Ana came initially to the U.S. when she was just a child. After facing many challenges and obstacles while growing up, she was approved for DACA when it first became available. Ana has Type 1 diabetes and a few years back, her health was suffering. Her sister, who is a physician in her native country of Brazil, suggested that she travel back to Brazil, where healthcare was more affordable and manageable, for treatments. She consulted her previous immigration attorney, who told her that she could travel to Brazil and there would be no issues. However, the attorney failed to tell her that she needed to apply in advance for an Advanced Parole to be able to return to the United States.
This mistake cost Ana dearly
It got her stuck in a foreign country, where she did not speak the language (since she grew up in the United States) or know many people. She was depressed, and her health was only worsening because of it. She gained weight and could not control her blood sugar, and eventually ended up in the hospital. Her mother, who could not travel to Brazil to be with her because she was living and working in the U.S., reached out to us for help. We took the case and filed for a humanitarian parole, a rare form of relief to allow someone who is not eligible for a visa to come to the U.S. for urgent humanitarian reasons. It took a lot of effort and some time, but we got it approved.
Ana came back from Brazil on the humanitarian parole, and we immediately started the process to apply for her green card. Her health also improved dramatically once she reunited with her mother in the only home she has ever known. Earlier this month, Ana received the approval of her green card.
We are so happy that Ana is finally a permanent resident and can now live and work in the U.S. without fear of being separated from her family. Ana can finally be at the helm of her life and enjoy her legal permanent resident status. Like a lot of the Dreamers across this country, she has so much to give back to the United States and we wish her great things for her future.