Immigration Update – 2.16.2015

Fiance visa approved after initial denial

Late last summer, our firm was contacted by a man named Bruce in Warren, Ohio. Bruce had applied for a fiance visa with USCIS and his application had been denied.  As USCIS often does, they quibbled over one of the forms that Bruce had submitted and rejected the fiance visa petition. After a long phone conference call, Bruce decided to hire our firm to help him bring his fiance Jesica from Manila in the Philippines.  We swung into action and got the application on file.  The case sailed right through CIS and was quickly set for interview.  Jesica was approved and she has now come to the U.S. to get married and obtain her lawful permanent resident status.

Obama Administration fails to provide protection for many women seeking asylum

In order to qualify for asylum in the U.S., applicants must demonstrate that they face persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or “membership in a particular social group.”  The last category serves as a catchall for individuals who face persecution but not necessarily due to the other four categories.  When President Obama took office in 2008, many believed the DHS would expand the category to offer greater protection to women facing persecution in countries around the world.  Sadly, the changes never took place and very little has been done to protect these women. Mother Jones magazine takes a look.

Science Profiles Egyptian Scientist Barred from U.S. for False Citizenship Claim

Not entirely sure why exactly, but Science magazine recently included a piece regarding an Egyptian scientist who finds himself permanently barred from the U.S. for using fake documents and falsely claiming that he was a U.S. citizen.  While the piece highlights the severe cost associated with a false claim to citizenship, the scientist made a number of seriously bad decisions.  The case serves as a cautionary tale to those who think that playing fast and loose with our nation’s immigration laws is a good idea.

Grandfather from India visiting Alabama thrown to the ground, partially paralyzed

A 57-year-old man came to Alabama to help take care of his special-needs grandson.  While out on a morning walk, the man unfortunately encountered Madison, AL police officer Eric Parker.  The elderly gentleman spoke very little English.  After a brief exchange with the officer, the poor old timer was violently thrown to the ground, leaving him partially paralyzed.  The officer himself has been rightly arrested and faces criminal charges of his own.  Welcome to America !