Immigration Oversight and Reform
  • Petitioned U.S. Department of State: Consular Affairs

This petition was delivered to:

U.S. Department of State: Consular Affairs
President of the United States
Georgia State House
U.S. Senate
Georgia State Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Immigration Oversight and Reform

    1. Helen G.
    2. Petition by

      Helen G.

      Warner Robins, GA

Bias interview tactics during CR1 Visa process:

My husband and I and hundreds of other international couples need your support.  We and many other couples who have years invested in our relationships are dealing with a heartbreaking issue.  We have years of emotional and financial investment in our relationships. We are legally married and submitted all the required documentation and paid all the related fees. Most of us are working middle class that have struggled to make our dreams of a future together become a reality. We have followed the rules and weathered the delays.  Then our spouses arrive for their Consular interviews and many are greeted with hostility and rudeness, primarily in 3rd world countries.  The documented guidelines for the US Embassy Consular interviews state:

 We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:  

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on nonimmigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

This is not the treatment my husband and many other spouses of US citizens have received. They are subjected to what can possibly be described as personal bias and discrimination, but instead of outright denials they a put into Administrative Processing. We can be left in this status indefinitely with no explanation and no legal recourse. There is no one to appeal to and our lives are literally on hold.  

I am petitioning the President, Congress, and the State Department to appoint an unbiased oversight group to record, monitor, and review these interviews to insure fairness and that the above guidelines are adhered to. Our spouses should not be humiliated and treated with suspicion and hostility due to racial or cultural differences. Prior to their interviews they have to submit official police records and criminal histories.  Please support fair LEGAL IMMIGRATION processes.  


At my age I would not invest 3 years, my life savings, and place myself in unnecessary debt for anything other than love and dedication to my husband....even the suggestion is ludicrous. And my husband would not invest 3 years of his life and endure all this stress and frustration for anything other than dedication to me and the dreams we share.

Recent signatures

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    1. ONE SMALL VICTORY

      Helen G.
      Petition Organizer

      My husband was finally issued his visa but many others are still in limbo. Please sign and continue to circulate this petition.

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. Thanks to everyone who has signed!

      Helen G.
      Petition Organizer

      Please share with your friends and help me hit 100 so this will go national.

    4. Reached 50 signatures
    5. Thanks to Everyone who has signed!

      Helen G.
      Petition Organizer

      Please share this petition with your friends and ask for their support!

    6. Life on indefinite hold...

      Helen G.
      Petition Organizer

      Bias CR1 spousal interviews...Setting us up to fail...When we follow all the rules and guidelines, submit all the proper documents and pay, then submit more documents and pay..and everything is correct and we pay taxes that pay the salaries of people who are providing a service, not doing us a favor...and that service is filled with animosity, bias, and no dignity...you are denigrating US citizens and setting us up to fail, emotionally and financially. You are robbing us of our loved ones and our opportunity for a future of love and hope. Is that what America is about?
      9 hours ago · Like

    7. The response from the Embassy to a Senate Aid, the no answer answer

      Helen G.
      Petition Organizer

      We searched the consular database of the U.S. Embassy in Lome, Togo; and we found that the immigrant visa application of Gavoe, Komla Agbefia; is currently undergoing legally mandated administrative processing in order to verify his qualifications for this visa. Administrative processing often lasts about 90 days, but in some instances, it can take several months or even years longer. This process cannot be expedited.
      We realize that these extended time periods cause frustration to many individuals, and we are sensitive to the fact that the purpose of the immigrant visa program is to re-unite families. Nonetheless, the U.S. Embassy in Lome, like all U.S. Embassies and Consulates, must adjudicate visas in accordance with the provisions of the law, and, in some cases, this involves extensive administrative processing. While we cannot predict when the processing of the visa for Gavoe, Komla Agbefia; will be completed, please be assured that the Department of State, including the

    8. A break for the spouses of illegal immigrants?

      Helen G.
      Petition Organizer

      Those of us going through the legal CR1 spousal visa hell can not get any answers or assistance from the US Gov or get anyone to acknowledge there is a problem and address it, but there are concerns about the spouses of ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS? REALLY!
      ( Please click on link to read entire article)

      (AP)WASHINGTON — The Obama administration plans a rule change to help reduce the time illegal immigrant spouses and children are separated from citizen relatives while they try to win legal status in the United States, a senior administration official said.

