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    Dear Sir/Madam:
    I, Jane Doe, declare under the penalty of perjury, under the law of the United States, that the following is true and correct.
    I, jane Doe, a U.S. citizen by birth, write this letter in support of an I-601 Waiver of Grounds of Excludability on behalf of my husband, John Doe, who was found ineligible for unlawful presence in the United States for more than 1 year, this is the ONLY aggravating factor. I submit this personal statement of extreme and unusual hardship to document why it is impossible for me jane Doe and our U.S Citizen son lil Jimmy Doe to move to Mexico, and why it is imperative that my husband John Doe be waived of the 10-year ban and allowed to return to the United States.

    Introduction; My husband John Doe was brought to the United States illegally as a toddler on his second birthday by his mother to provide John with a better life. My mother-In-Law immediately enrolled John Doe into a Pre-Kinder program thus beginning his assimilation into an American Lifestyle. He went on to Middle School where his high test scores landed him in a Gifted Magnet Program at Middle School. It was in middle school when Jorge was first introduced to the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps or N.J.R.O.T.C, he fell in love with the program so he registered. My husband went on to attend high School in G Hills specifically because of the R.O.T.C program. He was very dedicated to the program and excelled anywhere he could; he even won the medal for greatest Physical Fitness scores of his freshman class. Unfortunately his future career in the military would come to an abrupt end his second year in High School and the R.O.T.C program. ASVAB examinations were to be held at our high school and anyone 10th grade and up were allowed to test, my husband then asked his mother for his SSN to take the test to which his mother then explained that he would not be able to take the test because he had no SSN. This was the first time my husband was informed of his illegal status in the United States. My husband tried taking the ASVAB anyways but of course was denied. His world was shattered, shortly after was when my husband and I met. He was a junior and I a sophomore at High School. We both graduated High School and I thought I would never see him again. It wasn’t till a Year later out of high school that I saw him again in the summer of 2010. We hit it off immediately and started dating soon after. My husband is my best friend, my warrior, and father to my baby. Without him I feel lost and incomplete.

    If my husband is not allowed to return to the United States I will suffer Extreme Hardships ranging from financial implications, growing health concerns and lost educational opportunities. Please take the following Hardships into consideration when making a decision to allow for an immediate approval.

    Financial: For the majority of the time that we were together united here in the states my husband was the main breadwinner of our small family. When we started dating both John Doe and I were attending college. Jorge for computer Science and I to become a teacher. When I found out I was pregnant, my husband dropped out of school to find a job. He found a job working in a check business as a Teller. He was making approximately 1000$ a month. While it was not much, it was enough to get us by as we prepared for our new addition. An average 1 bedroom Apt in a low-income neighborhood is 750$ to 900$. Since we could not afford our own place I moved in with my husbands parents. Currently we share a 2 Bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment between my in laws, their 17 year old daughter who is a single mother, me and my baby Jimmy and my Husband when he was here. Since there are not enough bedrooms, we sleep in the Living Room. I sleep on one couch, my husband on the other and baby Jimmy Doe in his crib next to us. We are paying 1,150 for this apartment and until my husband returns we cannot afford anything else. In November 2011 I landed a job working in retail at Fashion Club in Space . I was only making 250-400 dollars every two weeks, the amount depending whether they called me in or not because an employee didn’t show. The drive from Earth to Space was 40 miles round trip. So my husband was driving 80 miles just to take me to work and pick me up. We were spending 400 dollars a month on gas alone. So because of my husband’s departure and because I can’t drive on the freeway I was forced to quit my job. I was going to spend more money on transportation costs then what I was making. My last day was January 31st. We have had absolutely no money to save up. We had to ask several friends and family members for loans just so my husband could make the trip. I also bought a laptop on credit so my husband and I could contact each other through web cam since we cannot afford to go visit him; I have not been able to make the 40-dollar payments so I will be sent to collections soon. We had hoped to pay it off by the time he left but due to our massive expenses including 1000 dollars we owed to our attorney all we could do was lower and extend the payments. Luckily a couple of weeks after my husband’s departure I was able to find a Job as a receptionist at Inn, a small motel. The pay is the same as my last job 9 Dollars an hour but I get more hours and it’s a bit closer to home. When my husband returns he has been guaranteed a job by his previous employer with a 1 dollar raise ,and my husband has also set up a mobile computer repair business that he can bring to fruition once back in the United States. Once my husband returns he is also planning on enlisting into the United States Air Force or ARMY. He did two years of J.R.O.T.C in High school, which would bump him up a pay grade automatically. It was always his dream to join the military. And with him doing so we would be guaranteed a much better life. Currently my expenses on a monthly basis are these:

