In 1990, Maria and her husband arrived in the U.S. on a tourist visa. Later that year, Maria gave birth to their son, José, and she realized that she wanted to provide a better life for her child. Therefore, she decided to stay in the U.S. even though her visa had expired.
Maria was unable to obtain a work permit and the only jobs she could find were low-paying manual labor positions. Yet, after she gave birth to their third child, Maria’s husband abandoned her. She worked from sunup to sundown for over 20 years to provide for her family.
Maria persevered, and because of her support and financial assistance, her son, José, became the first member of his family to graduate from college. When he turned 21, he and Maria came to see us about applying for legal status. Since José was a U.S. citizen, he was eligible to sponsor Maria for permanent residence in the U.S. Maria had entered the U.S. legally so we determined that she was eligible to adjust her status (i.e., apply for a green card) from inside the U.S.
We prepared the adjustment of status package for USCIS and represented Maria at her interview. Maria’s green card was issued a few weeks later. Now that she can lawfully work, Maria plans to follow the American dream by starting her own business.