firm for the global transportation and logistics industry and our client is to work as a consultant. In March 2006 we received and responded to center receipt notification letter. On October 9 we received certified RIR in our office. Congratulations to our client-he does not have too long to wait before he can file for green card. We are currently working on the I-140 process.
Lodging Manager Gets Getting I-140 Certified
On September 21, 2006 our law firm filed PERM for our client from India. He was petitioned by the service industry to serve as a lodging manager. This position requires two years of experience in the job offered and our client meets the requirement due to his managing experience in several fields. In less than two weeks we got the approval, which was on October 2. We are currently in the process of preparing I-140 petition for our client.
Expedited Green Card Process Starting for Client
Back in 2003 our office filed RIR for our client from Mainland China. He came here on a valid visa but his visa had long expired. In 2005 we received and responded to the center receipt notification letter and had been waiting since until in August this year (2006) we finally received certified RIR. As our client has an early priority date, he can expect to start his green card process in less than a year. We are currently in the process of petitioning I-140 for him.
Market Research Analyst Gets PERM Certification
In January 2003 we filed RIR for our client who is a national of China. He works as a market research analyst and was sponsored by a business in international housewares and home fashions industry in headquartered in Ohio, USA. After over years’ waiting and patience, we finally received certified PERM from Dallas Backlog Center in October 2006. Although it took a long time for our client to get his approval, his priority date is approaching and he can expect to file for green card in the foreseeable future. We are currently working on the next step which is the I-140 petition.
Accountant/CPA Receives PERM
In March 2004 our office filed RIR for our client from China. She is an accountant and a CPA firm in PA, USA desired to sponsor her for a green card. It was unfortunately caught up in the wave of backlogged LC cases and was transferred to Philadelphia Backlog Center. After that we received and responded to the 45-day letter. On October 18, 2006 we at last received the certified PERM and can proceed with the I-140 step.
PERM Certified for Repair Worker
In June 2006 our office filed PERM with Chicago National Processing Center for our client who is a maintenance and repair worker. In September we were notified that the case had been selected for audit. As we had complied with the rules and procedures and had saved all the relevant document, we timely submitted the required documents and on October 23 we received certified PERM. We will now work on our client’s I-140 case and get an approval.
Software Engineer Gets PERM Certified in 5 Days
On October 13, 2006 our firm filed PERM for our Indian client. He is a computer software engineer and was petitioned by a renowned international toy corporation which operates in USA, UK and Canada. In merely 5 days, on October 19, PERM was already certified and the originals were sent to our firm. In Margaret Wong & Associates, such fast approvals are a common occurrence. Although he might have to wait a while to start I-485 process, we can now work to obtain I-140 approval for our client.
Tough I-140 Approved for Client
Our office received an approval for a difficult immigrant petition (I-140) Request for Evidence concerning a successor-in-interest issue. We successfully argued that the current employer qualifies as a successor-in-interest organization in that the original petitioner, related to current petitioner through a Management Agreement, ceased operations, and all management and employment services once provided by the original petitioning entity returned to the current petitioner. With the I-140 approved, the EB-3 for an Indian national remains in tact and the beneficiary can retain the priority date from RIR labor certification filed in 2003.
Bookkeeper Gets RIR Approved
In March 2005 our office filed RIR for our client from Indonesia. Our client is a bookkeeper sponsored by a rental company in Ohio. In May 2006 we received center receipt notification letter from Dallas Backlog Center and responded in June. On October 10, we received certified RIR labor certificate. We have also filed PERM, which was already approved in February.
Bulgarian Economist Gets PERM Certified in 18 Days
On September 18, 2006 we filed PERM for an economist from Bulgaria. He was working for a gallery in WA. Client had obtained his BS in economics in 2002 from a major university in Ohio. The PERM was certified on October 6, in just 18 days and we received it in our office on October 2. We will from now on work on our client’s I-140 application, the next step in obtaining a green card for our client.
PERM Accepted in 3 Days for Medical Technologist
On September 25, 2006 our law firm filed PERM application for our client from the Philippines. Our client is a medical technologist petitioned by a major healthcare provider in Cleveland, Ohio. In just 3 days, on September 28, PERM was certified and we received the certified PERM in our office on October 2. Our law firm is very proud to announce such expeditious approvals.
Medical Technologist Gest PERM Approved
Another client’s RIR was filed just prior to the initiation of the PERM system in May 2005. This client is medical technologist working for a major healthcare provider in Cleveland, Ohio. Our client has his BS and MS in biochemistry from his home country as well as MS in biology from an accredited university in Ohio. On September 12, 2006 Dallas Backlog Elimination Center sent us their Final Determination (approval) on this case. We have also started the I-140 process for our client.
Medical Technologist Gets I-140 Approved
Our office filed I-140, immigrant petition for alien worker, for a national from Iloilo City , Philippines and it was received by Nebraska Service Center on August 7 2006. On August 21 2006 it was already approved, which took less than two weeks. Client is a medical technologist sponsored by a county hospital in Ohio. Client can now proceed with his green card application.
Informational Technologist Gets I-140
Chinese national in the field of information technology, second preference, we filed I-140 in June 2007 and received the approval in Nov 2007 without RFE.
Project Manager Gets RIR Certified
Our client is from Scotland, UK and is a project manager for an IT consulting firm in Florida. Due to his BS in mechanical engineering from an accredited university from his home country, he meets minimum the requirements for the position. We filed RIR in February 2004 and received 45-day letter in February 2005. In the same month we responded. We recently received the certified/approved RIR LC on October 2, 2006.
RIR Approved for UK Client
In November 2005 our law firm filed PERM with Atlanta Processing Center for a client from United Kingdom . His petitioner was a technology solutions provider based in Florida. In just one month it was already certified and returned to us. Prior to filing PERM, our office also filed RIR in 2003, which was routed to Philadelphia and a 45-day letter was sent out. We timely responded to the 45-day letter and RIR was just approved in October, 2006.
Mechanical Engineer Gets LC Certified
Back in May 2004 our law office filed Reduction in Recruitment for a client from Delhi, India who is a mechanical engineer. His petitioner was a company in the fashion industry in Illinois. Our client obtained his 4-year Bachelor’s degree from his home country. Along with tens of thousands of other labor certificate applications, this case was moved to Dallas Backlog Elimination Center and we received Center Receipt Notification Letter in May 2006. We did not lose any time in filing our selection of confirmation option letter and on September 28 received certified LC.
LC Certified for Engineer in India
Back on March, 2005 right before the new PERM system went into effect, our law firm filed RIR for a client from Mysore, India. Our client has a BS and MS in engineering from his home country and US respectively. His MS was obtained in 2003. Our RIR application was accepted for processing on March 28, 2005 and was unfortunately routed to Dallas Backlog Elimination Center, thus a 45-day letter was issued in July 2006. We duly responded and the case continued to be processed. On September 28 our firm received certified LC for our client.
Chef Gets LC Approved
Back in December 2002 our office filed RIR for an Indian specialty chef from Sirhind, India. In July 2006 we finally received center receipt notification letter and responded as soon as we received the letter. On September 22 we received certified RIR and are currently working on his I-140 application. Although it took about four years to get the LC approved, our client was able to preserve his priority date, which is fairly early.
Industrial Engineer Gets PERM Certified in Less Than a Week
Our client is from Venezuela and is an industrial engineer petitioned by an employer in Ohio State. Our client attended university from 1991 to 1996 and obtained his degree in engineering in 1996. After gathering all the necessary information, we filed PERM for our client on September 14, 2006. In less than a week, on September 20, PERM was already certified and mailed to us. We have initiated the next steps to obtain his green card-I-140 and I-485 applications.
Landscaping Supervisor Gets PERM Approved in Time
On May 15 2006 our law firm filed PERM for a Level II supervisor in the landscaping business, thus preserving a priority date of 05/15/2006 for the later filed I-140. Our client is a 34-year old national of Mexico petitioned by a landscaping company in Ohio. After just one week on May 23, PERM was already certified and the certified PERM was mailed out to our office. On June 26 we had completed all the paperwork for I-140 and filed it on that day. On July 22 we received Request for Evidence (RFE) asking us to submit documents regarding our client’s and his petitioner’s financial situation. We did so on August 24, far before the 12 weeks deadline. An approval notice was received in our office today (September 12 2006) and we shared this good news with our client immediately.
Medical Doctor Gets RIR Certified
Our client is from Patna, India and is a medical doctor who acquired his M.D from his home country. We filed RIR for client with a priority date of July 19, 2004 and it was certified on March 2, 2006. We filed I-140 the second day we received certified RIR and I-140 was approved on September 11, 2006.
