reply to post by Everwatcher33
I am all for immigration. This country only improves from immigration. But I do think our immigration system is horrible. It is bureaucracy at its
My husband entered the US on a fiancé visa. This was the easiest visa for him to get because it only took about 3 months to secure it versus a
marriage visa which at the time took nearly a year, or a work visa which would have taken at the time (even tho my husband has a "desirable" degree)
more than 2 years.
So all in all it took 3 months in England to get his visa, between fees, paperwork, contacting people who could vouch for him, me showing I could
support him, him taking a medical etc....
Then once in the US he had to file for work authorization. Permission for Advanced Parole (ins term for permission to leave the country for work
etc... before your actually greencard is given.
Nevermind that the INA says work Auth should be given at the POE. Oh that would be too much work for them even tho we entered purposely at a POE that
was supposed to grant it on the spot for fiance visas.
Then after marriage (90 days) you file for adjustment, then after that you still have the yearly Work Auth and the Adv Parole.
It took my husband nearly 4 years for him just to get the greencard. NOt because his case was tough or anything to do with us. But because the INS is
so incompetent. They lost his file twice. We had to involve the Attorney General, two senators from two different states and and INS bigwig to sort
it out over and over again. I was even threatened with deportation because the dear immigration officer thought he could intimidate me out of the
mistake that I was the immigrant standing in front of him.
Eventually my husband actually received his greencard (although on paper he always had one which would were supposed to be able to prove with some
sloppy ink handwritten words in his UK passport and a year later he naturalized. All of this took 2 years more than it should have simply because the
INS is incompetent.
It is sad when the immigrant knows more of the laws than the officers do. And they really don't like it when you point that out to them. :-)
So in the end by the final year the INS had become first the BCIS and then the USCIS. Which meant my DOJ contacts really didn't want to help anymore.
But we found a great guy at the USCIS DC who helped my husband out of the system before I totally blew the whistle.
Anyway after that I joined a group of, laywers, lawmakers and citizens who work all the time in trying to change the system. We are often asked what
we think of certain things which is nice. I can actually say I helped change some of the questions on the Naturalization Questionnaire. :-)
The only reason I brought up the master's degree s because my husband actually fell into one of the desirable work visa catagories and could have
adjusted status under that. HOwever with the system the way it is it took longer to do that than to just stay on the path we were on.
In no way should amnesty put those infront of people like my husband. Nor should people who are not any problem be slowed down because of INS/USCIS
Yes we were for more than a year under the USCIS. They still were incompetant. The fingerprinting was still a joke. Sure you got the results back
quickly but only if you had a name that wasn't common (my husband's name is very uncommon) and if you are previously in the file.
My husband is previously in the file because he has UK and US Security Clearance. So looking him up for Adjustment was a peice of cake. Assuming the
one person who knew how to fingerprint was actually there the day you were asked to come in...... Which happened with us once and I threw a fit until
the FBI came over and took his prints. :-)
How dare they actually make an appointment on their time and then not be there to do it?!!
So as you can see I have many reasons to be bitter about this process.
Remember these people aren't working for Citizens. They answer to noone because really what immigrant is going to kick up a fuss when something goes
wrong. Especially when they are known to threaten you with deportation for doing so.
I feel sorry for those who do not have a strong advocate for them that is a citizen. My husband would probably still be waiting for his greencard if
not for me pitching fits.