The Immigration Problem
Steve, a U.S. Citizen, was involved in a serious motorcycle accident and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit in Hawaii. His wife Sarah, a Canadian Citizen, was stuck in Canada at that time and her request to enter the U.S. was refused. Steve had no family in Hawaii and he had no one to help him and care for him during his recovery.
VisaPro assisted Sarah by contacting the Honolulu District Office, and helped her enter the U.S. to see Steve through a Humanitarian Parole. She is now in Hawaii caring for her husband.
Inquiry Into The Background
Sarah and Steve met while Sarah was vacationing in Hawaii. They fell in love and were married in Paradise. Since Sarah is from Canada they called immigration to see what they had to do for her to stay here. They were told that Sarah has to file for adjustment of status and what she would need to do that.
When Sarah and Steve initially contacted US immigration in Hawaii they were told that they needed to file for adjustment of status and the documentation that would be needed, but they were not told that if Sarah went back to Canada she might be barred from re-entry as an intending immigrant.
Before filing anything with immigration Sarah made a couple of trips back to Canada. The first couple of trips were without incident, but on her third trip she was stopped by immigration at the airport and told that since she was married to a US citizen she could not enter the U.S., that she would have to get an immigrant visa or K3 visa before she could return.
To say the least Sarah and Steve were very frustrated and disappointed at the forced separation. They came to VisaPro and we began preparing the Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130) and the K3 petition. Before we were able to file the Form I-130 package, Steve was involved in a serious motorcycle accident and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital. Steve has no family in Hawaii and Sarah was stuck in Canada; he had no one to help him and care for him during his recovery.
Analysis Of The Problem
As soon as Sarah was told about the accident she tried to talk to the U.S. immigration officers in Canada to see if they would let her come to Hawaii as a visitor to see her husband. We had her take a letter from the hospital confirming that Steve was in ICU and with a request that Sarah be allowed to enter the U.S. but she was flatly refused and told to wait.
At this point we decided that the only way that Sarah would be able to enter the U.S. to see Steve and help care for him would be through “Humanitarian Parole”.
VisaPro’s Successful Solution
- Since her ultimate destination was in Hawaii, we contacted the Honolulu District Office to discuss her case with them. They were more than helpful and advised as to what documents they would like to see in support of the Humanitarian Parole application.
- We got the Humanitarian Parole application completed and filed over the weekend so the officer would have it Monday morning.
- As it turns out the Acting District Director was going to leaving that position at the end of the week so the clerk that we had been talking to watched for the package to come in and took it directly to the Acting DD so she could review it before leaving, saving us several days in the process.
The Acting District Director approved the Humanitarian Parole application (one of the last acts before she departed) and had the approval faxed to the immigration office at the airport in Vancouver BC. Sarah was able to pick up her copy there and was admitted into the US. She is now in Hawaii caring for her husband and waiting for her immigrant visa interview.
Our immigration attorneys have the experience to review and analyze different scenarios and formulate strategies for success. Contact VisaPro immigration lawyers to review your situation and discuss your options.
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