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Pictured here in blue is our client Renae Love, who is a premier example of how patience can be bitter, but the fruit very sweet. Ms. Love met her husband in Jamaica before the two moved to Arizona where they were married, had a son, and lived together for a few years. Unfortunately the relationship did not last and oil was thrown on the fire when her ex-husband began painting Renae in a bad light with his actions. This only served to aggravate the already difficult task of granting her a 10 year/permanent green card. Her case was an arduous and time consuming process. Marina Brakefield, recognizing that the case was at risk of being prolonged even further, took the initiative and enlisted the assistance of congressional resources to expedite the process. She was successful in acquiring the 10 year green card as well as a divorce waiver for our client. On top of this, her son was granted a green card as well! Renae and her friends, who are fans of Brad’s LawLink program, came in to show their appreciation and as you can see, were very happy with the results.

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The dapper gentleman pictured in the middle is none other than our client Anthony Gentles, who has struggled for over 30 years to receive his green card. Mr. Gentles comes from a violent neighborhood in Kingston, Jamaica where young men were being killed for political/gang affiliations and some for simply being unfortunate enough to get caught in the crossfire. Recognizing the threat such a dangerous environment posed to her son, Anthony’s terminally ill mother only wished for him to move to the United States for a safer life. Shortly after she passed away, he fulfilled her dying wish and arrived on the shores of Miami as a young man in September of 1980.
While living in the United States, Anthony had ten children and his first wife petitioned for him in 1982. When this was denied by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service his oldest son petitioned for him in 2009 which also, sadly, was rejected. Despite living the better part of his life as an exemplary citizen, a past criminal record from his youth resulted in his green card application being turned down and the transferring of his case to Immigration Court. Frustrated with the ups and downs of his case throughout the past years, Anthony approached Spar & Bernstein. Our office took the initiative and submitted a waiver to establish how Mr. Gentle’s wife and father (a legal permanent resident) would suffer should he not be granted a green card. Just a few years earlier, Anthony’s physician had informed him that he had a heart condition however, without proper health insurance he would be unable to sufficiently address it.
This past September, while visiting the hospital to obtain evidence for his case, Mr. Gentle’s physician insisted that he have a routine check-up. This resulted in his hospitalization where he underwent a coronary artery bypass graft surgery. It is always scary going under the knife, and we are thankful Anthony has made a full recovery. The surgery marked a turning point in his case and lead to the immigration judge granting his lawful permanent residence and green card! Anthony was all smiles when returning to the firm to offer his thanks, and we’re glad he chose Spar & Bernstein!

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Coming from Jamaica, Melissa encountered difficulties and hardships within her relationship that pushed her to live with her aunt. Tired of struggling with domestic issues and refusing to be complacent, Melissa sought help from our immigration department at Spar & Bernstein.

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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.

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When Judith came to us she was a recent visitor from Hungary. She knew she wanted to live in the United States but was unsure how to proceed. She came to us for a consultation, and she subsequently got sponsored for her green card through her employer. We successfully processed her job sponsorship, and now she is a United States Citizen. She recently came by our office to say "thank you". Congratulations Judith.

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We Got This Man His Green Card With No Time To Spare.

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Everard's bags were nearly packed, and he was ready to go back to Jamaica after he received an order of deportation. Unwilling to accept defeat, he turned to Spar & Bernstein as his last hope, so we jumped into action, and re-opened Everard's case. Today, Everard came in with his citizenship certificate and a contagious smile!

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After suffering serious injuries in a car accident, Bernadette came to Spar & Bernstein to get a large settlement for her injuries. After years of hard fought negotiations, Personal Injury attorney Moshe Borukh was able to make sure Bernadette was compensated with the largest settlement possible.


The beautiful Denise immigrated from Jamaica in 2007 to be with her husband. After her relationship became strained, she came to Spar and Bernstein looking to adjust her status without her husband’s help. Our attorney, Rebecca Lenetsky, was able to file a self-petition for her green card, and we are happy to report that Denise is now a legal resident who didn't require her husband's help to gain lawful status. She successfully got her green card thanks to her partnership with Spar & Bernstein! 

(Pictured from left to right: Denise, client; Brad Bernstein, president) 


Dawn was out-of-status for over a decade, and found herself in a tough relationship that she thought would prevent her from ever getting a green card. But thanks to Spar & Bernstein, she was able to get her green card and leave her toxic relationship behind.

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