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September 2016 Archives

Challenge US Citizenship And Immigration Services Findings Prior To Removal Proceedings

In 2007, a native of the Philippines sought to adjust his status by having his U.S. Citizen wife file an I-130 immigrant visa petition. In correlation to her filing, he also submitted an I-485 application to adjust his status to lawful permanent resident. Part of this process consists of being interviewed by immigration authorities to show that your marriage is bona fide. In 2009, during her interview, his wife admitted that he had promised to pay her to marry him for immigration purposes. She subsequently withdrew her I-130 immigrant visa petition and his I-485 application to adjust status were denied. He was also notified that any future petitions on his behalf could not be approved based on his deception for the purpose of evading immigration laws.

Asylum Case Raises Questions Regarding Credible Testimony

A woman seeking asylum from the Dominican Republic has fought to have her whole story heard and has just won. Ana Veronica Jimenez Ferreira made the daunting journey to the United States in order to escape her abusive common-law husband. She was immediately detained by border patrol once she crossed into Texas and would later offer enough proof at a "credible fear" interview to show that a full hearing would be necessary to make a decision.

Texas Lawsuit Brings Justice for Citizen Children

Undocumented parents of U.S citizen children have had an uphill battle for over a year when it came to obtaining their child's birth certificate in the state of Texas. County officials had amended requirements for immigrants seeking a child's birth certificate to include that along with their foreign passport, they also needed a valid U.S. visa. Texas also removed a Mexican "marticulas" as a valid form of identification. Prior to these changes undocumented parents would be able to obtain copies of their U.S. citizen children's birth certificate with their Mexican "matriculas."

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