McBean Immigration Law

Denied Green Card Application Reopened After I-290B Approved for Client from Cameroon

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We had the privilege of assisting a client whose I-485 case was denied, only to have it reopened through diligent efforts.

Our client received a most-dreaded I-485 denial notice on July 28, 2023.

It was a disheartening moment, but our client did not lose hope.

He scheduled an emergency consultation with our legal team on August 7, 2023.

We learned that he filed the I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) on his own and received a Request for Evidence (RFE).

USCIS was not convinced that his I-864 Affidavit of Support was done properly.

In his eagerness to resolve the matter quickly, our client attempted to respond to the RFE independently.

Unfortunately, he made mistakes in his response, resulting in the I-485 denial.

Recognizing the gravity of the situation, our firm stepped in to assist him.

Our legal team collaborated closely with the client to submit an I-290B Motion to Reopen his I-485 case.

The client’s unique circumstances made this a complex and urgent undertaking.

One crucial aspect that worked in our client’s favor was his approved asylum case.

With this approval, our legal team determined that our client was legally working, and his income as the intending immigrant was sufficient for their household size.

Additionally, the petitioner had recently secured a new job with adequate income, further strengthening their case.

From the get-go, they met the I-864 Affidavit of Support requirements and if things were done right from the start, the denial could have been avoided!

Our legal experts included a new I-864 form, which reflected the petitioner’s enhanced income and the client’s existing income.

Our I-290B Motion to Reopen case demonstrated our client’s financial stability to meet the necessary requirements.

We provided concrete proof of the asylee status, our client’s proof of income as well as pay stubs showing the petitioner’s income.

We submitted the motion to reopen on August 25, 2023.

On September 20, 2023, our client’s I-485 case was successfully reopened for USCIS to issue a new decision!

This story highlights the importance of persistence and seeking the legal expertise necessary to get the job done right.

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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