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Immigrant Approved for ‘Green Card’ as Essential Worker in Pandemic

An immigrant who was notified in early May by the Citizenship and Immigration Service ( USCIS ) that her application for permanent residence had been denied this week received a new notice from the same authority that informed her that her case was reconsidered and approved. the process towards the “green card”.

Julia Iafrate, a doctor from a New York hospital who works as a volunteer on the battlefront against the coronavirus, published her photograph on May 6 on her Instagram account holding a sign that reads: “I am an immigrant and a doctor fighting COVID-19 on the front line. ”

The image was accompanied by a text in which he expressed his disappointment at the recent news he had received from immigration about the rejection of the “green card” petition.

Her case came to attention when she appeared on the national news network CNN questioning the authorities’ decision, but a week later, USCIS reconsidered the case as an essential work in the pandemic and gave the green light so that the doctor can start the process of permanent residence.

On the battlefront


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I deserve to be here. . . I recently received notice in the mail that my application for a green card has been denied. FYI, I have lived in the USA for 13 years. I completed all of my medical training here. I did my residency at the prestigious Mayo Clinic and my sports medicine fellowship at the University of Iowa. Straight out of training I was offered a job at Columbia University Medical Center. I’ve been here almost 3 years. Once the Covid pandemic here in NYC began I immediately volunteered to move to the frontlines of my hospital because I am #nypstrong and I believe in using your gifts the best possible way you can. And I have been waiting for a green card. Patiently. But that ended 2 days ago when I received a letter from the #uscis stating my petition had been denied. Apparently I hadn’t proven my worth to them …. . I have 30 days to appeal, and believe me, I will. But I just have to ask them: . . If not me, then whom? #whoisgoodenough #doctorsofinstagram #medicaldoctor #immigrantsmakeamericagreat #immigration #frontlineworkers #healthcareworkers #healthcareheroes #doctorsareheroes #pleaseshare #helpme #istayedatworkforyouyoustayathomeforus #nyc #nycdoctor #medicine

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In the same boat

“I am more than happy to share this incredible news,” she wrote on May 14 on the same social network along with the image of the approval form of the application for a foreign worker I-140 for being of national interest.

“I am still waiting for my adjustment of I-485 status, technically I still do not have the ‘green card’, but it is moving in that direction and I can return to work,” said who is originally from Canada with 13 years living in the United States. .

Dr. Iafrate emphasized that the process of immigration through legal channels has been quite difficult since more than a decade ago she began with the student visa until obtaining the employment permit and now on her way to permanent residence.


“It has been a difficult path,” he said. “And I know that I am not alone. There are many other health workers who are in the same boat as me. “

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