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Immigration

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Update posted 17 hours ago

Petition to Associate Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi, Immigration New Zealand, Jami Lee Ross

Member of Parliament Jami Lee Ross led us to become unlawfully in New Zealand

Ask yourself what you would do if your local MP was leading you to become unlawfully in New Zealand without you knowing about it? On top of this, you found out that your local MP led you to live unlawfully in New Zealand and he keeps claiming that it’s common to become unlawful in New Zealand while living and operate our business. Our story starts in March 2010 in Australia. In this year we decided to start and work on the innovative idea of developing and manufacturing a unique/natural professional hair care product that has amazing results. One of the challenges was to develop products that are not base on salts (SLS). After more than a year of trial and effort, we managed to formulate a unique line of products that base on special corn sugar instead of salt (SLS). Following our success with formulating our products which we are very proud of, we were looking for a place that would give us an opportunity to transfer our knowledge and have a reasonable entry-level requirement for us to build our business and life. New Zealand was the best county to choose because of its nice natural resources and the right environment for entrepreneurs. We came to NZ in March 2011 and have been approved Long Term Business Visa (LTBV) on May 2011 for 9 months and then again for another 27 months – Total of 3 years (Until 26/05/2014). After years of operation and very challenging work in the NZ market, we applied for residency under LTBV in August 2013. In January 2014 our residency application has been declined. All of our immediate family (Mother (widow), Brother,  Sister, Nephews  ...) are NZ citizens/residents living in Auckland since March 2011. We see NZ as our home. The beginning of the 3 years ordeal: The unclear answers we got from the authorities and lawyers regarding the right pathway to remain lawfully in NZ while waiting for the IPT (appeal body) decision forced us to take the advice from our local MP since he is an official “pipe” who can give an official immigration advice from immigration NZ directly. Under the law: “Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007 s11” an MP can give immigration advice.  3 Months before our LTBV expired we had a meeting with the MP office members of our local MP Jami Lee Ross because we couldn't find the right pathway for a temporary visa while waiting for the appeal decision (IPT) and Immigration NZ wrote: “You must make sure you hold a valid visa at all times” … “You are not automatically entitled to remain in NZ while any appeal is being considered”   Following this meeting we received the following advice by email: “While your appeal is with the IPT you can continue to stay in New Zealand as Immigration New Zealand are not allowed to interfere in the process, so it has the effect of interim status.”  We also received a phone call that confirmed this advice. On the 17 November 2014, we received the residency appeal decision (IPT). We were shocked to realize that we have already been living unlawfully in New Zealand for 6 months since 26/05/2014. This means the MP advice was incorrect! and we didn’t have any clue that we stayed unlawfully in New Zealand. Another reason led to our illegal stay in NZ was that Immigration NZ stopped the automatic alerts which should have informed us that we were at risk of becoming unlawfully in New Zealand or that we were already considered to be unlawfully living in New Zealand at that time (26/05/2014). Jami Lee Ross actions led to: 1) Taking from us the basic right to leave NZ lawfully. 2) Our IPT appeal was checked while we were considered unlawful in NZ – The only case ever that has been checked out while the business owners were considered unlawful in NZ. 3) The loss of the right to appeal on our deportation process. Until this day Jami Lee Ross keeps claiming: quote:  “I told you that the advice she gave you (Email from 18/02/2014) was correct!…she received () the information from Immigration NZ directly”  but on the other hand, Immigration NZ on official letter claims quote: “Immigration NZ cannot be responsible for advice giving by other departments outside of Immigration NZ”.   As you can see we are in the middle here and we are the victims of these actions. Instead of taking responsibility for the fact that he caused us to become unlawfully in NZ, Jami Lee Ross and Immigration NZ ignore the main reason why we became unlawfully in NZ. The bottom line is that we came to our MP to find a solution for a temporary visa but he led us to become unlawfully in New Zealand without our knowledge - as a result our business closed and we have been brutally deported from NZ to the other side of the world on March 2016 with 5 years entry ban: Until now, Immigration NZ and Jami Lee Ross are not in agreement from where the advice came from! None of the relevant authorities we have been contacted in the last 3 years are willing to open for a simple investigation. Your support is critical, please sign and share our story because we couldn’t find any other path to get serious answers from Jami lee ross.  Thank you for your support! Kobi & Yossi Shemesh Israel

