Decades-Long Wait is Over

AILA Volunteer Obtains Green Card for Client

Ana was brought to the United States in 1988 when she was just 12 months old. She has been known as an undocumented person ever since. Over the last 30 years, Ana has made a life for herself regardless. She learned the language, contributed to her community, gave birth to and raised American children, and married their father, a United States Citizen.

On her own, Ana applied for a Permanent Resident Card (“Green Card”) based on her marriage in 2015. Her Petition was denied because of an unavailable visa number. Ana had previously lost all of her immigration documents during a move, and without representation, she could not navigate the system.

In 2022, Ana sought help through CVLS’ American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Clinic. AILA placed Ana’s case with Beata Leja, an experienced immigration law advocate and immigrant herself. Beata filed a Green Card application in June 2023 based on Ana’s marriage, and it was recently approved in April 2024.

After having waited for 36 years, Ana is no longer undocumented. She is proud to be a lawful resident of the United States and is eager to eventually become a U.S. Citizen.

Beata Lega, Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C.
Beata Lega, Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C.
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