McBean Immigration Law

Client Gets Green Card After Waiting Over 10 Years On Husband’s Case Which Got Denied

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This is another remarkable story about our Client who refused to allow a closed door stop her from getting a green card.

The case started many years ago when her U.S. citizen mother-in-law filed the I-130 petition for our Client’s husband.

Our Client was living in Jamaica and patiently waited more than 10 years for the Priority Date to become current in the F3 preference category.

In 2019, the family appeared for an interview at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston and received some devastating news.

Their attorney never explained to them that her husband’s serious criminal record would jeopardize the family’s petition.

Unfortunately, our Client’s husband was deported in the 1990s for a drug-related aggravated felony.  

No waiver is available to allow him to obtain a green card.

Nonetheless, their lawyer filed a waiver in 2020, and it was denied.

Because our Client’s husband was the principal applicant on the visa application, our Client and the rest of the family were also refused the immigrant visa.

Despite this major setback, Client met with us in June 2021 to see what her options were for lawful status.

She had a 19-year-old U.S. citizen son at the time.

We advised her that her son would become eligible to file for her once he turned 21.

When her son turned 21, our Client was already in the U.S. after traveling here on her visitor’s visa.

We prepared her Adjustment of Status case and filed it in October 2022.

In August 2023, she received an interview notice.

We met with her to explain what she should expect during her interview.

The interview went well, and she was approved the next day!

Our Client’s case shows that it’s important to fully understand U.S. immigration laws before embarking on a family petition process.  

We’re honored to have helped her cross the finish line after a long and difficult journey.

If you or someone you know need expert 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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