    Rent:200$
    Diapers: 40$
    Formula: 50$
    Baby Food: 30$
    Cell Phone: 50$
    Phone cards 20$
    Misc Expenses. Gas, food, etc. 300$
    Laptop payment: 50$-Overdue!
    Remittances sent to husband-160$
    Total: 900 a month

    It is getting extremely difficult to raise a newborn baby in a living room. My sister in Law and I cannot share bedrooms because there is no space. Her bedroom is too small and she also has a baby born on January 2012. If my husband comes back we can all move out to a bigger apartment and raise a good family.

    Living Conditions. Poverty in Mexico is the Norm. Almost half the population lives below the poverty level. My husband is staying in Tijuana with an aunt of a friend of ours; he pays 500 pesos (about 40 USD) a month to sleep in a small room with a cot and a shower with no hot water. Throughout the time that my husband has been in Mexico he has not been able to find a job, employers do not accept his American High School Diploma nor any job references outside of Mexico. If I were to move to Mexico with my husband I would have an even harder time finding a job because I would have to get a workers visa first. And if I were find a job it would be a low paying job because I was never able to finish college. Being as paranoid as I am I could never live comfortably in Mexico knowing that me or my child can be prime victims of kidnapping. Mexico is a very dangerous country for Americans especially in Border Towns Like Tijuana where my husband is staying. The U.S department of state has issued a travel warning for U.S citizens traveling to Mexico. It states that many U.S citizens have been killed due to the ongoing drug war in Mexico. The travel warning states that violence is especially prevalent in northern border towns. I fear that if I were to move to Mexico with my husband we would live in fear everyday. Fear of being kidnapped and killed, I just can’t endanger my son’s life like this. I already have enough stress and depression living without my husband. And reading news of young American men killed in Mexico just makes me worry more and further my anxiety. I fear for my husband every day, I feel he is an easy target because of his poor comprehension of the Spanish language and his kindness.

    Health Concerns: Here in the United States, CA my son and I are covered under the Medi-Cal program Care 1st Health Insurance. Care 1st pays for Dr visits, tests, and any prescription medicine prescribed to us. If I were to move from the United States to Mexico, my son and I would lose care 1st and be forced to pay for the medicine and Dr Visits in Mexico, medicine that we will not be able to afford, causing our conditions to worsen.


