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A note to our readers: To simplify the letter below, we are US Citizens married to foreign spouses, and have applied for their permanent residency - the 'green card'.  In 2012-2013, the federal government changed its policies, with the result that we are facing waiting times of two years to be reunited with our spouses!  And, due to another set of odd federal policies, it is more difficult for our spouses to even visit us, than if they were not married to us.

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October 13, 2013

President Barack Obama                                  
Mr. Rand Beers, Acting Secretary, Department of Homeland Security                              
Mr. Alejandro Mayorkas, Director, US Citizenship and Immigration Services
Ms. Brandi Blackburn, Assistant Center Director, Division 8, National Benefits Center, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Overland Park, KS

Dear President Obama, Secretary Beers, Director Mayorkas, and Assistant Director Blackburn,

We are loyal US Citizens who have followed the law and petitioned for our foreign spouses to gain legal residency in the United States.  We and our spouses are a diverse group, representing a wide variety of ethnic and national origins, cultures, political affiliations and religions.

Due to management and policy changes within our government that have been adverse to us, we have formed this Committee to respectfully but firmly redress our grievances to our government.  You may gauge the growing size of our Committee by the increasing number of page views posted below.

This letter is addressed to you, because we know that your offices are responsible for our predicament, but are also key to our relief.  Other stakeholders, copied herein at the bottom, are reading this letter.  So are the American people.

On the average, we have been separated from our spouses for many months, and unless USCIS takes swift action now, we will remain apart for an unbearable length of time.  The USCIS is now reporting that the average national processing time for our petitions for our spouses' green cards, the I-130s, is 16.6 months.  We understand that this length of time does not include the US Department of State’s processing time for a visa.  Adding that time, we are now facing separation from our spouses, for two years.

We anticipated this disappointment months ago, despite frequent denials from USCIS.  Since June, 2013, we have learned, independently of our government, that our wait was probably extending and would extend further.  As our awareness of this grew, we made frequent, fruitless inquiries with USCIS.

When we presented what we knew, USCIS personnel alternately denied what we knew, giving us inaccurate information, or would not, or could not acknowledge our concerns.  Often, our inquiries met with condescension and insults.  That was when we began to organize and research together.

We have suspected that I-130 petitions routed to the new NBC Division 8 facility, in Overland Park, Kansas, have been stockpiling, with few exceptions.  We knew that adjudications of our petitions slowed considerably since the beginning of this year.

We knew this because many hundreds of us have reported our petitions' filing and adjudication dates (NOA1s and NOA2s) to each other.  At least until our cohort of January 2013 filers, the median number of days between an NOA1 and NOA2 for adjudicated I-130s, had consistently been 90 days.  Our data showed that something significant had changed after January.  By June we saw that fewer and fewer of our petitions were being adjudicated within those 90 days.  As of today – seven months since March – a vast majority (around 88%) of our I-130 petitions filed in March remain un-adjudicated.

We read the published memo of the May 10, 2013 meeting between AILA and USCIS National Benefits Center, in which USCIS claims that I-130 petitions would be routed to field offices until the Division 8 facility began adjudicating petitions at the end of the 2013 fiscal year, which is September 30, 2013.  And, on the rare occasion that USCIS personnel were willing to answer our questions, we were sometimes told that our petitions were being sent to field offices for adjudication.  But a statistically insignificant sample of us, who filed I-130 petitions since March, 2013, have reported field office adjudications.

We have sought every means to ascertain when the Division 8 facility would begin adjudicating I-130s in earnest.  The spring, 2013 AILA-USCIS memo does not say, for example, how many FTEs will be dedicated to adjudicating I-130 petitions alone.

But worst of all are the reasons for why our government is making us wait.

Our government’s present administration decided to broaden the grounds for individuals who came to the US against our laws, to have legal status here.  We refer to the programs called, “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”(DACA) and “Provisional Waiver”.   This has opened the floodgates of USCIS to applications, including I-130 petitions for legal residency, from them.  We have discovered, for example, that the slowdown of green card (I-130) processing corresponded with the January 2 announcement, and March 4 starting date of the “Provisional Waiver” program.

It is not our purpose here to comment on the wisdom of these policies.  We have not formed this Committee to engage in policy debate, but to plead for our families.

