- May 3, 2016 – J-1 Waiver Approved for Egyptian National with US Citizen Child
Our client, a citizen of Egypt, came to the US as a foreign medical graduate seeking a medical residency. He was subject to the 212(e) 2-year foreign residency requirement.
Sunny Azhar was hired to file a J-1 waiver for him, and he argued that the requisite level of hardship existed for the waiver because he was Coptic Christian in a country that discriminates against religious minorities, and because his US citizen children were young and had medical conditions. USCIS approved the J-1 waiver and client was allowed to change his status from J-1 to H-1B, and later seek permanent residency.
- April 26, 2016 – Permanent Residency Approved for Client Eligible Under INA 245(i)
Our client, a citizen of Mexico, entered the US (without inspection) as a child in 1984. She has been in the US since that time. Her deceased father filed an I-130 for her in 1992. She married a US citizen, but waited 10 years before hiring an attorney to file for permanent residency.
Sunny Azhar filed her permanent residency application and provided evidence of her 245(i) eligibility, along with evidence of her presence in the US in 2000. After an interview, USCIS approved our client’s application for permanent residency. At the age of 38, our client was finally able to come out of the shadows, obtain a social security number, driver’s license and employment.
- April 13, 2016 – Appeal Approved for Denied OPT Case
Our client, a citizen of India, fell out of F-1 status, so he left the US and then re-entered using an F-1 visa, after his SEVIS was reactivated. When he applied for OPT, USCIS denied the application and stated that he was not in status upon his re-entry.
Sunny Azhar was then hired and he filed an I-290B appeal. USCIS agreed with Sunny’s arguments, approved the case, and sent the client his OPT card.
- April 5, 2016 – Citizenship Approval for Albanian with Weapons Possession Offense
Our client, an Albanian national, had entered the US in 2001 as a refugee. Shortly after his arrival in the US, he was convicted for the Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. He applied for US citizenship when he was eligible, and was denied US citizenship because he was removal from the US. He was then placed in removal proceedings.
Client came to Azhar & Azhar Law Firm, and attorney Sunny Azhar filed an I-130 through his US citizen wife, and a 42-A application for Cancellation of Removal. Sunny then approached the Chief Counsel’s office to consider terminating the case, in light of the several positive equities in present, and they agreed to terminate his removal case so that our client could re-apply for US citizenship. Sunny then re-filed the client’s citizenship application, and USCIS approved it.
- February 16, 2016 – L-1B Approved for Indian National Working as a Software Solutions Architect
Our client is a US technology company working in the field of financial services domain. They developed several patented products and they required the services of a Software Solutions Architect to help implement the technology that they had developed. USCIS issued a Request for Evidence “RFE” and attorney Sunny Azhar worked with the employer to help overcome USCIS’s concerns about the qualifications of the beneficiary. The case was ultimately approved after USCIS received the RFE response.
- January 9, 2016 – Nepali Granted Permanent Residency After Lengthy Court Battle
Our client, a citizen of Nepal, was placed in removal proceedings after the father was charged with marriage fraud and her status was terminated based on the termination of her father’s status. Our client sought relief in the form of a 237(a)(1)(H) waiver, and an I-589 asylum application. The immigration judge denied the applications, but through cooperation with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), attorney Furqan Sunny Azhar was able to terminate our client’s court case, so that they could become a permanent resident in front of USCIS, through a US citizen spouse.
- October 26, 2015 – Green Card Application Approved After Client Paroled Into the US
Our client, a citizen of India, has entered the US on an B-2 visa in the 1980’s. Shortly after entering the US, he changed his status to an F-1 student, then left to Canada to get an F-1 visa. His visa was denied, but upon his return to the border, the immigration officer waived him in.
USCIS was unwilling to approved our client’s case for a green card based on having been waived in, but attorney Furqan Sunny Azhar suggested that his client travel abroad on his advanced parole travel document that he obtained through his I-485 application, so upon his return, USCIS approved his I-485 application for permanent residency based on the BIA precedent in Matter of Arrabally and Yerrabelly.
- October 19, 2015 – O-1 Visa Approved for Professional Rodeo Team Roper
Our client, a citizen of Canada, has been one of the top rodeo athletes in Canada before pursuing his professional rodeo career in the United States in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Despite just recently beginning his professional athletic career, attorney Noaman Azhar was able to prove that our client was already one of the top Team Ropers in the world. Noaman focused the strength of our client’s accomplishments on his recent Intercollegiate National Championship, top 50 world ranking, and national rodeo publications that highlight his current success and immense potential. He will now continue to compete professionally for the next 3 years with the hopes of winning a world championship.
- October 13, 2015 – Approval of EB-1A Alien of Extraordinary Ability in the Athletics
Our client, a citizen of Canada, is a professional bareback rider in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Attorney Noaman Azhar initially filed an application to qualify our client as an alien of outstanding ability (O-1) in the athletics which was approved several years ago. After competing for 2 years on an O-1 visa our client sought the assistance again of Noaman Azhar, but this time to secure his permanent residency. Noaman argued that our client was perennially ranked within the top of the world for the last several years and had multiple national accomplishments and magazine features in several national rodeo publications including on the cover of Pro Rodeo News. Upon receiving his green card he will continue to compete professionally with the expectation of winning a world championship in the future.
- September 30, 2015 – Green Card Application Approved After Nearly 30 Year Wait
Our client, a citizen of Pakistan, had entered the US in the in 1980’s as a student. His status eventually expired. He then married someone without legal status, and they had 3 US citizen children in the US. Our client hired a non-attorney from California to file his I-589 application, which was denied by USCIS, and then denied in court. Our client then hired Azhar & Azhar Law Firm to appeal the case. Meanwhile, his US citizen daughter turned 21, so we filed I-130’s for him and his wife. Those were approved, so Furqan Sunny Azhar came to an agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to terminate his client’s case, and so client and his wife were able to get permanent residency through USCIS. With his new green card, client was finally able to visit his elderly mother in Pakistan, whom he had not seen in over 30 years.