Esty Helps Meriden Resident Secure Permanent Residency
MERIDEN, CT—Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) this week shared a “Constituent Corner” story from Meriden resident Fatima Febrier, who reached out to Esty after experiencing difficulty applying for permanent residency status.
Fatima’s husband, Samuel Ramirez, first petitioned for her to become a permanent resident in July 2012. Fatima and Samuel spent years working with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), providing the necessary documentation for her application and petition. Fatima last heard from USCIS in July 2016, and was becoming increasingly worried something was wrong with her petition. She reached out to Esty’s office in January 2017, and asked for assistance in getting an update on her case, as her own attempts had been unsuccessful.
Esty reached out to USCIS to inquire about Fatima’s interview date status, and when she could be expecting to hear from the agency. Esty immediately placed a congressional inquiry on Fatima’s case and began working with USCIS. Within a week of Esty reaching out, USCIS reached out to Fatima, who received an interview date for February 2017. Just under a month later, Fatima received her permanent residency card, also known as a green card.
“After working with Congresswoman Esty and her team, my residency case which was going nowhere was resolved. I have now received my residency,” Fatima said. “Thank you Congresswoman Esty. You have kept my family safe!”
Fatima Febrier, Meriden
Esty Helps Farmington Resident Secure Tax Refund
March 10, 2017
FARMINGTON, CT—Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) this week shared a “Constituent Corner” story from Farmington resident Michelle Grande, who worked with Esty to retrieve the entirety of her tax refund.
In March 2015, Michelle filed her taxes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and anticipated receiving a refund of several thousand dollars. In September, however, Michelle was notified the IRS had adjusted her total refund amount downward by over $500, which was reflected when the refund was deposited in her checking account. To add to her frustration, Michelle was left without an adequate explanation as to why the change was made.
After Michelle’s requests for additional information went unanswered, she turned to Esty for assistance in January 2017. Esty was able to connect Michelle with the Taxpayer Advocate Service as well with the IRS to determine why her refund was recalculated. Working with both Michelle and the Taxpayer Advocate Service, Esty sought to determine what had happened between March and September. After some investigating, and only a month after contacting Esty’s office, it was determined that a computing error had resulted in the reduced refund amounts. Based on her 1095A, the IRS showed she had 12 months of health care coverage. However, while calculating her refund, the IRS only accounted for nine out of the 12 months, which resulted in the lower than anticipated refund. The additional balance was deposited into her account shortly after the error was discovered.
“Congresswoman Esty and her staff were incredibly quick and efficient. It has given me renewed faith in government.”
Michelle Grande, Farmington
Esty Helps Watertown Resident Secure U.S. Citizenship
February 3, 2017
WATERTOWN, CT—Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) this week shared a “Constituent Corner” story from Watertown resident Jahvon John, who worked with Esty to receive his United States citizenship.
Jahvon was born on Barbuda, but his father is a United States citizen. Children born to American citizens abroad are eligible for citizenship; however, parents are required to file the proper paperwork to ensure their children are recognized as citizens.
Jahvon moved to the United States when he was eight months old. He did not know that the proper paperwork had not been filed until he was 16 and wanted to apply for a driver’s license. Jahvon went through the necessary channels, and filled out the recommended paperwork—only to be told he had filed the wrong form. Once he corrected his mistake, Jahvon waited for the United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) to approve his case. Unfortunately for Jahvon, the office processing his case was severely backlogged, delaying his citizenship indefinitely. Unsure of how to proceed or monitor his case, Jahvon reached out to Esty.
Esty contacted USCIS on Jahvon’s behalf, and was able to track down his case. Working with USCIS agents, Esty was able to alert Jahvon that he was missing crucial pieces of information.
Soon, Esty received word Jahvon’s case had been approved, and he was scheduled for a naturalization ceremony in Hartford. Shortly after becoming a naturalized citizen, Esty continued to assist Jahvon in receiving his Social Security Number and card, as well as securing the necessary paperwork to apply for a Connecticut’s driver’s license.
“I am so thankful for everything Rep. Esty did for me. What I had been working on and tracking for years, she was able to assist me in completing in a matter of months. I would never have been able to do this without the help of her office, and they were the missing piece in all of this,”
Jahvon John, Watertown