It took many years and multiple attorneys, but after retaining RMZD, the Immigration Court finally reopened her case, followed shortly thereafter by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service finally issuing her a green card.
On August 26, 2011 the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) granted lawful permanent residency to “Ms. Doe.” Out of respect for our client’s privacy we are using a fictitious name. Ms. Doe’s green card was issued to her more than 20 years after she entered the U.S. and began her attempts to obtain lawful status.
Ms. Doe’s pursuit of the “American Dream” and lawful immigration status in the U.S. began when she departed her native India for the U.S. in the early 1990s. After entering the U.S. she filed an application for asylum based on her fear of returning to India. Her application was denied and the Immigration and Naturalization Service began the process of deporting her back to India.
Ms. Doe hired an attorney to help her remain in the U.S. Unfortunately for Ms. Doe, her attorney withdrew her application for asylum at her deportation hearing. Her attorney also told the Immigration Judge that Ms. Doe was willing to voluntarily return to India.
Ms. Doe was overwhelmed and confused with the entire process. She knew she wanted to remain in the U.S. but she did not know if that was possible. She was ordered deported, but she did not leave. Over the next 16 years Ms. Doe sought the advice of several different immigration attorneys. However, all of her attempts to legalize her immigration status were unsuccessful.
Ms. Doe finally consulted Reeves & Associates (R&A) in 2010. She was represented by one of the partners of Reeves and Associates, Attorney Devin Connolly. He spent many hours reviewing and analyzing Ms. Doe’s case. This included reviewing all the unsuccessful efforts of Ms. Doe’s five prior attorneys.
Attorney Connolly informed Ms. Doe that she may be eligible for a green card on the basis of her marriage to a U.S. citizen. However, Attorney Connolly informed her that permanent residency status could only be granted if her old deportation case was reopened by the Immigration Court. Attorney Connolly knew that reopening her case represented a significant challenge because of the unsuccessful actions of her prior attorneys who had tried to reopen her case.
Attorney Connolly prepared a comprehensive motion for the Department of Homeland Security to join R&A in filing a joint motion to reopen. In the motion Attorney Connolly presented sympathetic evidence in favor of reopening Ms. Doe’s case. He developed evidence supporting the extreme emotional and financial hardship that Ms. Doe’s husband would suffer if Ms. Doe was not granted permanent resident status in the U.S. The motion also included evidence of Ms. Doe’s impeccable good moral character.
R&A is now pleased to announce that the Department of Homeland Security agreed to the joint motion to reopen. Attorney Connolly subsequently represented Ms. Doe and her husband at their green card hearing. Ms. Doe’s application was approved and she received her green card in September 2011.
Ms. Doe’s lawful permanent resident status was granted after a two decade-long struggle to obtain lawful immigration status in the U.S. Ms. Doe was very grateful to R&A and Attorney Connolly. Ms. Doe said R&A’s attorneys are “America’s best,” especially Attorney Connolly.