    Vitiligo: Soon after baby Jimmy was born me and my husband noticed a small white birthmark on his inner thigh and though of it as normal. Over time the white “birthmark” expanded to the point where it covered half of his inner thigh. When we asked his pediatrician what it was he said it was a sign of Vitiligo. Vitiligo is a skin disorder in which melanocytes (the cells that produce pigment) are destroyed. While there is no known cure for Vitiligo there are methods used to prevent more parts of the body from being affected. Vitiligo can develop on the hands, arms, and even face. While Vitiligo is not physically harmful in any way it can completely devastate ones self esteem and self-confidence, leading to a life of depression and embarrassment. Jimmy´s pediatrician referred us to a Dermatologist at The Children’s hospital Of Jupiter who specializes in skin disorders affecting children. After running a few tests, the Dermatologist confirmed that the discolored patch on Jimmy´
    ´s groin area was in fact Vitiligo. The Dermatologist then prescribed Jimmy Doe with a Topical steroid cream known as hydrocortisone ointment usp 2.5. My husband and I were advised to rub the cream on Michael´s spot to see if it would help regenerate the cells. It has almost been three months and unfortunately the Vitiligo is still spreading slowly. The next Dermatologist appointment is for May 3rd, where I will be advised on what other treatment options are available. Since it is in its initial stages there is a chance to treat it effectively and prevent it from spreading anywhere else. If I were to move to Mexico, Michael would lose access to this great specialist that we have been referred to, without the treatment options available readily to him here the chance of his Vitiligo expanding to the rest of his body could be drastically increased.
    Anxiety, Stress,and Panic Attacks: A month after my husband left to Mexico I was rushed to the Emergency Room because I was experiencing a very severe anxiety attack, my heart was beating much too fast, I couldn’t stop shaking and I was having great trouble breathing. I literally did not know what was happening to me. The Dr explained to me that I had just suffered an anxiety attack, and asked me if I had been under an extra amount of stress lately. I explained the situation about my husband, the trouble I was having providing my son with his basic needs, and the tiring shifts at work. The Dr said that the amount of stress I was under was most certainly the reason behind my panic attack. I was then advised on breathing exercises I could do to help and also put under medication. If my husband is not allowed to return to the U.S my living situation will only worsen and so will my health. I fear that I will fall ill and will no longer be able to provide for myself, my son, and my husband. Because I have only been at my current job for less that three months, if I miss an excessive amount of days due to my health or to visit my husband I will most certainly be let go. Thus losing the ability to pay my debts and my stress would skyrocket. The health and the well being of my son and I are directly reliant on my husband and his return to the United States.

    Education: When my husband and I started dating I was attending Macho Man Community College in Jupiter, Ca. I was studying to become an Elementary School teacher, I love working with kids so this was the most obvious career choice for me. Because of my pregnancy I was forced to drop out of Mission Community College. Unfortunately when I dropped the classes it was the middle of the semester, much too late to drop the classes, so I was forced to take the F’s.

    School Debts: While in school I was receiving Pell Grants, and due to the F’s I received I was disqualified from the Pell grant program. I now owe xxx Dollars to Jupiter College, and until I pay the amount owed my academic and financial records have been put on hold, I can not enroll into school, and when I do return I will no longer be eligible for financial aid because of my withdrawal from my classes. Meaning I will have to pay for school on my own, and with the cost of each unit in CA now at 46 dollars and rising, continuing school without the financial assistance of my husband is out of the question. If my husband were to return I would then be able to pay off my debts because of his extra income, and even enroll. My husband can take care of Michael in the mornings while I go to school and in the afternoon he can go to work.

    Lost Opportunities: If I were to move to Mexico to be with my husband I would lose the college credits that I have accumulated and have to start all over in another country. I also would not get any type of help paying for school in Mexico, meaning all my schooling would have to be paid for out of pocket. Paying for school would be another debt that we can not afford. My husband and I would be stuck in a hole, because of our lack of higher education. We simply can not afford to leave the United States, it is not an option.

    Language Barrier: Although my parents speak Spanish, I was brought up in an English speaking household. I have three older brothers and sisters who spoke English exclusively around the house and around me. I was never given the opportunity to learn Spanish, and I never bothered to do so. My understanding of the Spanish language is minimal, and with Spanish being the national language of Mexico, I will have an extremely difficult time living, working, and studying in Mexico. It would take me years to learn Spanish well enough to where I can effectively communicate with an employer, or professor. Thus I feel that for this reason I will find it even harder to find a Job in Mexico. This is a reason why I can not move to Mexico.

