Student from Syria by way of France, Progresses to H-1B to Green Card to US Citizenship, And Secures Green Card for Mother

| Apr 14, 2022 | Firm News, Success Stories

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At the end of 2017, Nabil became a United States citizen which was a particularly joyous occasion for him because this was his goal since he came here from France in 2010 on an F-1 visa as a college student.

After graduation, Nabil secured a position as a chemist for an excellent firm that helped him secure an H-1B visa, an employer-based green card, and, finally, a permanent green card. From there it was only a matter of time until Nabil acquired citizenship, which the Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC. Wong team in Minneapolis was most happy about because we had worked with him throughout the entire process from the H-1B forward.

Accordingly, less than a year later, Nabil booked an appointment with our Minneapolis team to see about securing legal permanent residency for his mother, Iman, who was here visiting her son on a B-2 visa. Like her son, Iman had been born in Syria but had moved to France with her family years before to escape the instability of their homeland. Also, like Nabil, Iman was very well-educated and well-versed in the sciences.

In September of 2018, we filed a package for Iman that included an I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative), an I-485 (Application for Legal Permanent Residency), and an I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization Document) which was important because Iman had worked as a nurse in her homeland, in France, as well as  quite a few European cities and wanted to start her own consulting firm after she passed the boards and became certified so that she could practice in the United States.

Just as it had been in Nabil’s case, the biggest challenge that our team encountered was obtaining an Arabic version of Iman’s original birth certificate from the Syrian government, but this was finally accomplished just before Iman’s USCIS interview in November of 2020 which went quite well save the additional requirement that Iman had to obtain a police clearance from every city that she had lived in for the past five years and her practice had taken her to several locales.

Fortunately, however, family members in Europe and the Middle East were ready and willing to help so we managed to submit the required documentation by the end of December, so Iman’s legal permanent residency was approved by the end of January of 2021.

When we congratulated her and Nabil, Iman said that she was quite happy but was never less than content when she lived and traveled in Europe. Iman went on to make clear that there was no real need, like survival, for her to re-settle in the United States but she chose to do so because she simply wanted something better and, indeed, she found it.