Ms. M is a national of Jamaica who had conditional resident status based on her marriage to a US citizen. The parties separated in or about May 2014 following an incident of domestic violence and after years of physical abuse and extreme cruelty. Her Justice referred her case to Fried Frank, and the Firm filed a Form I-751 petition to remove conditions to residence (battered spouse waiver) in October 2015. After submitting rounds of additional evidence over more than three years, Ms. M was finally interviewed by USCIS on January 14, 2019. Litigation associate Chelsea P. Azrak represented Ms. M at the interview, and her petition was finally approved on January 15, 2019. Ms. M received her permanent resident card on January 22, 2019. The Firm now plans to represent Ms. M in her petition for naturalization.
The Fried Frank team included litigation special counsel Jennifer L. Colyer, litigation associates Chelsea P. Azrak and Danica L. Brown, corporate associates Reon Cloete and Dionne N. Julius, and pro bono coordinator Stella Drevina.