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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Esty Helps Meriden Resident Secure Permanent Residency

May 17, 2017
Constituent Corner
Esty shares story on her Constituent Corner webpage

Above: Fatima with her husband and daughter

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.  

“I’m pleased to see the end of an extremely stressful chapter for Fatima and her family,” Esty said. “The years of delays and red tape that they had to wade through are exactly why we need comprehensive immigration reform. I’ll keep fighting for that in Congress, but I will also keep working to ensure families in our community like Fatima’s are able to navigate the immigration system as painlessly as possible.” 

“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!”

Residents in central and northwest Connecticut who are having difficulty with immigration, visa, and customs services are encouraged to call Esty’s office at 860-223-8412.

“Constituent Corner” highlights stories from folks who have sought assistance with the federal government through Esty’s office. To see other Constituent Corner stories, visit