Reuniting a Family

Twenty years after our client met his future wife and the mother of his three children, Vincente will finally be able to reunite with his wife, thanks to a waiver we recently got approved by USCIS.

Vincente is an Ecuadoran citizen and a permanent resident of the United States. He came to the US when he was 23 without inspection. He worked hard, stayed out of trouble, and got his green card. He never forgot his family in Ecuador and returned home every year. When his dadgot sick back home, he began spending more time there. Onone of these trips, he met Gloria and over time they fell in love, got married, and raised a family in Ecuador.

In 2004, Gloria came to the United States illegally and stayed. She and Vincente established a home, they worked hard, paid taxes, bought a home, sand Vincente started his own business, and together they raised three US citizen children. But in 2011,Gloria returned to Ecuador with the children. Vincente stayed behind in the US to make a living and send home as much money as he could. But life in Ecuador got harder and their plans changed. When Vincente tried to bring her back, he ran into the 10-year bar that requires immigrants who have lived illegally in the US for more than a year, to stay abroad for 10 years before returning with a green card. He hired a “notario” to prepare the waiver which resulted in a notice from USCIS that said they would deny the waiver if Vincente could not provide more persuasive documentation.

We were able to get the case approved by highlighting the following:

  • Vincente is depressed by the separation from his family and the financial pressures that have resulted from this separation. Currently he is in arrears on his mortgage and trying to work out a settlement with the bank.
  • Gloria suffers from a thyroid condition which requires constant medication and monitoring. Although her condition is currently stable, it renders her emotionally anxious and unable to find employment that can help support the family.
  • The three United States citizen children (and particularly the youngest two) have grown up in Ecuador and know virtually no English. Vincente worries they will be unable to compete in the U.S. if they do not return and complete their education and this too, adds to his stress.
  • Vincente has strong ties to the United States. He owns his own home and his own business. Although he was born in Ecuador, he has not lived in Ecuador in over twenty years. His entire life is now in the United States. He would suffer great economic hardship if he had to sell his business and his home to move to Ecuador.
  • Vincente’s business provides a stable living for himself and his family but if he were to return to Ecuador he would need to sell his business and his home and take a significant loss. He would be unlikely to find similar employment in Ecuador without his trucks and other equipment.
  • Vincente has made suitable arrangements for health insurance in the US for himself, his wife, and his children.
  • In its most recent “Crime and Safety Report” the Department of State has designated Ecuador’s crime rate as “critical”. It further noted that Ecuador has a less than one percent conviction rate for major crimes and that it is common for police to take 45-60 minutes to respond to emergencies. Asking VP to move to a country that is so inherently dangerous is asking VP to jeopardize his future safety.

These problems had to be supported by critical documents, including, statementsfrom therapists, medical records, insurance papers, financial records, banking records, deed, bank letters, business records and related documents.

We supplied the documentation and the waiver was approved within 3 weeks. VP Is now in Ecuador, preparing to bring his family, reuniting with his family and preparing to bring them back to the US!