We obtained another Green Card on behalf of one of our
Canadian citizen clients. Although this
is not unique in and of itself, there were some extenuating circumstances that
made this grant interesting.
Our client is married to a United States citizen, and already
had a Green Card, but was placed in Immigration
Court proceedings because Citizenship and
Immigration Services charged her with abandoning it.
Our Client had been living in Canada
with her husband who had accepted a position as a professor with a Canadian University,
and had been living in Canada
for a number of years. While in Canada she did not maintain a residence in the United States, nor did she return to the United States
for any meaningful period of time.
Matthew L. Kolken was able to arrange for Immigration Court proceedings to be
terminated after conceding that his client had in fact abandoned her Green Card
because of the time she had lived outside of the United States, and because of her failure to maintain meaningful ties to the country after her departure.
Mr. Kolken was then able to arrange to have
his client paroled back into the United States on the same day that his client's Green Card was terminated by the Immigration Court so that she could
immediately apply for a new Green Card once back inside of the country.
The client’s husband had taken a new job inside the United States, and Mr. Kolken argued that it
would cause an extreme hardship to her husband if she was not allowed to return
to the United States
Citizenship and Immigration Services agreed to parole Mr.
Kolken’s client back into the United
States, and we then filed a new Green Card
application on her behalf, which was approved in six months.