While nobody knows better than immigration lawyers that our nation's immigration laws and procedures need a total overhaul, Sherry Arciniega, and the general public must understand that no matter how simple an immigration filing may at first seem, there are pitfalls and blunders that can cause serious delay, and that require the assistance of competent legal counsel to resolve before an application or petition is filed. Furthermore, Mrs. Arciniega and the general public must understand that 1) Immigration Officers and Consular Officers sometimes do not know the law, and that 2) neither the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and the State Department is in the business of providing immigration advice and problem solving. Only immigration lawyers, and some qualified non-profit organizations who use immigration lawyers to assist them, are in the business of immigration problem solving. Ms. Arciniega's description of her husband's plight makes no legal sense whatsoever, and she has obviously been victimized by her own frugality and then provided incorrect advice, or misunderstood advice, by a U.S. Consular Officer. More than likely, if Mrs. Arciniega had paid a modest professional fee to a competent immigration lawyer for the preparation and filing of her Relative Petition, and the preparation of her husband's consular visa package, he or she would have advised them on the proper procedure filing a U.S. citizen spousal I-601 Waiver, and her husband would be in the USA with a Green Card today. Instead, she seems to have received government double-speak from a Consular Officer, who has no vested interest in assisting she and her husband. As the old saying goes, "She got what she paid for."
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
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