    Close Ties To The United States: I was born and raised in the U.S, I have lived in Mars my whole life and up until March 12, (the only time I was able to visit my husband) I had never been outside of the U.S. Here in the United States I have all of my immediate family here, my mother, father, 3 brothers, and 1 sister. I also have multiple nieces and nephews whom I love very much. Our family has always been very close, and supported each other through the roughest of times. Although my older siblings all have their own families now, they have never strayed far from home. My whole family lives within 10 miles of my parent’s house, so it is very easy for us to get together. My family is very important to me and I can not live without them, once a week I go and visit my oldest brother batman at his home. He is the brother I am closest to and I cherish very moment I can spend with him and my two lovely nieces. My family is an enormous part of my life and I can not see myself without them. My parents are getting older and I am always there to assist them in any way that I can. Whether it is driving my mom to the supermarket or babysitting my nieces and nephews, I am always there for my parents and they are always there for me. If I were to move to Mexico, I would lose the close contact I have with my loved ones, I will not be able to visit them because of the high cost of plane tickets and no means of income in Mexico. My son Michael will also not be able to meet and grow up with both his families, both from my side and from my husband’s side. He won’t be able to hug his grandmother’s, or learn to play catch with his grandfather. Michael would have nowhere near the opportunities in Mexico that he has here in the United States. I want Michael to grow up loving this great country the same way that my husband and I do. It is for this reason that I can not move to Mexico.

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    I wouldnt post my letter on the internet as people who are not registered have access to this information as well. You are risking getting plagiarized.

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    So what´s the point of a Hardship Letter review section then?? This is a very basic rough draft. the last product will be very different.

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    You should cleary state that all of your husband's family is in the US too and there is no family in Mexico at all. I think your son's skin treatment is a great argument and no family in Mexico is the as well. Just make sure you have lots of evidence to back it up. His only offense being brought by his parents as a baby I would think you guys stand a good chance. But that is just my opinion. I'm not that great at this, we were referred!

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    Make sure you make concrete references to documents attached to your HSL like your son's medical condition. Ask a doctor to write a letter that generally states the condition and that he needs to be seen/treated/whatever.

    Drop negative comments about yourself. You didn't drop out, you discontinued your education to have your baby. If you had to leave the country to live with your husband, it would be nearly impossible to transfer your credits to a Mexican university. You have to pay your loan back, include proof that you are paying like a current statement. I'd streamline the explanation about the loan repayments. I'd state "I also owe Macho Man College $67 which I am paying back currently. It would be incredibly difficult to continue making these payments if I had to live in Mexico where our family income would be much lower."

    I would say you didn't bother learning Spanish, I'd say you were raised in a Hispanic, English-speaking household. Your family is assimilated and while you understand some SPanish, you do not speak, read, or write it well enough to attend college in Mexico or to get a very good paying job. It sounds negative on you that you didn't learn it the way you stated it.

    I wish you so much luck!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TamHam View Post
    Make sure you make concrete references to documents attached to your HSL like your son's medical condition. Ask a doctor to write a letter that generally states the condition and that he needs to be seen/treated/whatever.

    Drop negative comments about yourself. You didn't drop out, you discontinued your education to have your baby. If you had to leave the country to live with your husband, it would be nearly impossible to transfer your credits to a Mexican university. You have to pay your loan back, include proof that you are paying like a current statement. I'd streamline the explanation about the loan repayments. I'd state "I also owe Macho Man College $67 which I am paying back currently. It would be incredibly difficult to continue making these payments if I had to live in Mexico where our family income would be much lower."

    I would say you didn't bother learning Spanish, I'd say you were raised in a Hispanic, English-speaking household. Your family is assimilated and while you understand some SPanish, you do not speak, read, or write it well enough to attend college in Mexico or to get a very good paying job. It sounds negative on you that you didn't learn it the way you stated it.

    I wish you so much luck!!!
    I think this is great advice for the letter. Also make sure the organization of the sections is nice and clear. Bold headings showing the main idea you are trying to prove in each paragraph/section. Include a lot more info on the living situation in Mexico...dangers, etc. Do you or your son have allergies or asthma? - can relate this, if so, to air quality in Mexico. Make sure you print out evidence of all this from the department of state website. Every statement you make, try to make it as clear, concise and persuasive as possible. Have a reason toward the means for every statement. Remember that the more clear and concise for each argument the more the adjudicator will remain engaged in the arguments.
    Off topic - how did your hubby get caught illegally in the US?

