By Mariah Dennis, volunteer and contributing writer
It was love at first click for Andrea and Kurt, when they met online in 2014. But, there was one problem with this twenty-first century love story: Andrea lived in Peru, and Kurt lived in Boston. They spent the next two years chatting online before finally meeting in person in 2016.
Andrea was committed to moving to the United States to be with Kurt, but she was overwhelmed by the prospect of undertaking the complicated legal process to become a citizen by herself. One day, she saw an online advertisement for IINE’s Legal Immigration Service, and filled out an information inquiry. One of the many services IINE’s legal services team specializes in is providing support for the marriage green card process, and so she was able to engage legal team members Ashley Wellbrock and Caitlin Slavin to help further her case.
Once Andrea began working with IINE, she said she felt the burden of her legal paperwork being lifted off her shoulders.
“Thanks to Caitlin and Ashley most of the process was very smooth and easy going,” Andrea said. “The legal team helped me to navigate the USA immigration process with confidence. I just needed to bring all the required documents, and they took care of all the rest.”
Andrea started her work with the legal team in January 2019, and by the beginning of June, her application was approved by the federal government. Today, Andrea holds a conditional residence card, which means she can now work in the U.S., and travel abroad to visit her family. In in two years she can remove the conditions to become a permanent resident, another service that is provided by the IINE legal services team.
Andrea said she is grateful to the IINE legal staff for the attention they gave to her application process.
“I greatly appreciate their help, contacting me and making sure all was good with my case,” she said. “I am very happy that my beloved husband and I were so lucky to get all the support to make this dream come true.”