The Happiest Time of the Year – Success Stories

Holiday Success Story #1:

Imagine not being able to live in the same country as the people you love. Discrimination againast the LGBTQ community in Miss Honor’s home country meant she couldn’t live in peace with her American girlfriend. After months of what felt like endless paperwork, she called Margaret W. Wong & Associates for help. We did our work, relating her personal story of hardship and discrimination back home, and Miss Honor was presented with a Green Card just in time for Christmas.  She and her girlfriend have now begun their next chapter together.

Holiday Success Story #2:

Our office was contacted in April 2015 to provide a Green Card evaluation for a religious leader of a newly established Buddhist group. After we talked to him, we were very impressed and fascinated with his personal and religious background, his education and career.  But we were very puzzled by how he had worked in the United States. He just worked, everywhere, upon request and invitation. The organization was loosely structured, with no 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, although it was a religious organization. Their leader, our client, was like a travelling celebrity, working at many Buddhist centers in the U.S. and foreign countries, each a separate business entity.

We really believed that this religious leader could get a movie deal faster than a Green Card! To help with his Green Card application, we spent a lot of time studying their religious activities, figuring out his employment history, and exactly how he was compensated. We also helped the group with their 501(c)(3) filing. We filed the case in May 2015 and submitted more evidence in September 2015. In February 2016, the I-360 – Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant (religious worker in this case) was approved. We also had two other religious workers’ I-360s approved for the same group. In June 2017, we filed the I-485 for this client and helped him clarify a historical issue regarding his birth place. Near the winter holidays that year, with our preparation, he successfully passed the I-485 interview (to confirm his birth place) by USCIS and his I-485 was approved at the same day of the interview.

Holiday Success Story #3:

Mrs. Joaquin was on the brink of deportation. She’d lost her Green Card as a result of suffering from dementia, leaving her with no proof of her status in the US. An application to replace her Green Card was denied. Thankfully, Mrs. Joaquin’s social worker found an expired Green Card which we presented at court. Our experienced attorneys were able to re-establish her eligibility for benefits and has since settled at a new nursing home.