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    I agree with TamHam's statement about not bothering to learn Spanish. I agree you should just say that you were never taught to understand, read, speak or write it. In addition, i am a little confused as you mentioned 3 different colleges. First you said macho man community college, then you said mission community college, and finally said you owe money to Jupiter college. Which is it? Did you attend 3 different colleges or is all the same? if it's the same I would use one uniform name for the college. Other than that, I think you explained everything well. I would up your cost on expenses especially diaper costs. I have 2 children myself, and I know diapers for one child does not cost $40/month. More like $80-$100 if you get the value packs to last you. Formula is at least $15-$20/can - is your child really only eating $50/month or more? Plus baby food if your child is old enough to be eating gerber ect...I would up the cost of such expenses as well. You mentioned gas. Do you have a car? If so, what about car insurance as an expense? Also, do you pay for cable and gas/electric (utilities) or is that included in rent? That is another expense. You want to make it seem your income exceeds your debts. that you cannot possibly pay for these things on your own and that you need your husband here to work and provide for the family. Anyway, these are just my suggestions. I am going through the same process and I am just reiterating what has been shared with me. Hope that helps.

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    Oh and I found this quote by Laurel Scott in the examples of denied hardship letters about finances:

    If financial argument is going to work well for your case, then these types of stories will be good. But when you're arguing that you need your spouse's income to make ends meet, you are going to have to show that you yourself have a low income and you can't make ends meet, even when living frugally. Its not a good argument to say that if your husband doesn't come back you'll have to move out of your $500,000 house and into a $150,000 house. Not an extreme hardship. Be sure you're ready to supply the appropriate financial evidence.

    I agree with Laurel, really stress the low income part.
    2004 Husband EWI
    November 2006 met husband
    March 2007 started dating officially
    December 2008 son born
    July 2011 got married and daughter was born
    October 2011 hired lawyer and beginning process for I601
    November 2011 I-30 notice reciept
    April 09, 2011 I30 APPROVED!!!
    Decided to wait for provisional waiver process before filing with NVC
    Filed I601A 04/13
    Receipt date 04/17/13
    Biometric appointment 05/13/13
    APPROVAL 601A RECEIVED 07/17/13
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aleisha Wham Lopez View Post
    You should cleary state that all of your husband's family is in the US too and there is no family in Mexico at all. I think your son's skin treatment is a great argument and no family in Mexico is the as well. Just make sure you have lots of evidence to back it up. His only offense being brought by his parents as a baby I would think you guys stand a good chance. But that is just my opinion. I'm not that great at this, we were referred!
    Okay that's a great I dea thank you. I hope the adjucticator sympathizes with my husband being in the U.S for 18 of his 20 years on earth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TamHam View Post
    Make sure you make concrete references to documents attached to your HSL like your son's medical condition. Ask a doctor to write a letter that generally states the condition and that he needs to be seen/treated/whatever.

    Drop negative comments about yourself. You didn't drop out, you discontinued your education to have your baby. If you had to leave the country to live with your husband, it would be nearly impossible to transfer your credits to a Mexican university. You have to pay your loan back, include proof that you are paying like a current statement. I'd streamline the explanation about the loan repayments. I'd state "I also owe Macho Man College $67 which I am paying back currently. It would be incredibly difficult to continue making these payments if I had to live in Mexico where our family income would be much lower."

    I would say you didn't bother learning Spanish, I'd say you were raised in a Hispanic, English-speaking household. Your family is assimilated and while you understand some SPanish, you do not speak, read, or write it well enough to attend college in Mexico or to get a very good paying job. It sounds negative on you that you didn't learn it the way you stated it.

