This is another in a continuing series of posts I will be writing to describe some of the Alcorn Immigration Law team’s client success stories.* To maintain confidentiality, the name of the client has been changed, and details may have been omitted or slightly altered.
Doug and Martina met while working out at the gym. Doug worked there as a fitness instructor. Originally from Chile, Martina had recently come to the Silicon Valley to work as an au pair.
They dated. They fell in love. They stayed together for nearly two years when Martina’s au-pair program ended. Although the family she worked for wanted her to stay on as their nanny, she could no longer extend her J-1 visa. Doug didn’t want her to leave. He wanted to spend the rest of his life with Martina.
Determining a Path
He proposed. She accepted. They married. They became a family—a one-income family. To save money, they filed for a green card through marriage for Martina on their own.
Unfortunately, everything that could go wrong, did go wrong with Martina’s green card petition. Every time they sent a form or document to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), it was rejected, lost, inputted into the system incorrectly, or listed under the wrong name. Doug and Martina filed some documents three times. Eligible to work, Martina petitioned for a work permit (Employment Authorization Document). Six months passed without a word from USCIS about Martina’s green card petition or work permit.
That’s when Doug and Martina contacted the Alcorn Immigration Law team for a consultation. They hired us to take over the case, and we straightened everything out.
The Alcorn Method
In some cases, making a strong case for a green card through marriage can be tricky. Moreover, the process can drag on for years. If USCIS officers suspect a couple marries just to get a green card for a spouse, they may put these cases on hold or investigate. Each spouse may be called in separately to be interviewed and tested. The smallest discrepancies may derail a green card.
So, the Alcorn Immigration Law team moved quickly to make sure USCIS had all the correct documentation and set up an interview.
In their petition, Doug and Martina had made several novice mistakes and failed to submit a compelling argument about their good-faith marriage. We gave them an honest assessment of their petition, the type of questions they would likely face during an interview based on their petition, and the list of the original documents they would need to assemble. We let them know what to expect so they would feel confident during the interview.
An Alcorn Immigration Law attorney accompanied Doug and Martina to their USCIS interview and provided additional material to the interviewing officer. With an attorney at their side, Doug and Martina allayed the suspicions of the interviewing officer. Moreover, Doug and Martina felt more comfortable.
Within a few days, Marina received notice that USCIS approved her green card. Now, Martina works as a nanny for the same family who employed her as an au pair.
We’re honored that Doug and Martina trusted us to guide them through the marriage green card process and thrilled for them that they can now be together and confident in their future.
The Alcorn Immigration Law team supports immigration for innovation by assisting highly-motivated investors, founders, talent, and families obtain visas, green cards, and citizenship. Contact us if we can help you, an employee or a loved one. We can help whether an individual is inside or outside of the U.S.
* Our success in a case does not predict nor guarantee the outcome in your legal matter. The result portrayed above was dependent on the facts of that case. Results will differ if based on different facts.