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Letter to the Editor:

December 01, 2009 - TRC - By Ellen MacMillan

To the Editor:

I’m certain if my husband were a refugee, he’d be allowed into the U.S. without pages of supporting documents, life history and a large fee. If he were an illegal alien working in the fields or factories, he would have organizations fighting to grant him health benefits, Social Security and an education for his children.

But my husband is just an ordinary, hardworking man with no extreme political or religious affiliation, a native of the UK (a U.S. ally) who’s now caught in a spider web of the government’s confusing immigration process.

What’s his crime? He went from being my fiancée to being my husband. The petition submitted last March was approved, and nowhere in state law nor on the USCIS Web site could I find that marrying is prohibited.

But now we’re told his petition is invalid and we must start the lengthy, expensive process all over again, keeping us apart even longer. Each petition requires information that’s identical except one requires a notarized letter of intent to marry and the other requires a marriage license.

We’re still the same people. Only our relationship has changed, and yet it is evidently too complex for our government simply to transfer the information and approval from one form to the other.

Adding to the frustration, when we’ve called USCIS we get differing and conflicting information about what we need to resolve as quickly as possible. If they don’t know what their process is, how the heck are we supposed to know?

Ellen MacMillan, Milo

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.