Attending college in the U.S. was the plan; not dating, not getting married. However, as fate would have it, in her second year of school at New York University “Sonya”, a Chinese Citizen, met “John”, a U.S. Citizen from upstate New York. Suppressing her true feelings, Sonya was initially apprehensive to tell John how she felt about him due to her status in the U.S. as a student. Sonya wasn’t sure if she could commit to John as she did not understand the nuances of the U.S. immigration laws or her responsibilities as a student. But, before Sonya could confess her love to John, John proposed, and Sonya said yes.
Not knowing whether they’d be able to live in the U.S. or move to China, Sonya and John contacted Andrew Slepian, Esq. of Slepian Law. After a review of the facts, Andrew clearly and patiently explained Sonya’s situation and laid out a seemingly simple road map that lead from Sonya’s present status to U.S. Lawful Permanent Residence to U.S. Citizenship. Andrew was able to instill the confidence in Sonya that everything would be alright and she would ultimately be permitted to remain in the U.S. as a Lawful Permanent Residence. Within four months of Slepian Law filing the appropriate paperwork, Sonya’s Application for Lawful Permanent Residence was approved! Sonya and John continue to live in New York City and are expecting their first child in April 2014!