On the surface, our government appears to support family unification.  We note, that upon announcing the “Provisional Waiver” program, then-Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano said,
This final rule facilitates the legal immigration process and reduces the amount of time that US citizens are separated from their immediate relatives who are in the process of obtaining an immigrant visa. (January 2, 2013)
But in fact, the policy that she announced has produced an effect opposite to the goal that Secretary Napolitano proudly cites.  Those who are here illegally, and are invited to apply for legal residency, are relatives of US citizens, and already with their families.  In contrast, we followed the law, and subsequently, are separated from our spouses who are abroad, while we wait for our petitions to be approved.   The slowdown in the green card processing, due to this influx of immigration forms from those who did not follow the law, keeps us separated from our spouses longer.  This does not support the principle of family unification, but rather undermines our family unification in favor of those who arrived here and remained illegally.

We wonder, how can it be that we, who followed the law, should bear the painfully high costs of this privilege granted to those who did not follow the law?  We ask you, is this equitable?

We remind you, that many of us were aware that we, too, could have broken American law to our private advantage.  Rather than marrying abroad, our current spouses could have visited us in the US; then, we could have pretended that we did not have any intention to marry until they were safely here.  Finally, we could have filed an I-485 to keep them here, while their green card was pending.  This would have broken the law, and we knowingly chose not to do this.

We maintain that our government is maltreating our spouses and us, and is probably not meeting its legal obligations.  According to federal law, adjudicating residency petitions of US citizens, for their foreign spouses who are living abroad, must be a top priority of USCIS, in the interest of unifying our families.  Our government's recent actions do not accord with this requirement.

We claim;
• That due to new federal immigration policies, the USCIS adjusted their workloads, and knowingly burdened our spouses and us with much longer I-130 processing times, in preference to other groups of potential beneficiaries;
• That the USCIS discontinued its prior practice of processing I-130 petitions, before adjudications of I-130s were underway under the new plan (the plan that included the new Division 8 facility), and thereby knowingly and unnecessarily slowed I-130 processing for us.  The prior plan was, by our measures, successful, regularly producing I-130 adjudications within 90 days;
• That to accommodate I-130 petitioners and beneficiaries while the Division 8 facility was being prepared to adjudicate I-130s, the USCIS either deliberately put into place an ineffective provisional plan, or did not execute that plan, evidenced by the small percentage of I-130s adjudicated at field offices;
• That the USCIS has misled us, and concealed important facts from us, when we directly asked USCIS representatives about suspected changes in USCIS policies and plans.

Had the USCIS not concealed its decisions from us, and not misled us, we might have made better plans for our families.  For example, we might have applied for K-1 visas, so that our current spouses could have come here as our fiancees and married us here, and then our spouses would have been able to stay with us here, while we awaited their green cards.  Or we might have applied for K-3 visas at the time when we filed I-130 petitions, so that they could obtain visas as our spouses.  We did not, because I-130 processing times had previously been reasonable.  Misleading statements like the following, from USCIS, falsely led us to believe that applying for the K-3 would not be necessary:
The K-3 visa was intended to reunite families separated due to a backlog in I-130 adjudications. However, I-130s are no longer backlogged and are currently being processed in under 6 months. Therefore, USCIS does not, at this time plan to implement a new policy on the K-3 visa petition process. (pp. 8-9, “USCIS-AILA Meeting”)
This statement was made on April 11, 2013 when USCIS had already drastically slowed I-130 adjudications.

Our government should know that while our I-130 petitions are pending, it is more difficult to be together with our spouses, than if we were not married.  For example:
• If our spouses visit us, their married status to us magnifies their exposure to the risk of denial of entry by Port of Entry officials, and those discretionary decisions cannot be appealed.  Then we will be billed for their return plane tickets, if they are sent away.
• While we wait for our I-130 petitions to be adjudicated, our spouses cannot obtain student visas, because they cannot honestly say that they ‘do not intend to immigrate’ – which is a requirement of a student visa.

As a remedy, we propose that USCIS speedily re-allocates its resources to increase the rate of I-130 processing.  We also propose that the USCIS immediately change its practices so that K-3 visas are approved quickly, with the result that we can enjoy the same privilege that "Provisional Waiver" beneficiaries and their spouses can enjoy - unification of our families, while they wait for their I-130 petitions to be adjudicated.

Our committee is determined, by all lawful means, to receive a fair hearing and to induce our government to treat us with justice.  Bear in mind that our lives are not abstract figures in a database.  From a greater, sometimes tragic extent, to a lesser extent, the suffering of our families is real.

