Impact: Keeping Families Together

In the late 1990s, a notary public provided unauthorized and fraudulent legal advice to Diego* and his father when they attempted to file a petition to allow Diego to live in the United States. As a result, the government denied Diego's application and placed him in deportation proceedings. In 2003, the court ordered Diego to leave the United States under "voluntary departure." After Diego's departure, his father sought legal advice from the National Immigrant Justice Center. NIJC's experienced attorneys were able to help the family demonstrate to the immigration agency that Diego's absence was an extreme hardship on his father. As a result, the U.S. consulate granted Diego a special waiver that allowed him to return to the United States and apply for lawful permanent resident status. Today Diego is on a path to citizenship and is able to care for his father.

*Name has been changed to protect client's privacy.