The U.S. Embassy granted a waiver to a very thankful RMZD client after we were able to successfully demonstrate that the denial of her case would result in “extreme hardship” to her U.S. citizen husband.
On April 8, 2011 the U.S. Embassy in Hong Kong issued an immigrant visa to a very appreciative client of Reeves & Associates (R&A). We will refer to this client as Ms. Lee out of respect for her privacy. Ms. Lee’s immigrant visa was issued in spite of being told she had a lifetime bar from returning to the U.S., the country where her husband was awaiting her return.
Ms. Lee’s pursuit of the “American Dream” of lawful immigration status in the U.S. began in 1997 when she departed her native China and entered the U.S. After residing in the U.S. for several years, she fell in love with and married a U.S. citizen. Ms. Lee was happy with her life in the U.S., and she dreamed of a joyous future with her husband and their children.
Because Ms. Lee did not have lawful immigration status in the U.S., she decided to return to her native China in 2009 so that she could process her application for an immigrant visa. She departed with the goal of lawfully returning to her husband, family and friends in the U.S. within a few weeks. Unfortunately, her case was delayed for several months due to government bureaucracy and backlogs.
After several months of separation from her family she became depressed and desperate for a solution to be reunited with her husband and family in United States. She consulted with her former attorney who advised her to pursue a K-1 fiancee visa. Subsequently a K-1 petition was filed misrepresenting her marital status as single.
As a result, the U.S. Embassy subsequently denied both Ms. Lee’s marriage and K-1 visa applications because of her misrepresentation. The denial stated that she was permanently barred from returning to the U.S.
Now faced with the possibility that she has a lifetime bar from returning to the U.S., Ms. Lee retained Reeves & Associates to represent her. Attorney Devin Connolly, a Partner of R&A, represented Mr. and Ms. Lee for a waiver at the Embassy in Hong Kong. Attorney Connolly developed the facts and presented substantial evidence supporting the extreme emotional and financial hardships that Mr. Lee and his mother would suffer if Ms. Lee was not permitted to return to the U.S.
R&A is pleased to announce that Ms. Lee’s request for a waiver was granted allowing her to be reunited with her husband in the U.S. Mr. and Ms. Lee were overjoyed with the news, even celebrating with the R&A staff that helped make Ms. Lee’s return possible. Mr. Lee said that the day his wife was admitted to the U.S. was “one of the happiest days of his life.” He also said: “I will recommend R&A to anybody who is looking for a good immigration lawyer; I am very lucky to have hired you to represent me and my wife against all odds.”