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January 9, 2017

 

Note: This list is far from comprehensive.  Just stuff we are especially proud of.

     

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2/2020--Another nutty one! A client came to us with a Notice of Intent to Deny a green card application. The client is a 245(i) derivative of an employment petition filed for his father in 1997. The parent's petition was approved in 2002 and then revisited and denied in 2010. The rule for using section 245(i) to overcome some of the hurdles to adjustment of status (like having entered the US without inspection) is that the old petition had to have been "approvable when filed." USCIS argued the old petition was a "skeletal petition" when filed and did not contain much of the evidence the regulations require. We suspected, though, that the regulations that applied in 1997 might be different than the regulations that applied in 2010. If that was the case, the old petition may have been "approvable when filed" in 1997 even if it was deniable in 2010. We had to dig through over twenty years of immigration filings for the family. We also dug through the Federal Register and found the old regulations, and we were right! What USCIS called a "skeletal application" actually complied with the old 1991 regulations, which were superseded in 2008. We explained this to USCIS and they agreed. The best part is, now the applicant's father is also 245(i) eligible. Which means that even though his employer petition was denied in 2010, he can use it to grandfather in a new petition filed by his U.S. citizen daughter.  Good news for a family that's been out of status for 23 years!

 

12/2019--We successfully convinced the U.S. consulate in Cairo that the Child Status Protection Act (which has limited power to declare someone a "child" and therefore a dependent of their parents' immigrant visa petition, even after they turn 21) applied to preserve the child status of a 32-year old medically-dependent son of a National Interest Waiver grantee. This one was the culmination of a journey that (for my firm) started way back in 2013 and is, honestly, one of the most incredible outcomes we have seen. The client asked that the following paragraph be put up on the website (complete with pun):

 

"My name is Mahmoud Bahy Noureldin, senior engineering consultant at Saudi Aramco. Recently I have been granted US immigrant visa (IV), with my wife and younger son, under E21 category; individual with exceptional ability.

 

Mr. Green’s law company was my agent through a very lengthy and difficult journey but at the end very successful in obtaining the IVs for me and my family. It was a lengthy journey since it had started more than 20 years ago, and difficult because my son 20 years ago was a kid and now he is a young man. During this journey, I used the services of three lawyers and Mr. Sheridan Green was the last and the only successful one to take my case/journey to a happy ending. Mr. Green’s distinct handling of my case, exhibited not only in his in depth study of our case but also the peer-to-peer follow up with me and the family till the receiving of the IVs, is unmatched. Having said that, I do strongly recommend Mr. Green’s law company to handle your immigration case..… “If you really want the GREEN “US Green Card” go ahead and hire Mr. Green."

 

9/2019--Extraordinary Ability petition (EB-1A immigrant visa petition) approved for IT expert (Enterprise Resource Management software implementation) (after request for evidence on contributions of significance in the field).

 

8/2019--Affirmative asylum application approved for Iraqi doctor (after successful expedite request).

 

7/2019--Extraordinary Ability petition (EB-1A immigrant visa petition) approved for IT expert (Enterprise Resource Management software implementation) (after request for evidence on contributions of significance in the field).

 

6/2019--7/2019--Extraordinary Ability petition (EB-1A immigrant visa petition) approved for marine compliance expert (no request for evidence).

 

6/2019--Extraordinary Ability petition (EB-1A immigrant visa petition) approved for marine and arctic logistics expert (no request for evidence, only one publication).

 

6/2019--Extraordinary Ability petition (EB-1A immigrant visa petition) approved for Capital Project Readiness expert in oil and gas industry (no request for evidence).

 

4/2019--Extraordinary Ability petition (EB-1A immigrant visa petition) approved for composite materials and failure analysis expert in the oil and gas industry (no request for evidence).

 

1/2019--Extraordinary Ability petition (EB-1A immigrant visa petition) approved for expert in petrophysics and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the oil and gas industry (no request for evidence).

 

11/2018--Extraordinary Ability petition (EB-1A immigrant visa petition) approved for pipeline failure analysis expert in the oil and gas industry (no request for evidence).

 

10/2018--Extraordinary Ability petition (EB-1A immigrant visa petition) approved for deepwater pipeline design engineer.

 

8/2018--Extraordinary Ability petition (EB-1A immigrant visa petition) approved for Health, Safety, Security and Environment expert in the oil and gas industry.

 

7/30/2018--Extraordinary Ability petition (EB-1A immigrant visa petition) approved for financial consultant.

 

5/2018--Extraordinary Ability petition (EB-1A immigrant visa petition) approved for Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning implementation expert.

 

2/2018--E-2 renewal approved for Galveston real estate company (no request for evidence).

 

12/2017--Extraordinary Ability petition (EB-1A immigrant visa petition) approved for business consultant with major accounting firm (no request for evidence).

