Green Card after AsylumPublished: Nov 30, 2005 Source: My Source
We successfully secured lawful permanent resident status for a client for whom he litigated and won an asylum trial before a Buffalo Immigration Judge. The client, from Ivory Coast, came to the U.S. with her family on a visitor visa and feared return due to the country’s practice of “Female Genital Mutiliation” and the likelihood that she would be subjected to such abuse if required to return.The Immigration Judge agreed that she had a well-founded fear of return, and granted her asylum. After slightly more than a year in asylee status we helped her apply for lawful permanent residence, as the law allows asylees to apply to become permanent residents of the U.S. as soon as one year after their being granted asylum. The Immigration Service granted her application, and she is now a lawful permanent resident.