Immigrant Visa Update

So, you know how I mentioned the ups and downs of the visa process?

I waited for Victor’s passport so I could progress with the visa application.  He got his passport.

THEN

I had to compile a list of all his addresses for the last twenty years…  I progressed through the addresses in a mad rush–because I knew from previous experience that one error could keep me from being able to save all the work for a future time.

THEN

I had to figure out all the addresses and a timeline for all the places that he worked for the last 10 years.  (Remember, Victor was a laborer in the States.  Those guys work wherever they can get a job!)  We compiled the list of all the places, addresses, etc. of where he worked.

THEN

I finished his application!  “Hooray!” I thought, “Now we can finish his application so that we can make his visa appointment!  My friend made her visa appointment in January, and she was able to be scheduled in February.  So, I didn’t think it would be too difficult.

Now, this is where we stand: Victor’s visa appointment isn’t until late July.  The girls and I are leaving Mexico at the end of June.  Why is this important? you may be asking…

Well, in order for Victor to be able to file his waivers, he has to have his visa appointment.  An appointment that is basically a big waste of money, time, and effort.  He has to pay the money to travel Juarez, pay for the medical appointments, get fingerprinted, etc.  (All the normal visa business…)  Here’s where we are different:  we know that Victor will be denied the visa due to his deportation.  We can’t file the waiver(s) until he is denied.  The waivers take 4-6 months for processing (if we’re lucky…)

Basically, this means that best case scenario is I will be without my husband, and the girls will be without their dad from the end of June until December.

This is why we needed that appointment sooner than later.

Nothing about this process is easy–least of all on my emotional well-being.  I hate hearing and seeing all the ignorant posts that people put on Facebook regarding immigration.  It puts me in a fury.

I will continue to check the calendar.  Apparently it is possible that other appointments show up before July.  Here’s to hoping that is our case…

2 responses

  1. I am so sorry! This is such a miserable operation. It makes me furious too. Sometimes I wonder why we even want to be permanent residents. Then I remember we have three American kids, Australia is too far away and Canada is too cold, but seriously, I don’t mean to make light of it, we are truly fortunate, but it makes me mad that an american Mom and American kids don’t have an easy way to bring their husband and Daddy home☹️☹️

    Sent from my iPad

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    • I know that if anyone understands, it’s other expats who’ve been through tough choices like this at one time or another. We ask ourselves that too–is it really even worth it? I mean, we don’t even think that’s the lifestyle that we want for our family. And then we remember that as long as we have my school loans to pay for, we are a slave to my paycheck (and ultimately, my teaching jobs). AND, the truth is, Victor will have more opportunities in the States… Sigh. Hugs to you! ❤

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