Spouse Granted Green Card after Overstay

Attorney Mooradian's client, a young man from Africa, was recently granted Lawful Permanent Resident status following an overstay of his tourist visa. The client was concerned because of approximately two years of unlawful presence in the United States prior to filing a marriage visa and application to become a Lawful Permanent Resident. Mooradian identified the financial aspect of this case as particularly important.  Indeed, due to the recent birth of a child, neither husband or wife were able to work, particularly where the husband had no lawful authority to work.

Additionally, one spouse had previously filed an immigration petition.  Mooradian was able to advise the clients on how USCIS might view their financial situation and was able to gather significant supporting evidence, including the support of a joint Form I-864 sponsor, to avoid delays or a denial on financial grounds.  Following a thorough interview by the USCIS Lawrence Field Office, the beneficiary was granted Lawful Permanent Resident status. His permanent resident status is conditional given the short nature of the marriage, but he will eventually become eligible for Removal of Conditions and possibly U.S. Citizenship in the years to come.

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