Real Life Stories

Same-Sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage suspected of fraud is saved by “Attorney-of-Last-Hope” on CITIZEN PINOY For Randa (left) and Phey (center), it was love at first sight when they met. They were in previous marriages that ended in divorce. U.S. citizen Randa petitioned Phey, but they were suspected of fraud. It did not help that Randa’s first marriage was also suspected of being ...
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Drug Use

Admitting to drug use resulted in lifetime ban from entering the U.S.! Junior (left) was looking forward to joining his wife, Marissa (center), in the U.S. Marissa filed the petition and all the necessary paperwork was in order, including an interview at the U.S. Embassy. However, they received the news that Junior was banned from entering the U.S. for life ...
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Fraud and Alien/Human Smuggling

After 15 years of separation, and charges of fraud, a man’s name is cleared, and a family is reunited! Mike (left) was charged with fraud and alien/human smuggling while trying to return to the U.S., where his wife, Aye (center), and their daughter, were living.  It appeared he had lost his first passport containing a US visitor visa. He got ...
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F2B Petition, RFE Not Received So Denied

Petition approved almost 15 years after denial. Marvin was petitioned by his father as a single adult child of an immigrant in 2001. However, his father moved and did not notify the USCIS of the new address. When the USCIS served a request for evidence, the family never got the notice, and did not reply. The petition was therefore denied ...
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Humanitarian Revalidation

Three Divine Signs Guided Family to Humanitarian Revalidation Approval. Nanay Beatriz petitioned her sons Romeo (left) and Mario (not in photo) in 1994. On her deathbed, she made her daughter promise to hire Atty.  Gurfinkel to process her sons’ case with humanitarian revalidation. But the daughter was looking for divine signs to guide her, and received them from an episode ...
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Family Petitioning Family For Employment-Based Green Card

Many people believe the only way to bring a family member to the U.S. is through a family petition.  Auntie Eva started as a caregiver when she first set foot on American soil. Through the years, she was able to put up her own six- bed facility, but desperately needed help. Eva’s niece, Russell, just finished her nursing courses back ...
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Provisional Waiver

A CREWMAN WHO JUMPED SHIP WENT HOME TO THE PHILIPPINES ON AN APPROVED PROVISIONAL WAIVER, BUT WAS CHARGED WITH FRAUD FOR OVERSTAYING, AND COULD NO LONGER RETURN TO THE U.S. Jimmy entered the U.S. in 1999 and jumped ship. When the provisional waiver regulations came out (which also included crewmen), Jimmy applied for it immediately in his desire to “do ...
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Crime and Deportation

A JOURNEY THAT FELT LIKE GOING “TO HELL AND BACK” REACHES A HAPPY CONCLUSION Roselyn (center) married her U.S. citizen husband and acquired her green card. Unfortunately, their love did not last forever, and Roselyn left her abusive husband. Unknowingly, she became involved in felony forgery – a crime that made her subject to deportation. When she applied for citizenship, ...
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Violence Against Women Act

ABUSED AND ACCUSED WOMAN GETS THE ULTIMATE REDEMPTION Imagine being broken on the inside by your husband’s constant verbal abuse and then getting a signed confession from him saying that yours was never a real marriage.  That’s the hellish nightmare that Evelyn (center) suffered from her former husband.  That same confession jeopardized the petition by her current spouse, Glenn (left), ...
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