Permanent Resident Status After Entry Under Assumed Name

immigration lawyerEntering the United States under an assumed name will bar a person from ever getting their green card. Unless they can get a waiver of their prior fraud! Obtaining a waiver from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is not easy. But as one happy client of Reeves Immigration Law Group recently found out, it is indeed still possible.

Lourdes* was desperate to come to the United States. She was not married, did not have children, and her parents and siblings were all in America. It was just Lourdes who had been left behind in the Philippines. Her desperation only grew over the years as her parents’ health worsened and they started to need Lourdes’ caregiving services. So what did Lourdes do? She did not what so many others have done over the years – obtained a tourist visa under an assumed name so she could live in the United States.

Lourdes knew her actions were wrong, but she decided that “desperate times called for desperate measures.” After arriving in the U.S., her U.S. citizen father immediately filed a petition for Lourdes so that she could be granted permanent resident status (green card). Lourdes (and her family) waited for years for her priority date to become current. And when the priority date became current and the long wait was finally over, Lourdes then heard through friends that she was barred from ever getting her green card because she had entered the U.S. under an assumed name.

Lourdes refused to give up though. She consulted Reeves Immigration Law Group about her case. After a series of conversations with Attorney Devin Connolly, a senior partner of the firm, Lourdes was finally ready to legalize her status in America. Based on Attorney Connolly’s review of her case, Lourdes understood that she was indeed eligible to apply for her green card. However, because of her entry to the U.S. under an assumed name, she would require a waiver of inadmissibility.

Attorney Connolly and Lourdes began working on proving that Lourdes’ mother and father would suffer an extreme hardship if Lourdes’ application was denied and she was forced to return to the Philippines. They prepared declarations from Lourdes and other family members, obtained medical records and doctors’ letters, got proof of Lourdes’ good moral character, etc. It was a long and difficult process, but Lourdes worked hard to acquire the necessary documents. She was definitely discouraged at times and wanted to give up because of the work involved, but Attorney Connolly constantly reminded her that although waivers can be difficult, they can definitely be granted if properly prepared.

Lourdes’ case became even more challenging when her father passed away just weeks before her adjustment of status interview. Lourdes was in a panic, wondering if she was still eligible for her green card based off her father’s petition since he was now deceased. Attorney Connolly reassured Lourdes that she remained eligible despite her father’s tragic passing.

Reeves Immigration Law Group is pleased to announce that Lourdes was granted her waiver and she is now a proud lawful permanent resident of the U.S. It was a long, tough road for Lourdes, filled with fears of deportation. But with her green card in hand, Lourdes is now looking forward to someday soon becoming a U.S. citizen.

*Please note that we have referred to our client as “Lourdes” throughout this article to protect her privacy.