RIR Asked for, RIR, I-140, and I485 About to Be Approved
Back in 2001 our law firm was retained by a transportation agency in Cleveland, Ohio to file RIR for a client from Saskatchewan, Canada. Our client obtained his B.S. and M.S. in engineering from two major universities in his home country. RIR was unavoidably routed to Dallas Backlog Center and a 45-day letter was mailed to us. We responded before the 45-day period expired. Until 2005 it was still pending so we filed PERM for our client on November 11, 2005 and it was certified on February 2, 2006. We then filed I-140 for our client based on this approved PERM instead of waiting for RIR to be approved, although RIR was approved (on May 5, 2006) soon after we filed I-140. A Request for Evidence was issued to our office and we timely responded on August 24. I-140 was approved on September 5 and the approval notice was received in our office on September 11. Our client’s I-485 was filed concurrently with the I-140 and should be approved in the immediate future.
RIR Certified for US Student
In April 2004 our law firm filed RIR for our client from Botroun, Lebanon. He first came to the US to pursue academic studies and attended a university in Ohio from 2001 until the time we filed his RIR. On September 8, 2006 the RIR application was certified and mailed out to our office for us to continue with the next step of obtaining a green card for our client. We have already begun this next step.
Programmer Analyst About to Receive Green Card
Our client is from Bursa, Turkey and is a programmer analyst petitioned by a telecom service in Florida, which is also where our client obtained his B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering in the 1990’s. RIR was filed with Philadelphia Processing Center on September 5, 2003 and it was certified on September 6, 2006. During the process, the application was routed to backlog center with numerous other applications and a 45-day letter was issued, to which we responded. Congratulations to our client-the most prolonged part of his green card application process is now completed and he can now move on to the next steps.
I-140 Approved for Palestinian Student
We had a client born in Palestine and later became a citizen of Jordan. He went to high school in Saudi Arabia and came to the US on B-2 in 2001. Our office secured a B-2 extension for him and in January 2002 we filed RIR after being retained by a retail business in Ohio. This business desired to hire him as a shift manager. In July 2002 we received a final determination on the RIR (approved). In December we filed I-140 and in May 2003, I-140 was approved. His I-485 application, which was also filed by our office, is currently pending adjudication with CIS.
Popular Restaurant Gets I-140 Approval
Back on December 14, 2001 our law firm filed LC petition for a very popular ethnic restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. Our client is from Macedonia and the restaurant wanted to hire him as a manager. In July 2002, LC was certified and returned to us to file I-140. In September 2002 we filed I-140 petition. The petitioner, however, later decided to withdraw the application and petition for another candidate. Our office therefore withdrew the application and filed I-140 for their new beneficiary in December 2002. In April 2003 the new I-140 was approved. We also concurrently filed I-485, which is currently pending adjudication with Nebraska Service Center.
Mexican Client Gets RIR Approval
Our client is a 34-year old national of Mexico. Mexicans are known for their hard work and reliability. Therefore, a landscaping and nursery business in Ohio retained our law firm to file RIR for client in order for him to work and live in the United States . The priority date for our client’s RIR was March 29, 2004. In April 2005, the application was unfortunately but unavoidably transferred to Dallas Backlog Center with tens of thousands other applications. We responded to the 45-day letter and waited for an approval, which was issued on August 30, 2006.
Medical Doctor Gets I-140 and is Working Towards Permanent Residency
On March 8, 2006 our law firm filed PERM for a national of Thailand. Born in Bangkok, he obtained his MD from a medical college from there and later studied medicine and cardiology from two universities in the US. PERM was approved on March 28, in just 20 days. I-140 was immediately filed with Texas Service Center and it was also approved in a little over one month. Due to greater availability of immigrant visa numbers for Thailand, instead of having to wait for quota to open, quota for Thailand was open so we filed I-485 for our client and his wife in August 2006. It will not be too long until our client and his wife can work and live permanently in the United States with their son, who was born in the US in 1999.
I-140 Approved for Medical Doctor
We filed I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, for our client from Romania. Client is a MD who obtained his obtained his MD and BA from his home country. I-140 was filed on March 16 2006 and it was approved on May 31, 2006. The process only took a month and a half.
Medical Doctor in I-140 Proceedings
Our law firm was retained by a Japanese client residing in Michigan to file a Reduction in Recruitment (RIR). Client is a medical doctor petitioned with a MS from a prestigious university in Japan and works for a major corporation in Michigan. RIR was filed on 02/02/2004. After we received the 45 day letter, we responded right away and RIR was approved on 07/25/2006. Congratulations! We can now proceed with I-140 application for client.
Chinese Client Gets I-140 Approval
Our office filed I-140 for a client from P.R. China via substitution of an approved Labor Certificate for a different person. I-140 was filed on April 14 2006 and it was approved on August 24 2006. Our client can now proceed with the next step in obtaining his green card.
Engineer Gets I-140 Approved
We filed I-140 for a client from Kunming, China on April 26 2006 after gathering all the necessary documents. On August 23 2006 an approval notice was received in our office. Client is an engineer petitioned by a well-known technology corporation in the US.
Aerospace Engineer Gets I-140 Passed
On May 24 2006 our law firm filed I-140 for a client who was born In Jiangsu, China and later became a citizen of the US. Client is a mechanical engineer petitioned by an aerospace engineering corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio. On August 21 2006 an approval notice was issued to our client whose pending green card application is one step closer to getting approved.
Biostatician Gets Green Card Approval
We filed RIR for a P.R.C national on September 6, 2002. Client obtained his BS in agriculture from China and two MS from a major university in Utah, USA. Client is a biostatistician petitioned by a major healthcare entity in Cleveland, Ohio. On July 10, 2003 we received certified RIR and filed I-140 for client immediately. After responding to one RFE, we received I-140 approval on January 2, 2004. Client’s and husband’s, who is a national of Indonesia, green cards were approved on August 21, 2006. Congratulations! One more family whose dream of becoming a permanent resident of the United States has come true!
I-140 Approved for Clinical Associate
I-140 was filed on April 20, 2006 and was approved on August 21, 2006. Client is a clinical associate for the healthcare industry and is an Indian national. We are proud to apply for client’s green card in the near future.
Eight RIR Approvals!
Congratulations to all our caseworkers and clients! Today (August 16, 2006) our office received eight RIR approvals! Our client comes from Damascus, Syria and is a manager for the retail industry. Our client was petitioned by a retail store in Akron, Ohio. RIR Labor Certificate was filed with Department of Labor on March 11 2005 and response to the 45 day letter was filed on June 27 2006. On August 16 2006 LC was certified and we are now ready to file I-140 for our client.
PERM Approved for UK Client
Client is a national of the United Kingdom and has worked in the engineering industry in his home country. Client came to the US on H-1B. We filed PERM for client on June 9, 2006 and it was certified on June 13, 2006. We then filed I-140 and I-485 for client in July and client by far has received fingerprint notices for him and his family. His I-140 was approved on August 15, 2006. Congratulations to our client and his family; they can now expect their green card in the mail any day.
I-140 Approved for Healthcare Entity
Our law firm was retained by an H-1B visa holder to apply for I-140. I-140 petition was filed on April 20 2006 on behalf of a major healthcare entity in the US and our client. On August 15 2006 an approval notice for I-140 petition was issued and we can now further process our client’s immigration needs.
I-140 GoTten for Bulgarian Client
Client is a national of Bulgaria petitioned by the service industry. Our firm filed PERM for client on November 23, 2005 and received certified PERM on February 9, 2006. We subsequently filed I-140 for client and it was approved on August 11, 2006. Congratulations!
RIR Approved for Chinese Client
We filed RIR for a client from P.R. China on 04/18/2003 (priority date) and it was routed to Philadelphia Backlog Elimination Center. Client works for the food industry. We responded to the 45 day letter on 02/10/2006 and received certified RIR on 08/10/2006. We are currently working together with our client to proceed with his I-140 application. Congratulations!
Financial Analyst Gets PERM Approval
We filed PERM for a client from India who is a financial analyst and was petitioned by a leading banking corporation in the United States . Client had worked as finance executive back in his home country. On April 14 2006 we filed PERM and received approval in 3 weeks. Afterwards I-140 was filed and approved in less than one month, on August 9, 2006.
Physician Gets RIR Approval
Our client is from Bucuresti, Romania and is a physician. He was petitioned by a medical center in Waterloo, IA. RIR was filed on our client’s behalf on March 23 2005 and the 45 day letter was issued on June 13 2006. Our office timely answered and RIR was certified on August 8 2006.
Syrian Physician Receives Green Card
To help this J1 physician from Syria to file his green card as soon as his HPSA service is completed, we proactively prepared all the PERM documents in order save the actual placement and postings due to the lengthy Prevailing Wage Determination under the new centralized system. Upon PWD received, we immediately set the recruitment in motion resulting in the PERM filing not wasting time unnecessary. It was certified in less than 4 months on June 7, 2010. The I-140 petition was filed and very soon the doctor can file his adjustment of status.
