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Dear Editor:
I am a USC and last year I married a Russian citizen in the Dominican Republic (DR). I immediately contacted USCIS to apply for her visa. First I was told to apply for (I-130) which I filed immediately; after 2 weeks USCIS said that it would take more than 1 1/2 year to obtain this type of visa. I called back immediately and they asked me to apply for a non-immigrant visa for her to come to the US (I-129F), and promised that this type of visa would take 2-3 months. On April 23, 2004, I received my wife's visa approval asking me to contact the NVC for an update on when the visa will be sent to the US Consulate in Santo Domingo (SD). My wife and stepson have been living in the DR waiting for a phone call from the US Consulate in SD, they have been under a lot of stress and they have been receiving poor medical care. Under a lot of pressure from US Congressmen, the US Consulate in SD granted an open visa interview to my wife. At the interview on October 26, 2004, she was asked to furnish additional proofs of marriage by the Consulate officer. On November 1, 2004, we both went to the US Consulate in SD, and after they forced us to wait outside the Consulate, last in line, we met with the consular officer. We were told that we must wait until they received our approved fingerprints from Washington. I started questioning the officers. At this point, the officer called her supervisor who showed up yelling "If you don't stop, I will have you escorted out". Do my tax dollars go to pay for these people salaries? We are still waiting.

M C



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