anyone know about immigration?

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  1. donnA

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    It's not for us, we're US born. But it came up on another board (my art trading board).
    This woman from Canada was apparently married to a US citizen, living in the US. He died last week. Funeral is Monday, she says she will have to leave the US asap, as per immigrations request.
    Anyone know anything about this kind of thing?
     
  2. Gina B

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    I went through a lot of immigration stuff with various people.

    If she was simply living here and not a citizen and her valid reason for being here is gone, then that is how it works from what I've seen. Marriage to an American is not citizenship. She apparently chose to not apply for citizenship, or was denied citizenship. If she had a green card she can still apply...if it was a conditional green card, probably not.

    If they simply said "leave as soon as possible," it sounds more like INS is being stinky. If he had money, it's possible that they're more interested in having her leave, as the government may take it when she does. It also may be the opposite...her husband or whoever her sponsor was signed an agreement that he had enough money to fully support her for x amount of years, and had to provide bank statements of that. That amount of years may not have been fulfilled...just a thought.

    Best idea is to hire a lawyer that specializes in immigration. They will at least know how to stall the process, and many will do basic work for relatively little, unless she's living in some out of the way place.

    Question is...if she wasn't working on being a citizen before, why would she want to be one now? It would seem that would have been a priority before the fact, not after. Not meaning to sound harsh here, but it does have me curious.
     
  3. donnA

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    As far as I know she isn't want to now bcome a citizen. I don't know that she ever attempted too. But I do know they had children.
     
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    My one daughter is married to an American. She had to apply for immigrant status and remain in the USA for 5 full months waiting for approval. At the time, one could not hold citizenship of another country, so she refused to become American. Her landed immigrant status and marriage to an American gave her permanent privileges in the USA.

    One granddaughter was born in Canada. She cannot become an American until she is 18. Apparently, at this time she must make a choice and then her US citizenship is virtually automatic.

    Now that the USA recognizes dual citizenship, Jo has become American, and it was almost instant, given the time the government takes to do anything.

    I have heard strange stories about citizenship battles, so one never knows what is gospel on either side of the border.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
  5. donnA

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    I think your right Jim.
    I knew woman who was illegal from Honduras, she was brought her by her parents as a child. She married an american born hispanic who was raised in mexico because his parents were from there. they had a dughter and she decided she wanted to enter legally. So she went to Honduras. Now an american judge will not let her re enter, shes been gone almost 2 years. Now the baby lives with her, but they were seperated 8 months. And he husband has to pay the Hondurin governemnt a fee for his daughter. Last I knew of them he moved back to Texas so he could legally move his wife to Mexico, and the could cross the border to vistit them. He works in Texas to make more money then he could in Mexico, which he needs becasue he now supports 2 households.
    Now this seems strange to me. Millions of illegals entering, and nothing. Someone wants to re enter be legal and she can't come back, she was told by immigration to try again in 3 years. Even immigration lawyers can't get anything done.
     

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