Testimonials & Success Stories
Stories and experiences direct from our clientele
“Our company has enjoyed working with Monica and her team for over four years on all types of employment-based immigration matters. We have a heavy immigration case load and Monica’s team provides responsive, thorough and quality service with excellent results and has represented our company and employees with the utmost personal care and professionalism. For Monica and the team at USILG, integrity, attention to detail, creativity, and competence are second to none. When I have questions or concerns, Monica and USILG are always available to listen and provide sound council. We are so grateful to have them as our immigration partner. Thanks”
-K.T., Director of Human Resources of publicly-traded international technology company
“Let me take this opportunity to thank you again for all your tremendous efforts to help me with my immigration matters since you were willing to take my immigration court case back in February 2009. Where I am today with my immigration status would never be possible if it were not for your help. Your expertise, knowledge, and pure heart to help as much as you can should be an example to those of the same calling in the field. It is not a hyperbole that you are answering your calling as Mother Teresa was. Your work ethics and courage prove it.”
“Thanks a lot for your assistance in getting us through the process. It was you who got us back on track with our EB-2 filing. Words are not enough, but will try to summarize short: I truly appreciate your (and your staff’s) pro-activeness, diligence, and timely communication that helped us during this long process. Thanks for your assistance in the matter. It certainly has been a great pleasure working with you.”
“Knowing your time is very valuable, I would like to thank you, for taking part of your busy schedule to meet with me. Talking to you today gave me hope–it sounds dramatic, but is true. I really appreciate the information you provided me.”
“I just received our green cards in the mail, and I wanted to write in to thank you very much for the thorough work you put into our filings. Also, thank you very much for answering my numerous questions patiently over the years.”
“I want to tell you thank you for helping my mom with the court. And I am happy because they are not going to send her to Mexico.”
-Jonathan, 8 years old
“Monica assisted me and my husband in acquiring a work permit and green card. We found her upon a recommendation from a family friend, and we couldn’t have been more happy with her services. She is a trustworthy and dedicated attorney and is very personable and understanding in any stressful situation. I have recommended her services to many friends and colleagues, and they have reported the same positive experience with her every time.”
“Thank you for being so generous with your time. I will always remember your professionalism. May God bless you. With great respect.”
“I am very grateful for your efforts, kindness and untiring service may the Lord bless you and reward you for all what you have done. Thank you very much.”
H1B Temporary Specialty Worker Petitions
- After unlicensed immigration consultant failed to timely file extension, USILG obtained nunc pro tunc (retroactive) approval of H-1B extension on behalf of Computer Systems Analyst and H-4 extension for his family, thus eliminating the possibility of triggering the 10 year bar to admission under INA § 212(a)(9)(B)(i)(II). Simultaneously successfully defended employment-based I-140 petition on behalf of the principal beneficiary in response to RFE and, upon approval of I-140, obtained subsequent 3-year extension of H-1B status.
- H-1B change of status application from F-1 student for Marketing Analyst from Colombia.
- H-1B change of employer from F-1 student for Mexican script writer/editor.
EB13 – Multinational Executive/Manager Petitions
- Approval of L-1A/L-2 status for executive of Taiwanese branch of Japanese company. Subsequently obtained approval of Multinational Manager/Executive I-140 and adjustment of status to lawful permanent resident for entire family in less than six months.
- Romanian function manager granted Multinational Manager/Executive classification. Adjustment of status obtained for principal beneficiary and entire family prior to eldest son “aging out” at age 21.
- “New office” L-1A for importer of luxury automobiles from the U.S. to Kazakhstan.
- “New office” L-1A for importer/distributor of specialty dog food from New Zealand.
- L-1B for Global Events and Marketing coordinator of major skin products company.
- L-1B for Sales and Marketing Coordinator of Swiss watchmaker.
- E-2 visa in Frankfurt, Germany for bakery chef to work at specialty bistro/delicatessen in Redondo Beach, California.
- E-2 visa in Vienna, Austria for investment in solo Architect practice in New York City.
