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Laschenova Still Awaiting Decision on Immigration Quest
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Following a law suit filed by her attorney in federal court, Olympic and world championships gold medalist Natalia Laschenova is awaiting a decision on her latest quest for a U.S. immigrant visa, her lawyer told IG this week.

"We filed a law suit in federal court, and, as a result, the Administrative Appeals Office of the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) reopened the case on their own motion to render a new decision," said attorney Gus M. Shihab of Shihab & Associates in Columbus, Ohio. "We submitted a voluminous brief and are now waiting for a decision."

Laschenova, a native of Latvia who competed for the Soviet Union, placed fifth all-around at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games and second all-around at the 1989 World Championships. She and her Soviet teammates won the team gold medal at both competitions. Laschenova has been coaching in the U.S. since she moved to the country on Christmas Day 1999.

In January of this year, Laschenova's former employer, Integrity Gymnastics in Plain City, Ohio, received a notice from the USCIS that her petition for an employment-based immigrant visa was denied, reopened and denied again.

Also on hold are plans for Laschenova’s daughter, Sasha Tsikhanovich, to compete on a gymnastics scholarship for Auburn University.

"They are going to wait one more year to see if Natalia’s immigration issues will be resolved," Shihab said.

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Nonamer said:

Unbelievable. Here is a woman who came to the U.S. legally, works hard, contributes to society and is TRULY achieving the American dream. And yet, people still believe that those who come here ILLEGALLY should be allowed to stay. Pathetic.
September 29, 2010
Votes: +13

Ana F. said:

Laschenova's case
Laschenova arrived to the U.S yrs ago and apparently everything went wrong
for her,I feel bad for her. If she would have gotten a work contract from
the gym she works before living in the U.S and the help of an immigration
expert to file her forms for permanent residence,her case would have been
approved. It looks like she didn't have a clue of how to file her forms
and what status she could qualify for.
The thing is that she recently hired a lawyer,but he doesn't decide if she
can stay on this country or not anyway.She has been denied many times. If
she gets deported that would look awful in her passport and won't be able
to come back not even as a tourist for over 15 years. Let's see what

October 01, 2010 | url
Votes: -2

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