Mr. President, Secretary Beers, Director Mayorkas, and Ms. Blackburn, your policy is allegedly directed at uniting families.  We urge you, prove it, and

 ADVOCATE FOR US!

We welcome a statement from you.

Respectfully,
US Citizen Green Card Petitioners' Committee

cc:  American Immigration Lawyers Association; American Bar Association Commission on Immigration; Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman, Senate Committee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security; Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.; ASSISTA; Immigrant Legal Resource Center; Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service; National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild; The Advocates for Human Rights; Evangelical Immigration Table; Huffington Post; The New York Times; US Rep. Tammy Duckworth; Chicago Tribune; Chicago Sun-Times; Daily Herald; Senator Mark Kirk; Senator Dick Durbin; US Vice President Joe Biden; Newark Mayor Cory Booker; Senator Bob Menendez; Senator Jeffrey Chiesa; Senator Lisa Murkowski; Senator Harry Reid; Senator Dean Heller; Houston Chronicle; KPRC-TV (NBC-Houston); KHOU (CBS-Houston); KTRK-TV(ABC-Houston); KRIV (Fox-Houston); Occupy Democrats; Bill O'Reilly; Michelle Malkin; Sean Hannity; Glenn Beck; Joseph Cotto, Washington Times; Patrick McGreevy, LA Times; Center for Immigration Studies; William Gheen, ALIPAC; [more coming]

67 comments:

  1. Thanks for writing this letter. I am in tears reading it. Reading what is happening to us is a bitter truth to our reality. I received my noa1 on May 17 still waiting for my noa2. I can't express in words how thankful I am that you took time out to not selfishly help only your case but all of ours.
    Thanks :)

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  2. Brilliant!!!! Let's do this!

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  3. Thank you for making an effort to make this letter..I am a beneficiary and we have a son here with me in the Philippines. ? The last time he saw his father hes just a little baby..now he started walking, talking and dancing and what makes my heartbreak..his daddy missed his first step, first word and first dance. I can not understand why USCIS is prioritizing the ffiance visa.
    again thank you for this.

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  4. Absolutely correct! This is an injustice to those who have tried to do things legally

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  5. Thank you! I just sent out our I-130 this week and I am shocked at how long the processing time is for U.S. citizens immediate relatives while for permanent residents it is only 5 months. I think we all should have the right to have our spouses here with us, but it seems wrong that U.S. citizens are having to wait so long.

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  6. Thanks for writing this letter......
    My Noa1 is on March 7 and still waiting for Noa2....

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  7. Thank you for all. From all.

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  8. Great, we shall also send it to our president too.

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  9. My son, his Portuguese wife and I are grateful to you for your efforts. They were married in September, 2012 and their application for a visa was received by Homeland Security in April, 2013. They missed their first anniversary together separated by an ocean waiting for the lawful processing of their request. I am hopeful that your efforts will have an effect on this ridiculously long process and reunite them soon. Thank you very much. If there is anything we can do to help, please let us know.

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  10. Thank you so very much for writing this letter. I just hope they take it seriously, and will take care of this situation. I mean how can they process the fiancé visa before they process the CR1 visas. We are married, and I know that others want to also, and I am not in anyway discounting them, but we are already married, and just want to be with our families, and all the hoops that have to be jumped thru is just silly. I mean, this can even go faster, and if you have been married longer than three years, it just should be an automatic thing.

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  11. Could not have written this more eloquently myself. I too am a May 2013 filer, with no end in site. Our lives are in limbo.Thank-you for being the voice for all of us.

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  12. This is crazy to me. ... I was so hopeful my husband would be here with me in 7 months, a year at most.... aparently not.

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  13. Thank you so much for being our voice! I received my NOA1 on 6th March and still waiting for NOA2!The wait is killing me.I just want to be with my family.

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  14. I have been married since 2009, filed in 2013 July. Because of the uncertainty and delay, we would be separated for another year or more. Thanks to USCIS, I and my wife are facing serious emotional distress.

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  15. I agreee.... The US government shud take strict n quick actions,the officials shud keep themselves in our positions n think how difficult it is to b separated from families!!

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  16. Please consider our pleas and make amends to the system. Wait time of 2 or more years of to be with our spouses and/or immediate family members is unfair, to say the least. We have considerable faith in the system so please do not fail us

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  17. We received NOA1 on 5th March, nothing since. Thanks for the letter, i hope it gets the attention it deserves.

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  18. Any official that tries to help will get my vote!