    I wish you so much luck!!!
    Yes I'm going to start adding the evidence references today now. I have a statement from my college stating how much I owe and that until I pay my transcripts are locked and I can't enroll in to school until I've finished paying everything. I will definitely be rewording the learning Spanish section. Thank You very much for your insight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarahBZ View Post
    I think this is great advice for the letter. Also make sure the organization of the sections is nice and clear. Bold headings showing the main idea you are trying to prove in each paragraph/section. Include a lot more info on the living situation in Mexico...dangers, etc. Do you or your son have allergies or asthma? - can relate this, if so, to air quality in Mexico. Make sure you print out evidence of all this from the department of state website. Every statement you make, try to make it as clear, concise and persuasive as possible. Have a reason toward the means for every statement. Remember that the more clear and concise for each argument the more the adjudicator will remain engaged in the arguments.
    Off topic - how did your hubby get caught illegally in the US?
    Okay what i'm doing is for the title of each section I ammaking it a different solid color. For instance: Financial Health and so forth. My son has suffered from bronchitis since birth. I have had to take him to the emergency room twice because of his breathing. We have him on a breathing machine every once in a while. Should I also add that?? And does all thesmog in Mexico worsen that condition??? What do you mean by being caught illegally??? My husband has never been arrested, or deported. This is the first time he has been to mexico since age 2.

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    I agree with TamHam's statement about not bothering to learn Spanish. I agree you should just say that you were never taught to understand, read, speak or write it. In addition, i am a little confused as you mentioned 3 different colleges. First you said macho man community college, then you said mission community college, and finally said you owe money to Jupiter college. Which is it? Did you attend 3 different colleges or is all the same? if it's the same I would use one uniform name for the college. Other than that, I think you explained everything well. I would up your cost on expenses especially diaper costs. I have 2 children myself, and I know diapers for one child does not cost $40/month. More like $80-$100 if you get the value packs to last you. Formula is at least $15-$20/can - is your child really only eating $50/month or more? Plus baby food if your child is old enough to be eating gerber ect...I would up the cost of such expenses as well. You mentioned gas. Do you have a car? If so, what about car insurance as an expense? Also, do you pay for cable and gas/electric (utilities) or is that included in rent? That is another expense. You want to make it seem your income exceeds your debts. that you cannot possibly pay for these things on your own and that you need your husband here to work and provide for the family. Anyway, these are just my suggestions. I am going through the same process and I am just reiterating what has been shared with me. Hope that helps.

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    Oh and I found this quote by Laurel Scott in the examples of denied hardship letters about finances:

    If financial argument is going to work well for your case, then these types of stories will be good. But when you're arguing that you need your spouse's income to make ends meet, you are going to have to show that you yourself have a low income and you can't make ends meet, even when living frugally. Its not a good argument to say that if your husband doesn't come back you'll have to move out of your $500,000 house and into a $150,000 house. Not an extreme hardship. Be sure you're ready to supply the appropriate financial evidence.

    I agree with Laurel, really stress the low income part.
    Im sorry about the college thing. it's because I went to one college and my husband was attending a different college. Yes you are right about the diapers, when I first started the HSL my son was 4 months now he's 7months and uses alot more diapers. As far as the formula goes we are on WIC so WIC provides me with enough formula for me to have to buy only 1 or 2 cans a month. As far as the car it is under my father in laws name so he pays the insurance, I can't afford to do so. And all home expenses are included in the rent. Could I mention that because my husband is not here I have to rely on my father in law for assistance? Well as far as the Home goes since I can't afford an apartment of my own and with my in laws we cant afford a three bedroom apt I have to sleep on the couch in the living room with my son,should I also stress that???

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    I would definitely put in about your son's bronchitis condition and do research on this condition with regards to air quality/smog. If your husband was not caught illegally in the US then why is he back in Mexico? - he obviously was not in the US legally, so he must have gotten caught somehow, correct?

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    I would definitely put in about your son's bronchitis condition and do research on this condition with regards to air quality/smog. If your husband was not caught illegally in the US then why is he back in Mexico? - he obviously was not in the US legally, so he must have gotten caught somehow, correct?
    Ok I will include it then. Great idea!! I had not even thought about including this. Well my husband had to leave to Mexico for his visa appointment. His waiver appointment is in 3 weeks. Im not sure if I answered the question correctly??? The reason I'm doing the waiver appointment so late is because alot has happened since my husband left two months ago. I lost my job, I went to the emergency room, I got robbed. To name a few

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