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.
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