Chapter 2 - What the Lawyer Said
So, there we were, funds in hand, ready to make our big leap towards my wife and baking baby boy gaining their right to stay in the U.S. when all of a sudden we we came face to face with new obstacle. As it turns out, new hoops have been added to gaining citizenship. Our delight turned to dread when ee found out that, because me and my wife fell in love so thoroughly and so fast it would raise red flags in immigration and they would likely stop our case from moving forward. We spent time cinsukting with three immigration specialists today. And each had the same thing to say... Without doing this very carefully we are looking at a high probability of this taking upwards of THREE YEARS to go through. To spare you all the legal stuff, basically, when someone marries too soon after arriving to the U.S. it looks suspicious and the red tape thickens a lot! Which will in effect stop her from being able to be here legally for possibly three years. There are a few routes to go,that could prevent this but all of them require hiring a really good attorney or specialist. And, well, they want a chunk of change for that.
I thought at first that this might just be something that lawyers say in order to put you into fear and gain your business, but the more people I consulted, the more it became a very real issue. In the past year, it has become increasingly difficult to get accepted.
So, we are continuing to ask for help. Any help ypu have to offer. We found one specialist, referred by a trusted friend and lawyer, that has a great record of getting past the red tape and getting us approved with as little risk as possible. His fees are really decent compared to the others and he seems to have an amazing success rate. He will need to work with us for roughly the next 6 months to carry this through. In the end we estimate upwards of an additional $3,000 for fees.
I don't have to pay this all at once, but there is a startup fee.
We are almost there, my friends. If there is anything you can do to help, you will have my infinite appreciation. And for all those we helped already, we can never thank you enough.
Please donate or share this so,we can pull it off. And thank you again for whatever you have done and can do in addition.
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A new marriage. A baby on the way. A few thousand dollars in immigration fees... what could go wrong?
Hello friends, family, mere aquaintences.... random guy over there.
We basically have 7 days to make $2000 so Fede can stay in the U.S. and we can have our baby here!
Okay, let me backtrack.
Fede and I are in need of a tinnnny bit of help.
If you know us, you know we are pretty awesome. I mean, like, wow, we kinda rock. And if you are reading this then it's 100% likely you rock too! But sometimes, even the most awesome people need help.
With a baby boy on the way (btw, it's a boy!!!) and needing to get a slightly bigger place, and a car (can't take the baby on my motorcycle until he is at least this ^ tall) we have another huge hurdle... Immigration. Turns out, the U.S. isn't super friendly in immigration. Fede is Italian and that means roughly $2000 in immigration fees alone.
I've had a lot of friends reach out to me and ask if they could get us anything for the baby or as a wedding gift. Well, look no further!!! :)
We are asking all of our friends to do whatever they can ($5, $10, $20.... $10,000, you know, whatevers you can). But here's the kicker, we got 7 days before her stay is up!!! Literally 7 days until we either need to file and have the 2k fee or she is sent home.
Which wouldnt be the end of the world except... She's pregnant. Due in May. And by the time she would be able to come back to the U.S. she would be too far along to fly!
Needless to say, we cant let that happen . No way is this baby coming out and me not being there.
So, our first milestone is 2k. Anything... I mean anything you can do to help is appreciated.
If you know a guy who knows a guy who knows any way to make this more fiscally palatable, please send him my way.