SUPPORT VIETNAM VETERAN POW WHO LOST HIS LEG FAMILY’S PLIGHT TO US
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SUPPORT VIETNAM VETERAN POW WHO LOST HIS LEG IN THE WAR WAITING FOR OVER 14 YEARS FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY TO COME TO AMERICA
RE: Linh Van Dinh I-130 Immigration Petition HCM2010536091
Linh Van Dinh is a Vietnam Veteran who lost his leg while supporting America during the Vietnam War and has suffered tremendous challenges since then. One time as he and his friends tried to board a dingy to escape to freedom his friends were shot and died; he was the only one who survived. Another time he and his brother walked on foot across two countries from Vietnam to Thailand. He was interned as a POW and was banished from the town away from his family and forced to live in a remote place with no running water and electricity. When his sister escaped by boat, he arrived too late to board the boat as he had to try to sneak back to town hiding behind trees and anything he could find cover with traveling by bicycle for fear of being shot and killed.
He has since got married and had 4 children living in poverty in a remote village surviving as a shrimp farmer. In 2003, his sister Theresa, niece Ann and family in the San Francisco Bay Area petitioned for him and his children to immigrate to the United States. All of his children were under the age of 18 at that time. Due to the USCIS and National Visa Center waiting time, 14 years have passed since a Visa became available for Linh and his family to immigrate.
On October 6, 2017, Linh and his family had an interview at the US Embassy in Vietnam for all of them to immigrate to the United States together. Linh, his wife, and his 4 children were on the interview list and was required to 1) submit to a medical examination 2) register for a courier service 3) gather hundreds of pages of documentation for the interview 4) submit to a thorough background check and attestation 5) submit a thorough Visa Application and submit a fee.
The expense of going through the requirements to prepare and travel to the US Embassy for the interview alone ran into the thousands of dollars of debt for the already impoverished Linh. The Visa Application fee alone was $325 per person and the medical examination was about $100 per person but Linh and his family were the happiest that they have ever been in their lives dreaming about their new life in America to join the dozens of family and friends who now call America home.
The heartbreaking news came recently on October 6, 2017. At the interview, 3 of his children received a letter from the U.S. Consulate General – Immigrant Visa Unit stating that their “case was administratively closed” and that they are “unable to be included in the case as a derivative child … because they are over 21 years of age.” Only a few months ago his brother along with his brother’s adult children over the age of 21 had immigrated to the United States.
Please support Vietnam Veteran and POW Linh in his family’s heartbreaking request for the U.S. Consulate General in HCMC Vietnam to reopen and re-administer his case to allow his 3 children to immigrate to the United States with him. Their decision to disallow his 3 children to join him is unjust because:
· Linh lost his leg fighting for America,
· Waited over 14 years to come to America and
· Expended thousands of dollars for him and his family to go through the grueling United States immigration and US Embassy in Vietnam Consulate General interview process.
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