Reunification of binational couples and families, fair immigration rights

Reunification of binational couples and families, fair immigration rights

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Family Without Borders started this petition to United Nations U.S. government Government of Canada UK Government European Union Human rights

Dear Sirs and Ladies.

During the last months due to the recent pandemic and the separation of families, is a phenomenon that touches thousands of families in the world, but many of them know that they are going to hug, see, etc. their loved ones; unfortunately, this will not happen for everyone.

When we speak of ourselves, we refer to those of us who have decided to form a family, to have a relationship with a person of another nationality; engaged, married, free union relationships.

It seems that no entity cares about our situation so now we must go through a high scrutiny process, quite ironic because although we wish with our soul to be with the most important people in our lives, we know that the only way is the legal way. that we have preferred to be away from our families and couples, we who have moved to a place where we can be together without legal immigration problems, we who have spent thousands of dollars on tourist visa processes, immigration visa, permits specials, etc. all denied or are waiting for what seems like an eternity ... every possibility denied and challenges that seem impossible to overcome; every request becomes a plea that no one hears, that no one seems to care about.

For us it is not a question of the pandemic to use video calls or calls as tools to be closer to our families ... no, for us they are the only tools we have to be in contact with our families. We as human beings are made for contact, for relationships, for closeness, and as people who deeply value closeness and personal interaction with our families, it is an extremely high priority of ours to have the freedom and ability to be with those people. Why are some governments making it so difficult? Wouldn't you want that same freedom and ability to be with your family no matter where they are?

Many couples from different countries have had to decide to choose one of the countries where the visa is not so difficult to obtain to be together, some of us have this chance, others dont have any option;but it is not only the fact of developing our relationship as a couple. You decide to be with a person for the rest of your life and develop ties with your new family members, have the option of enjoying a healthy and normal dynamic, but couples are not isolated entities; we have mothers, fathers, brothers, uncles, nephews, etc who hope to meet and enjoy this new stage in our lives, but again we must wait because one of us cannot be in the other's country and it breaks family dynamics, valuable moments such as births, marriages, birthdays or even saying the last goodbye becomes a privilege, a lottery that very few win because it seems that our biggest mistake was love for a person from another country. This should not be the case!

None of us want something different from what all people in the world who marry people from the same country have the right to; we are not a special case. Stable human rights that regardless of nationality, we have the right to form a family to enjoy it as you can see in the articles: 8,12 and 14 of The Human Right Act , we can see this in more detail in the next explanation make it for

-“You have the right to enjoy family relationships without interference from government. This includes the right to live with your family and, where this is not possible, the right to regular contact.

‘Family life’ can include the relationship between an unmarried couple, an adopted child and the adoptive parent, and a foster parent and fostered child.”Article 8 Human Rights

“Men and women of marriageable age shall have the right to marry and to found a family, according to national laws governing the exercise of this right.” Article 12 Human Rights

“The Human Rights Act makes it illegal to discriminate on a wide range of grounds including ‘sex, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status’.

The case law relating to this right has shown that the term ‘other status’ includes sexual orientation, illegitimacy, marital status, trade union membership, transsexual status and imprisonment. It can also be used to challenge discrimination on the basis of age or disability.” Article 14 Human Rights-

But even knowing that it is a contemplated right, they continue to deny any type of option that allows us to stabilize this dynamic in a certain way and now with the COVID even the option to travel is close.

Now we want to ask you: do you believe that we are still separated, that we are still spending money , our mental health is still in suspense, we are still looking for other ways to be together , we submit to humiliating economic decisions, and interviews that go overboard. We are more than willing to lay aside our dignity and do whatever is required, by law, to achieve this goal, only to have it all denied by the consulate for the only reason of being a binational couple.

To some governments, falling in love with a person outside of your country is a crime, falling in love with a person outside your country is an act that gives governments the right to play with our economy, mental health, and family rights. we, according to governments, do not have the right to family unification.

We hope, again we beg, that we will be considered and that our rights are considered. It is not fair to not have the possibility of seeing our families, to deny travel visas at the least; close borders ,minimum required incomes are not fair especially when that couple is more than qualified to find employment. It is not fair when thousands of illegal immigrants are legalized without any conditions when we have nothing to hide from each other, evidence of our relationships can be easily corroborated. Love is not tourism and we also have the right to family unification. We are not asking for citizenship or demanding a green card, we are asking for a fair chance, we have the right at least to a B1 visa and open borders ,to a visa that presents us with the corresponding processes without waiting, and separating a couple is not only the distance of two people that they love each other is the distance of a new family that waits for the happiness of their loved ones.

In conclusion we ask:

Fair and non-discriminatory migration processes, especially when we talk about people from Latin America, Africa and some Asian countries

Agility of migratory processes with fair requests that do not play with the economy or the mental health of the people

Consideration of unmarried couples, in common law or marriage commitment process

Right to visit our families with our partners, B1 visa for binational couples and children of the couples

Agile processes

Consideration of travel regulations and limitations due to covid for binational couples and families

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