Rare Registry Green Card Awarded to Obama’s Uncle

Posted on: December 9th, 2013 by Sobel and Erwin

In a recent immigration court case, President Obama’s uncle was granted a green card through a rare process known as registry. Onyango “Omar” Obama has been residing in the United States since his student visa expired in 1970.

Immigration Judge Leonard Shapiro granted Omar Obama his green card status allowing him to avoid deportation back to his country of origin, Kenya. Obama will be eligible for US citizenship in five years.

Omar Obama was granted the green card because he fell under the registry order that allows immigrants who arrived in the United States prior to 1972 who have good moral character to apply for a green card, even if they are currently in the US illegally. Although very few people will still qualify for the registry process, this case provides an example of how complicated immigration law can be and of the need to seek help from a qualified immigration attorney.

Eligibility Criteria for a Registry Green Card

An immigrant may be able to seek a green card under the registry process if you meet the following criteria:

  • You entered the US prior to January 1, 1972
  • You have remained in the United States continuously since your arrival
  • You have good moral character
  • You have not become ineligible for citizenship due to other events
  • You are not deportable under Section 237(a)(4)(B) The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)
  • You are not inadmissible under Section 212(a)(3)(E) of the INA; or inadmissible as a criminal, procurer, other immoral person, subversive, a violator of the narcotics laws or alien smuggler

Immigration Help at Sobel & Erwin

Immigration, green cards, deportation and citizenship are extremely complex areas of law. Seek the expert legal guidance of the immigration lawyers at Sobel & Erwin in Tulsa, Oklahoma.