Oh, my goodness, people, I am dying of anticipation. My husband's final interview for the Immigration process is on MONDAY, the 30th!! We will FINALLY have some answers.
I can't hardly wait. Everything is so up in the air. I know many of you have commented that you are sure he will "get in", but we are not sure it will be that easy.... here is why:
We did everything properly while in the States, and got him a Green Card issued in 2006, but it was a conditional Permanent Residency, based on us being married for 2 more years. At the end of 2 years, we were supposed to file a form saying we were still married... blah, blah, blah... and he would get an UNCONDITIONAL Permanent Residency....
Only, we decided to move here in Dec. 2006. We didn't notify US Immigration Services of our new place of residency, because we just got busy with life. And we did not file that form saying we were still married.
So, in 2009, they started "Removal Proceedings." We tried immediately to notify US Immigration to let them know, "Hey, we aren't even there anymore, people!!" But they said there was nothing we could do once it entered the court system. We either had to show up at the hearing, or just let it play out. In 2010, an immigration judge ordered him "Removed" in absentia, which basically means he was deported on paper.
EVERY source we have found has said that, under the conditions that he was ordered removed, JUST because of that, he is automatically banned from reentering the States for either 5 or 10 years (we have never gotten a clear answer.) Not even the USCIS (Immigration Services could or would answer ANY questions regarding our circumstances and case. We were instructed that we must simply reapply, and it would be determined at the interview whether he was "inadmissible" or not.
It's so silly to us!! We didn't do ANYTHING illegal!! We didn't intentionally commit fraud or lie to the government!! My husband is not a criminal, not a drug or human trafficker! And our marriage is REAL, not some fake marriage just used to get someone a visa. It seems so udderly RIDICULOUS that they would ban him just for not filing some paperwork properly, paperwork that we didn't think was important, because we were living here. We really just thought his Permanent Residency would expire, and that we would just have to reapply.
So here we are, paying for all the forms again, which AIN'T CHEAP, and working to get everything together.... And we have NO IDEA what they are really going to tell us on Monday. We have no money, absolutely no money, for an attorney. That's completely out of the question...
That is why EVERYTHING is so up in the air as far as move is concerned! That is why this appointment on Monday is SO EXTREMELY important. This is why I cannot say for certain WHEN we will be coming home. EVERYTHING hangs on his Immigrant Visa process, obviously.
If that immigration officer denies our application, I think I am just going to have an emotional meltdown... seriously.
I mean, there is a waiver that we can file for if he is "inadmissible" which will most likely be approved, but it costs even more $$$$$, and will add an extra 6 months of processing time.
So, please, please, PLEASE, my dear Sparkfriends, PRAY for us!!! Or send happy thoughts, encouraging thoughts, ANYTHING..... And I will DEFINITELY be updating you all on the outcome of that appointment.....
ONLY SIX MORE DAYS!!!! SIX..... MORE..... DAYS!!!!!!!!
Oh, and if it is approved, we will by definitely coming in May, just in case anyone is wondering....