Real Life Stories

Child Status Protection Act

A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE THAT INCLUDED RETROGRESSION OF PRIORITY DATES, AGING OUT, AND HIS FATHER SUCCUMBING TO CANCER JUST BEFORE VISA ISSUANCE! In July 2007, Raffy’s mother adjusted status in the U.S., hoping to immediately bring her husband and son, Raffy (left) to the U.S. from the Philippines. However, her priority date retrogressed (moved backwards), and the wait stretched for years ...
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Caregiver Green Cards

CAREGIVERS OVERCOME FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY, AFTER SIX ICE AGENTS KNOCK ON THEIR DOOR After they were offered jobs as caregivers, Danilo (left) and Millet (center) took a big gamble when they decided to stay in the U.S. to pursue their American dream. It was not easy, especially after their hard-earned money was lost to a lawyer who hardly did anything ...
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Adoption

ABANDONED BY HER BIRTH PARENTS, NIKKA WAS ALMOST LEFT BEHIND WHEN USCIS CHALLENGED HER ADOPTIVE PARENT’S ELIGIBILITY TO PETITION HER Lilia (right) and her husband Peter filed a petition to adopt Nikka (left) when the child was 12 years old. The adoption decree was issued six (6) days before Nikka turned 16 years old, and the certificate of finality came ...
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Adjustment of Status for a Green Card

HER “AMERICAN DREAM” SHATTERED WHEN HER CASE WAS DENIED AND HER TWO PRIOR ATTORNEYS TOLD HER THE ONLY SOLUTION WAS TO JUST “HIDE.” Mariel (left) was devastated when her adjustment of status was denied after USCIS concluded she was out of status. Distraught and lost, especially after her first two lawyers’ only advice was to “hide,” Mariel decided to consult ...
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Special Child

A SPECIAL CASE ABOUT A “SPECIAL CHILD” When Norma immigrated to the U.S., she had to leave behind her autistic son, Michael because he aged out. The separation broke her heart. Norma (center) and husband Joy (left) went to three other attorneys, who were unable to deliver results. They finally decided to retain leading U.S. immigration attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel, ...
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Fraud Waiver

FRAUD WAIVER DENIAL TURNED AROUND TO APPROVAL WITH NO FRAUD WAIVER REQUIRED Wilma entered the U.S. on a C-1 “transit” visa, on her way to work in Guantanamo, Cuba.  She remained in the U.S., married a U.S. citizen, and filed for adjustment of status.  A “consultant” gave her hope and said he would take care of Wilma’s papers.  Unfortunately, the ...
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Drug Use

HE APPLIED FOR AN IMMIGRANT VISA TWICE, AND HE WAS DENIED BOTH TIMES Joseph (center) was initially petitioned as a minor child of a green card holder, but his visa was refused at the interview because he admitted to drug use. When he aged out, his petition was reclassified to F-2B. At his second interview, he was denied for the ...
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Drug Use Denial

LIFETIME BAN WAS LIFTED AND VISA WAS ISSUED, DESPITE ADMITTING TO DRUG USE!!!  Rey (left) had been separated from his family for more than 14 years. When his petition finally became current, he went for his medical exam, and admitted to the doctors at St Luke’s that he tried some drugs out of curiosity when he was still in High ...
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Marriage Interview Denial

BEAUTY QUEEN'S MARRIAGE CASE DENIED BECAUSE OF "FRAUD" Karen (center) married US citizen Paul (left) in 2007. It was a match made in heaven, until their beautiful life was put under “extreme hardship” when Karen's adjustment of status was denied, after she was found guilty of immigration fraud. They submitted a fraud waiver, prepared by their first attorney which was ...
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