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Client successes

Ms. Aljijakli has assisted individuals and families throughout the United States and the world. Some of Ms. Aljijakli's representative cases include:

  • Successfully representing asylum seekers before various asylum offices and immigration courts throughout the country for nationals of Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, The Gambia, Venezuela, Honduras, China, Nepal, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Palestine, among others.
  • Obtaining marriage-based green cards for numerous same-sex couples following the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 decision extending federal benefits to same-sex married couples.
  • Obtaining cancellation of removal for a citizen of China who was placed in removal proceedings after having lived in the United States without lawful status for more than a decade. Ms. Aljijakli proved to the Immigration Court that Client's presence in the U.S. was critical to the wellbeing of his U.S. citizen wife, plagued with depression and other severe medical problems, and their two young children. Result allowed Client to maintain his permanent residence and reside in the U.S.
  • Filing successful motion to reopen removal proceedings based on ineffective assistance of counsel before the Board of Immigration Appeals. Client, a Rwandan genocide survivor, was ordered deported after losing a meritorious asylum case due to her former attorney's inadequate representation. After the Board decision in favor of Client, the case was remanded back to the Immigration Court for further proceedings and Client was granted asylum.
  • Obtaining U.S. citizenship for a national of Vietnam whose application was initially denied after the Government found that he once made a false claim to U.S. citizenship. Client had voted in a U.S. presidential election under the mistaken belief that he had automatically acquired citizenship as a child through his father. Ms. Aljijakli convinced the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that Client qualified for citizenship despite the unlawful voting incident.
  • Advising criminal defense attorneys of the immigration consequences of criminal convictions for their clients during the pleading phase and in post-conviction relief efforts. Result has allowed multiple clients to avoid deportation and maintain their permanent resident status.
  • Successfully advocating for prompt release of clients placed in immigration detention due to an immigration violation or criminal offense. Result has allowed for release of clients even in select cases where the Government alleged that the individual is subject to mandatory detention.
  • Overcoming the Government's erroneous finding of marriage fraud for couple who had been legitimately married for several years. Result allowed Ghanaian husband to obtain permanent residence through his U.S. citizen spouse.
  • Obtaining reinstatement of student status for Saudi Arabian college student who was detained and placed in removal proceedings when he inadvertently allowed his F-1 visa status to lapse. His student status was fully restored and he was allowed to continue his academic studies in the United States.
  • Filing successful petition under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and obtaining lawful permanent resident status for Brazilian native who was subjected to domestic violence and abuse at the hands of her former husband.
  • Obtaining U.S. citizenship for a Syrian national who had waited for a decision from USCIS on his citizenship application for more than three years. Ms. Aljijakli was able to obtain U.S. citizenship for Client within several months after filing a lawsuit to demand immediate federal court review of the stalled application.
  • Obtaining approval of unique application for U.S. citizenship for the Indian spouse of a U.S. citizen employed abroad by an American corporation. Result allowed the spouse to obtain citizenship, under special rule 319(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, without having met the standard residence requirements.