“We are grateful that they decided to give this young man a chance at a new life here in the United States,” says his attorney, David Koelsch, the director of the Immigration Law Clinic at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Koelsch got the news in a phone call from a field officer at the Detroit field office. “Aziz is going to be a fine citizen of our great country,” Koelsch says.
The approval of Alfassa’s petition means he’s entitled to federal financial aid to continue his college education and can apply for citizenship in five years.
Alfassa could not immediately be reached for comment.
Click here to read the News Hit item we wrote about his saga this week.
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