my bad i got stucked with a crazy inmate that we have to sedate him. (i worked in prison)😝
LOL i can't edit my first post so here comes part 2:
July 2011 that we flew back to Philippines with the plan to have our children go to school and my wife stays with her parents in Davao. ICE gave her a piece of paper to board PAL and needs to be certified in the US Embassy when she arrive to her home country. After we arrived in Manila, we went straight to the US Embassy and i dreaded that we have to stay for a long line to get in. Mind you, we have 2 kids in tow and the youngest is barely over a year old. Fortunately, i have my green card and CA drivers license with me that the guard in the embassy let us in reserved for US Citizens only. My wife was told to go one of the interview room and she gave the ICE paper to the lady in charge. We left Manila and flew to Davao the next day. It's was a surreal experienced for us since we never thought it could happened. Both of us come to the US legally, both professionals, no records of arrest or any shady dealings. And yet, we are being punished for an error made by her employers. But it is what it is, we have to moved on and adapt to the situation.
After spending 4 weeks in Philippines, i have to go back to California and leaving my family was one of the hardest things ive experienced in my life. It was really hard specially for my 4 year old and he keeps crying it was unfair and why i have to leave. It's a bittersweet goodbye but i choose not to give up but keeps moving forward. After i arrived in Stockton, alone in the apartment.. it just hits me that i'm pretty much by myself with my family thousands of miles away. Talked about my faith was tested that it almost reached to its breaking point. I only have 2 options, give up or fight back. It's gonna be long fight since the incident triggers the 10 year bar. Still a lot of unknowns and i have to be strategic with my approach.
First, fired my worthless lawyer and hired a very well known immigration attorney. Retainer fee is $15,000 up front and a payment plan for another $15,000 but they have to asked me several times if there was fraud involved. I told the attorney, no.. it was just mistake of wrong filing of paper works from her previous employer. My wife was just out of status for 3 months but for some reasons it triggered a deportation hearing. So they accepted the case and i have to submit all the necessary documents and have to pay all the fees filed through the INS. Needs to file those waivers I 601 and other stuff necessary to win the case.
I dreaded the week end, being alone can easily consumed someones mental health. One of my lawyers paralegal recommended to see a psychiatrist to checked if i suffered depression, that will help the case. I told her NO.. i refused to be a VICTIM. Im sure there are other positive ways to get it done besides that diagnosis will be permanent on my medical records. So i have to send pictures and other documents that showed im rooted in my area.
2013 I received my US citizenship and went to Fresno ALONE for my Naturalization.
Albeit the distance between us, my family were thriving in Davao. My kids get high honors and were into sports. I come home once a year for 4 weeks that's our bonding moments and we treasured every time we were together. Coming back to CA was always bittersweet.
Late 2016 when i was notified by my lawyer I 485 was approved and my wife was scheduled to be interviewed in the US embassy.
Late 2017 when my wife was given an immigrant VISA. After she had the passport and visa in hand and i scheduled a flight ASAP. I arrived Friday in Philippines and flew back on Sunday with my whole family in stow.
My wife is back working and had her green card. In 2020 she will be eligible for her citizenship.
1. It was costly lesson for us. We lost our house and got hit big time financially from lawyers fees, lost wages, travel expenses etc. But in the end, Family matters most.
2. Take seriously and be on point with your immigration issues.
3. The US Government is not your friend but i still love this adoptive country and im a PROUD AMERICAN.
4. Resiliency and mental toughness. Go get it.