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Couple seeking adjustment of status face deportation instead

Many immigrants want to do their best to obtain a permanent place in the United States. Unfortunately, the task of seeking an adjustment of status can be difficult. Without the right information, some individuals may think that they are taking proper steps toward obtaining a visa, but in reality, they may not be helping themselves as much as they think.

California readers may be interested in one couple's situation involving a misunderstanding that has them facing deportation. Reports stated that a couple who came to the country from Albania applied for diversity visas in hopes of being chosen out of the lottery which awards these visas. They were recently contacted in order to interview for the visas, but upon their arrival for the interview, they were detained.

Apparently, the couple already had deportation orders on record. According to diversity visa policy, individuals who already have such orders cannot obtain the visas, even if they are selected from the lottery. Unfortunately, because the couple did not have the right information, they did not know about this possibility. Now, the man has been detained, and the woman is required to wear an ankle monitor while remaining with the couple's three children.

There are various ways in which individuals may attempt to pursue an adjustment of status, but as this case shows, without the proper information on various visas or other options, they may not know how to truly help their cases. If individuals in California are looking for ways to become legal permanent residents, they may wish to obtain reliable facts regarding their possible options. Enlisting the help of experienced immigration attorneys could better ensure that parties understand what avenues could potentially work for their specific circumstances.

Source: northjersey.com, "Clifton couple thought they could adjust their legal status; instead, they were detained", Monsy Alvarado, March 13, 2018

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