Sunday, October 12, 2008

Next Steps and New Hope

OK, a week has passed since the last post, and a LOT has happened since then.

First of all, I said goodbye to Carlos (and our home in Mexico), knowing full well that the next time I see him, I'll be introducing him to our newborn baby! That's a sad and happy thought at the same time.

The GOOD news is that the next time I see him, Lord willing, we will be meeting up in the lovely city of Windsor, Ontario, Canada!

That's right. With the help of my wonderful parents, and possibly even joined by my brother and sister-in-law, we will be driving through Michigan into Canada shortly after the baby's born. Carlos will fly one of the direct flights from Mexico to Canada and then travel to Windsor to meet up with us for several days so that he can meet his new baby. After that, he'll ideally stick around for a short while scouting out the city of Toronto, which we dream of as our future home.

You've read correctly. Our days in Mexico are coming to an end. It was a great adventure, but we can't continue on there permanently. Carlos needs to finish his degree/radiology certification, and the baby needs a better environment to grow up in (read: more diverse, more sophisticated, more cosmopolitan, and more accessible to grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and loving family in the US). Yes, call us snobs, but this is what we want for our future and for our child's future.

So, the current investigation involves options for getting Carlos into school and obtaining Student/Temporary Resident visas for us and the baby. Ideally as soon as possible so we can all be together. Since we adored Chicago so much, we decided that the best place to pursue our future is in the Canadian equivalent to Chicago. Anyone with advice and/or connections involving Toronto, please feel free to share!!

Meanwhile, the fight for justice with Carlos' visa situation continues! We now have the great fortune of benefiting from the assistance of Attorney Laurel Scott. She is arguably the nation's most experienced and successful immigration lawyer working with the consulate at Ciudad Juarez and many others around the world. She will be submitting a request to the Department of State seeking clarification on the application of the law in our case. While the chances are slim, and while the process is indefinite and probably very long, this is one way to continue fighting the lifetime ban. So, those that are still praying, we will keep praying that in the long run, this decision goes in our favor and we can finally return home.

In general, everything looks great for us right now. Let's just pray that the money and logistics can come together to make this promising future possible, and that Carlos' Canadian visa process will go a lot more smoothly, and mine and the baby's, of course!


Azul y Vampy said...

Wishing you the best of luck in your new Canada adventure :) Hope everything works out for you guys.

Lal said...

Any chance of settling in Canada? A much better country than the USA...

I wish you all the best ... Cant imagine being in your situation.


Corey said...

Thanks for documenting your struggles with U.S. immigration. I have a very good friend of mine who is in the middle of acquiring his green card and it is very frustrating to hear of all the hoops the government makes him jump through.

I often wonder who it is that gave the government the authority to scrutinize people as much as it does.

Best of luck with the Canadian gov., hopefully they'll be much more reasonable.

Anonymous said...

So I have only read this blog for now, but I will deff be back. So far it sounds we may have pretty similar situations. I started my blog in order to start a sort of on line support system for families who are dealing with immigration issues and who may be now or have been separated due to these issues. I look forward to reading more on your blog. I have to go play with my daughter for now. If you'd like visit my blog.

Amanda said...

Hey looks like you havent been on here much I may try to contact you via the immigrate2us site. I just wanted to let you know I started a group on Yahoo groups. Ill put the link on here if you would like to check it out. Its not an advocacy site or necessarily somewhere to go for answers. Its more for supporting each other.

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