Mr. M came to the U.S. from India in 1995, and his wife, also from India, arrived in 1997. Both came here as visitors and never left. In 2013, after living here for almost 18 years (Mr. M) and 16 years (Mrs. M), they applied for asylum. Their applications were referred to an Immigration Judge who ultimately placed them in removal proceedings. They feared deportation; and besides, they had made a life here for themselves and their family—this was their home.
Fortunately for the couple, the length of time they had been here and established a life was in their favor. Our staff—attorneys Margaret W. Wong and William Low, and paralegal John Pang—equipped with these facts and their expertise in immigration law, filed the necessary documents to have the couple’s removal proceedings terminated. Additionally, they filed an I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) for each of them.
Couple avoids deportation
In late 2016, USCIS informed Mr. and Mrs. M that their removal proceedings were being terminated so they could focus on their I-485 applications. This news gave them hope, although they were cautioned by their attorneys that there still were a few more steps involved before this might happen.
Client receives Green Cards
The couple was notified in late 2017 that they would be interviewed in January 2018 as part of the process of filing for permanent residence. Our staff worked diligently with Mr. and Mrs. M to prepare them for the many questions they would be asked during their interviews as well as other things of which they should be aware. Our clients did great in their interviews and, in March of 2018, each received notice that their I-485s were approved, welcoming them to permanent resident status in the United States. They were elated (as were we). They no longer had to fear deportation and could instead live here freely and legally.