It has been a long and complicated legal journey, but Jose Tapia and his wife Griselda are finally both permanent legal residents of the United States.

Both Jose and Griselda are originally from Mexico, but they have been living in the United States most of their lives. Griselda first came to the United States with her family when she was just eight years old. Jose first came to the United States when he was fifteen, to find work to support himself and his parents.

In California, where both were living, Jose and Griselda met and fell in love. They soon got married and had their first child, Jose Angel, in 1997. In 2004, they had a little girl, Gabriela.

In 1999, after learning of his brother’s death in Mexico, Jose made a brief trip to Mexico to be with his family. Upon Jose’s return to the United States, Jose was caught by immigration officers trying to enter the United States without a visa. Jose was caught four times, each time the Immigration officers briefly interviewed him and turned him back to Mexico.

In 2000, Jose and Griselda consulted with a “notario,” an immigration consultant who unlawfully practices law without a law degree or license. The notario caused Jose and Griselda to be placed in removal (deportation) proceedings.

In danger of being deported to Mexico, Jose and Griselda asked our law firm to represent them before the Immigration Judge. We determined that Jose and Griselda were eligible to apply for Cancellation of Removal, which if granted by the Immigration Judge, would make Jose and Griselda lawful permanent residents of the United States.

Cancellation of removal is a very difficult case to win. To be eligible for Cancellation of Removal, a person needs […]