After more than 5 years since my husband left the states, we finally sent off our application for a visa interview to the national visa center. Of course that was not without drama within itself, but this post is not about problems or inconsistencies but about hope for my family´s future.
No matter how hard this has been we have a chance to come home, even if that chance is slim, it is still more than many people who deserve it get. I am talking about what happens after the visa interview, after he is denied his permanent resident visa for his bans. The I-601 waiver of inadmissibility.
What’s that, you might ask (I say might because most people versed in immigration bs, like myself, know what that is). The waiver of inadmissibility is available for certain immigration bans, for example, my husband’s ban for overstaying his visa was waivable, but the for missing an asylum hearing was not. The non-waivable ban must expire before any relief is available. We had to wait five long years for this, and we are finally almost there. Hope is such a powerful thing, it can change hearts, move mountains; it can change a person’s entire life.
So just a chance to go home to The USA, no matter how slim, is a very big deal for my family. I went 2 years living on $4 a day with 3 children when my youngest was born. I make more now, thankfully, but it will never be enough to give my children the education they would be entitled to for free back home. I could never hold my daughter’s in my arms again, look my mother in her eyes and make a connection, see my father with his only grandsons before it is too late. What would you do if you were faced with the decisions I have been? I have second guessed my decisions thousands of times, but to what end? To madness of course.
So hope is all I have right now, hope for my happy ending.