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Judge Grants Pakistani Immigrant Faisal Ulvie Green Card After Narrowly Avoiding Deportation

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A New York judge granted Pakistani immigrant Faisal Ulvie a green card last week after his post-911 detention followed by his two-year battle to stay in the U.S. with his American wife and their children.

Pakistani immigrant Faisal Ulvie has won the battle to stay in the United States with his family.

Ulvie traveled to the United States eight years ago and applied for political asylum. But after he missed an asylum hearing, he was issued deportation orders.

He came so close to being deported he was on the airport tarmac when INS authorities received a cell phone call from a federal judge ordering them to pull Faisal off the plane.

Ulvie remained in the country and married a US citizen, Nadine Young. He helped raise Nadine’s two children. Three years ago, they had a child of their own named Shaheen.

In November 2002, Faisal Ulvie was picked up by the INS. Two months later the Ulvie family won a major victory. Federal Immigration Judge Patricia Rohan gave Faisal permission to file a marriage petition with the INS.

The marriage interview took place in April of this year. After a nearly two-year battle, a judge last week granted Faisal Ulvie a green card.

  • Faisal Ulvie, Pakistani man who traveled to the United States six years ago for a martial arts competition. He decided to stay in the country and apply for political asylum. He is married to a US citizen. After a nearly two-year battle, a New York judge granted him Green Card status.

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