In January, I did a consultation with the family of a detained woman facing deportation. She had fired her immigration lawyer and was looking for a new immigration attorney. Her mother was petitioning for her to get a green card. However, I had to tell them that because she had a conviction for a controlled substance, she was not eligible to become a lawful permanent resident through adjustment of status. I referred her to a very good criminal lawyer that I know. He was able to get permission from the criminal court to file a late notice of appeal of her conviction. Because her conviction is no longer final since it is on appeal, she is no longer viewed as having a conviction for a controlled substance under the immigration laws. I filed a motion to reopen her case with the Board of Immigration Appeals and it has been granted. Her case has been sent back to the Immigration Judge and she is going to be allowed to apply for a green card.