I was referred to CLIA and they did our case pro-bono and helped throughout the entire process. It took 3 years, but we were finally approved to have my son and daughter join us in the safe haven that is the United States. This Mother’s Day, I received the best gift a mother could dream of, my children joined my husband and I today in our new home safe from violence. Though the heartbreak of losing my son will always be with me, CLIA was able to give me hope and happiness once again and for that, I am beyond thankful.
My sister and I had been green card holders for five years and I knew this was when we could officially apply to become United States Citizens. We had been looking forward to this moment and we were so excited to make our appointments with CLIA. They assisted us with our entire immigration process from beginning to end, helping us obtain our work cards, then our green cards, and finally helping us obtain full U.S. citizenship! We are both so proud to be U.S. Citizens because the United States has given us so many opportunities. We are so grateful to CLIA for going above and beyond to make our dreams a reality by providing quality legal services.
With the help of CLIA’s consulting attorney and an intern from the UNL College of Law, CLIA won asylum for Kim and her family. They received work authorization and lawful permanent residency. They are now able to remain in this country without fear of being forced to return to China. They would be able to protect and cherish their children without further persecution. Even more important, Katie is safe from violence and will grow up with legal rights and opportunities. Kim credits CLIA with saving Katie’s life.
I am proudly a United States Citizen after immigrating here from Uganda when I was 20 years old to join my mother. Before obtaining U.S. Citizenship I had a green card, which allowed me to reside in the U.S. and be able to travel to my previous home, Uganda, to visit my partner. The relationship did not work out and we went our separate ways. However, when I returned home to the United States, I was contacted by my partner and was informed that she was pregnant with twins and that I would soon become a father. I provided monetary support and visited as much as possible because I did not know how I could bring them to the U.S. since I did not understand the complexity of the immigration system. When I became a U.S. Citizen I knew I needed to find a pathway for my family to legally immigrate to the U.S. I luckily discovered CLIA through a friend and they were able to help me petition for my family and get them to the United States. Thanks to CLIA, they are now with me and I feel my family is complete.
I came to the United States as a child with my parents from Guatemala to seek a better and safer life. When President Obama created DACA, I was able to legally work, pursue my education, and eventually become a Social Worker. While in college, I met the love of my life, Antonio, who was a part of the U.S. military and studying to be a doctor. I became concerned that if Antonio were to be stationed overseas that I would not be able to travel outside of the U.S. while only having DACA status. This is when I reached out to CLIA for help. They were able to assist me by finding a pathway to obtaining my green card due to my husband being apart of the military. Now that I have my green card I am looking forward to the day when I can officially apply to become a United States Citizen.
My life has changed dramatically since coming to CLIA for help. I now have a work card and am able to work, get a driver’s license, have a home, and take care of my family’s basic needs. I used to be worried and stressed, but a huge burden was lifted off of my shoulders knowing that I am in the U.S. legally. My children go to school and one day I would like to go back to school to be able to help others and impact their lives positively like CLIA has done in my life.