Ryan was a part of our miracle, and we will always be grateful we had him as our gladiator.
Meeting - Ryan Spickard has been the most considerate, trustworthy, and highly motivated lawyer I have ever worked with. I came to him with what seemed like and impossible case. What I liked most about Ryan during our first meeting is he wasn’t trying to convince us to hire him. He listened to all the details of our case, asked many questions, and took notes. He then gave us a break down of all possible outcomes, good and bad. He insured me that he would do everything in his power to pursue the best-case scenario.
Before visiting with Ryan, we were turned away by many lawyers because of the negative factors in our case. Initially my husband was applying for cancellation of removal based on his US citizen daughter (not mutual) under another firm. We worked with this firm for two years until they pulled out of our case 3 days before his individual hearing. The reason for the withdrawal was that his US citizen daughter was adopted and not biological disqualifying him for COR. The question of his daughter’s paternity never came up in any of our meetings and we didn’t think it was important, as my husband raised his daughter from birth. We immediately married (in removal proceedings), and began our search for the right lawyer.
1) File for a motion to continue so we would have time to prepare our case based on our new situation.
2) File an I-130 to bonify our marriage.
3) My husband would need to attend and complete as many rehabilitation functions as possible.
4) I would need to start seeing a therapist and gather as much evidence of my hardships as possible.
5) After getting the I-30 approval, pursue administrative closure on my husband’s case.
We were granted a second motion to continue of 6 months. During this time Ryan guided me through the I-130 and gave me a detailed list of evidence to collect.
I fell pregnant in during our case. I became a physical wreck as I am a student in college. How would I make it through college without a husband and raise a child at the same time? I began catastrophizing our entire case. Upon an emotional breakdown, I called Ryan and he was nothing but considerate, and supportive. Due to my stress and anxiety of the impending deportation of my husband I eventually miscarried. I became depressed. Everything was going wrong. I began frantically emailing Ryan with questions. He politely and diligently replied to all of emails and phone calls.
6 months was quickly approaching and still no response on our I-130. Ryan decided the best thing to do was to prepare a packet to be submitted to the judge. This packet would be used to humanize our case to the judge. The packet included include photos of my husband and I, letters (from us, family, therapist, church), I-30 evidence, and rehabilitation efforts. Still no response from the judge we prepared for the court hearing.
Ryan filled me in on all the details of the court the morning of our hearing as has many relationships with the judges, and other members of the court in Memphis.
During our hearing the judge asked if our prime relief was the cancellation of removal application in which our lawyer replied it was not. COR is very risky and requires more hardship than 601 cases. The judge however seemed to be in a good mood and asked that we proceed the hearing with the COR application with myself being the qualifying US citizen. Ryan advised that we move forth with the hearing and try our chances. Even the application was denied we could still apply for 601. The only evidence we had was from the packet and testimonies provided by my husband and me. During our testimony he asked many questions that highlighted our hardships. I was amazed by how many details he knew of our case. After the testimonies the judge asked the prosecuting attorney (a prosecuting attorney known for opposing everything) her stance. The prosecuting attorney did not oppose, and the judge granted our application.