Case Conclusion Date: October 14, 2009
Practice Area: Immigration
Outcome: Green Card Conditions Lifted
Description: My name is Alexandra and I’m from Russia. I have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, speak English fluently and consider myself smart. My family in Russian is small, but we grew up close to each other. My story began in 2006 when I was 24 years old. While visiting my sister and new brother-in-law in Idaho in 2006, I met an American man from Texas whom I had been chatting online with and Skyping. Mitch was loving and attentive and when he flew up to Idaho to see me, I knew that he was serious about me. He was a few years older than me, but that is common in Russia. My sister thought we looked cute together, and he spoke fondly of his own sister and the grandmother who raised them both. We continued to talk and get to know each other better and when I went back to Russia, we missed one another desperately. The men in Russia are not as nice, respectful, and hard working as the men in America. Not long after, I decided to fly to Texas to see him. Mitch and I fell even more in love and when he took me to the top of a mountain and proposed I was thrilled to say yes. It was so romantic – he swept me off my feet and even had a diamond engagement ring. My parents weren’t thrilled that I got married without them, but was so in love with Mitch that I couldn’t wait for them to get tourist visas to get here. We got married in a small, but special ceremony at a chapel in Texas later that year. Though we were living with Mitch’s sister, things were going really well and we were approved for my two year green card. We even got our own puppy. I traveled with Mitch to work conferences and we went to some of America’s beautiful national parks. It wasn’t long before I realized that I didn’t know Mitch as well as I had originally thought. He had lied about his age, and had a drunk driving conviction which required regular trips back and forth to a small town in Texas to complete court mandated DUI classes and community service. He started drinking alcohol and made it a daily habit. I was in a difficult situation and I knew I needed a special Immigration Lawyer that not only knew how to keep my green card but someone who would listen to my specific problems and find a way to help me personally. Attorney Nelisse understands women from Russia who are trying to make a life in America. I thought I’d have no hope of staying in America after the expiration of my two year green card, but Attorney Nelisse said she would find a way to keep me with my sister. I no longer felt my situation was as hopeless as I once thought. It turns out there is a loop-hole in the rules for removing the conditions off of a two year green card even though the marriage has been dissolved, so long as there is proof the marriage was entered into in good faith. Attorney Nelisse filed the I-751 paperwork sucessfully, and my green card was permanently approved by the USCIS.