My Personal Immigration Experience
I know what it feels like to be in love, and separated by thousands of miles from my partner.
I have been through this immigration rodeo, myself, twice.
I was first engaged during the late 1970's. Web cams, skype, magic jacks were all science fiction. I had to pay AT&T $4 a minute for my once monthly call to my fiancee in the Philippines, and we exchanged airmail letters written on ultra thin blue paper that took about 2 weeks to arrive.
I applied for a fiance visa for Marilynd. About 6 months later I traveled to the Philippines to spend Christmas with her and her family. I hoped she would get her visa and we could go back together. Imagine my surprise when I visited the US Embassy in Manila to follow up in person on the progress of our case. And found out they had lost it. Panic for them and for me..
That taught me a valuable lesson. The folks at immigration make mistakes. To survive going through this process, you must be prepared, well documented, and be ready to anticipate and solve problems both reasonable and unreasonable as they pop up, and if I had someone who had “my back” who I could have called and talked to right then, it would have been a much calmer situation, . We did finally find the case, and my fiance and I were together on the same flight back to the USA. We married on Valentines Day, at the downtown Court House in Dallas, Texas.
Twenty years later, while living in Hong Kong, I met my second (and last) wife, Joyce. We married and had two kids. When the oldest was 6, we decided it was time to move to the USA, and enroll Michael in Kindergarten, and live in a great city to raise kids, San Diego, California. I applied for a spouse visa for Joyce and was with her at her consulate interview at the US Consulate on Garden Road in Hong Kong.
Coming into the interview, we had 7 years of marriage, 2 children, our names and faces fairly well known in Hong Kong for the business I ran. The interview STILL was VERY uncomfortable. My wife answered questions, while I held my tongue, angered by rude treatment by the consular officer.
I DO understand the immigration process from all sides, from your side and the officers side too. I know what CAN happen, and what should happen.
I have a bachelor of science degree from MIT and an MBA from Harvard. The training I received makes me uniquely able to craft winning visa petitions. I use my science background to logically and in a statistically valid way choose which of your evidences to show to that skeptical consular officer. My marketing background turns your application into a persuasive presentation that tells your story in a most effective way predisposing him to approve. And finally my accounting background helps me advise you on those complicated and tricky issues regarding proving your financial eligibility..
By Fred Wahl