I have reason to believe that this letter was not a major factor if any in the decision, based on a conversation with the adjudicating officer. The decision was made in the course of our conversation. May 6, I, USC, declare under penalty of perjury, under the laws of the United States, that the forgoing is true and correct. Already since his departure, I have had to give up practicing real estate, a career for which I had worked very hard to become licensed in and professionally established.
In the real estate practice, because I was not paid a salary and was dependant on commissions, ample savings were a necessity to fall back on. I was unable to afford to wait for those commissions after our savings were exhausted for legal fees associated with HUSBAND's deportation, and was forced to seek other career options. I feel deeply compelled each day to reunite with my husband and share our lives together as we once did and as we have every right to do.
However, doing so in Venezuela would greatly endanger my safety, cause significant psychological stress, strain my relationship with my family, completely deplete our finances, eliminate my plans to pursue a graduate degree and end our dreams of starting a family of our own.
Due in part to the strained economic and turbulent political situation, there is constant unrest in most metropolitan areas of the country. There are regular riots and demonstrations, kidnappings, murders, robberies and ongoing violence. Even in the best of neighborhoods, there are regular incidents and police raids are common. The web sites of the U. Embassy in Caracas and the U. Department of State contain lengthy warnings for U.
On my 2 visits there, my husband has had to keep constant watch over me, never allowing me out of his sight, and trying to limit our conversations in public as I do not speak Spanish and would stand out immediately as a target.
I have increased risks of infertility, miscarriage and pre-term labor due to a surgery I have had to my cervix. The surgery, a Cone Biopsy, was performed to remove abnormal pre-cancerous cells from my cervix after I was diagnosed with Cervical Dysplasia. I have not had further problems with the dysplasia at this time, but the surgery weakened my cervix, very potentially affecting my ability to conceive or hold a pregnancy See Exhibit B.
When I conceive, my doctors have told me that I will have to be very closely monitored. If my cervix is not strong enough, medical intervention will be necessary to prevent me from miscarrying or going into premature labor. If, however, I were unable to conceive due to scarring of my cervical tissue, infertility options would have to be explored first; all of them would require my husband's presence and ready availability.
Most women are capable of bearing their first child without difficulty through the age of 35; fertility and uncomplicated pregnancy rates drop significantly after that. Due to my already present risk of severe complications, doctors have advised me not to wait any longer to attempt my first pregnancy.
Here in the U. Additionally, I can not raise a child alone, when my husband, who is my greatest source of emotional support and would be my only source of financial support, is miles away from me. If I am living in Venezuela on the other hand, I will not have medical insurance and it will be impossible to have access to even a remotely comparable level of medical technology and expertise.
See Exhibits C and B. It would be a cruel and extreme hardship to subject my child to the choices of growing up in the safety, security and proper education of the U. If this condition is not treated, it often will grow into an invasive cervical cancer see Exhibit B. Additionally, I have experienced many episodes of shortness of breath, severe palpitations, and insomnia in the past year. After ruling out a heart condition and other ailments with a physical, an EKG, and blood tests, my doctor concluded that my symptoms were indicative of anxiety attacks from great stress.
If I cannot eliminate the stress i. This scale measures vulnerability to medical illness as a result of stress.
It is now famous and still widely used; its efficacy is well established. Scully, Henry Tosi and Kevin Banning re-evaluated the use of this instrument. The abstract of their article states: For instance, a marital separation would accrue 65 LCU's and an outstanding personal achievement would accrue 28 LCU's. In other words, significant life changes, positive and negative, are significant variables in the development of medical illness.
It is not possible to predict exactly which illness might occur. However, degree of vulnerability can be predicted. Pre-existing conditions, such as my previous bout with cervical dysplasia are presumed to be highly vulnerable to exacerbation. The predictive ranges of the SRRS are: No significant risk LCU Stress and other risk factors not only exist as independent influences, they interact dynamically.
