Client, a Canadian citizen, approached SRW Border Lawyers after she was denied entry into the U.S. in F-1 status, after an overnight trip to Canada. At the time, Client was on approved medical leave from her PhD program at a prominent U.S. university. CBP determined that Client had violated the terms of her F-1 status during her approved medical leave. CBP took issue with Client engaging in outside learning for her own intellectual development while on leave. CBP was also concerned that Client violated her F-1 status because she was not living on campus fulltime.
After reviewing the client’s case, we did not agree with CBP’s determination that Client had violated the terms of her F-1 status. Specifically, we noted that there is nothing in the law stating that an individual must remain on campus while on approved medical leave or that an individual cannot engage in any outside learning during their approved medical leave. We also confirmed that CBP erroneously advised Client that she was not eligible for re-admission in F-1 status until she resumed a full course load of study.
Client engaged SRW Border Lawyers to prepare and submit a packet to CBP Officials, which outlined Client’s continued eligibility for F-1 status and requested that Client be re-admitted to the U.S. in F-1 status. After working with CBP Officials for several weeks, Client was properly re-admitted to the U.S. in F-1 status.
Applicant/Client Testimonial - “Based on a strong recommendation from those in the legal field in Toronto, Canada, I reached out to Serotte Reich Wilson Immigration Law in Buffalo, NY and without delay I was able to consult with the senior partners in the firm. I have contacted and consulted other immigration law firms in the U.S. during this time but their utmost professionalism, empathy, and expediency made my decision to entrust my case with Serotte Reich Wilson an easy one. During the course of next 3 months, Ms. Zabrina Reich and Ms. Nisha Fontaine worked ceaselessly to resolve the issue and with their expertise I was able to re-enter the U.S. with the F-1 Visa. More importantly, Ms. Zabrina Reich’s professionalism extended beyond the initial successful border crossing as she continued to impart her legal advice with my subsequent travels into the U.S. under the F-1 Visa.
I can assert with confidence that Serotte Reich Wilson Immigration Law is an exceptional firm with seasoned professionals who address individual case with utmost expertise and care. Based on my experience with Serotte Reich Wilson Immigration Law, I cannot recommend the firm enough to all those seeking legal assistance with U.S. immigration law."