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Newlyweds forced apart after six days of marriage when the wife was deported to Russia at the end of their honeymoon cruise

  • Joshua and Liza Hedges were returning from Mexico after July 3 wedding
  • Immigration officers said Liza, 18, was in the country illegally because her tourist visa was under her maiden name and thus now invalid
  • Officers said Liza was also supposed to state she was getting married when she entered the country two weeks prior
  • But Joshua was told by Immigration Services that he did not need to file anything to change Liza's status, information he found out was incorrect
  • The couple have been separated again after having a long-distance relationship for two years

2010-08-29 Our first email exchange on dating site OKCupid.com
2010-11-25 Our marriage at Bang Rak Ampher (the "Ampher of Love")
2010-12-04 CR-1 visa application mailed: 1st Class Certified Mail
2010-12-06 CR-1 app delivery to Chicago Lockbox (USPS.com)
2010-12-13 Emailed notification from Chicago Lockbox
2010-12-14 Check Cashed (I-130 Application Fee - $420.00)
2010-12-17 NOA1 arrives from CSC (dated 12/10, postmarked 12/14)
2011-02-15 Our NOA1 Case Number shows up on USCIS.gov
2011-04-25 Emailed notification - NOA2
2011-04-30 NOA2 arrives from CSC (via US Postal Service)
2011-05-13 Petitioner's NVC "NOA1" (NVC Case #, DS-3032, IIN) arrives via USPS
2011-05-16 Emailed signed & dated DS-3032 form to NVC
2011-05-18 "Affidavit of Support" filing fee paid online ($88.00)
2011-05-20 "Immigrant Visa" filing fee paid online ($404.00)
2011-05-24 Emailed notification - DS-3032 accepted
2011-06-07 Aff of Support & DS-230 mailed: 1st Class Certified Mail
2011-07-02 NVC sends DS-230 checklist requesting docs they already received
2011-07-21 "Sign In Failed" at NVC's Immigrant Visa Invoice Payment Center
2011-07-25 NVC emails a "Checklist Cover Letter" saying "Case Complete"
2011-07-30 NVC emails Visa Interview Appointment at Bangkok Embassy
2011-09-15 CR-1 VISA APPROVED!!!
2011-09-19 Received sealed visa envelope (CR-1 visa, medical evidence, etc.)
2011-10-06 Port of Entry - Los Angeles International Airport
2011-10-18 Social Security Number received (the physical SS card arrived 2011-10-20)
2011-10-27 Green Card received (via US Postal Service)
2013-07-08 Removal Of Conditions (I-751) mailed (arrived VSC 07-11, $590 ck cashed 07-16)
2013-07-18 Received NOA1 (I-751) with receipt date 07/12/2013
2013-07-22 Received Biometrics appointment letter for 8/14/13.
2013-11-14 10-YEAR GREEN CARD APPROVED!!!

2015-10-03 Mailed N-400 to Dallas via Standard Post ($680.00)

2015-11-16 Received NOA1 (I-797C) with receipt date 11/06/2015

2015-12-12 Received NOA2 (I-797C) with Biometrics date 12/23/15

2016-03-16 N-400 Interview Letter

2016-05-03 N-400 Interview (RFE'd with N-14 for 1st name change documentation)

2016-05-20 RFE'd again 4 documentation of 2nd name change; provided it; N-400 APPROVED!!

2016-05-27 Notification: "In Line For Oath Ceremony"

2016-06-17 Naturalized (with a name change) by Judicial Ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, FL!

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What if she didn't intend on living here and went back home within the time allotted for a visitors visa?


09/27/14 Married :content:

12/03/14 Became a US citizen :star:

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02/25/15 130 Petition sent

02/27/15 NOA1 date :clock:

07/23/15 NOA2 date

08/03/15 Mailed to NVC

08/07/15 NVC Received

08/19/15 Case number assigned, submitted DS-261

08/20/15 Paid AOS bill

08/25/15 Received welcome letter

08/25/15 Sent AOS & IV package

08/31/15 DS-261 reviewed

08/31/15 AOS & IV scan date confirmed by Sup.

09/02/15 Received IV bill by email

09/03/15 Paid IV bill

09/09/15 Submitted DS-260

09/17/15 Case Completed @ NVC

10/06/15 Expedite Request sent to NVC

11/12/15 Contacted Sen. Marco Rubio for assistance with expedite by email

11/19/15 Expedite Approved

12/9/15 Medical

12/11/15 Interview (Approved)

12/14/15 CEAC Status changed to AP

12/15/15 CEAC Status Changed to Issued

12/18/15 Picked up Passport & booked hubby's ticket.

12/31/15 Ring in the New Years together after 4 years!!!! :dancing:

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What if she didn't intend on living here and went back home within the time allotted for a visitors visa?

It doesn't matter. A tourist visa holder does not have a right to enter the U.S. CBP has the authority to deny entry to A tourist visa holder if she can not overcome the burden of proof that she does not intend to immigrate and intends to leave the U.S. after visiting. It's her burden to prove she doesn not intend to immigrate. Based on the circumstances, it sure looks like she was planning on staying (and on the fact that she is trying to get back here).

Based on the fact that she is trying to get back here, how would show she does not have the intent to immigrate?

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The story, as reported by the DM, not surprisingly, doesn't hold much water. The marriage would not have rendered her visa invalid. Her visa was in the name of the bearer of the passport, which is her maiden name. No CBP officer would deny entry based on that alone. They had been married for 3 days only and it would be unrealistic to expect she could have changed her name, obtained a new passport and a new visa in such short notice. There is also the case of many who get married in Mexico and have no trouble entering the US so long as the visa and the passport match.

In all likelihood they told the CBP officer they were married and that she was entering the US to stay. As it should have been, the CBP denied entry. It is not much of a story, which is probably why the DM decided to take some literary license with reality and concoct something more tragic, yellow and therefore appealing to its readership.

What really sucks is that they didn't have to leave the US in order to get married. It sucks, but in this case, there isn't much recourse other than the sympathy of many of us.

They married July 3 in Salt Lake City, so no, they didn't leave the U.S. in order to get married.

What they did was go to Mexico for their honeymoon without Advance Parole or a Green a Card in hand. So clearly, CBP did the correct thing and denied entry to the Russian fiancé because her recent marriage and attempt to re-enter the U.S. is inconsistent with the terms of a tourist visa.


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he could easily get to Russia now as a spouse of a Russian Citizen.

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He was going to Russia anyway?


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With a GoFundMe page in action, the whole story Looks like a scam to convince gullible anti-Big Government types to fork over the dough to help a poor, oppressed Christian couple. Just like the Oregon anti-gay 'Christian' bakers.


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Conditional Permanent Resident: 16 September 2014

Conditional GC Expires: 16 September 2016

ROC Journey (CA Service Center)

2016-Sep-14: I-751 form, check, supporting docs sent USPS Priority Express

2016-Sep-15: ROC application received & signed for by Lakelieh

2016-Sep-15: NOA receipt date

2016-Sep-19: $590 check cashed by USCIS

2016-Sep-20: NOA/ 1-year extension letter received in mail

2018-Feb-26: ROC case transferred to local office

2018-Mar-06: ROC approved via USCIS website (WAC status check)

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