 

12/2017--Extraordinary Ability petition (EB-1A immigrant visa petition) approved for global excellence manager of major oil and gas firm (no request for evidence).

 

11/2017--H-1B approved for Wage Level 1 computer programmer (despite nearly impossible request for evidence).

 

11/2017--Extraordinary Ability petition (EB-1A immigrant visa petition) approved for trading manager of major oil and gas firm (no request for evidence).

 

10/2017--Canadian E-2 approved for flood restoration franchise.

 

8/2017--The Board of Immigration Appeals granted our appeal, remanding the case of a Honduran woman fleeing severe domestic violence.  The immigration judge had denied asylum partly on the basis of the existence of a women's shelter near her hometown.  The Board noted that the immigration judge had ignored evidence in the record that the shelter was not adequately funded. 

 

8/2017--The Board of Immigration Appeals granted our motion to reopen a 23-year-old removal order for a grandmother with a federal drug trafficking conviction.  Now she can apply for a 212(c) waiver and get her green card back.

 

7/2017--Extraordinary Ability petition (EB-1A immigrant visa petition) approved for Colombian biomedical researcher (no request for evidence).

 

6/2017--Change of status from L-1B to L-1A (function manager) approved (zero employees supervised in the U.S.).

 

6/2017--Extraordinary Ability petition (EB-1A immigrant visa petition) approved for Big Data analyst at major oil services firm (no request for evidence).

 

4/2017--Adjustment of status application approved for Indian family in just over two months. (We don't know how this one happened, but we're taking credit for it!)

 

3/2017--212(d)(3) non-immigrant waiver approved for Canadian grandmother to be able to visit her grandchildren in the U.S.

 

3/2017--O-1B Extraordinary Ability in the Arts visa approved for Venezuelan guitarist (two-time Mara de Oro winner).

 

2/2017--Management Consultant TN visa (NAFTA Professional) approved in Juarez, Mexico.

 

2/2017--P-1B (non-immigrant visa for a "nationally recognized entertainment group") approved for a Mexican Christian norteno band.

 

12/2016--Extraordinary Ability petition (EB-1A immigrant visa petition) approved for refinery expert (no request for evidence).

 

10/2016--Extraordinary Ability petition (EB-1A immigrant visa petition) approved for Supply Chain Management Lead (no request for evidence)

 

8/2016--National Interest Waiver immigrant visa petition approved for a Supply Chain Management Lead (no request for evidence).

 

8/2016--We won a published Fifth Circuit case (after getting the Court to reverse itself!). Gomez v. Lynch, ---F.3d---, 2016 WL 4169123 (5th Cir. Aug. 5, 2016).

 

8/2016--P-1A athlete visa for professional wrestler approved.

 

7/2016--E-2 investor visa for real estate company approved.

 

1/2016--EB-1A extraordinary ability immigrant visa petition approved for pulmonologist (no request for evidence)

 

1/2016--Management consultant TN (NAFTA professional) visa approved in Juarez, Mexico.

 

11/2015--Writ of mandamus successful after filing lawsuit against USCIS (15 year pending application to remove conditions from investor green card approved).

 

8/2015--National Interest Waiver (EB-2 immigrant visa petition) approved for industrial engineer.

 

6/2015--We won a U.S. Supreme Court case!  Mata v. Lynch, 135 S. Ct. 2150 (2015).

 

5/2015--I-526 immigrant visa petition approved (million dollar investment green card).

 

3/2015--National Interest Waiver approved for electronics engineer.

 

1/2015--National Interest Waiver approved for Instrumentation and Control engineer.

 

1/2015--Writ of mandamus successful (USCIS forced to adjudicate 2 year pending National Interest Waiver immigrant visa petition).

 

12/2014--212(d)(3) non-immigrant waiver approved (drug trafficking).

 

12/2014--We won a Fifth Circuit case! Mendez-Mendez v. Holder, 13-60293 (5th Cir. 2014).

 

10/2014--O-1A Extraordinary Ability non-immigrant visa approved for professional wrestler.

 

9/2014--EB-1A Extraordinary Ability immigrant visa petition approved for professional wrestler.

 

4/2014--O-1A extraordinary ability non-immigrant visa approved for pulmonologist.

 

1/2014--Scheduled for oral argument before the Board of Immigration Appeals on issue whether to overturn precedent decision Matter of Tobar-Lobo, 24 I&N Dec. 143 (BIA 2007) (failure to register as a sex offender is a crime involving moral turpitude) (government withdrew charges to avoid precedent).

 

11/2013--Management consultant TN (NAFTA professional visa) approved in Alberta, Canada.

 

9/2013--E-2 treaty investor visa approved for Italian import store.

 

6/2013--J-1 two-year home residency requirement waiver (U.S. Health and Human Services Interested Government Agency category) approved.

 

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