I-130 for Devoted Family Man

Coming to America

Our client came to the United States from Mexico in 2002 to avoid the rising crime in his homeland. His father was once kidnapped by gangs and his mother was forced to close her food store due to rising extortion demands from gangs. While he was here, he met a woman, also from Mexico, and they had a son together. However, he was apprehended by immigration authorities and eventually granted an order of voluntary departure, which he complied with. However, even this could not separate him from his family. Determined to be with them and continue to seek his American Dream, he quickly returned to the United States. Still devoted to his family, he officially married his wife soon after his return, even though he was once again in removal proceedings.

A Difficult Case

Recently, his wife became a Naturalized U.S. Citizen; she came to Margaret W. Wong & Associates to help her file an I-130 Petition for Alien Relative for her husband. We recognized that it would be a difficult case for two reasons: that he had reentered after being granted voluntary departure, and that he had married while in removal proceedings. We knew we would need strong evidence of the real loving relationship of the couple to overcome the presumption of fraud marriage.


Undaunted, we helped the couple prepare their application. Soon, it was time for the interview, which can be a stressful process for couples. We made sure that they were ready and had many supporting documents. One of our Attorneys accompanied them to the interview and made sure everything went smoothly. We succeeded in demonstrating to the officer that theirs was not a fraudulent marriage. Because of the diligence and perseverance of Margaret W. Wong & Associates, their I-130 Petition was approved.

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