As the season of Thanksgiving dawns upon us, the team at Hope Immigration is filled with gratitude for all the good in our lives, especially the incredible individuals we’ve had the privilege of assisting on their immigration journeys. In the spirit of this season of love, family, and thankfulness, we want to take a moment to reflect on what our team is grateful for and highlight the bonds that make this season truly special.
Thankful for You
Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and appreciation, and at Hope Immigration, we are profoundly thankful for the amazing individuals we’ve had the honor of serving. Each immigration journey is a unique story of courage, determination, and the pursuit of a better life, and we are honored to play a small part in it. We extend our heartfelt thanks to every client who has entrusted us with their dreams and aspirations.
Thankful for the Successes
One of the most rewarding aspects of our work is witnessing the joy of clients achieving their dreams and goals, and families coming together. This year has been one full of wonderful successes, from naturalization approvals to family reunifications. Thanksgiving reminds us of the significance of these moments, and we are grateful for the opportunity to play a part in these milestones. Whether through family-based immigration petitions or other avenues, we celebrate the moments when families can gather around the table and share these moments of joy and togetherness.
Thankful for Giving Back
In the spirit of giving, we are committed to supporting our community. We are grateful to have the opportunities and means to give back to others, be it through partnerships with non-profit organizations, attending community events and fundraisers, or the team choosing charities to give to on Giving Tuesday. At Hope Immigration, we strive to make a positive impact beyond the realm of immigration law. This Thanksgiving, we express our thanks for the chance to contribute to the well-being of the communities we serve.
Thankful for our Team
Lastly, we are deeply grateful for the amazing team at Hope Immigration. The little tight-knit community we’ve created in the office makes us look forward to coming to the office and serving you all each and every day. From the daily moments of joy to the support during hard times, we could not provide you with the quality of service we strive to provide without the strength of our team.
Reflecting on the past year, each Hope team member has shared what they are most grateful for:
Working in the world of immigration is like working behind the scenes of a movie. Most people only see the result but cannot imagine what’s behind the process. It takes hours of work, time, and dedication to review and prepare a case. It requires a team to support you when you have questions or need help to get a case out on time. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the team that I have by my side. A team that always greets me with a “Good morning” and “How are you?” And at the end of my day, they say “goodbye” with a “happy evening and enjoy your run.” A team where we applaud each other’s success but also listen to each other in unpleasant moments. I am also grateful for those clients who understand and respect our work and encourage me to continue doing what I do.
I am grateful for everything I have around me. My husband, my two boys, and my two cats are my reason to be a better person every day. Having a place to come every day to do what I love, which is to help other people makes me feel fortunate. But mostly, being alive is the BIG reason to feel grateful this year.
In times like these, while the world is full of chaos, there are still many reasons to be grateful for. Gratitude is embraced in our office, and I am blessed to work in a place where we often communicate gratitude as a team. I am grateful for our clients’ trust, for allowing us to be part of their cases, and for all the incredible approvals. I am grateful for the little things in life. For the beautiful fall colors that I see every day, for my family, and for our health.
This year has been so full of joy and gratitude. Having celebrated my one-year anniversary at Hope Immigration, I am most grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had and for the amazing team that welcomed me with open arms. From attending conferences and lectures, learning about the ins and outs of immigration law, and taking on new cases myself, I am thankful for everything I have learned. I am also grateful for my friends and family, both near and far, for their continued support of my dreams and aspirations. I am excited to see what the next year brings!
2023 has been an eventful year, and I am grateful for so much! Without a doubt, beginning a new chapter in my life as Tracie and I married is at the top of my list, and I’m looking forward to many amazing years ahead. As well, I’m thankful for the family and friends who love me so well. Finally, I’m grateful for the entire team at Hope Immigration! Oftentimes the work our team does is demanding and exhausting, and every team member here perseveres with dedication and joy, working for the best outcome for our amazing clients.
There’s so much to be grateful for this year. Personally, the highlight is getting married in April to my all-time favorite person, Bill! It’s been a fun six months and I’m looking forward to the next sixty years!
Professionally, it’s hard to narrow it down to just one, so I’ll do three:
- Getting approvals for our Afghan Asylum cases. All of these cases are compelling—from women’s rights advocates to journalists, to government officials, to soldiers who fought alongside US troops…each of these people deserves to live in freedom and safety. I wish the process had been easier and quicker, but at least the right thing is slowly happening for this group of evacuees.
- Partnering with Attorney Brad Banias on our U Bona Fide Determination litigation project. We’ve seen work cards come within weeks of filing and people go from living in the shadows to thriving once they have their work permits. People who cooperated with law enforcement to make our communities safer deserve the ability to live without the threat of deportation hanging over them.
- Working with such an incredible team. The work we do is hard—we fight the government, we fight government delays, we even have to fight the post office sometimes. Having a team of people who are all willing to fight, who are passionate about helping others, and who see hope for all of our clients makes our office a family. Despite the heaviness of the work we do, we find ways to laugh daily. I absolutely love the people I work with!
At Hope Immigration, we extend our warmest wishes for a Thanksgiving filled with love, joy, and the company of cherished family and friends. We are so grateful for you!