McBean Immigration Law

After 17 Years of Waiting, Jamaican Family of Four Adjust Status in the United States

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We are delighted to share that our clients, a Jamaican family of four, successfully adjusted their status to become permanent residents of the United States, despite National Visa Center (NVC) delays and an unexpected Request for Evidence (RFE).

The journey began in 2006 when our client’s U.S. citizen father filed an I-130 family petition under the F3 category for adult married children of U.S. citizens.

The petition included the daughter, her husband and their two daughters.

The family remained in Jamaica for many years until a visa became available for them in the F3 category.

Unfortunately, they faced major delays with their case at the National Visa Center.

In July 2022, the family visited the United States on their visitor’s visa.

Faced with NVC delays and growing uncertainties, they sought assistance from our firm in November 2022, hoping to find a solution to expedite their green card application process.

Upon careful examination, the legal team discovered that none of the applicants had accrued unlawful presence.

They maintained a valid status during their stay in the U.S.

Additionally, there were no instances of unlawful employment.

Recognizing the urgency to avoid further NVC delays, the decision was made to pursue an Adjustment of Status (I-485) process rather than waiting for the consular visa processing at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica.

With the clock ticking, the legal team worked diligently to submit four Adjustment of Status applications before the family’s authorized stay in the U.S. expired at the end of January 2023.

USCIS received all four cases on January 26, 2023.

The timely filing was crucial to ensure a seamless transition to permanent residency.

Despite meticulous preparation, a setback occurred in June 2023 when an unexpected RFE was issued.

The RFE requested I-864 Affidavit of Support documents that had already been submitted with the initial filing.

Recognizing this USCIS error, the legal team promptly responded to the RFE by providing the necessary clarification and documentation.

Despite the challenges and setbacks, the family’s perseverance paid off.

In the last week of October 2023, four green cards were issued, marking the successful end to their U.S. immigration journey!

Interestingly, our clients received their social security cards, work permits and green cards during the same week!

Our clients’ determination, coupled with the expertise of the legal team, shows the potential for positive outcomes even in the face of unexpected challenges.  

If you or someone you know needs help with an immigration case, click here to request a consultation 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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