Never be afraid to fall in love more than once! Pictured is our client Andrew who came to the United States from Guyana on a fiancé (K-1 nonimmigrant) visa in the 1990’s. Andrew married his fiancé within the required 90 days, but was unprepared for what occurred next. His wife unfortunately abandoned him, placing him in a difficult situation, never having filed for him. Barred from obtaining his green card he lived out of status in the United States for 20 years. Over the years Andrew divorced his first wife and married an amazing naturalized citizen from Guyana. Andrew and his current wife have been happily married for over ten years, however she was unable to file for him because he originally entered the U.S. on a K-1 fiancé visa. This frustrating situation pushed Andrew and his wife to seek help here at Spar Bernstein where our Senior Associate Marina Brakefield dedicated herself to Andrew’s case. She discovered a regulation permitting Andrew and his current wife to establish that they worked 40 quarters pursuant to the Social Security Administration, thus allowing Andrew to be exempt from filing an affidavit of support. Marina was able to circumvent the stringent affidavit of support requirements for fiancée visa holders and was able to get Andrew to be granted lawful permanent residence. He was more than happy to return to the office to show his appreciation! Another happy client and success story.