Kobi Shemesh
234 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to DHS Office of Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Secrurity, President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Denise Blackwell

Urgent: Stop Deportation of Francisco Javier Gonzalez, husband & father of 3 U.S. citizens

We have ten (10) days to stop the deportation of Francisco Javier Gonzalez, the father and SOLE breadwinner for 3 U.S. citizen children and his U.S. citizen wife – who desperately need him to stay in the United States. Sign this petition to stop Francisco from being taken away from his family on April 20th.  Francisco Javier Gonzalez could be deported back to Mexico as soon as April 20, 2018. Francisco came to the United States when he was only 15 in February of 1997. He was alone in this country and worked hard to get an education, graduating from high school and continuing his education in college. Francisco was unable to graduate from college because at the time they required a valid state identification which Francisco was unable to obtain due to his lack of legal status in the United States. Despite this setback, he worked hard and succeeded in the United States. Francisco speaks perfect English and has NO CRIMINAL HISTORY IN THE US or any other country in the world. He obtained his education, works hard, pays his taxes and lives an exemplary life abiding by all US laws. Francisco has never been back to his native country Mexico since his last arrival in January of 2002. He has made the United States of America his home and is now a loving husband and father to three beautiful daughters in Florida. Sign this petition now to stop Francisco’s from being deported on April 20th. Francisco met his wife in 2005 while both were working in a restaurant in Palm Beach, Florida. They fell in love and were married in 2006. Eleven years later, their love continues to grow. They have three amazing daughters together, ages 10, 7, and 5. The girls’ futures will be seriously compromised if he is removed. Were they to remain in the U.S. without their father, the girls would suffer extreme emotional and psychological damage from the breakup of their solid family dynamic and the absence of their hero—their father. Francisco has been and continues to be a key player in the success of his employer. He manages a prestigious restaurant in Palm Beach, FL. Through his hard work and dedication, the business has grown to three times its size from when Francisco took over. Francisco is loved and respected by everyone, he has made many friends and many of the usual customers have formed bonds and relationships with Francisco and his family. Francisco is a person of good moral character who deserves a chance to present his immigration case before Immigration Court with a council. He attends church every Sunday and is very involved in his community. He is the sole economic provider for his family. Sign the petition to respectfully request that Mr. Francisco Javier Gonzalez’s deportation be stopped, according to the new guidelines for prosecutorial discretion. Then, please take a few minutes to call: Denise Blackwell Supervisory Program Manager Customs and Border Protection Houston Field Office (713) 387-7217 ofc   Vladimir Diaz, DHS/ICE Public Affairs Officer: (954) 236-4909. Honorable Representative Lois Frankel: Toll Free (866) 264-0957 Frankel’s Washington, DC Office – (202) 225-9890 Frankel’s Boca Raton, FL Office – (561) 998-9045/Fax: (561) 998-9048 Bill Nelson, FL Senator - (202) 224-5274 Hon Rep Brian Mast - 561-530-7778, Phone: 202-225-3026Fax: 202-225-8398 Say: "I am calling to ask that Francisco Javier Gonzalez deportation be stopped, and that he be granted discretion and a stay of deportation. His A number is 078-994-383. Thank you."

