Sunday, June 15, 2008
My wife is home and we are slowly readjusting to living together. I picked her up at the airport on Monday evening. Our experience should assist other couples going through the complex Immigration system which I felt was extremely confusing and frustrating. I believe that our attorney did a good job on our case, but I did not like his style of doing business. I believe he should have warned us of any potential problems that we could encounter before we actually married. I never heard of a 10 year bar penalty until it happened to us. My future postings will reflect advice on how to proceed with writing a hardship waiver, and of course, I do not feel that anyone should attempt to pursue one without an experienced Immigration Attorney. It took me 6 months to write my petitioner statement for the waiver packet, and a lot of the important elements that I came up with, were not thought of right away. It is very easy to forget about details that should be put into a waiver. I did have an advantage due to a college degree in the Medical field. I believe that this truly helped me. I am the one who came up with the material for the waiver, not the attorney. The attorney looked it over and made some minor corrections and content suggestions. And, reiterated the legal aspects of similar cases.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
After 20 months of separation, my wife's visa is being delivered by Delbros Courier Service in Manila. The point that I would like to make is we never should have had to file a hardship waiver for a 10 year bar. 178 days of unlawful presence does not justify a 10 year bar. I am still looking into any other legal actions that I may have for the incompetence of the embassy staff.