By Leya Speasmaker
CLINIC’s new Center for Immigrant Integration seeks to encourage and facilitate the development of immigrant integration initiatives throughout its network through the creation of resources and trainings and through the dissemination of best practices currently present in CLINIC affiliate agencies.
Marta is an LPR who is married with three children. She is eligible to naturalize, but wants to know whether to proceed. She filed an I-130 petition for her husband, Pablo, and named their three children as derivatives. The I-130 was filed on November 12, 2010 and was approved on April 13, 2011. The F-2A priority date became current in September 2013, and everyone filed for an immigrant visa within one year. The eldest child, Diana, was born on November 24, 1992.
Carlos Jovany Medina-Rosales is an LPR who obtained his residency through adjustment of status in 2001. Twelve years later, in 2013, he was convicted of grand larceny and was placed in removal proceedings in Tulsa, OK, charged with deportability for an aggravated felony offense. Conceding the charge, Mr. Medina-Rosales sought to re-adjust, and to waive his inadmissibility under INA § 212(h). The immigration judge, however, found him ineligible for relief based on the Board's decision in In re Rodriguez, 25 I&N Dec.
By Susan Schreiber
When you read the words "marriage fraud,” you probably think of a marriage entered into for purposes of obtaining an immigration benefit. Such marriages, among other things, trigger INA § 204(c) consequences, i.e. a bar against petition approval where the beneficiary has previously sought status based on a fraudulent marriage or "has attempted or conspired to enter into a marriage for the purpose of evading immigration laws."