    Most of you are saying that the wait is worth it. The truth is each day away from your love ones is a day less in both your life.

    I was one of the unlucky ones that waited 3 years. My wife made it to the U.S. but she basically went from the airport to the hospital. She passed-away because of cancer.

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  19. This is just not right. People who FOLLOWED the law should be FIRST in line for immigrant visas.

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  20. Thanks for writing this, we probably have to publish at a wider forum..

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  21. I agree 100%. It is very frustrating living without your loved ones.

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  22. I fear that I will soon need to make a decision. My spouse and I live together in a country foreign to us both. Her work visa will soon expire, but I am assured of my work status here. I cannot likely get work in her country. So, I must stay here alone, or return to the USA without her. We have been living together for 3 years, and will soon be forced to live apart due to the backlog that USCIS allowed to build to over 300,000.

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  24. Congrats on writing this! Let's hope it will make some noise.

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  25. Thank you. I am all about an organized effort for our voices to be heard. Waiting two years to be with my spouse is appalling and unacceptable. My question is; what else can I do?

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  26. Hey I would also like to direct you guys to a petition to shorten the processing time of I-130.
    Please take 5 seconds to sign and pass it along to anyone you know.
    Just copy the link to the url and it should direct you to change.org

    http://www.change.org/petitions/president-obama-uscis-dhs-decrease-wait-time-for-i-130-petition-for-alien-relative

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  27. Thanks for writing this letter. It's like you are living with everyone of us, living each pain and sorrow. I cannot understand why they're taking so long to give us these approvals. It's been 4 months that I am away from my husband and I am having a hard time. How about those wives who are separated from their husbands for a year?!!! We're simply dying

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  28. Everyone that was written in this blog has expressed what my husband and I are feeling, frustration, sadness, anger, impotence. We have waited for months and it is frustrating reading that some have waited for years. It is like our marriage and love is being tested by man's law. I agree no one opens the door o its home to a stranger, but it is inhuman to have us waiting under the hot sun and heavy rain. Do you want an example of torture and discrimination? These post are clear example of that. We are not allowed to be with our spouses because we do not share the same nationality. This is discrimination. Are we paying for not falling in love with someone of our same nationality? Every day apart from my husband is a day taken from our marriage and happiness. I think everyone in this situation is willing to be tested and give reports of status whenever the government requires it once living with our spouses. Do you want us to beg? I will beg to be with the one I love, this is me begging. Plese let me be next to my husband. Please listen to us!

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  29. There are more than 300,000 of us. We need more of us to find this page and join our campaign!

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  30. Yes, a lot more than 300,000 of us. I believe that there are more than one million pending green card petitions in the government's hands right now. Maybe half are people like us, separated from our wives and husbands, who are waiting abroad.

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  31. I completely agree with this. It's completely ridiculous that we have to wait so long just to be with our loved ones. Our lives and our futures are placed on hold and put into the hands of those who are inefficient and we suffer because of it. No one should be treated like this, especially when it comes to being with their family. Every year, month, week, and day is time that we will never get back, time wasted that we couldn't spend with our spouses, time that we are unable to use to move forward as a family and build a life. This needs to be taken far more seriously and given the attention that it deserves.

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  32. I am new to the blog and have less time than others but i have the same problem as others. Its been two months i have applied i130 and three months for my wedding. but it feels like 2 years away from my wife.
    thanks to the person who started the letter, i hope they here our voice and give us some solution or option to bring our family members soon than keeping us apart.

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  33. Thank you for that great message, I applied for I-130 and now it has been more than a year since I saw my wife. I thought I was suffering the wounds of separation alone, it made me feel like I am useless, despite serving the gov't as an active duty member, at least now I am gland to know that we are many sailing in the same boat of family separation. May those who are responsible for this delay, put us in their own shoes and help us live together with our families once more.

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  34. This is great! I really hope something happens, because this is really getting frustrating! Staying away from my wife and daughter!

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  35. My pd is july 2013. Nothing else yet. So sad

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  36. Thank you for the letter! The kind of emotional & mental torture my husband & are going through over this delay from the i-130 process is best imagined! I do not even wish this torture on my eneny! Just the other day, I asked my husband ( who is a USC) if he knows of any legal action we can take against the American goverment for imposing this unnecessary toture on us, just because we chose to be law-abiding!

