McBean Immigration Law

Son’s Old Visa Application Was Reinstated!

This story gets to the very heart of immigration—family unity.

Our husband-and-wife clients are from Guyana.

They desperately needed permanent residency to stay in the US and care for the husband’s Petitioner mom.

She suffers from dementia.

Our client’s mother filed for him in 2005.

He faced a lengthy wait time for his immigrant visa because he was in the F3 category: married son of a US citizen.

Ten years after his mom filed the case, his Priority Date became current.

By this point, he was living and working in another Caribbean country with his wife.

The National Visa Center (NVC) sent a letter to his mom in New York and to his former address in Guyana.

Unfortunately, his mom’s health deteriorated, and she was unable to keep track of her mail.

After missing all of the NVC notices, the visa application was terminated, and the case was closed.

Clients met with us in 2019 after discovering one of the NVC notices.

They wanted to know whether it was possible to reinstate the visa applications at the NVC.

They were traveling to the US several times a year to take care of the husband’s mom.

However, each time they had to leave her, it broke their hearts because her condition worsened over time.

We prepared a visa application reinstatement request to the NVC.

Three months later, the NVC informed us that our request was approved!

After obtaining this approval, we then completed all of the consular processing steps for our clients.

Unfortunately, after everything was submitted to the NVC, they encountered further setbacks with their case.

On March 3, 2020, the NVC informed us that the case was finally scheduled for an embassy interview in April 2020.

We all know what happened next: the COVID-19 pandemic.

Consequently, their visa interview was cancelled.

To make matters worse, President Trump issued a proclamation that banned immigrant visas to individuals in a family preference category!

Even after the presidential proclamation was lifted, the COVID-19 pandemic slowed things down significantly at US embassies around the world.

In March 2021, we finally obtained a second interview date from the embassy!

We then prepare our clients for their interview.

In May 2021, they were interviewed at the embassy and approved!

This was a 16-year journey for our clients, but with the help of our smart immigration lawyers, they obtained the victory!

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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