Canadian approved at border after previous denial as visitor.Published: May 13, 2008 2:00 pm By: Robert D. Kolken Source: My Source
Our Canadian citizen client obtained Lawful Permanent Resident status in 2001. Unfortunately, she left the United States and returned to Canada in 2002 where she has remained ever since without maintaining sufficient ties to the United States to avoid abandoning her status. In 2007she entered the United States as a visitor to attend an advanced degree program at a prestigious university.
When she attempted to reenter the United States in 2008, again as a visitor, she was prevented from entering. Unbeknownst to inspectors at the time, she had also been granted Lawful Permanent Resident status. She retained our firm so that she could resume her studies in the United States.
Because there was no point in fighting the abandonment of her Lawful Permanent Resident status, we had her voluntarily relinquish the same at a port of entry at the border, activate her student status by paying the SEVIS fee, and provided proof of her nonimmigrant intent. The client has resumed her studies in valid student status, and hopefully will not have problems in the future because we had appropriate computer entries made.