From removal order to U.S. citizen
Client, a Canadian citizen, had lawfully immigrated to the U.S. based on marriage to an American citizen. She received a standard, 2-year, conditional green card. The marriage broke down and she returned to Canada just before the expiration of her U.S. permanent resident status- believing this was the right thing to do. However, unbeknownst to her, by not timely applying jointly with her then-husband to remove the conditions or seek a waiver of the requirement to do so, she had been placed in removal proceedings. When she did not appear in court, the Immigration Judge issued a removal order in her absence. Simply put, nobody knew she had returned to Canada. Client eventually became involved with another American man, only to then discover that she was barred from entering the U.S. because of the existing removal order. I was retained at this point. We succeeded in obtaining a copy of her pre-existing file by filing an application under FOIA (“Freedom of Information Act”) and figured out everything that had happened until this point. We then filed a “motion to reopen the case and terminate proceedings”. The motion was granted, and the removal order was lifted. She happily married her new love and went through consular processing to obtain a new immigrant visa. After three years as a permanent resident (for the second time), she eventually became a U.S. citizen.