LC Approve for Chinese Student Client
We had a client from Tianjin, China petitioned by prominent university in Ohio. Client got his BA from one of the best universities in China and his MBA from a university in Ohio, USA. RIR was filed with Ohio Labor Department on January 3 2005 and a RFE was responded to on July 13 2006. We soon received certified Labor Certificate on August 8, 2006.
Wholesale/Retail Employee Receives RIR
We filed RIR for a client from Nepal on December 30, 2004. Client works for the wholesale and retail industry and was petitioned by a major jewelry corporation in the US. We received the 45 day letter on June 26, 2006 and timely responded. Final determination for RIR (approval) was received on August 8, 2006. We filed I-140 and I-485 for client in the meantime. We also filed I-824 for client so that his son back in Nepal could follow to join them in the United States . Congratulations to this family!
I-140 and PERM Approved for Accountant
We had one client from South Africa who first came to the U.S. on H-1B in May, 2001. he had a degree in accounting and worked as financial director in his home country. E file PERM for client on October 18 2005 and it was certified on March 7, 2006. We then quickly filed I-140 for client on March 21 2006 and it was approved on August 7, 2006. We are currently gathering paperwork for green card application and will file as soon as it is complete. Congratulations!
PERM and I-140 Approved for Lithuanian Manager
We had a client from Lithuania who was petitioned by a private household to be a manager. We filed RIR on November 1, 2004 and received 45 day letter on April 25, 2005. In the meantime we filed PERM on August 8, 2005 and received certified PERM on November 8, 2005. We filed I-140 based on PERM approval on June 27, 2006 and I-140 was approved on August 14, 2006. We will file a new I-140 based on certified RIR thus the green card application. Congratulations!
Supervisor Manager Close to Permanent Residency
Our office filed RIR for a PR. China national on 12/29/2004 and it was transferred to Dallas Backlog Center. After we responded to the 45 day letter on 06/15/2006, we soon received certified RIR on 08/01/2006. Client is a supervisor manager for a foodstuff corporation in the U.S. We are happy to announce the start of our next step to bringing our client closer to his dream of becoming a lawful permanent resident of the United States . Congratulations!
Restaurant AbouT to Receive PERM Approval
On October 6, 2005 we filed PERM for a client from Portugal petitioned by an ethnic restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. PERM was certified on December 16, 2005 and I-140 was ulteriorly filed. I-140 was approved on July 31, 2006.
Food Industry Manager in I-140 Proceedings
Our office filed RIR for a client from Kosice, Slovakia on 12/16/2004. Client is a manager in the food industry who first entered the United States on F-1 in December 2003. Client earned his B.S in Business Administration and MS in accounting from a major university in Cleveland, OH. We responded to the 45 day letter on 06/08/2006 and received certified RIR on 07/28/2006. Congratulations! We can now proceed with I-140 application for client to bring his dream of green card to reality.
Chemical Engineer Gains RIR Approval
Our office filed a Reduction in Recruitment (RIR) for an Indian client on 11/15/2004. Client is a chemical engineer with a BS in chemical engineering and one MS in Business Administration from two well-known universities in OH. Although RIR was routed to Dallas Backlog Center, soon after we responded to the 45 day letter on 07/05/2006 RIR was approved on 07/26/2006. We are all ready for filing I-140 for client to realize his dream of becoming a lawful permanent resident of the U.S.
National Engineer PERM and RIR Approved
A P.R.C. national engineer was petitioned by a design corporation. Client has two Bachelor’s degrees from a top university in P.R. China and obtained his Ph. D from an accredited university in Michigan. The Reduction in Recruitment (RIR) was filed on 01/25/2005 and PERM was filed on 10/26/2005. PERM got approved on 10/28/2005. We responded to 45 day letter for RIR on 07/05/2006 soon after which RIR was approved on 07/25/2006. We then filed I-140 in 12/2005 based on PERM and it was approved on 01/09/2006. We are about to file a new I-140 for client to preserve the old priority date to obtain green card for our client. Congratulations!
Syrian Doctor Receives RIR
Our office filed a Reduction in Recruitment (RIR) for a MD client in Henderson, NV. Client is a Syria national who first entered in US on a J-1 visa. Priority date for RIR is September 27, 2004 and it was routed to Dallas Backlog Center. We then filed PERM in November 2005 and it was approved in February 2006, after which we filed I-140 right away and it was approved in 2 months. RIR was approved on July 25, 2006 and we are about to file for a new I-140 for client to preserve his earlier priority date. Congratulations!
Librarian from Japan to Become a Permanent Resident
Our client is a librarian from Minakuchi, Japan and is petitioned by a library business. We filed PERM for client on July 10 2006 and it was approved on July 19, 2006, in just 9 days. We are proud to finalize client’s dream of becoming a lawful permanent resident of the United States by filing immigration and green card for client in the coming weeks.
PERM Approved for Turkish Chemist
Our client is a MBA and chemist from Eskisehir, Turkey. He first entered the U.S. on a H-1B visa in July, 2005. He came to work in Cleveland, Ohio. Our office filed an H-1B extension and PERM for client on June 27, 2006 and received an approval on July 10, 2006. We subsequently filed I-140 for client on July 17, 2006 and it was approved after one month. We will file the green card application for client shortly. Congratulations!
Korean Medical Doctor Receives PERM
Our law firm filed PERM for a client from South Korea on June 27 2006. Client is medical doctor petitioned by a medical entity in Salem, Oregon. In two weeks on July 12 we received notification that the PERM application was approved. We are currently in the process of filing for immigration petition for our client.
Green Cards in Sight for Alien Worker Family
On April 6 2006 our office filed I-140, immigrant petition for alien worker, for a P.R.C national. Client is a manager with a PhD petitioned by a university in Ohio, USA. On July 12, I-140 was approved without the issuance of an RFE. We then petitioned for green card for our client and his spouse. They were fingerprinted and will receive their green cards in the foreseeable future.
I-140 Secured for Food Industry Worker
We filed I-140, immigrant petition for alien worker on May 5 2006 and a receipt notice was mailed to us in a few days. Client is a worker for the food industry and was sponsored by a major food corporation in the US. Client is from Ukraine. An approval notice was issued on July 11 2006, in less than two months after the petition was filed. We are currently in the process of petitioning for green card.
Chemical Engineer Gets PERM Approved After College
Our Indian client first came to the US on F-1 visa. He obtained his B.T. in chemical engineering from his home country and then went to a university in Illinois to get his M.S in computer science and food engineering. An insurance company in Ohio wanted to employ him as a computer system analyst. PERM priority date was September 26, 2005. PERM was certified on January 3, 2006 after which we filed I-140 in May. In June I-140 was approved. The entire process of PERM and I-140 only took less than 9 months. We are currently awaiting quota for India EB3 to open to file I-485 for our client.
RIR Approved in 3 Days for Manager
On October 26, 2004 our office filed RIR for a P.R. China client with Ohio Department of Labor. Client first came to the U.S. on F-1 visa in 2002. He had a BS in international business management from a major university in China and was petitioned by a health insurance corporation in Ohio. On March 28 2005 we received the 45 day letter and responded right away. On April 10 2006 we received certified RIR and subsequently filed I-140 in June 26 2006, which was approved in just 3 days. Congratulations to our client who can now move on to getting his lawful permanent resident status!
Laboratory Technologist Gets LC
On May 25, 2004 our office filed a Reduction in Recruitment Labor Certificate for a Filipino client who is a medical laboratory technologist. On January 31, 2005 we received the 45 day letter, to which we responded timely. On June 23, 2006 LC was certified and we proceeded with the next step to obtain a green card for our client.
Chef Gets PERM Approved
Our client came as a B-2 in 2000 from Guangdong, China. In possession of much-desired cooking skills, he was sponsored by an ethnic food petitioner in Michigan to initiate the PERM process in 2005. Our law firm was retained to represent our client and his petitioner. PERM was assigned a priority date of August 23, 2005 and was certified after merely two months. The next year we filed I-140 for our client and it was approved in June 2006. Our client is now gathering paperwork to finish the last step required to get permanent residence in the United States.
Physician Starting The PERM Approval Process
In January 2006 our office filed PERM with Chicago Processing Center for a physician who is a citizen of Canada and a native of Turkey. She was petitioned by a major healthcare provider in Ohio. In March 2006 PERM was certified and mailed to our office. Her I-140 was filed in May and approved in June.
