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Immigration SUCCESSES

Immigration Successes


Marie got her green card.

Marie came to the U.S. from the Caribbean to escape political persecution, but her application for asylum was denied. She decided to stay to take care of her daughter, a U.S. Citizen. Marie went to school and worked hard, supporting her daughter through college and graduate school, as well as her elderly, frail mother. Over the years, Marie had explored different options for obtaining a green card, but none was successful. This meant she had a complicated immigration history. As soon as her daughter turned 21, CLA helped Marie file her green card application with her daughter as the sponsor. Despite her complex history, Marie was approved for her green card within 6 months. She is now a lawful permanent resident, and already counting down the time until she can apply to become a U.S. Citizen.


Katrina was protected from deportation.

Karina was a Russian immigrant living alone in New York and battling stomach cancer.  When Keiko met Karina she was undergoing chemotherapy and was facing deportation. Ten years earlier, on the advice of a private immigration attorney, Karina filed an application for an immigration benefit for which she was not eligible. Believing this immigration attorney, she continued the long process which she thought would result in a green card, only to end up before an immigration judge facing deportation.  Keiko appeared with Karina on the day of her hearing and argued for Karina to be allowed to stay in the U.S. based on the fact that she was in need of further medical treatment, that she made her application in good faith, and that she had no criminal history.  A settlement was reached and Karina’s case was dismissed.  She was able to remain the US and finished her treatment successfully.


Herman renewed his DACA.




Herman came to the U.S. from South America as a teenager. He had applied for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) when the program was first announced. He was approved and received a work authorization card. Unfortunately, Herman's DACA and work authorization had been expired for more than a year. In August 2017, CLA helped Herman apply to renew his DACA. He was approved in less than a month. Although there is a lot of uncertainty about the future of DACA, for now, Herman has his approval and work authorization.


Wilma became a U.S. Citizen.

Wilma was a 79 year senior citizen when she started working with Ann. She was originally from the Caribbean and received her green card through her son. Although she was eligible, Wilma had never naturalized. She did not have the money to pay the filing fee and was also concerned that she was not a strong enough reader to study for the civics test. Ann first helped Wilma apply for a fee waiver. She then arranged for Wilma to study for the test by listening to the questions and answers. A month after her 80th birthday, Wilma passed her naturalization interview and was sworn in as a U.S. Citizen.

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.