A Case of Mistaken Identity Leads to Removal Proceedings


Our firm recently helped a client clear his name and reopen his immigration case so that he could be given another opportunity to seek relief in the immigration court. The man had originally come to the United States on a B-2 visa back in the 1990s. Years later he married a U.S. citizen and was able to obtain legal permanent residence in 2009 based on that marriage.

As a result of a mistaken identity, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) believed the man had willfully misrepresented himself for the purpose of illegally obtaining permanent residency in the United States, so they charged him with fraud and placed him in removal proceedings. Due to exceptional circumstances the man never received any notification to appear before the court and ended up missing his 2010 hearing. He was then ordered by the court to be removed in absentia. In 2013, our client was approached by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and informed that he had an existing order of removal.

He contacted us and we immediately filed a motion to reopen on his behalf. The motion to reopen was granted based on asylum and changed country conditions as our client had converted from Islam to Christianity and feared he would be tortured and his life put at risk if he were to return to his home country of Yemen. We were also able to address the false charges levied against our client and we look forward to assisting him further in his pursuit of relief through the immigration court.

Attorney Tamar Jones had this to say about the case: “I am very happy for our client and with the outcome of this case! This motion to reopen was particularly difficult due to the factors involved and I am very pleased that we could achieve a positive outcome for our client. I look forward to assisting him further in his immigration journey.”

The attorneys at Fayad Law, P.C. have more than 30 years of combined experience practicing immigration law. We have helped countless individuals resolve even the most difficult of immigration cases and we have a proven track record of success. If you are in need of immigration advice or you seek legal counsel to help you protect your immigration status, we strongly urge you contact a Virginia immigration attorney at our firm immediately so that we can begin working on a strategy to help you achieve the most favorable results.

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