In September, 2017 the current administration decided to end the DACA program for 800,000 Dreamers. This month, January, 2018 it is expected the current administration will also end the TPS work visa program for 200,000 immigrants, like myself, from El Salvador.
I came to the U.S. as a 6 year old and did not find out I did not have a legal status until high school. Eventually I was able to secure legal status under the TPS work visa program which allowed me to work and attend school. For almost 20 years, I've paid my renewal fees of almost $500 to renew my TPS visa every year.
In the past, regardless of a Democratic or Republican Administration, I had no issues renewing my work permit. Now, strictly for political reasons, the current administration will also be canceling the TPS visa program after 2 decades.
In the past I was able to obtain legal status on my own but this time I am asking for your help with urgency since our move date is January 10th, 2018.
I have lived in Texas pretty much all my life and the U.S. is the only country I have ever known. The U.S. is my home.
Immigration law is complicated and what it comes down to is that I am engaged and in order for my fiancé to petition for a change of status, we have to reside in certain states.
After consulting numerous immigration attorneys we have been advised to move to Sacramento, CA so that my fiancé may file a petition for change of status.
Why Sacramento, California?
Immigrants with TPS can only file for change of status through marriage from mainly states on the West Coast. The Homeland Security processing center for Sacramento is the fastest in processing our change of status through marriage petition.
My fiancé and I are asking you to please help us with any amount of donation you can provide. We are needing to meet our campaign goal by January 6th. Donations will go towards covering moving and living expenses, as well as attorney's fees.
Typically, I would be getting ready to renew my TPS work permit without much concern. Due to the current administration's politics, my partner and I are having to relocate and start over. We will be updating this page as we continue our fight and resist.
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