- February 02, 2015 I-140 Approved for Professional Cricket Player
Azhar & Azhar Law Firm recently secured the approval of an I-140 petition in the EB-1A category (alien of extraordinary ability) for a cricket player from Nepal who is currently competing professionally in the US. The applicant captained the Nepal Under-19 national cricket team, had several match winning performances, including centuries, in many national level tournaments, competed internationally on behalf of Nepal, and has already been regarded as one of the best players on the U.S. national cricket circuit.
After two rounds of RFE’s including merit based and procedural issues regarding how professional cricket is viewed in the U.S., attorney Noaman Azhar was ultimately able to overcome USCIS’s concerns and earn the I-140 petition approval for our client. Our client will now apply for U.S. permanent residency and train and compete with the hope of being selected to play on the U.S. national cricket team.
- January 26, 2015 – O-1 Visa Approved for Professional Bull Rider
Noaman Azhar recently secured the approval of an O-1 visa as an alien of outstanding ability in the field of athletics for a professional bull rider from New South Wales, Australia. Our client has been competing professionally in the field of bull riding since 2005. He was previously an Australian rookie bull riding champion, an Australian bull riding champion (the top bull rider in all of Australia) and has enjoyed a top 50 world ranking since competing professionally in the United States. Our client has been featured in several national rodeo magazines in the United States and his home country of Australia. With his newly approved status, he will now be given the opportunity to compete professionally in the U.S. for the next 3 years with the goal of winning a world championship in the field of bull riding.
- January 23, 2015 – Immigration Judge Grants Permanent Residency 20 Years After Client’s Arrival
Our client, a citizen of India, arrived in the US in 1991 as a visitor. His employer filed an I-140 for him in 2007, but it was denied by USCIS, so he was referred to immigration court proceedings. Client hired Furqan Sunny Azhar to represent him in deportation proceedings. Sunny convinced the government attorney and judge to administratively close his case until client’s US citizen daughter turned 21. When his daughter turned 21, Sunny filed an I-130 for client via the daughter, which was approved, and after 20 years in the US, client was finally able to become a permanent resident when the judge granted his I-485 application.
- January 01, 2015 – Approval of O-1 visa for Professional Karate Athlete
Our client, a citizen of India, had previously filed applications to qualify himself as an alien of extraordinary ability in the athletics through another law firm. Unfortunately those applications were denied resulting in our client having to leave the country. Upon returning to the United States he consulted with attorney Noaman Azhar who prepared his application for an O-1 visa. Noaman argued that our client had not only met the qualification requirements based on past success in India – winning almost every major karate competition in his home country and representing his country internationally at several global karate tournaments while winning multiple gold medals – but also satisfied the requirements having had immediate success in the United States including by winning the USA National Karate Championships and the Pan American Games while earning a bid to compete in the upcoming World Championships. The O-1 visa was approved under premium processing within 4 days. Our client continues to train in Arlington, Texas while competing on the international karate circuit.
- December 31, 2014 – DACA Approved After Denial From Notario
Our client, a citizen of Mexico, had come to the US when he was just 2 years old. He applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals through a notario, and USCIS denied it. Client hired Furqan Sunny Azhar, who re-filed the application with a detailed cover letter outlining client’s eligibility, along with additional proof of client’s presence in the US. USCIS finally approved the application after an RFE, and granted the work authorization for 3 years.
- December 8, 2014 – 212(e) 2-Year Foreign Residency Waiver Approved Based on Hardship
Our client, a citizen of Jordan, came to the US to complete a residency program as he was a foreign medical graduate. He married a US citizen and then had a US citizen child. Furqan Sunny Azhar filed the J-1 waiver with the US State Department (DS-3035) and USCIS (I-612), and both were approved. The waivers were based on Jordan’s country conditions and the client's financial hardship, but most importantly, the wife’s severe allergy condition and the child’s Microcephaly, a medical condition characterized by an abnormally small head.
- November 24, 2014 – O-1 Approved for Karate Practitioner
Although USCIS recently changed their guidelines in adjudicating O-1 visa applications, making it increasingly difficult for professional athletes to come to the United States in O-1 status, attorney Noaman Azhar secured an O-1 visa for our client, a professional karate athlete who currently trains in Irving, Texas. Noaman was able to prove that our client qualified for the O-1 as he had secured multiple Gold Medals at national and international competitions in India and internationally. He is a 5th Degree Dan Black Belt in Karate and has won several national karate competitions as well as several Gold Medals in India. Our client will now train to compete for a Gold Medal at the USA National Karate Championships as well as in international competitions throughout the world.
- November 17, 2014 – Client and Wife Become Permanent Residents After Asylum Approval
Our client, a citizen of Nepal, came to the US as a visitor. He changed status to a student and then to L-1A, and finally he applied for asylum. The asylum application was referred to court, and the judge granted the asylum application after Furqan Sunny Azhar and the government attorney came to an agreement on the case. The judge was initially concerned about whether our client had filed his application within 1 year of arriving in the US, but after hearing oral arguments from Sunny and the government attorney, the judge agreed to approve the case. An I-730 was then filed to bring client’s spouse to the US, and both are now permanent residents.
- October 27, 2014 – Adjustment of Status Approved After Removal Proceedings Terminated
Client, a citizen of Nepal, had entered the US on an F-1 visa and overstayed. He then filed for asylum in San Francisco, CA. Client married a US citizen, and hired attorney Sunny Azhar to file the I-130 for him, via his US citizen wife. After an interview, the I-130 was approved, and ICE agreed to terminate client’s case in order to allow him to become a permanent resident through USCIS.
- September 29, 2014 – Stay of Removal Approved Based on DACA Eligibility
Our client, a citizen of Jordan, had entered the US when he was just 13. He had a conviction for Simple Possession of Marijuana and a deportation order. Now 25, he was detained by immigration officials and set to be removed from the US. Attorney Sunny Azhar filed a Stay of Removal with the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), and presented a copy of the DACA application and fees that he intended to file with USCIS. Client, who was scheduled to be removed the next day via plane, was released from detention by ICE, and the DACA application was filed. Despite multiple criminal convictions, including possession of marijuana, his DACA application was approved.