Richard Hujber
99,685 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Help Me Bring Home My Parents From an Iranian Prison

My father, Karan Vafadari, and his wife, Afarin Neyssari, have been imprisoned in Iran on sham charges since July 2016. Karan is an Iranian-American businessman who returned to Iran to be with his elderly mother who lived alone, and Afarin is a US resident promoting Iranian culture as an art gallery owner in Tehran. They were at the Tehran airport when the Iranian Revolutionary Guard arrested them. Despite the fact that their due process and human rights were repeatedly violated after their arrest, including a 1 month stint in solitary confinement, they respected the legal channels in Iran, certain that their innocence would soon lead to their release. But after refusing to allow them to choose their own lawyers, Iran’s judiciary sentenced Karan to 15 years in prison and Afarin to 10 in a secret trial in Tehran. Now my parents have nowhere to turn. What you can do to help: There are many ways you can help besides signing this petition.   1) Share this petition on social media encouraging people to sign it. Let Karan and Afarin know that the world has not forgotten them. Here’s a sample message: Iran has imprisoned American citizen Karan Vafadari and US permanent resident Afarin Neyssari without due process on sham charges. Sign and share this petition to raise your voice against this injustice. #FreeKaran #FreeAfarin   2) Write to/call Iran’s UN mission in New York (H.E Gholamali Khoshroo, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic to the United Nations) and tell them that Iran should release Karan Vafadari and Afarin Neyssari, who have been issued ludicrous sentences on sham charges without due process. This can be done over and over again in various ways with different statements to show that Americans have not forgotten about their fellow citizens in need. Please be respectful. ADDRESS622 Third Ave., 34th floorNew York, NY 10017, USAPHONE: +1 (212) 687.2020FAX: +1 (212) 867.7086   3) Tweet messages like: “@HassanRouhani @JZarif should take a position on #FreeKaran and #FreeAfarin, good people who have been issued ludicrous prison sentences without due process.” to Iranian officials. The more times we do this, the better. About Karan and Afarin:When Karan returned to Iran to be with his dying mother, he met Afarin. Afarin owned and operated Aun Gallery to promote Iranian culture from inside Tehran. My dad’s favorite way to spend time with his family has always been a road trip: we might drive from our home in Georgia to the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, or from Tehran to see an ancient Persian site like Persepolis. Timeline:20 July 2016: Afarin is arrested at the airport in Tehran. She calls Karan, who is also arrested when he arrives at the airport September 2016: After about a month in solitary confinement, being accused of spying, and being told to spy on one another (they refused), Karan and Afarin are moved to around within 2-A of Evin January 2017: Karan and Afarin see a lawyer for the first time after 5 months of imprisonment. There has been no evidence to suggest they might be a threat to national security (because they are not). The charges of spying are downgraded because it was always blatantly false. December 2017: Judge Salavati finally names a price for bail, which is astronomically high January 2018: Karan and Afarin find a way to put bail for Afarin. Salavati tells the lawyer: “If I wanted her released, I wouldn’t have set bail so high.” January 2018: Salavati delivers a verdict: 15 years for Karan, and 10 years for Afarin. There is still no evidence of wrongdoing. Charges: The legal system has been very opaque. Even the state-approved defense lawyer has not yet been granted access to the docket to know how to even defend Karan. This is the best I can piece together the charges:Afarin is found guilty of using Aun Gallery to subvert the Islamic Republic. They have [falsely] claimed that she took foreign investment and thus was manipulated to use it against Iran’s best interest.Afarin is found guilty of spreading un-Islamic art. All of her events and art at the Gallery were approved and certified by the government. This is also a sham charge.Karan is found guilty of owning a “house of vice and prostitution.” A former ambassador from Italy to Iran was so outraged by this charge, that he wrote an open letter in Karan’s support. https://karanafarin.com/2018/02/01/letter-from-roberto-toscano-former-italian-ambassador/ As a Zoroastrian, Karan’s behavior in the privacy of his own home is ostensibly protected by Iran’s constitution. About Me:My parents raised me, my younger sister, and older brother in Columbus, GA. Last year, I asked the love of my life to marry me! Lily (who was born and raised in Alabama) and I met while we studying engineering at MIT, and we have been delaying our wedding so that Karan and Afarin might have a chance to be with us. Useful links:https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/30/world/middleeast/iran-american-prison.html https://www.cbsnews.com/news/iran-us-dual-national-karan-vafadari-zoroastrian-wife-evin-prison-group-says/ https://www.iranhumanrights.org/?s=karan+vafadari https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2017/11/here-are-the-dual-nationals-imprisoned-in-iran/

