Non Immigrant Visa for Mr Bolanle Aruna
Non Immigrant Visa for Mr Bolanle Aruna
Why this petition matters
Petition for a Non-Immigrant Visa for Mr. Bolanle Christopher Aruna
We, the undersigned American citizens, are seeking the support of your offices to help establish a petition in support of Mr. Bolanle Christopher Aruna who has been repeatedly denied a visiting visa to the United States by the American Embassy in Nigeria to visit his wife and children who have been legal residents in Northwest Arkansas since August 2015. Mr. Aruna is the husband of Mrs. Adebimpe Olutayo Aruna and they both have three children. Mrs. Aruna and the three children have been living in Northwest Arkansas for more than six years.
Mr. Aruna’s wife and children arrived in the United States in August 2015 with visiting visas. They arrived in Northwest Arkansas. Fascinated by the peace, tranquility, and the family values in Northwest Arkansas, Mrs. Aruna applied to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for a change of status from visiting visas to student visas for her and her three children. Their applications were duly approved by the USCIS. Upon the approval of their F1 Status, she started a program at the Northwest Arkansas Community College. She completed the program and moved to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville for higher education. Mr. Aruna has been fully responsible for the financial wellbeing of his family in the United States for the six years they have been in Northwest Arkansas. They have not been a public charge and they do not intend to be. Also, Mr. Aruna has been paying for the education of his wife and son as international students during this period.
It is also important to mention that Mrs. Aruna and her three children have been committed members of their local church, Chapel of Praise, Northwest Arkansas since they joined the church in August 2015. Upon joining the church, Mrs. Aruna became a member of the Choir and has been using her God-given talents to serve the congregation and the community since 2015. Two of her three children have also grown up and are now serving in the Choir and the Media Ministry of the same church. Mrs. Aruna was promoted to lead the choir of the church approximately one year after joining the church after the leadership of the church observed that she possesses the skill sets required for that leadership position. She served in that position without compensation until late 2020 when the leadership of the church offered to employ her as a full time Music Ministry Leader for the church. After discussing the offer with her and she accepted, the church engaged an immigration attorney to file the paperwork for her to change status to a religious visa (R1) to enable her work as the Music Ministry Leader for the church since she cannot legally work for the church with her student visa. The change of status to a religious visa (R1) was approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in August 2021.
Mrs. Adebimpe Olutayo Aruna and her three children have been living legally in the United States from day one. They have never been out of status and neither have they ran foul of the laws of the land. They have contributed immensely to the growth and development of the family values for which Northwest Arkansas is known for.
Unfortunately, Mrs. Aruna and her children have been denied the opportunity to see their husband and father for the past four years because the United States Embassy in Nigeria has consistently denied him visiting visa to see his family in the United States. This past Christmas season, plans were made, and the kids were joyously looking forward to seeing their father after four years unfortunately, their hopes were dashed when the US Embassy in Nigeria again denied Mr. Aruna a visiting visa. We will not be exaggerating to say that there was no Christmas in their home in 2021. We pray and hope that you will support this petition to help restore joy to these innocent children as soon as practicable.
Mr. Bolanle Aruna was approved for non-immigrant visa by the US Embassy in Nigeria on three occasions namely: December 13, 2011 (E1359562), January 16, 2014 (H9411803) and May 25, 2016 (L1741298). However, his visa applications have subsequently been denied four times as follows: August 2018, October 2018, April 2019, and December 2021 respectively.
Mr. Bolanle Aruna and his family has visited many countries around the world including Canada, Germany, South Africa, United Kingdom. They have never been in violation of any immigration laws of any of the countries including the United States of America. Mr. Aruna’s past visits to the United States are listed below:
1) October 22, 2012 - stayed for 3 weeks
2) September 02, 2013 - stayed for 6 days
3) December 09, 2015 - stayed for 10days
4) June 22, 2016 - stayed for 18days
5) December 21, 2016 - stayed for 20days
6) July 08, 2017 - stayed for 21days
7) January 05, 2018 - stayed for 16days
8) March 30, 2018 - stayed for 5days
Mr. Aruna is a successful real estate developer with more than 30 years’ experience in the industry. He is the Managing Director/Chief Executive of a property development company, Oakwood Heights Limited. The company is one of the leading real estate investment firms in Nigeria with projects all over the capital city of Nigeria, Lagos. Recently, Mr. Aruna was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of one of the renowned Mortgage Banks of Nigeria (Brent Mortgage Bank Limited). He has been responsible for supporting his wife and children recurring expenses and tuition fees in the United States. Mr. Aruna has no plan to relocate to the United States of America.
He is also a devoutly religious man and a prominent leader of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry (MFM) in Nigeria. The headquarter church of MFM in Lagos has a single congregation of over 250,000 worshippers every Sunday. Mr. Aruna is the Evangelist who leads the Evangelical team of the MFM church.
We hereby seek the support of your good offices to assist Mr. Aruna as a husband and father to visit with his family regularly in the United States. He has demonstrated very much in the past that he has no interest in violating the immigrations laws of the United States and has never overstayed during any of his many visits. The inability to visit the United States has created indescribable toll and emotional breakdown for his wife and three children.
We, the undersigned affirm under the penalties of perjury that we are citizens and permanent residents of the United States.
Mr. Aruna has demonstrated has demonstrated in the past that he has no intentions of breaking US immigration laws if granted a visiting visa.
The Undersigned Petitioners
1.) Adesina Edward Awonaike AA