Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Juan’s Immigration Story

Laura Bloniarz, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

Juan was just a young child when he first arrived in the United States. Although he was from a different country, Juan wound up living the life of a regular American kid, going to a regular American high school and falling in love with the young woman he eventually married. Despite his lack of citizenship, Juan was always proud to be a member of his community.

After the couple married and had their first child, Juan’s wife tried to sponsor him for permanent residence. The application process took years. By the time Juan was legally allowed to remain here, his wife had already given birth to their second child.

CVLS joined Juan’s immigration story in the final chapter – the naturalization application. Because his immigration history made Juan’s application risky, it had to be carefully reviewed before submission. Laura Bloniarz, a CVLS volunteer through our American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) clinic, met with Juan, carefully went over the paperwork, prepared other essential forms, and submitted his application.

Three weeks before Valentine’s Day, Juan gave his wife the sweetest gift: they attended his Naturalization Ceremony and Juan became a U.S. Citizen! When she found out the good news, Laura said, “The CVLS Immigration Clinic provides so many valuable services to immigrant families. I’m honored to support the Clinic because I know the meaningful impact the work has for clients like Juan and his family.”