Cyrus Vafadari
8,595 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Ryan Costello, Pat Toomey, Donald Trump, John Cornyn, Dick Durbin, Raul Labrador, Zoe Lofgren, Robert Casey, Dwight Evans, Patrick Meehan

Stop the Inhumane Treatment of Immigrants in the United States

The members of Exton Community Baptist Church (ECBC) of Exton, Pennsylvania, are asking our friends and neighbors to stand with our immigrant community. These immigrants, many of whom are living and working in the U.S. on H-1B or refugee class visas, and even some Green Card holders, are experiencing actions by the U.S. government that are putting their families and futures at risk. These risks include loss of employment, loss of the ability to live and work in the U.S., loss of family income, disruption in the education of their children, and in some cases the risk of death or persecution upon return to their countries of origin. Recent increases in scrutiny, massive cuts in H-1B quotas, and other changes in U.S. Federal policy are affecting churches and their members and ministries throughout the country. And many of our refugee populations are being targeted now, too, with especially frightening potential outcomes. These immigrants are our friends, neighbors, and wards. As Americans and as people of faith we are compelled to love and protect them. We do not support the deportation of our friends, nor will we forget the actions that have led to their absence. These are some of the specific decisions that are putting our immigrants at risk. The decision to deport 200,000 Salvadorans who came here after two horrifying earthquakes which killed over 100,000 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.[1] We stand with Church World Service’s condemnation of this decision.[2] The decision to end TPS Visas for refugees from the Sudan, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Haiti. President George H.W. Bush created the TPS program in 1990 because he believed that our country has a responsibility to care for our neighbors.[3] The decision to cut our country’s quota for refugees in half.[4] We now have the lowest quota we have seen since 40 years ago, when our population – currently 326 million – was just 222 million. In 1980, we had an annual ceiling of 231,700. In 1990, we had a ceiling of 125,000.[5] Efforts to cut this figure down to less than 50,000 are inhumane. The decision to force immigration judges into a quota system and restrict their ability to refer cases to appellate courts.[6] Due process is a basic tenet of our legal system. Undermining the application of this principle sets a dangerous precedent for all Americans. The President’s efforts to remove a 2015 rule that allowed the spouses of H-1B visa holders to apply for work in the U.S. [7] These spouses pay taxes and serve our communities in constructive ways. They should be allowed to contribute to our nation’s people, services, and economy. We are asking you, our political representatives, to fight these actions. We, too, are immigrants –immigrants in fact, or the descendants of immigrants. And we are Christians who believe in compassion and are compelled by our scriptures to love and respect all – even the foreigners in our midst. We are made stronger when we embrace the widow, the orphan, and the foreigner as our own. The principles that we embrace are found in: Lev. 19:33-34, Deut. 27:19, Ezk. 47:22, Zech. 7:9-10, Matt. 25:35, and Heb. 13:2. [1] https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/06/politics/el-salvador-tps-immigration/index.html[2] https://cwsglobal.org/cws-condemns-heartless-dhs-decision-to-terminate-protections-for-salvadoran-tps-holders/ [3] https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status[4] http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/09/26/trump-to-cut-number-of-refugees-in-u-s-by-more-than-half/[5] https://www.migrationpolicy.org/programs/data-hub/charts/us-annual-refugee-resettlement-ceilings-and-number-refugees-admitted-united [6] https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-administration-seeking-to-speed-deportations-to-impose-quotas-on-immigration-judges/2018/04/02/a282d650-36bb-11e8-b57c-9445cc4dfa5e_story.html?utm_term=.257d4b6fb1a7[7] https://cis.org/Huennekens/H1B-Spouses-Lose-Work-Authorization

Exton Community Baptist Church
360 supporters