      Currently, illegal immigrants must leave the country before they can ask the government to waive a three- to 10-year ban on legally coming back to the U.S. The length of the ban depends on how long they have lived in the U.S. without permission.

    9. Reached 25 signatures
    10. Living HELL

      Helen G.
      Petition Organizer

      I just can not quietly sit in the dark and allow this to happen over and over again to people who have struggled and PAID so much. My husband may never get his visa, but it will not be because we didn't meet all the criteria and demands....it will be because someone didn't like our difference in age, or that I had previous marriages, or our wedding wasn't "cultural" enough. My husband has a spotless background and no prior history of ANY bad acts. If we do not get his visa, maybe this will call attention to the crisis behind closed doors and the next couple will not have to go through the hell we are experiencing.

    11. From the Womb to the Tomb

      Helen G.
      Petition Organizer

      I was born in 1949 in Ryderwood, WA., the Columbia Valley River Basin and was irradiated in the womb with radiation dispersed from the Hanford Nuclear facility.(A Federal Project) I have had Thyroid disease since birth. I am a Split Feather, a Native American child given in adoption (implemented by the Federal Government to reduce tribal rolls) to an old Caucasian couple who should have not been allowed to raise a dog. I had a brutal abusive childhood. As an adult I have experienced many of the issues that have been documented to be attributed to loss of tribal identity and being ostracized in the white community I was raised in. But I have worked hard and tried to be a productive person by US standards. Now the last years of my life, US Consulate is finding excuse after excuse to delay or deny my husbands visa. Once again the US Government is denying a chance for happiness. From the womb to the tomb, when will this end?

    12. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • sara pasha PLANO, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have filed for finace visa in feb 2010 and my fiance application has been adminstrative processin for past 8months and noone to answer it is 2 year after we filed our is 4 year long distance relatinship We US CITIZEN suffer

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    • Liane Gustafson ASTORIA, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      We have been in administrative processing for a CR-1 visa for almost 7 months now (total visa process over 16 months so far), and I know of many other cases that are in AP for a year or more. While we had a fairly pleasant experience at the embassy, we were placed in AP under 221g. The 221g is meant to be used sparingly, but I believe it is being abused. I believe we were put in AP because my husband is muslim, has a common name, and lived in a MENA country and if more thorough interviews were done (we were only asked 3 questions) they would not find as much of a need to impose 221g. We understand the need to protect our nation, but many are being singled out for AP when they have no criminal history and serve no threat to this nation. We have followed all of the rules, yet we are at the mercy of this broken immigration system. Many are being unfairly punished under 221g due to religious beliefs, common names, and associations with MENA countries. This system is unfair and broken. There has to be a better way. I beg of our elected officials to help us find one and start prioritizing cases that have been pending in AP for over 6 month!

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    • Ronnie Brickey FONTANA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      At the time I submitted the Immigration Process, I was an Immigration Inspector, for Dept. of Justice, "now U.S. Dept of Homeland Sec." I was with my wife during the interview and even do, they were not rude to her, they denied the petition because of a mistake in MY birth Cert. made by the County of Los Angeles, CA. when I was born, because of this, we were separated for over 1 year and 3 months, after that two years later I got out of Immigration and founded CASA DE LA ESPERANZA in the United States and Mexico to help people with this kinds of Immigration matters. Now I am witness to all kinds of atrocities by the American Consulate s. I will sign this petition because I really hope one day, the President of the United States will listen to the voices of people like us affected by American Politicians that have NO idea the suffering they are creating.

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    • Dee Halzack LOWELL, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because human beings deserve to be treated decently, even when they've broken the law. Those who are caught without documents are desperate people more deserving of compassion than inhumane treatment.

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    • Ogorry pascal KELLER, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      I was turned down, and felt really bad, they need to see that, if you feel something for someone let them come together, time will tell if they can spend the rest of their life together

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