Coane & Associates immigration case in San Francisco

Tomorrow, I will be arguing an immigration case at the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

This case involves an individual from Nigeria who married a US citizen. He was given a green card based on his marriage, but about 2 years later, the immigration service canceled his status, claiming they approved it by mistake. In particular, they said that since they never approved his wife’s visa petition, they couldn’t lawfully approve his adjustment of status to green card.

As it turns out, the law says that if a green card is approved by mistake, it’s as if the person never had a green card. The government then prosecuted my client and he was ordered deported, even though he has been in the United States for 19 years and has 2 US citizen children.

At tomorrow’s appellate argument, the 9th Circuit will decide whether to overturn the deportation order and allow my client to apply for certain waivers, to allow him to stay here.

The lesson to be learned from this case is that there is no statute of limitations prohibiting the government from taking away a person’s green card for reasons of mistake, or fraud, or anything else that they can articulate.


Bruce Coane is a leading lawyer with 30 years of experience in the field of immigration law and employment law. He may be reached via email at or his website at Coane and Associates.