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After being abandoned and neglected by my mother, my dad brought me to the U.S. when I was 8 years old. I came here illegally; a visa needed an authorization from my mother to leave the country. As I grew older I faced the complications of not having a status. During my senior year, I got turned down for scholarships, I had the necessity to drive and to get a job but couldn't. Other attorneys said that there was no way to fix my status unless I left the country and waited for a pardon that could possibly never happen. I felt like there was nothing else I could do. My dad said to keep doing well in school that "education is something no one can ever take away from you." I graduated 3rd in my class and got accepted into well-known colleges. During that last year of high school, I met a girl who had a similar situation and had received her permanent residence with the help of Cabrini Attorneys. I got informed and got in contact with Attorney Laura Jacobson. The process had to be done before I turned 18; we had about 2 months to get everything together. Court approved some of the paperwork needed for my immigration application about 3 days before my 18th birthday. Laura was great! She kept me informed and made me feel like everything was going to work out. She worked very hard and her work paid off when I received my green card in October! My life is so much better; I have my driver's license, a job, and I’m attending college to become an elementary teacher. Nothing can stop me now.