EWI Man from Mexico Married with Child, Faced Deportation; Wife Files I-130 Petition, I-601A Waiver and Affidavit of Support Before He Could Hope for a Green Card

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Martin came to the United States from Mexico in 2002 as an EWI (Entry Without Inspection) and settled in the northern part of Georgia taking any job that he could to support himself.

In 2005, he met and fell in love with Karen, a free-lance writer,  and they were married in the latter part of 2006.

A few years later, they were blessed by the birth of their daughter, Amy, although she was born was a defective heart and issues with her kidneys; all of which was eventually resolved but, to be sure, her health still needed monitoring.

All this time, the couple did nothing about to adjust Martin’s status until September of 2017 when, prompted by the hardline policies of the Trump administration towards the undocumented, they sought help from Margaret W. Wong’s Atlanta team.

Karen was especially worried about the fate of her and Amy, if Martin were be deported to Mexico because, in addition to Amy’s health problems, Karen, herself, had a well-documented audio disability which prevented her from learning another language so she would be lost in a non-English speaking country.

Plus, Karen didn’t want to be separated from her relatives who provided both financial and emotional support to her, Martin, and to Amy.

Therefore, the Margaret W. Wong team got to work and filed an I-130 (Petition for Relative) that was ultimately approved in July of 2018.

Our next step was, most importantly, to prepare an I-601A (Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver) on Martin’s behalf and to do this carefully took quite a while because we had to establish that both Karen and Amy would suffer a great deal if Martin were to be separated from them and/or if they were to accompany him back to his homeland.

Along these lines, we had to put together a package consisting of extensive medical and psychological documentation which was finally ready for filing in September of 2019.

Of course, all of us worried a great deal about the package being approved by USCIS so when it at long last was, in February of 2021, it was a cause for great jubilation.

Even though we had cleared an intrepid hurdle, the job of the Margaret W. Wong team was not yet complete because we still had such tasks before us as the submission of a DS-260 (Immigrant Visa Electronic Application); obtaining a police certificate from the Mexican authorities establishing that Martin was not a criminal; and garnering certified copies of dispositions regarding two vehicular infractions that Martin was involved with here in the United States.

Then, there was the matter of the I-864 (Affidavit of Support) for which Karen wanted to be the sole sponsor because she had earned a significant amount of money in 2020 because she had been able to get a lot of writing done during the Covid-19 pandemic since she was confined to her home.

Nevertheless, since previous years were not as abundant, we still believed that it would be good if a co-sponsor made himself/herself available, so we were glad when Karen’s brother, Sam, agreed to step in.

At last, in May of 2021, all the necessary substantiation was submitted and sanctioned. Now all that was needed was for Martin to be given a date for an interview at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico. After the interview, he would probably return to the United States to await the issuance of his promised green card.

Even though the case had not officially concluded, Martin, Karen and Amy feel very good about the prospective outcome as does the Margaret W. Wong team.

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