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  37. Thank you for the letter !!! and yes, it at least made me feel better about not being the only one that feels frustrated. USCIS needs to consider law-abiding or illegal entry. we chose legal process and still have no idea of what will happen. My husband got desperate and wanted to come illegally. It's been a true challenge......... all we need is for immigration to be considerate.

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  38. Horrible time waiting... went to the VA today and yay. Adding Zoloft to my meds. Why are we the worst country in the world for visas? I pray this petition hits home.

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  39. After reading this, I suddenly felt sad that I may not be able to come with my husband next year. We thought that the 6 mos. estimate waiting time for the NOA2 would be somewhat accurate, but it seems that this is not the case now. :'(

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  40. I've lived apart from my husband for a decade and still we have no way of being together because USCIS are lazy.

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    1. Let's not blame individual USCIS employees for mistakes that are made by management. Adjudicators are actually very efficient at the work that they do. The problem is management! How could they allow this to happen to nearly half a million American families who want to used the immigration system legally?

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    2. "Employees at the Department of Homeland Security routinely bill unworked overtime hours, according to seven whistleblowers at six different offices, and the overtime pool — referred to by some employees as a "candy bowl" — is even advertised as a "perk" to new hires.
      The abuse, the Washington Post reports, is thanks to an overtime option known as Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO), intended for use by agents who are given urgent work that couldn't be scheduled in advance.
      Instead, office employees routinely bill an extra two AUO hours at the end of the day, often passing the time just sitting at their desks."

      http://gawker.com/homeland-security-employees-refer-to-overtime-pay-as-a-1457253116

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  41. I tried to write but not being able to know where to begin

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  42. 1968 i was sitting in a rice field praying that a miracle would somehow get me and what was left of my platoon out of there and God sent puff the magic dragon and one beautiful huey. I got home but I couldnt let go of the past. My choice of drugs was whatever and woke up every morning for 35 years hoping it would be my last. The worst was over and the healing began. I learned to forgive myself I even forgave my Country for sending me there to kill people that had never hurt or done anything to me. I had ok days and tried my best to enjoy what years I had left on the planet. And then from outv of the blue I met a woman that was everything I wanted. I married her after only 6 weeks and then realizing there was a process we had to go through we met with an attorney and he advised us. He said Hell just keep her here its ot legal but lots of folks do it. We both agreed that was no way to begin our life together. We would do it the coreect and legal way. Oh were we fools to now learn it could take years to be togehter. I am 68 years old how many years do you think I have to wait? Break the law and you can come and stay do it the right way and well you will just have to wait. It is sad and I know there is little anyone can do but writing somehow eases the pain and sorrow I and i am sure my wife feels. Now I think that gunship and the chopper were sent by the devil knowing I would suffer through drugs and depression and then again when I finally found happiness thake that away as well. It would have been better if I had stayed in the rice patty. Some gave all.....all gave some. I am so ashamed of our Country and the people that were chosen to lead us. May God have mercy on their souls

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  43. Almost 5,000 views! Keep 'em coming guys!

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  44. My pd is 3 june and nothing yet. This whole wait is so depressing. We got married so that we can start living our lives together but uscis is making it impossible. Looks like I will be spending my 1st anniversary alone :(.

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  45. I too am separated from my wife while I wait for my I-130 to be processed. Very frustrating. I hope someone hears this and takes action on it.

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  46. Incredibly disappointed. Married in Feb, filed CR1 in June and K3 in August. Learned a week ago both petitions have been pulled together and will be adjudicated together. Proof that K3's are not being processed any faster if at all. Knew my husband 40 yrs ago...just found him again 2yrs ago. We're both in our 60's now. We just want to live the rest of our lives together, like everyone else in this horrific line. I am so sad for all of us here waiting while others are being processed in record time. Pleas God make this go away

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  47. Thank you sooooooooo very much for writing this. But I wonder if the govt actually saw this. I applied for my wife in April and its November now, I have't heard from USCIS after NOA1. I hope that they see this and do something about it. My cousin is a GC and he applied about 2 months before me and his spouse is already on way to the US.

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  48. My NOA1 was Feb27-2013 and stil nothing yet. Instead of geting frustrated
    Let's do something abt it. Let's meet in WC and let our President hear abt us.
    Anyone?

