Client: Lawful Permanent Resident
Client’s Country of Origin: Jordan
Case Type: Marriage Green Card/Asylum
Date of Application: March 2016
Date of Approval: Month 2019

In 2016, our client, a citizen of Jordan, entered the US on a visitor visa for personal travel. Shortly afterward, he applied for asylum. During the waiting period of the asylum application, our client united in marriage with a US citizen, and Chief Paralegal Connie Cook of Herman Legal Group assisted with filing for a marriage green card application concurrently with closing the asylum case.

Cook’s tactic to immediately file for a marriage green card application and administratively close the asylum case was extremely beneficial for our client. Firstly, asylum applications and processing are largely more extensive. The applicant must file lengthy documents, produce fingerprints, background screening, and attend interviews prior to determining asylum approval or denial. In the US, the average timeframe for an asylum application to decision takes six months; however, the USCIS previously stated that due to increased workload priority related to border enforcement, there have been scheduling delays for asylum interviews.

Due to the above circumstances, our client essentially waited on asylum approval for nearly three years. However, with Herman Legal Group counsel, our client’s marriage green card application was filed and approved this year within months. Furthermore, the asylum interview was just scheduled this year, where Cook attended the interview with our client and administratively closed the case due to the pending marriage green card approval.