McBean Immigration Law

A 34-Year Immigration Limbo Ends with a Green Card

Filipino couple

We are delighted to share the incredible success story of our client from the Philippines who, after 34 long years in immigration limbo, has finally achieved his dream of becoming a green card holder.  

Our client’s story began in June 1989 when he arrived in the United States as a nonimmigrant temporary worker.  

Like many others, he met unforeseen challenges along the way.

Our client overstayed his authorized stay, which led to complications that threatened his immigration status.

In 2000, our client’s ex-wife filed a petition on his behalf, only to later withdraw it.

This unfortunate turn of events resulted in the issuance of a Notice to Appear (NTA), bringing our client into removal proceedings and the looming possibility of deportation.

The Immigration Judge denied his Cancellation of Removal application.

In January 2001, he was granted voluntary departure.

The Board of Immigration Appeals later denied his appeal.

Things took a positive turn when our client’s U.S. Citizen son filed an I-130 petition on his behalf, which was successfully approved.

This provided a glimmer of hope in an otherwise challenging situation, setting the stage for a remarkable recovery.  

The key to this success story was the dedication of our legal team.

After requesting his records and a thorough case assessment, we determined that our client was a suitable candidate for prosecutorial discretion.

We filed a Joint Motion to Reopen and Terminate proceedings.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) granted our request and agreed to terminate our client’s removal proceedings in January 2021!

We shared this victory with you in our story After 32 Years, Client With Removal Order Can Get Green Card (Prosecutorial Discretion).  

After years of uncertainty and after our motion to reopen and terminate was granted, we prepared our client’s Adjustment of Status application.

In January 2023, the I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status was filed.  

The moment we had all been waiting for finally arrived.

Our client’s I-485 was approved in September 2023, making him an official green card holder after a long 34-year journey!

We hope this story inspires and encourages those who share the same experiences.

This is a reminder that with the right legal support, positive outcomes are possible.

If you or someone you know need help with an immigration case, click here to request a meeting with an attorney.  

P.S. Every case is different. Past successes do not guarantee similar future outcomes. Consult a licensed immigration lawyer to discuss your unique situation.

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McBean Law, PLLC is a New York, Westchester-based immigration law firm that represents clients in the United States and across the globe.

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