Our clients of the month for June 2015 are Oscar Molina and Mirian Campos. Oscar just returned from El Salvador, where he received his immigrant visa and entered the U.S. as a permanent resident after more than a decade of living without status in the U.S. Oscar is the most recent BR client to receive an immigrant visa under the I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver program which permits individuals with approved immigrant relative petitions to seek a waiver of their “inadmissibility” (due to unlawful presence in the U.S.) prior to departing the U.S. to seek an immigrant visa at the U.S. consulate in their home country. By permitting stateside review, this program has eliminated the great uncertainty and risk in seeking a waiver, which in the past had to be sought at the consulate outside the U.S., and which, if denied, could result in a ten year bar to returning to the U.S.
Oscar had no trouble meeting the discretionary standard to obtain a waiver. Oscar came to the U.S. in 2004 hoping to join friends of his family and find work so he could continue to support his struggling family in El Salvador. In the ten years since he arrived, Oscar worked as a caretaker and handyman, met and married Mirian – a U.S. citizen, the love of his life and a long-time friend of his family – developed a close network of extended family and friends, supported his employer through the traumatic murder of her husband in their home, and supported Mirian throughout her graduate school studies in counseling and full-time work. Oscar is known to all to be hard-working, gentle, caring, kind, reliable, and responsible – no one could deny he deserves the rights and privileges of a permanent resident. Mirian completed her graduate degree in Counseling a week before Oscar returned to the U.S. as a permanent resident. We have no doubt that these two lovely people will continue to serve this country as the finest examples of caring and compassion as they begin this new chapter in their lives together.