Manager Gets I-140 Approval
On May 25 2006 our office filed I-140 for a client based on his approved RIR. I-140 was received in Texas Service Center on May 30 2006. On June 19 2006 we already received an approval notice which enabled our client to Fapply for adjustment of status in the United States. Client is a manager sponsored by a retailer in the US.
Computer Engineer Gets I-140, Green Card Next
I-140 petition was filed for our client who comes from Moldova on March 13 2006 and an approval was issued on May 24 2006. Our client is an engineer for the computer industry petitioned by a wholesale distributor in the United States. We are presently working with our client on getting him a green card so that he could permanently and legally work and live in the United States.
Mechanical Engineer Gets I-140 and PERM Passed
Client has a M.S in mechanical engineer. He came to the US from China and an importer in Ohio admired her abilities so they wanted to petition PERM and I-140 for her. We filed PERM in July 2005 and received from the Chicago National Processing Center the certified PERM in January 2006. In the following month we filed I-140 and it was approved in April. Congratulations to our client and her employer-they have successfully completed the first steps in working together permanently.
Senior Research Technologist Soon to Obtain Permanent Residency
We had a lady from Beijing, China who obtained her Ph. D in physics and chemistry from a top university in China. She first entered the United States in J-1 status with her husband and later transferred her status to H-1B. A major health care provider in Cleveland, Ohio retained our Margaret Wong & Associates to filed PERM and I-140 for her for the position of senior research technologist. PERM priority date was August 4, 2005 and it was certified in December the same year. In January 2006 we filed I-140 for our client and I-140 was approved on April 7. Our client and her husband can now proceed with the next necessary steps to obtain permanent residence to enjoy their life in the United States with their two US citizen children.
PERM and I-10 Certified for Development Engineer
Client is an Indian national who first came to the U.S. on F-1 visa. She works as a development engineer and is petitioned by a lighting corporation in Solon, Ohio. We filed PERM on January 11, 2006 and it was certified on April 13, 2006. We filed I-140 within a week and it was approved on August 21, 2006. We are right now working closely with client to prepare his paperwork for green card application.
Permanent Residency Almost Attained for Indian Client
Our Indian client from Mumbai came to the US on 3-year validity H-1B visa in February 2004. In December our client and his employer decided to pursue the labor certificate process. We therefore filed Reduction in Recruitment with a priority date of December 29, 2004. It was unavoidably routed to the Dallas Backlog Elimination Center. In 2005, our law firm and our client and his petitioner decided to pursue a different labor certificate process, thus we filed PERM and its priority date is August 25, 2005. In two months PERM was certified and I-140 petition was submitted to Nebraska Service Center. On January 19, 2006, I-140 had already been approved and mailed out to our office for us to prepare the next steps for our client to immigrate permanently to the United States. (The RIR was approved on April 11, 2006.)
Client Gains Lawful Permanent Residence
I-140 petition was submitted with US Department of Homeland Security on April 11 2006 after our client’s LC was approved. After just a month and a half an approval notice was issued which allowed our client to adjust his status to a lawful permanent resident. Client works for the food industry and is a national of P.R. China.
Physician Gets I-140 and PERM Passed
Our client is a physician from Manila, The Philippines. He obtained his BS in biology and MD from his home country. A medical center in Nevada admired his talents and retained us to file RIR and I-140 for him so that he could work as a resident for them. RIR priority date was August 3, 2004. Like many other LC applications filed around that time, it was transferred to Dallas Backlog Center. But eventually it was approved on June 14, 2006. We also filed PERM for our client in September 2005, which was certified in January 2006. We filed I-140 based on the approved PERM in March 2006 and it was approved in April, after just one month.
Software Engineer Gets LC
Our law firm filed RIR LC for a client from Yunnan province, PRC on December 8 2004. Client is a software engineer who obtained his PhD from a major university in Oklahoma, USA. It was then routed to Dallas Backlog Center and a 45 day letter was issued. After we timely responded, LC was certified on April 6 2006.
I-140 Approved for Researcher MD
Our client obtained his MD from a medical university in north China in 1985. He had over a dozen publications on a host of medical issues and had won many awards. In 2005 he was invited to visit a state university in the United States. The state university was immediately impressed by his background and his lab techniques and offered him the position of research associate. Our law firm was able to help by filing PERM and I-140 for our client. PERM priority date was November 16, 2006. It was approved on December 13 without any delay. In February 2006 we filed I-140. After two months, I-140 was approved. We are currently waiting for quota to open to file permanent residency for our client so that our client can contribute his expertise to the United States permanently.
Medical Statistician Gets RIR
We filed the Reduction in Recruitment (RIR) in 2005 with a priority date of 01/03/2005 for a statistician who is sponsored by a major medical institution in Cleveland, OH. Client is a national of P.R. China residing in Ohio and has two masters’ degrees from two accredited universities in the Illinois. RIR was routed to Dallas Backlog Center and we responded to the 45 day letter in June 2006. We then received the certified RIR on 07/31/2006. Our office also filed PERM for client on 06/17/2005 and it was certified on 12/02/2005. We filed I-140 based on PERM approval on 02/02/2006 and it was approved on 04/02/2006. We will also file a new I-140 based on RIR for client to preserve the earlier priority date. Congratulations! Client is on his way to becoming a proud lawful permanent resident of the United States!
Manager from South Korea Gets I-140
Our client came from Seoul, South Korea on F-2 with his wife in 2003. We were retained by his petitioner, a retailer in Ohio to filed PERM for him for the position of manager. The priority date for his PERM was August 12, 2005 and it was certified on January 9, 2006. In a month we completed paperwork for I-140 filing so we filed I-140 on February 22. On March 22, I-140 was already approved, enabling our client and his wife to apply for adjustment of status.
Chinese Client Ges RIR Approved
Our client comes from Fujian province, People’s Republic of China and was petitioned by the service industry in Akron, Ohio to work as a foreign specialty cook. RIR was filed with the state labor department with a priority date of 11/03/04. We responded to the continuation option letter as requested afterwards. Soon after RIR was certified on March 22 2006.
Canadian Mechanical Engineer Gets RIR
On July 9 2004 we filed a Reduction in Recruitment (RIR) for a citizen of Canada who works in the filed of mechanical engineering. Although it was routed to the Dallas Backlog Center, it was approved on March 2 2006 after we responded to the 45 day letter on March 8 2005.
Civil Engineer Gets LC Passed
Our client is a civil engineer from Shanghai, China. Client obtained his MS in hydrology geology and engineering geology from a university in south China and his second MS in civil engineering from a university in Ohio, USA. We filed Labor certificate for our client on January 13 2003 and it was transferred to Dallas Backlog Center. After we responded to the 45 day letter, LC was certified on March 2, 2006.
Orthodontist Gets PERM
On January 17, 2006 our law office filed PERM for a client from Colonial Toledo, Guatemala. Client is an orthodontist sponsored by a medical facility in the state of Texas. In a month, on February 22 2006 our office received certified PERM.
Electrical Engineer Gets PERM
Our client is a national of Venezuela and was petitioned by a company in the technology industry to fill the position of electrical engineer. Our law firm was retained to file PERM and I-140. The priority date for PERM was June 8, 2005. On October 21, however, we received a request for additional information. We were asked to submit documents regarding the petitioner’s recruitment efforts. We did so to the processing center’s satisfaction and received certified PERM on November 29, 2005. In January 2006 our office filed I-140 with Nebraska Service Center. On February 15 we already received the approval notice for the I-140 petition.
Syrian Doctor Gets I-140
Our client was born in Syria and later acquired French citizenship. He went to medical school both in Syria and French and later went to a third medical university in Nebraska, USA. He holds license in two states. In December 2003 we filed RIR for client and it was approved in November 2005 after being transferred to Dallas Backlog Center. The next month we filed I-140 with Nebraska Service Center. In February 2006 we received an approval notice for the immigrant petition!
I-140 for Brazilian Restaurant Employee Granted
Our client came from Jardim Bordon, Brazil and was petitioned by a very popular Brazilian specialty restaurant in Ohio. PERM priority date was September 6, 2005 and was certified without any difficulty on October 25, 2005. In January 2006 our client and his petitioner wanted us to file the I-140 petition with Nebraska Service Center. Within just one month, on February 15, 2006 an approval notice was mailed out to our office, which we forwarded to our client and his sponsor immediately.
Italian Cook Soon to Get Green Card
Our client is from Santa Ana, El Salvador who first came to the United States in 1997. While we filed for Temporary Protected Status for our client in 2005, we also filed PERM on behalf of our client. Although our client is not a native of Italy, he can prepare exquisite Italian cuisine. Therefore, a food corporation in Ohio retained us to file PERM for him. The priority date was September 23, 2005. PERM was later certified on January 3, 2006. In a month we had gathered all the necessary paperwork to file I-140 in February. I-140 was approved after just one month. Currently the I-485 application for our client is pending after fingerprinting. He can expect his green card in the foreseeable future.
