Immigrant Song...FIX LEGAL IMMIGRATION PROCESS
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Currently USCIS is dysfunctional and not able to handle basic immigration processes for those people that try to move to the United States legally. Our family has tried to follow all rules and policies in order to meet the legal immigration requirements of the United States. However, due to the fact that our oldest daughter turned 21 years when our Green Card application was four years pending, she was forced to get an International Student Visa in order to be able to stay with the rest of the family and finish her undergraduate degree. When she graduated she chose to continue studying in the F1 (International Student) status and graduated from Grad School in 2010. That year, the remainder of the family got their Green Cards, almost eight years after the application was filed. We filed a petition (I-130) for our daughter to be able to use my Priority Date of 10/1/2002 for her own Green Card application. As a child that has “aged out” during a pending Green Card application, she should be able to use the parent’s Priority Date and start her own application based on this. USCIS announces that processing an I-130 should take 4 – 5 months, so we had our daughter file for the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program that allowed her to stay for one year in the country provided that she got a job in the field she graduated in. She managed to land a nice position as the reference librarian for a small town in Virginia. She took a loan to finance a small used car and got her self a nice rental apartment and started her first real job. When we heard nothing from USCIS regarding the petition filed on December 3, 2010 we started calling USCIS only to learn that the petition still is in initial review and with no promise of being processed any time soon. So, our daughter had to quit a perfectly fine job, her employer has to go out and recruit a new candidate for her position, and my daughter has to move out of the United States sixty days after the OPT expired. She is actually flying out of the country later this week to meet our Immigration Authority’s ridiculous rules. She has lived legally in the United States for about fourteen years (more than half her life), and now she has to return to a country that she has not lived in for a long time and with poor language skills as she has not used the native language in several years.
Would it be too much to ask USCIS to use common sense when handling cases? Please start an immediate reform of our immigration policies by replacing USCIS with a more service minded and humane organization that actually can perform their duties and will support those of us who try to come here legally. The current norm is that those who try to follow the rules are penalized while all illegal immigrants are rewarded and they are allowed to stay here while families of legal immigrants are split up!
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