- E-2 visa in Vancouver, Canada for investment in family-owned marriage counseling enterprise in California.
- E-2 visa in Vienna, Austria for investment in Italian restaurant.
- E-2visa in Vancouver, Canada for investment for graphic design firm.
- E-2 visa in Buenos Aires, Argentina for Travel Consultant.
- Literally dozens of E-2 visas for executives, managers and specialty occupation major Japanese companies.
- Successfully defended “Ability to Pay” issues on I-140 petitions for a variety of companies, including sole proprietorships.
- Successfully obtained I-140 petitions (under previously approved labor certification and Adjustment of Status for applicants eligible under 245(i) x applications.
- USILG was granted its motion to reopen and reconsider in an employment based case where the petitioner and beneficiary sought the assistance of an organization not licensed to practice law, which acted as the Legal Representative and inadvertently placed its own name on the forms as the employer. Based on the inaccuracies, the USCIS denied the I-140 petition. The organization appealed, but failed to properly file the appeal but in its own name, rather than in the name of the employer. The appeal was eventually rejected by the Administrative Appeals Office as improperly filed. USILG was able to document the unlawful practice of law of the organization and the numerous California Business and Professions Code violations and convinced USICS not to punish the petitioner and beneficiary for the incompetence of the organization.
- P visas for a variety of athletes (triathlon, moto-cross, acrobatic pilot, among others) and performers and supporting personnel (Argentine/Mexican band, Mexican television performers, director, etc.)
- Yacht Crewmember visas for citizens of Mexico, Ireland and Costa Rica.
- B-1 Admission letters for business travel for applicants in a variety of contexts.
- B-1 in lieu of H-1B for British CFO of Austrian company
- After seven year court process, USILG was successful in having asylum granted for a Cameroon national. Tragically, his wife who remained in Cameroon died, but he can now be reunited with his children.
- USILG was successful in obtaining TPS status under late initial registration for a Salvadoran national who was a derivative of his mother’s asylum application filed 20 years earlier.
- USILG was successful in the arguing that a client in TPS status is admissible for adjustment of status purposes and obtain adjustment for a Salvadoran national.
Successful Adjustments with Improper Removals/Deportations
- Motion to reopen and reconsider approved and successfully obtained adjustment for a Guatemalan national whose removal from the U.S. was improper. The Board of Immigration Appeals reopened her deportation proceedings, effectively vacating the previous deportation order by the Immigration Judge making her removal null and void. As a result, she is not inadmissible under Section 212(a)(9)(C)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”) and was eligible to adjust.
- Successfully obtained lawful permanent residency status for a Mexican national who never received notice of immigration court hearing and was improperly removed. USILG successfully negotiated with Immigration Customs Enforcement to have this client brought back to the U.S. and have his status restored.
- USILG was successful in reopening an immigration court case for a woman who failed to appear at her hearing due to domestic abuse.
- USILG has consistently been successful in reopening immigration court cases for individuals who never received proper notice.
- After being apprehended by Arizona Highway Patrol, USILG was successful in changing venue to Los Angeles and successfully demonstrating client was eligible for Cancellation of Removal for Non Permanent Residents under Section 240A of the Immigration and Nationality Act based on hardship suffered by his U.S. Citizen wife.
- Reunited Canadian national with his U.S. citizen family after successfully obtaining an I 601 Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility under Section INA 212(a)(9)(B)(v) and demonstrating that refusing his admission would result in extreme hardship to his U.S. citizen wife.
- After having his I-601 waiver denied, USILG was successful in supplementing the record and obtaining a waiver and ultimately lawful permanent residence for a Mexican national who triggered the 10 year bar under INA §212(a)(9)(B)(i).
- USILG assisted a Mexican national, who initially entered the United States in 1988 at the age of twelve and placed in removal proceedings with her husband to terminate her removal proceedings and pursue U visa based on years of physical abuse and violence at the hands of her spouse. Today, she raises her two U.S. citizen daughters in the U.S. free of violence and without fear of deportation.