LC for Chinese PhD Holder
We had a client from Anhui province, China who acquired his BS and MS from one of the most prestigious universities in Shanghai, China and his PhD from a major university in Arizona, USA. Client majors in the management filed and was petitioned by a higher education institution in the United States. Application for Alien Employment Certification was filed on May 14 2004 and a Notice of Findings was issued on September 21 2004. We successfully responded and LC was certified on February 7 2006.
I-140 Approved for Supervisor
Our client first came to Oklahoma, US on E-2 visa from Seoul, South Korea. A major retailer in OK admired her talents and retained our law firm to file PERM and I-140 for her. Her position was supervisor. We filed PERM with Chicago Processing Center and its priority date was September 23, 2005. On November 10, 2005 PERM was certified so we filed I-140 on February 2. In 15 days I-140 was approved. Our client is currently preparing for fling for green card for herself and her husband.
PERM Received for Doctor
On November 1 2005 our office filed PERM for a client from Romania. Our client is a medical doctor sponsored by the medical industry. On January 31 2006, PERM was certified and mailed to our office. We then proceeded with the following step to obtain permanent residency for our client.
Engineer from Venezuela Gets PERM and I140 Approved
In June 2005 our law firm filed PERM for a client from Venezuela who obtained his BS in engineering from his home country. A company in the technology industry in Ohio wanted to hire him as a maintenance engineer. Our law firm filed PERM with Chicago Processing Center in June 2005. In October we received letter stating the application needed additional review. Specifically, we were required to submit documentation regarding the petitioner’s recruitment effort. We complied with the instructions specified in the letter and filed our response. In November PERM was certified. In January 2006 we filed I-140 petition based on this certified PERM and it was approved in just one month.
Software Engineer from Moldova Receives PERM
We filed PERM with Chicago Processing Center for a client from Chisinau, Moldova. Our client is a computer software engineer petitioned by an employer in Harrison, Ohio. PERM was received by the Center on November 3 2005 (priority date) and was certified on January 31 2006.
Indian Client Receives PERM
PERM was filed for our client who is from Bangalore, India and is a clinical associate petitioned by the healthcare industry. Priority date for PERM was June 22 2005. Client first came to the US on H-1B visa. On January 30 2006, certified PERM was mailed to our law firm for further processing of our client’s immigrant benefits.
I-140 Gotten in Less than 3 Weeks for Software Engineer
Our client is a national of China and he first came to the US on F-1 visa in 1998. He later found an employer in the US and transferred his status to H-1B. Our client was petitioned by a software company to be an engineer. Due to the prolonged process of the RIR, we filed PERM with Chicago Processing Center in August 2005 and it was certified in merely two months. In December we filed I-140 with Nebraska Service Center using the PERM priority date. In January 2006 we received Request for Evidence from the Center which asked us to submit evidence regarding our client’s educational qualifications. We did so within the time frame set by the Center. I-140 approval was then received in less than 3 weeks.
I-140 Approved for Alien Worker
We therefore were retained to file PERM for our client with a priority date of 09/01/2005. On October 28, 2005 PERM had been certified and we filed I-140, immigrant petition for alien worker, with the certified PERM on December 29, 2005. Within just one month, on January 27, 2006, I-140 was approved. Congratulations to out client and his employer-they can now finalize the last step to work together to better serve the Ohioans.
Great Brazilian Chef Receives PERM and I-140
A 24-year old Brazilian client came from Guanhaes city to the US on a B-2 in 2001. A Brazilian restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio was impressed by his brilliance in cooking and retained our law firm in 2005 to filed PERM on our client’s behalf. As the new PERM regulations had just taken effect, we filed PERM on August 30, 2005 and received certification on October 25, 2005. On January 24, 2006 I-140 was filed and in less than a month it was already approved.
Ghanaian Physician Gets I-140 Approval
On August 29 2005 our firm filed I-140 petition for a client from Accra, Ghana. Client is a physician sponsored by a healthcare corporation in Cleveland, Ohio. On July 17 2006 we received an approval notice for the I-140 petition which allowed our client to apply for his green card.
I-140 Approved for Statistician
On August 9 2004 our law office was retained by a client from Vinnitza, Ukraine to file RIR. Client works for the poultry processing industry and was petitioned by a produce Client’s I-140 petition was filed on December 6 2005 by our office on behalf of our client who is a statistician and our client’s employer which is a leading healthcare institution in Ohio. Client is from Taipei, Taiwan and received his approval for I-140 on January 12 2006, in just a little over a month. Congratulations to our client who was then able to file for green card.
Household Manager Gets PERM and I-140 Approved
Our South Korean client is from Choog-Chung city, South Korea. She came to the US on B-2 visa and was petitioned by a private household in Ohio to be housekeeping manager. Our client had previous work experience as household manager in her home country. PERM was filed on August 9, 2005 and it was certified on December 5, 2005. On January 11, 2006 I-140 petition was filed by our office and an approval notice was issued in less than three weeks. Congratulations to our client and her petitioner!
Russian Chef Receives PERM
Our client is from Almetyevsk, Russia. He first came to the US on F-1 visa. A restaurant featuring excellent Spanish and Portuguese cuisine in downtown Cleveland would like to employ him as a specialty chef so they retained our law firm to file PERM and I-140 on behalf of the client. The priority date for PERM filed with Chicago Processing Center was August 22, 2005. After two months, PERM was certified and returned to us. At the end of year 2005 our office filed I-140, which was approved by the end of January, 2006.
Greek Client Gets PERM
We filed RIR for a client from Florina, Greece on 01/06/2005 and it was routed to Dallas Backlog Center. We responded to the 45 day letter on 06/05/2006. We then received the approved RIR on 07/28/2006. In the meantime, we also filed PERM for our client on 09/02/2005, which was approved on 01/05/2006. Client works for the food industry and first came to Cincinnati, OH with wife on a B-2 in 2004.
Chinese Engineer Gets PERM Certified
Our client came to the US on F-1 with his wife. After obtaining his B.S in Engineering from a university in north China in 1995, he went to one university in Ohio to pursue his M.S. and was awarded his diploma in 2003. Our client and his wife desired to stay in America and contribute to the society. We filed for H-1B for our client in 2004 and later filed PERM on August 11, 2005. In just two months PERM had been certified and we were able to file I-140 on November 17. In less than two weeks, on November 30, 2005 an approval notice was already sent out to us.
Taiwanese Statistician Gets RIR Approved
On November 17 2003 we filed RIR for a client from Taiwan who is a statistician. Client obtained his MS in statistics from a university in Ohio. It was then transferred to Dallas Backlog Elimination Center and a 45-day letter was subsequently issued to our office. We right away responded to the 45 day letter. On November 10 2005 RIR was approved and a notice was mailed to our firm.
Chinese Cook Receives Lc
Our law firm filed Reduction in Recruitment with a priority date of January 16, 2004 for a client from Fuzhou city, China. Our client has special skills in preparing authentic Chinese cuisine and was petitioned by a very popular Chinese restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was unavoidably routed to Dallas Backlog Cn In March 2005, we received 45-day letter which asked us to respond by May 2, 2005. We responded in a timely manner in April but received a denial notice due to “untimely response”. We immediately contacted the backlog center. On September 15, 2006 our office received the certified Labor Certificate. The Labor Certificate was certified on August 29, 2005.
Financial Analyst Receives I-10 Certification, Soon to Get Green Card
Our client is a 30-year old lady from St. Petersburg, Russia and she is a financial analyst. She obtained her M.S. in chemistry from St. Petersburg University and later obtained her M.B.A in finance from a very famous university in Ohio. She first came as F-1 with her husband and later we applied for H-1B for her. A stock company in Ohio desired to have her on their team so they hired us to filed PERM for her. PERM was assigned the priority date of November 18, 2005. In less than two months, which was January 17, 2006, PERM was certified and forwarded to us by Chicago Processing Center. Very soon we filed I-140 with Nebraska Service Center and it was approved on April 18, 2006, by which time we had already filed I-485 for our client and her husband. They were notified to appear for fingerprint on May 15, 2005 in USCIS Cleveland. They can expect to receive their green cards in the foreseeable future.
RIR Certified for Retail Manager
Our law firm filed Reduction in Recruitment on June 18 2004 for a client from Seoul, S. Korea who is a manager for the retail industry. Client was petitioned by an enterprise in East Cleveland, Ohio and was represented by our attorneys. On March 4 2005 we received a notice notifying us that the application had been forwarded to Dallas Backlog Elimination Center and we were required to respond. We did in a timely manner and RIR was certified after just 30 days.
