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Cleveland Immigration Court
-Observed removal hearings and worked on cases involving several forms of relief from removal, including asylum, adjustment of status, and cancellation of removal -Drafted decisions on applications for relief from removal -Conducted in-depth research and analysis of novel legal issues -Developed research, writing, and analytical skills, and increased knowledge of immigration law
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Cleveland State University
J.D. (2014) | Law
Honors: Joel Jay Finer Criminal Procedure Award for Outstanding Student in Criminal Procedure I (Fall 2014 Award Ceremony) Dean's List (Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012) CALI Highest Grade Certificate for Pretrial Practice (Spring 2014) CALI Highest Grade Certificate for Criminal Procedure (Fall 2013) LexisNexis Civil Litigation Award (Fall 2013 Award Ceremony) CALI Highest Grade Certificate for Judaic Law (Spring 2013) Judge Lee E. Skeel Award for Property (Fall 2012 Award Ceremony) Law Library Research Certificate (Fall 2012) LexisNexis Certificate of Competency (Spring 2012) CALI Highest Grade Certificate for Property (Fall 2011)
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Case Western Reserve University
B.A. (2011) | Accounting, Spanish
Honors: Wallach-Lee Families Scholarship Award Departmental award recognizing outstanding achievement in Accounting
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A: In Matter of Arrabally Yerrabelly, the Board of Immigration Appeals held that a departure under advance parole does not trigger the unlawful presence bar. But still, each time you depart from the US without lawful status you are taking a risk. An immigration officer might still find a reason to deny you reentry even if you are approved for advance parole. Check with an an immigration attorney to review your particular details and ensure there are no other reasons that might trigger inadmissibility.
A: You are not a US citizen, so you cannot apply to get a US passport. If you are talking about getting a passport from the country where you hold citizenship, you need to contact that embassy. If you are talking about naturalizing to be a US citizen and use a US passport (although you do not need to become a US citizen to travel), then the entire process is jurisdiction and case-dependent. Start by contacting your embassy.
A: Given the facts that you provided, I strongly advise you to contact a local immigration attorney who can personally meet with you and your wife and prepare you for what to expect. Most of us immigration attorneys will prepare you from start to finish - from preparation of the filing and supporting documents, to the preparation session(s) for the interview, to the supplemental packet for the interview, and even representation at the interview. Furthermore, while I respect my colleague's response, the unfortunate reality is that race actually does play a role in what you are about to face. When you are at an interview, the immigration officer has a great amount of discretion (which is often abused) and that officer will often place higher scrutiny (give you a harder time) to prove the merits of your relationship when you and your spouse come from different cultural and/or religious backgrounds. That is just how it is and you should be prepared accordingly.