The Curious Case of the Fraudulent Passport
We recently found ourselves in the odd position of proving our client’s wrongdoing. He had entered on a fraudulent passport that he was required to return to the supplier – or else. However, he kept no copy or other record of the fraudulent document. Fifteen years on, he was married to a U.S. citizen and wanted to get his green card. But having returned the passport, he had no evidence to show he was inspected and admitted to the US, a necessary element in his green card process. We worked with him to submit a compelling affidavit as well as evidence for the other element required for a fraud waiver: the great hardship to his wife should he be deported. His waiver was approved and he is now a lawful permanent resident.
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Recent Case Successes
After two years of our continued oversight and follow up, the U.S. Embassy in Korea granted our client's employment-based petition.
Our client entered the U.S. on a fraudulent passport, and returned it to the supplier without keeping a copy of it. We had to prove that he was inspected and admitted into the U.S., not an easy feat when the only piece of evidence proving so is gone.
Our client was a violinist whose non-profit employer did not have the budget to pay the required filing fees to support her H-1B visa extension. However, when we examined her resume and interviewed her, we saw that perhaps she had the elements for an approvable O-1 “Alien of Extraordinary Ability in the Arts” case.