A young man from Costa Rica entered the United States at the age of eight on a B-2 Visitor Visa. His visitor visa expired and he fell out of status but he remained in the United States his whole life, went to high school and graduated, and fell in love. He knew that, with a lawful admission into the United States, he could obtain a green card after marrying his U.S. citizen girlfriend, but he did not want to rush the relationship to expand his immigration options. We helped him to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) so that he could remain in the U.S. without fear of deportation, and obtain an employment authorization document. His DACA and accompanying EAD were approved, and he was able to obtain a driver’s license and social security card and live without fear of removal from the United States.
Now time to apply for a Green Card
A year or so later, he and his girlfriend decided it was time to take the next step in their relationship and get married. We helped his new wife petition for him by filing I-130 Petition for Alien Relative with USCIS. We concurrently filed his I-485 Application to Adjust Status, along with all necessary supporting documents. We helped the couple prepare and feel comfortable for the interview for the marriage-based green card. Before long, the Costa Rican native received his Welcome Notice from the USCIS National Benefits Center, notifying him of his approval for permanent residence, and setting him up to begin his new, rooted life in the United States with his family.
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