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  49. There is NOT a day that goes by when I don't run and stumble to get to my laptop everyday to check my email for the status of our I-130. After a month of pestering our lawyer, all he can tell me is to wait 9 months instead of 5 months-as if 5 months wasn't long enough already but according to him, 9 months was the new update from USCIS. I refused to believe him because I thought he was just trying to be on the safe side. Until, I came across blogs saying that it is now 2 years all together?? How is this possible? Does USCIS realize how much this pains us to be parted from our loved ones yet the best they can do is TWO YEARS? We are law abiding citizens who just wants our family to be a whole especially with the holidays coming. How can anyone be so cruel as to make us wait for 2 years just to be with our loved ones? Why does it have to be so complicated? Can someone PLEASE do something?

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  50. I posted my comment, through my google account but its not showing here. Anyways, just want to say thank you. At least some one is doing something about this. All of us are waiting and waiting and waiting to hear at least something from USCIS. I am so happy that there is some place to go and get my anger out. Thanks again.

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  51. My PD is 26th July, 2013. No news yet. The waiting is terrible. I do not know why the US Govt. behaves like this with it's own citizens.

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  52. Thank you SO MUCH for all your efforts...

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  53. Thank u so much for this letter. I am a US citizen and I applied I-130 in May2nd, 2013 and I'm still waiting. I called many times to uscis, but i'm getting same answer.. more wait. I don't know when case will approve. it's horrible wait time.

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  54. I had been applied I- 129f, but didn't get approved and uscis put me 8 months for review.. on the end when I recieved the letter stating because of the time limit is exceeded, so they couldn't approve the case and I can reply the I-129f.. I was so disappointed and I immediately took off from the work and went to India and got marry there without my family.. Because of my whole family is in the US , so they coluldn't go with me.. , SO i came back to US in April 2013 and applied in may2013 for 130, but still I m waiting...no response from USCIS. Plz help me.

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  55. Thank you so much for this letter, :D

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  56. Thank you for this letter. I have been waiting on my approval since March 13, 2013 and Uscis has still did not approve my application. It really is fair to us US citizens who have to wait longer then permenent residence.

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  57. This is a right step in the right direction. Is high time USICS wake up to the problems. People are going through hell for no just reasons. Thank you, US Citizen Green Card Petitioners' Committee. we are behind you.

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  58. Thanks a ton for writing this, it may helps the people who is suffering from the separation from there wife and kids....I will be praying for this to be executed..I am also a victim of separation from my wife, I will be thankful to the officers for approving my petition and allow me to be there with my wife, she cry everyday stating that i cant afford this distance anymore .

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  59. Thanks for writing I pray this goes through fast. NOA in July 26th still waiting

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  60. I'm a foreign wife waiting outside of America with my 7 months old son. He's getting bigger and better everyday while my husband has been apart from us alone for months. We would never wish the same experience on anyone else. Not even our worst enemies.

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  61. I just got an email telling me that my husbands application has been transferred to a processing center and the info has been mailed to me. our i-130 application was accepted august 20th, 2013. and our k3 application was accepted on sept 18th, 2013. this morning when i read my email i was hopeful that something would happen sooner rather than later but after reading all this and the other website, i am so deflated. it makes me angry and disillusioned with the US government and just proves how little they care about me and my husband and all the others who are in our same situations. i recently moved to germany to be with him and have been struggling to get our info updated and have met with nothing but walls each and every route i go. even speaking to lawyers on what to do. its like they want you to get discouraged and give up....at times it feels hopeless......

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  62. This country is beginning to disgust me. To allow those who do NOT follow the law to be priority above those who you do makes me question whether this is the country I want to remain living. I was born here, raised here and would love to start a family here but under such conditions, I wonder what is happening to this country! What's even worse than waiting for I-130 approval for 10+ months, is the illogical "rule" that our spouses can't even visit as a tourist while the paperwork is in process. Absolutely disgusting and discouraging and something needs to be done!! Thank you for writing this letter.

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  63. Thank you for writing this letter. I hope someone hears this and takes action on it. I filed on November 15, 2013. I'm living with my 16 yr. old daughter and 20 yr. old son. Even divorced parents see their kids more than this!!! What kind of COUNTRY seperates parents from under aged children???

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  64. My family have been apart 20 months and the concerns are still abound with stress, financial and medical problems to a US Citizen. We need a fair process and our families reunited sooner please.

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  65. I'm a son of a USC have two USC siblings, a mother with a green just about to become a usc , a wife that's a USC and a daughter. I have been waiting to get approve for my green card since 2007 I applied for a daca in hope
    of getting a small break during my wait I been waiting since 2012. I lost hope I grow up in the USA this my country, not by birth but by heart and I still have to wait god know how long.

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