Entry to the U.S. under an assumed name will bar you for life from obtaining a green card. However, with the right lawyer, you may just be able to obtain a waiver of that lifetime bar.
Maria C first came to the United States in 1992, unmarried, pregnant, and searching for a better life. Client’s real name is changed to protect her right of privacy. After nearly eleven years of working and raising her child as a single mother, she met her U.S. citizen husband, John. They fell in love and were wed in 2005.
John immediately filed a visa petition for her, but Maria’s past came back to haunt her; she had used an assumed name to enter the United States. This meant that she needed a fraud waiver, for the misrepresentation she made to enter the United States.
A waiver was filed for the fraudulent entry based on extreme hardship to her U.S. citizen husband if she were deported. She and her husband went to their interview and fought for her green card. However, USCIS denied her application. She was then placed into deportation proceedings.
Not satisfied with her attorney, she sought the counsel of Reeves & Associates Immigration Law Firm (R&A). Maria and John retained R&A to obtain a waiver in Immigration Court, in order to qualify for a green card. A final hearing was set for late 2011. However, before this next hearing, Maria and John separated. Maria was devastated, and her dreams of obtaining Lawful Permanent Residence were dashed, along with her marriage. Only a few weeks before her final hearing before an Immigration Judge, she told Attorney Erin Lee of Reeves & Associates of her trepidation of the coming hearing. Attorney Lee assured her that the firm would do everything humanly possible to win her case, and it was possible even without her husband.
Attorney Lee represented Maria at the deportation final hearing before an Immigration Judge. Attorney Lee drafted and presented a thoroughly researched brief and argued that the Petitioner’s presence in Court was not required under the law. At the trial, Attorney Lee presented clear and convincing evidence to support a grant of a waiver for the fraudulent entry. This compelling evidence establishing hardship was presented through witnesses and the client’s testimony. Attorney Lee systematically presented evidence supporting the reasons why Maria qualified for a fraud waiver. The Immigration Judge agreed.
Maria’s mother, father, daughter, and her aunts and uncles rejoiced when the Immigration Judge granted her a green card and officially welcomed her to the United States. With tears of joy, Maria hugged Attorney Lee and said, “Thank you for making my dream come true! I have been waiting 20 years for this moment, and I owe it all to Reeves & Associates!”