On August 22, 2008, an immigration judge granted permanent residency to our client who was represented by Attorney Stewart Lin. The BICE counsel has waived appeal and this decision has become final. This approval also ended a dramatic effort lasting about three years of our client in seeking permanent residency.
Our client originally came to the US as a foreign student. He previously filed an asylum petition by self based on the fact that he was persecuted in his country because of his homosexual characteristics. His asylum petition was denied and as he failed to maintain his student status, he was then sent to the removal proceeding.
Despite of his sexuality characteristics, our client married with a US citizen and then the couple came to our office seeking the representation of Mr. Lin. It turns out that this client actually is a bisexualist and his sexuality orientation has long been changed. As such, Mr. Lin represented this client in the court and filed all the necessary petitions. The USCIS firstly had issue about the authenticity of the marriage. To address the USCIS’ concern, we helped our client provide substantial evidence, including testimony of witnesses, convinced the USCIS, and obtained the I-130 approval. Prior to the merit hearing on the 22nd, Mr. Lin also discussed with the government counsel to iron out possible issues that may be raised in the trial. The immigration judge was convinced of the truthfulness of the marriage, and granted the adjustment of status petition of our client. When stepping out from the court building, our client, with tears in his eyes, gave Mr. Lin a long and warm hug.
Over the years, attorneys of Lin & Valdez have represented hundreds of clients in asylum and immigration court proceedings seeking release, bonding, asylum, withholding of removal, adjustment of status, cancellation of removal, or other relieves allowed by the Immigration and Naturalization Act. This case is just another example of our good work in immigration court. If you are facing removal in immigration court, contact us immediately. As we always say, the help you need is just a click away!