Photographer and His Family Almost Certified for Green Card Residence
Alien is a P.R. China national. He obtained his BS in horticulture from China and MS in Biology from the Netherlands. Client also achieved his MS in photography from a university in Indiana, USA. A photo center in Indiana petitioned client and we filed RIR for client on May 10, 2000, which was approved on August 28, 2001. We then filed I-140 on October 23, 2001 and received a RFE on January 8, 2002, to which we quickly responded. I-140 was approved on November 25, 2002 and we filed I-485 for client, his wife and son on December 10, 2002. Client and wife got their green card after one fingerprint appointment and son got his green card after two. Congratulations to this family!
Case Accepted After LC Problems
On August 1, 2005 the Dallas Backlog Processing Center closed a Labor Certification we had filed. According to them, we did not respond to the 45-day letter on time. On August 10, 2005 we sent the Backlog Center a copy of the response and a proved it was mailed on time. The case was approved on December 16, 2005.
Firm Proves Office Incorrect and Gets Case Passed
On December 22, 2005 the Dallas Backlog Processing Center closed another Labor Certification we had filed. They gave the same reason of not receiving the 45-day letter response on time. On January 3, 2006 we once again sent a copy of the response and proved it was answered on time. The case was reinstated on January 19, 2006.
Petitions Approved Quickly
Our office filed three petitions for labor certification back in 2002 in Ohio, Michigan and Arkansas. The petitions were routed to a USDOL backlog center, but were then quickly approved in 2003.
Green Card Process Takes less than 10 Months
The client retained our office for getting a green card through the Labor Certification process. This required us to file a Labor Cert., an I-140, and an I-485, each usually taking 2-3 years for USDOL to review. We first filed the Labor Cert. on August 10, 2004, and were pleased to receive an approval notice on November 1, 2004. We then filed an I-140 on December 6, 2004, and quickly received approval on January 5, 2005. Finally, we filed the I-485 on January 7, 2005, and received approval from USDOL on May 25, 2005. The entire process had taken less than 10 months.
Project Engineer Goes Through Very Quick Process
Region 3 approved a RIR labor certification case for a Project Engineer that was filed May 22, 2000 in Philadelphia, PA. Region 3 approved this in June 2000. This Region is adjudicating these cases very quickly - the approval was received in less than one month!
WAITING FOR ASYLUM DOESN’T MEAN NO WORK
1) A Mexican man arrived in the United States in 1998, but after being apprehended in August 2015, he hired us to file for asylum out of fear of returning to the violence in Mexico. He worked as a construction worker, and while awaiting his asylum decision, he applied for a work permit (I-765), which was approved four months after being filed in March. Margaret Wong continues to make strides to earn him residency in the United States!
2) Our firm helped an Egyptian woman become a sponsored immigrant in 2016 by her husband, who is an American citizen, so her I-130 (Petition for an Alien Relative) was approved, allowing her to petition for a Green Card. Prior to her sponsorship, our firm applied for her asylum in 2011 on the grounds of attacks she experienced for being Christian and sexual harassment. Even though her asylum case is still pending, she recently received permission to work in the United States and her I-765 (work authorization) was approved after previous employment denials.
3) EAD renewal for Asylum Applicant Our client began their application for asylum in 2010 without an attorney. When he came to Ms. Wong some problems had already arisen in the way his case had been handled. They were simple mistakes that people who are not expert like Ms. Wong would never have known they were making. Instead of being downhearted Ms. Wong devised a strategy to forge ahead. We filed the client's application for asylum in the correct fashion and proceeded to get him work authorization. Although this initial work authorization request was denied due to our client's earlier errors, our team was able to re-file a few months later and get it approved for a period of a year. While waiting for his asylum hearing we recently were able to renew this work authorization for a further year.
NEAR DEPORTEE TO WORKING AMERICAN
A Russian citizen and native Armenian music teacher became a client for our firm in 2015. Our firm recently applied for permission for her to work in the United States in March 2017, and permission to work was granted four months later. She originally came to the United States in 2001 but overstayed on a B-2 visitor’s visa. She avoided deportation by being granted asylum after describing the relentless and repeated religious persecution she experienced in Armenia. Because she filed in 2003, she exceeded the one-year renewal time-period for her visa and was facing a one-year bar from the United States in addition to the deportation on the overdue visa. However, she was granted an exception to the one-year bar consequences because of health reasons. Ultimately, we won her asylum case, and she avoided deportation as well as the one-year bar from living in the United States for overstaying on her B-2 visa. Her authorization to work in the United States is another example of success in her journey.
PERSISTENCE TO SUCCESS: WE DON’T GIVE UP ON OUR CLIENTS
A Chinese foreign-born entered without inspection (EWI) to the United States in 2006 with permission to stay until 2011. After attempting to appeal his stay, he came to our firm in May of 2014. Our firm filed a MTR (Motion to Reopen) his case with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to extend his stay in the United States, and while waiting for the Second Circuit appeal decision, our firm applied for a working permit (I-765), and he was granted employment authorization. Our firm has since successfully renewed his EAD (Employment Authorization Document) three times.
WORKING AWAY FROM GANG VIOLENCE
A Honduran man became a client of our firm in July 2015, seeking asylum after witnessing the murder of his friend and being separated from his mother and sister. Once we analyzed and reviewed his case, our firm filed his I-589 form for asylum based on his fear of returning to the rampant gang violence which is causing Honduras to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world. While the asylum decision is still pending, our firm filed his I-765 (work authorization) form, asking for permission to work, the same day it was completed. His work authorization was approved a month later after we filed in May, allowing our client to remain in the United States and work until his asylum decision is released.
WORKING WHILE CHARGED
1) A Mexican immigrant man was charged with soliciting CIMT, so our firm conversed with a criminal attorney to see how the accusation would affect his status and immigration. Our firm recommended he try to reduce the case from a petty offense to a misdemeanor. Despite the criminal charge, our firm was successful in earning him a working permit by filing his I-765 (work authorization) form.
2) Because of the violence among drug cartels, gangs, and the government, a Mexican family of three came to the United States in hopes of finding protection. We filed three asylum cases for the family in November of 2016 after the husband became our client in September of 2016. Despite the charges to the husband and wife for illegal entry, our firm continued to file I-765 (work authorization) forms for the husband, wife, and daughter as well as push their asylum cases. All three were approved to work, while the asylum cases remain pending. In addition, we contacted the husband’s brother and the wife’s sister (U.S. citizens) to sponsor the family to become permanent residents.
ROBBED, BUT NOT OF A WORK PERMIT
Six years after a Mexican man was robbed at point-blank, he became our client in December of 2016. We filed for a U-1 visa using an I-918 form (petition for non-immigrant status) because back in 2010 our client, while outside working on his car, was attacked at gun point by two men: one of the men placed a gun on his head and the other pointed the gun to his abdomen. Because the suspects were not found or arrested, our client was classified as a victim of crime and able to provide information to help U.S. authorities apprehend the perpetrators. In other words, our client was victim of criminal activity and is likely to be helpful to the government in the investigation or prosecution of the crime; thus, he potentially merits a non-immigrant status. We also filed for asylum for him and his wife. While the asylum and U-1 visa decisions are pending, we filed I-765 (work authorization) forms for both him and his wife and successfully obtained work authorization for both of them.
A WORKING PROCESS
After previously being denied asylum, we reopened the case for a Chinese man, citing the discriminatory conditions against him as a Christian. We asked our client to gather all evidence of his religiosity, including letters from his pastors and proof of attendance at his church. After analyzing and reviewing his case, our firm decided his chances would be better if we filed an I-130 (petition for alien relative) because his wife is a U.S. citizen. Our firm is pushing for an I-130 approval and immediate decision, but we did earn him a work authorization permit after we filed his I-765 (work authorization) form.
BRAVE TEEN WORKING AFTER LONG JOURNEY TO U.S.
Immigrated as a minor, our client came from El Salvador without parents and walked across the border of Mexico in 2015. He made his journey hoping to escape the gang violence rampant throughout El Salvador. He was released from custody to the care of his grandmother by the U.S. Department of Health after being picked up by border patrol. When his grandmother passed away, he was then placed in the custody of his uncle, for the court ruled it would be unsafe for him to return to his country. He then became our client in September of 2016, and with the help of his uncle and cousin, we filed his asylum case (I-589 form) as well as his work authorization form (I-765). His work authorization was approved, and our firm is completing his asylum proceedings.
WORKING ON HIS HONEYMOON
With no memory of being brought to the United States at the age of one, a Salvadorian man came to us to avoid being sent back to El Salvador. We filed for his asylum (I-589 form) as well as travel documents (I-131 form), so he could go on his honeymoon with his wife who is a United States citizen. After difficulty with the I-131 (application for travel documentation), our firm filed his work authorization form (I-765), and it was approved. Our firm is currently filing his I-130 (petition for alien relative) to earn him permanent residency under the sponsorship of his wife.
