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My daughter is American and her husband has not been able to get any automatic ticket for anything. I also have a friends daughter that is also an American Citizen that is also having hurdles placed for her husband. Imigration into the States is very much dependent on race. If you belong to a group that is not wanted regardless of what the policy is you are denied or given hurdles that may include being deported for whatever reason. Costa Rica is much friendlier to all people it would appear. They only want your money. We still see race as the key to being desired in the States. If it were easy to come to the States all the wire and assualt rifes we have on the southern boarder would not be needed. If they fill out the forms can they come? No. Regardless of what the offical policy reads certain groups are not wanted. I am wondering with Costa Rica's neighbor to the north. Even if they are not desired they can pay a fee and be given entry. This is not true with the States. Brazil has this figured out. and require a visa application for certain groups Americans included. Wish I ws wrong.

 

Ed

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Oh, gambler--

 

I have worked with illegal aliens in the NYC area for the last few years, and perfectly legal folks as well and unless there is an immigration infraction--and there are MANY ways to do that--filing for a CR-1/IR-1 visa which is for USC spouses to petition for their alien spouses is falling off a log easy--it usually takes 8 - 10 months unless the alien spouse is in a high fraud country like Morocco, Ghana, Egypt, and a dozen others where there is extra scrutiny and it can stretch out to a couple of years. I work with countless folks who have NO immigration infractions every single day, it ain't hard or expensive or invasive--just a bunch of paperwork that 99% of the time doesn't even require a lawyer.

 

As to being deported, like I say, I work with folks who have gotten sideways with immigration, and deportation is not taken lightly--and race?? Here you are so far off the mark I don't know where to start. I help people from every corner of the world, every race, every religion, and except for high fraud countries, there is no difference whatsoever.

 

There are also plenty of ways to get it done quicker depending on the circumstances, so unfortunately I think your personal experience absolutely does NOT reflect the bigger picture.

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Respectfully disagree due to my experience. Cannot speak to the multitude of folks that you have helped only to personal experience and the experience of friends. I pray that your reality could be mine. If the law in reality was as written what a wonder thing. Wish that I am wrong. Thank you for the correction if so. In country Thursday.

 

Ed

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Let's not air our dirty laundry here, but if you daughter would like to talk about her situation in email or on the phone, I'd be happy to listen and see what it looks like--it might be easy or it might be impossible, or someplace in between.

 

This isn't a business for me, but rather a passion.

 

I won't be back in CR until late July--maybe our paths will cross then.

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There are a zillion immigration lawyers, and they are all going to tell you pretty much what is in the links above--they are very nice summaries. It can be very easy or extremely difficult as pointed out in the blog, but what it doesn't tell you is how good the lawyer is. Most immigration lawyers are quite specialized, and if you decide to move ahead with a difficult case, you need to seek out a specialist--you wouldn't have a brain surgeon work on your heart, and you shouldn't have an employment visa lawyer work on getting you a waiver of inadmissibility overturned. And it isn't cheap. Without getting into the gory details, a waiver of inadmissibility can easy take a year or more and $7K - $10K in legal fees, with no guarantees that the waiver will be issued.

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Absolutely agree. I have seen so many heart breaking cases--people who either didn't know the impact of their actions or who got really bad advice from friends, family, and incompentent lawyers==sometiems we can undo it, and sometimes there is absolutely nothing that can be done.

 

And I forgot this all got started with issues about race--I have to say that not one time--not once--have I seen race be an issue in the immigration process.

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