24 Nov 2021 Humanitarian Revalidation
Green Card Approved Despite Petitioner’s Death
Ismael (left) was petitioned by his father back in 1996. He patiently waited for his petition to be current. However, when their mother passed away in 2009, their father’s health started to deteriorate, too. Tatay Samuel died in 2014, and his petition for his son Ismael “died” with him.
Ester (3rd from left) promised their parents that she would do whatever it takes to get their eldest brother, Ismael, to join the rest of the siblings and their families in the U.S. That was their parents’ dream and Ester intended to honor that.
She went through two lawyers who filed for humanitarian reinstatement, but got denied. She filed the humanitarian reinstatement on her own, but that was also denied. She even asked the help of a congressman, but the most it got them was a status update.
As a last resort, Ester went to consult with leading U.S. Immigration Attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel (right). Ester fulfilled her promise to her parents and was able to bring Ismael and his wife, Glen (2nd from left), to the U.S