For many years now it's been a constant threat for law abiding and legal immigrant families that once a child, who is under 21 years old and currently supported as a dependent during visa processing that in the event they are not be processed for a permanent residency card before they turn 21, they are considered "aged out" and as a direct consequence, put under removal deportation proceedings, usually on their own.
This means they are legally required to return to their birth country, where they have no life, having lived in America legally for many years. In the case of our son Michael, this is now a reality, as he turns 20 this September, and we are still awaiting formal residency status approval, through sponsorship..
Michael came to the USA as a dependent of his father, who was invited to work in America and legally sponsored by an employer. He was 8 years old at the time, and has since graduated high school with honors, and is currently applying for a college course to become an EMT Paramedic.
What kind of country is it when the very legal immigrant citizens who follow all the requirements and rules, wait patiently in line and whose families pay many thousands of dollars in fees, be abandoned becuase they have a birthday and reach 21 years old.
Join us in our fight to right this wrong, and allow legal immigrants work permits and a temporary visa to extend their stay while under USCIS processing beyond their 21st birthday
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John H Carroll
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