Just because a person fraudulently obtains their green card does not mean they cannot ultimately become a U.S. citizen. It is not easy, but with the help of the right attorney, the dream of U.S. citizenship may still come true.
On March 16, 2010, a Los Angeles Immigration Judge granted a fraud waiver to Immigrant Lester Lacuin which will allow Lester to keep his greencard and now qualify for naturalization (U.S. Citizenship). This joyful event occurred only several months after the Department of Homeland Security began the process of attempting to deport Mr. Lacuin by issuing him a “Notice To Appear” in Immigration Court.
Lester’s immigration story began nearly 20 years ago in the Philippines. It was then that he asked his United States citizen father to file a petition for him so he could realize his dream of coming to the United States. Lester tried to wait patiently for an available visa number, but he eventually grew frustrated with the long delay and got married. This marriage may seem insignificant, but it added several more years before he would be permitted to enter the U.S. However, Lester had already waited so many years for the opportunity to live the “American Dream.” So, when a visa became available under the single status category, he decided not to reveal that he was now married during the interview at the U.S. Embassy. Mr. Lacuin received his Immigrant Visa as a result of not revealing that he was married.
After consultation with Reeves & Associates (R&A), Lester retained the firm so he could obtain a waiver and become a naturalized U.S. citizen. This kind of waiver for a prior misrepresentation is available for immigrants who already have their green card. This waiver will excuse the original misrepresentation and allows the immigrant to move on with their life, naturalize and petition for family members. Mr. Lacuin was eligible to apply for a waiver because his qualifying relatives, mother and son who are U.S. citizens. However, in order for Lester to be granted a waiver, it was also necessary for him to demonstrate that he deserved a favorable exercise of court’s discretion.
R&A attorneys prepared Lester and his witnesses extensively for trial before the Immigration Court as well as preparing a well-documented waiver package (one’s life story). R&A’s Attorney Devin Connolly presented Lester’s case in court, highlighting Lester’s life story including community and church involvement, family ties in the U.S., and the various ways that he cares for his elderly mother which resulted in the court granting a waiver for Lester. Lester later commented that Atty. Connolly of Reeves & Associates did an incredibly good job in representing him. Immigration Attorney Robert Reeves said “I am proud of our team and the extraordinary results we get for our clients, and Lester is a real asset to United States of America.”
R&A is pleased to announce that the Immigration Judge granted Lester’s waiver request on March 16, 2010. Consequently, after 11 years of living in the shadows of life because of his misrepresentation, Lester can now become a U.S. Citizen with all the rights and privileges of a U.S. Citizen.