SHORT AND SWEET I-765
After experiencing persecution in China, the client came to us in 2016 to file for asylum (I-589 form). We filed his asylum case as well as his I-765 (work authorization) form, so he would have permissioion to work in the United States. His work authorization was granted two months after we filed (April 2017-June 2017), while his asylum case is still pending.
HUSBAND WORKING WHILE WIFE WAITING
Our client was a Colombian woman who came to our firm in September of 2015, but the success story lies in her husband’s granted work permit (I-765 form) which was approved in five months. As for this woman, we filed an I-360 form, indicating she was a special immigrant and qualifies as a religious worker. We are continuing to gather evidence for her I-360 case, but her husband’s work permit is a positive step to earning them work in the United States.
SAVING STATUS TO WORK
Nine years ago, a Mexican man came to our firm in March of 2008. With his wife petitioning as a sponsor, we filed his I-130 (petition for alien relative or spouse) form. Our client had a visa that was close to expiration, and we explained the possible cancellation of his visa because he did not respond to the renewal after one year. To avoid having our client go out of status, we wrote a letter to the NVS (National Visa Center), explaining that our client is a beneficiary here in the United States, as we file for his adjustment of status. Our firm ensured our client remained in status as we applied for work authorization (I-765) and travel documents (I-131). Our client was granted a work permit, and we are working to ensure his status adjustment is complete.
ATTACKED, DETAINED, THEN DETAINED AGAIN – OUR FIRM EARNS CLIENT A JOB OUT OF JAIL
We started working with our client in January of 2016 while he was detained in California. We learned that he began practicing Christianity after a friend introduced him to the religion. He recounted a story of how, at a family gathering at his friend’s house, the police kicked the door open and arrested him. He was tortured and interrogated in China while the police detained him. He explained how they pointed a bright light on his face and hit his head. He decided to go into hiding in Ganzhou in the Jiangxi province of China. There, he heard he travel to the United States through the Mexican border, so he applied for a Mexican visa and flew from China to Mexico. In 2015, he climbed over the wall and into the United States where, after about twenty minutes, he was caught by border patrol. He continued to attend Christian gatherings in detention but stopped because of the language barrier.
After working extensively with our client, we filed for his asylum (I-589 form) because of the religious persecution he experienced in China. Unfortunately, his asylum was denied, but our firm filed for an appeal to the BIA (Board of Immigration Appeals). We also motioned to have our client released on bond which was granted by the judge. While his asylum appeal is still pending, we filed for work authorization (I-765 form) which was approved, allowing our client to safely work in the United States.
RENEWING WORK PERMIT
A Chinese man came to our firm in October 2011. His wife contacted our firm about filing an I-130 (petition for an alien relative or spouse), so we filed the petition with his wife as the sponsor. In addition, we filed for asylum (I -589 form) with the help of his daughter as an interpreter, and we prepared our client for his asylum interviews and procedures. Even though both the I-130 and I-589 are pending and still in progress, our firm continues to ensure our client maintain a legal status as we fight to solidify his residency in the United States. Therefore, we filed for the client’s work authorization documents with an I-765 form, and we have since renewed our client’s forms three times.
USC SON SPONSORS NOW WORKING FATHER
The son of a Chinese immigrant approached our office, interested in adjusting his father’s status. As a United States citizen, the son was able to sponsor his father, so we filed an I-130 (petition for an alien relative) form along with an I-489 (adjustment of status or permanent residency) form. The I-489 was a follow-up form which completed the father’s Green Card package. Because the son is a USC (U.S. citizen), he could sponsor his father and allow his father to apply for permanent residency. The I-130 was for the sponsorship, while the I-489 was for the Green Card. We also filed an I-102 (petition to renew nonimmigrant arrival-departure documents), so our client’s father would remain in status while we filed for his Green Card. In addition, we filed for the father’s work permit (I-765 form). With the help of our firm, our client could finally help his dad legally work in the United States as well as pursue permanent residency.
SINGLE MOTHER IMMIGRATE, MARRY – WORK AUTHORIZED FOR HER AND HER HUSBAND
Our client was a single mother who immigrated from Mexico as EWI (entrance without inspection) with four children. She came to our firm in July 2015, while she was still single; however, she was soon married to another immigrant. We filed asylum cases for both the husband and wife with I-589 forms, but while their asylum decisions were pending, we applied for work authorization documents (I-765). The work permits were approved for both the husband and wife, and we have since renewed their work documentation for a second time as they work to support their family.
SUPPORTING OUR SALVADORIAN CLIENT WITH EAD
With a criminal record, sickly girlfriend, and infant daughter, our client came to our firm in March of 2015. Before coming to our firm, our client immigrated from El Salvador on a TPS (Temporary Protected Status), but he lost his status because of a DUI (Driving Under the Influence charges). Our client expressed concern of his criminal record (multiple DUIs) as well as the custody of his daughter. He explained to us that he had half custody of his daughter with her mother but expressed fears regarding the mother’s mental instability. He feared that the mother would harm his daughter because of her illness. While providing support for him as he balanced a difficult home life, we filed for work authorization (I-765 form) in March 2017, and he received his EAD (employment authorization documents) in July 2017, five months later.
WORK PERMIT AFTER ONE MONTH WITH DUI
A Honduran woman became our client in August of 2016. She tried to enter the United States in 2004 as EWI (entrance without inspection), but she was caught and detained. Because she was with a minor at the time, she was released into the custody of her sister, but they never went back to court. Our client’s husband came to the United States in 1995 then left in 2000. He came back to the United States in 2000, and both times he came to the U.S. were EWIs (entrance without inspection). The husband has two DUIs (driving under the influence convictions) and one failure to appear and obstruction of law enforcement conviction. The couple has two children, and the husband has no papers.
Our firm responded by filing an I-589 (application for asylum) for our client, even though she had a past DUI. We also noticed our client was eligible for a ten-year cancellation. Ten-year cancellation means an immigrant can be granted legal status if they meet certain requirements, one of which is being in the United States for more than ten years. While analyzing the options for our client, we applied for work authorization (I-765 form), and after only one month, our client received an EAD (employment authorization document)! We continue to work with her and her family to push her case forward and attain legal status for both her and her husband.
HUSBAND WORKS WHILE WIFE DEPLOYED
DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals allows deferred removal from the United States for immigrants based on specific circumstances. Our client came to our firm as a DACA member, and we helped ensure his DACA renewal. Then, we discussed application for permanent residency (I-485 form) through the sponsorship of his wife who is a United States citizen (USC). His step-mother agreed to be a joint sponsor, so we filed an I-130 (petition for alien relative). In conjunction with the I-130, we filed the I-485 (application for permanent residency), I-131 (application for travel documents), and I-765 (work authorization). While working his case, our client found out his grandmother passed away. In response, we asked the court for an expedited decision for his I-131 and I-485. Because our client’s wife joined the military around the time we were filing his case, we had to continually reschedule interviews with the court. In addition, we had to file multiple address changes because the wife’s deployment and training lead the couple to keep moving. Even though we had difficulties with the I-485 filing, the court approved our client’s I-765 and issued him employment authorization documentation. We have since successfully renewed his work permit for the second time, and to add to the good news, we are happy to congratulate him and his wife who are expecting a child!
WORKING WITH DACA
A Mexican DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) member came to our firm in January of 2017. We filed his I-765 (work authorization) and I-131 (application for travel documentation) based on his DACA approval. His work permit was granted shortly after we filed, but we are still waiting for the decision for his travel documents. Because our client is planning on travelling, we are waiting to file his I-130 (petition for an alien relative) and I-485 (application for permanent residency or adjustment of status). However, we continue to develop a plan for our client’s future status.
ESCAPING DETENTION TWICE- NOW CLIENT IS LEGALLY WORKING
The first time our client came to the United States from Mexico was in 1993 when he crossed the border, through Texas, as EWI (entrance without inspection). He left the U.S. in 1997 to go back to Mexico for one week, but the following month, when he returned to the United States, he was detained. Eventually, the authorities released him back to Mexico, even though our client used a fake name. Then, our client reentered the United States the same day he was released, through Arizona, as EWI. In 2005, our client made the same trip back to Mexico for two weeks, and just as last time, when he returned through Texas, he was detained. He gave another fake name, showing the valid Green Card (permanent residency document) of the fake name he was giving. He reentered the U.S. the same day he was released as EWI, through Texas. Our client did not leave the U.S. after 2005.
