“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” -Abraham Lincoln
The timing we are able to share this update could not be more appropriate:
1. It was FOUR years ago, this past weekend, we said “goodbye” to each other, knowing that we had made a big “mistake” meeting face to face (after avoiding it for over a year and a half).
2. It was three years ago, this month, we were told by a fraud attorney, that our visa and immigration paperwork, had been submitted to the US Embassy in London.
3. It was two years ago, this week, that Gary’s father entered the hospital, after suffering another stroke, and was never able to come home.
4. It was one year ago, this week, that Sam’s father suffered a stroke (luckily- for lack of better term- two days prior to coming to visit here).
Despite all those personal losses, worst of all, it was one year ago this month, the same fraud attorney told us we would be having our interview, at the US Embassy in London, in September (2012).
After SEVEN weeks of “hearing” things, our Immigration applications have been processed, re-opened, etc., we can FINALLY say, that we have received actual written documents from USCIS stating as such (can you blame us for not wanting to say anything official until we had it in writing after almost three full years of being lied to? 🙂
We still have NO IDEA what the time frame is on when benefits prior to our green-card interview will arrive (or why documents from USCIS, postmarked and dated the same days to both Sam and Gary, have arrived weeks apart). This past Friday, we received what we had been told was occurring…our denied Spousal petition has been re-opened and is in progress!
We know many believed that, by now, we would have been further along in the process. We are very happy to say, that despite still being in “limbo” of not being able to plan beyond yesterday, we know there is a “light at the end of the tunnel”.
There are many people who have helped expedite this process, most notably, Senator Richard Blumenthal, as well as his staff (in D.C., and especially, in Hartford, CT). There are many people we still have to thank, and there are many, who still need to be held accountable for their actions (whether legally or publicly stated).
For now, at least, we know, we will not have to wait FOUR SCORE to be able to FINALLY have the right to live together! 🙂