In other words, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. I will be subjected to several factors whose interactions contribute exponentially to my experience of hardship. Each interacts with the other in a manner that heightens their mutual impact. Therefore, the totality of hardship factors exceeds measurement. I was born and raised in the U. I have absolutely no family anywhere in South America.
I am very close to both of my parents, my sister, and my 5-year-old niece who has lived with me or near me for most of her life. My mom and sister are my best friends; being separated from them would be devastating. Since neither of them drives, and my father moved away, they both depend on me for many essentials, including grocery shopping and getting to doctor's appointments. If I were to move to Venezuela, it would cause her and my sister hardships in addition to my own.
When her mother my sister works on evenings and weekends, I am the one who cares for her, plays with her, takes her on outings and tucks her in at night her father lives 4 hours away and rarely visits. NIECE has become such a part of my life; leaving her would be like abandoning my own child.
Between her father's absence and her grandfather's recent departure, HUSBAND's presence can provide a stable, daily male figure in her life that she does not otherwise have.
I love my family dearly and have never gone more than a couple of months without seeing them. This would also greatly add to the growing anxiety attacks I already experience, and is likely to trigger depression See Exhibit D. Due to my inability to speak Spanish, I felt alienated when I spent time with them, and will surely be isolated, and terribly lonely without friends and family to talk to.
Being separated from my full, close and loving family will create great emotional distress and hardship to myself and to my family, all of whom are U. I intend to begin graduate school to expand my opportunities in my current field which I am ill-equipped for with my real estate background , especially since my employer will reimburse a significant portion of my tuition.
If I were to move to Venezuela, I would have to leave my job with virtually no prospects to look forward to, and graduate school would no longer be an option both since I don't understand Spanish. In addition to that, this would also shatter my chances of future employability in the United States once we are finally able to return.
Since it will be impossible to maintain my career in Venezuela due in major part to my inability to speak the language , my professional standing and career would be ruined.
HUSBAND has had great difficulty finding any permanent employment, with offers of less than minimum wage, part-time or temporary work, and occasional contract assignments such as translating documents. Even with both of us working, this would not be enough to live on; with only HUSBAND working, it will mean certain poverty see Exhibit E It would also mean that my credit rating would be destroyed.
My current earnings allow me to pay my bills as well as provide money to my husband so that he may maintain a reasonable and secure standard of living. After making all payments, I have just enough money left over for phone calls to Venezuela and can barely afford the airfare to visit more than once or twice a year.
In Venezuela, without my current salary to rely upon, not only would we be subjected to the extreme hardship of living in horrifically sub-standard conditions, but also we would have nothing to return to the U. This will contribute to and exacerbate the extreme hardships I have already discussed. My lack of Spanish language skills in Venezuela will: His mother applied for political asylum but the case was denied.
Her attorney filed an appeal and obtained an Employment Authorization Card for her while it was pending. The same attorney continued to re-apply for the Employment Authorizations annually under the pretense that the appeal was still pending. After working lawfully in the U. Their attorney had never informed them of the denial of the appeal and falsely misled them into believing that they were living and working legally in the U. While seeking legal advice, we discovered that a deportation order had been issued against his mother and him, inclusively in when he was only He was 20 when we found out and realized too late that he had already remained in the U.
We were advised by several attorneys to file the I Petition promptly and wait for it to be adjudicated here in the U. Now, following his interview at the U. Consulate in Caracas, Venezuela, he respectfully seeks this waiver to return home to me.
I would also be forsaking my relationship with my family and my secure employment and career opportunities. He is an innocent victim of an unethical attorney. He did not choose to come to the U. He is a hard-working, law-abiding person who spent more than half his life in the U.
I need to have my husband here with me in the U. I love my country and am a very proud American citizen. I would not believe that my own country would keep me separated from my husband, when the government has fully recognized our marriage in approving our I petition.
Doing so would shatter the confidence I have in my own government to protect me, as keeping me separated from my husband would destroy me.