He married a U.S. citizen, who obtained her citizenship through her mother. Our client’s mother-in-law received her citizenship through amnesty in 2008. The couple were married for twenty years, without children or any criminal records. The only other citizen our client knew was his brother. Thus, he came to our firm in September of 2016, asking if he could obtain status. We filed an I-130 (petition for an alien relative) on behalf of our client with his wife as the sponsor, and it was approved four months later. We also filed an I-765 form (work authorization) which was approved two months after we filed it. These two are great successes for our client on his way to obtaining permanent residency status.
DISCRIMINATION BECAUSE DIFFERENT DECENT SAFELY WORKS IN US
A Venezuelan man of Chinese descent came to our firm in September of 2016 after experiencing discrimination in Venezuela based on his race. He attended school in China from 1-5 grade before moving to Venezuela. Our firm researched the discrimination and racial situation in Venezuela and are preparing to file his case for asylum. To file for asylum, our client must complete the I-589 form.
Our client’s girlfriend entered the United States in August 2015 and overstayed on a tourist visa, so our client inquired about his girlfriend filing for asylum with him because she is native Venezuelan of Chinese descent. Because the couple was not married, the girlfriend needed to complete the asylum I-589 form separately. While the couple prepares their asylum forms, we applied for work authorization for our client with the I-765 form in April 2017, and three months later, our client was granted permission to work in the United States.
I-130 CHECK, I-765 DOUBLE CHECK, I-485 TO GO
The daughter of our client requested to petition for her father, who was a Chinese immigrant, using an I-130 (petition for alien relative) form. A child can petition for their parent after they turn 21 and if they are a US citizen or legal permanent resident. Because our client’s daughter was only a student, our client had to find a joint sponsor. Once he did, we filed his I-130 form which was approved. As a follow-up, we submitted an I-485 (application for permanent residency) form for a Green Card. One obstacle we encountered with our client’s case was the fact that he had used a fake passport to enter the United States, so we are currently working to file a I-601 waiver (Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility) to ensure our client’s faulty passport does not affect his path to permanent residency. During the course of our work with this client, we filed for work authorization documentation (I-765 form), and we have successfully renewed his documents for a second time.
ESCAPE GANG THREATS AS A CHILD NOW WORKING IN US AS AN ADULT
Young male child traveled alone to USA from Honduras to flee gang recruitment and death threats to himself and his grandmother. Arrested at the border and separated from family, he faced an uncertain future. MW firm filed asylum to protect this young man and MW firm obtained a closure of the removal proceedings against him. Once the young man became eligible for work, MW firm filed his I-765 form for work authorization documents, and one month after filing, he was granted work in the United States.
MALAYSIAN COUPLE GRANTED WORK
A Malaysian woman became our client in October of 2016. We filed an I-589 (asylum application) form for her. She then requested that her husband, who is also from Malaysia, be added to her asylum case, so we filed the I-589 for both of them. In addition, we filed an I-765 form (work authorization application) for both the husband and wife. In just one month, both were approved to work in the United States while their asylum case pends approval.
DACA WOMAN WORKING ON PERMANENT RESIDENCY
Our client immigrated to the United States when she was only fourteen years old. She came on a cultural exchange from China and never went back. As an adult, in May 2014, she came to our firm seeking status. During this time, she was pursuing a GED (a certificate validating that a person has completed high school and has the necessary skills acquired in high school), so she was eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Her eligibility for DACA was the result of her arrival as a child. We filed for her DACA certification, and it was approved. Then, because she married a United States citizen, her husband became a sponsor for her to become a legal permanent resident, so we filed her I-130 (petition for alien relative or spouse). Her I-130 was also approved, and we continued to file a I-485 (application for permanent residency) which earns her a Green Card. While waiting for her Green Card decision, we renewed her DACA and applied for work authorization documentation (I-765). Her DACA was successfully renewed and she received documents to legally work in the United States as we complete the final step to her permanent residency.
I-765 UNTIL CANCELLED REMOVAL
When our client first arrived at our firm, we analyzed his case and realized he was eligible for ten-year cancellation. If an immigrant stays in the country unlawfully for more than ten years, then it is possible to file for a ten-year cancellation of their removal from the United States. The process for a ten-year cancellation involves first applying for asylum, so we researched the crime in Mexico and filed our client’s I-589 (application) for asylum. However, an immigrant has one year after they arrive to the United States to file for asylum before receiving a penalty. Our client did not file for asylum within a year of arriving, but our firm plans to bypass this penalty by establishing hardship (a reason that forces the immigrant to remain in the country). While the cancellation is still in process as we gather evidence, our firm successfully secured our client work authorization documents (I-765 form) and has since renewed them for a second time.
WORKING SINGLE MOM
A young Honduran woman was married to a United States citizen, but she was then divorced in 2012. While she was married, her husband tried to sponsor her, but they did not follow through with the process. She had two children- one a Honduran citizen and the other a U.S. citizen. She first came to the United States EWI (entrance without inspection) in 2006. Her son also came to the United States EWI and stayed with his mother. Because our client was in the United States for over ten years, we filed for a ten-year cancellation of removal. Meanwhile, we filed for work authorization documents (I-756), and she was granted permission to work after one month of filing.
FRAUD DOESN’T STOP WOMAN FROM WORKING
Our client came to the United States in 2000 on a F-1 student visa, but she never attended the school she indicated, meaning she had a fraud entry. While in the United States, she had two children with her boyfriend, who came to the United States on a B-2 visitor’s visa but overstayed. Her boyfriend tried to file for asylum but was denied. Our firm suggested a ten-year cancellation of removal because the couple lived in the United States for over ten years, but we are still working to file the first step which is the asylum case (I-589). Despite the tough battle ahead, we did file for work authorization for our client (I-765) which was granted.
WORK IN TWO MONTHS
A Venezuela woman of Chinese descent came to our firm in September of 2016. We filed for her asylum (I-589 form), but while it is pending, we filed for her and her husband’s work authorization (I-765 form). Both were approved after only two months, so they are now applying for Social Security!
SINGLE MOTHER WORK FOR SPECIAL ED. SON
After escaping domestic violence from her family and boyfriend in Mexico, our client came to our firm in June of 2011. We filed for asylum (I-589 form) due to the violence she experienced as well as the struggle her son would experience if he returned to Mexico because he requires special education. We filed the asylum case in hopes of earning our client a ten-year cancellation of removal. While we are still gathering evidence for her case, we filed for work authorization documentation twice (I-765 form), and we have successfully approved permits both times, giving our client the ability to work and care for her son while we fight for her protection in the United States.
SAFELY WORKING WITHOUT REMOVAL THREAT
We filed for work authorization documents (I-765) for a Brazilian couple. The husband and wife both received approval notices in two months after we filed in June of 2017. In addition, the husband was under threat of being removed from the country, but with the help of our firm, we filed to have an administrative closure, meaning the removal proceedings are terminated and the immigrant remains in the United States. We successfully closed the removal proceedings, and our client and his wife can safely work in the United States with their son.
QUICK WORK FOR MEXICAN COUPLE
A Mexican couple came to our firm in July of 2016. After analyzing the case and discussing with our clients, we decided to file for asylum. We had concerns in filing because of the husband’s criminal record from the 90’s. However, we filed for asylum, despite the criminal charges, to give the couple relief. While waiting for the asylum decisions, we filed I-765 (application for work authorization documentation) for both the husband and wife, and in just three months, the couple received authorization to work.
CHINESE WOMAN SPONSORED BY HER WIFE GETS WORK
A Chinese woman came to our firm in February of 2017 hoping to file as a sponsor on behalf of her wife. We filed an I-130 (petition for alien relative or spouse) along with an I-485 (application for permanent residency. Once the sponsorship is approved (I-130), the I-485 serves as a follow-up, so the relative or, in this case, spouse will have legal permeant residency often known as a Green Card. In addition to filing the I-130 and I-485, we filed the I-131 (application for travel documentation) and I-765 (application for work authorization). The travel documents would allow our client’s wife to be able to travel while her filings are pending. Finally, the work authorization documents enable our client to work in the United States and earn a living. Since our filing, the court made a RFE (request for evidence) asking for more information about the case, so we sent the requested information with the filing. Fortunately, our client received her work documents three months after we filed, while the court analyzes the extensive evidence and support we sent them.
ONE MONTH APPROVAL for MEXICAN COUPLE
A Mexican couple arrived at our firm in October of 2016. They sought asylum from the violence in Mexico, so we filed for asylum behalf of the husband and wife (I-589 form). Initially, the wife’s asylum was rejected. However, we refiled, and now both the husband and wife are waiting on decisions for asylum hearings. While waiting, we filed I-765s for work authorization documents or EAD (employment authorization document) cards. Our clients received their EAD cards one month after we filed; we are currently waiting on the asylum decisions.