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USCIS Approves Green Card for USMC Veteran and G-4 Retiree

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently welcomed Mr. Francisco Nunez as a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States—for the second time! Mr. Nunez, a native of Spain and a former U.S. Marine, recently retired after over 30 years of service with the United Nations (UN). Mr. Nunez originally obtained a green card as a child. However, he voluntarily gave up his green card to work for the UN as a nonimmigrant. DFVPA Attorney Alexander Wiker and Legal Assistant Kassandra Lugo helped Mr. Nunez prepare the application based on his service record as a G-4 employee. Mr. Nunez can now enjoy his retirement with his U.S. citizen wife and children. Congratulations Francisco; thank you for your service!

U.S. immigration law allows certain special immigrants who are retired officers or employees of qualifying international organizations to self-petition for green cards. Such organizations include but are not limited to the UN, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT). Qualifying individuals who hold nonimmigrant G-4, N, or NATO-6 status must file their applications within six months of retirement, as well as meet other residency and admissibility requirements. The benefit is also available to qualifying spouses and children.

Key Words: G-4, NATO-6, Adjustment of Status, Green Card