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    Personal Statements...Help!

    So, my husband & I sent in the I130 in March...still waiting for an answer However, after checking in with our attorney this month, she suggested we start prepping for the waiver by starting our personal statements. Mine, obviously, is what hardships I will face without my husband here with me for 10 years or what hardships I would face abroad should I go with him. I'm curious as to what my husband's personal statement should be about, other than reiterating the hardships... or apologizing for EWI? Any thoughts? Have any of your attorney's suggested this?


    Our Timeline
    December 2004: Hubby EWI from Mexico
    August 2010: Met through a mutual friend
    October 2010: Started dating
    March 19, 2011: Got engaged!! (When you know, you know!)
    June 2011: Moved in together
    July 21, 2011: Couldn't stand the wait any longer....Got married!! One of the best days of my life!
    October 16, 2011: Wedding ceremony with family & friends
    February 2013: Met with the attorney
    March 2013: I-130 Sent in......and we are still waiting
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    Some attorneys will suggest an apology or personal statement by the beneficiary. Personally, I wouldn't write an apology or explanation. That's not what they're looking for. But that's just me.

    Your letter is going to support the brief that your lawyer writes, speaking to different hardships that you have. Yours doesn't cite evidence; that's what the lawyer's brief will do.

    I would just organize it from strongest to weakest hardship, and start by just writing about them. How do they affect you? Why can you not move to another country? Why do you need your husband here?

    As for your husband's, he can reiterate those points, and also just give a general overview of himself, his goals, his accomplishments, etc. Anything to show he's a good guy and should be here with you
    My husband EWI from Mexico in 1991, and we married in 2011 and filed the I-130. By February 2012, he had his visa appointment in Juarez, and we were one of the first Lockbox filers in July 2012. It took us less than a month for approval! No lawyer used, but only because the one we initially retained turned out to be horrible. Don't make our same mistake!! Use an experienced, recommended attorney!

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    Your husband writes no hardship letter,... its about U not him...if he never
    committed a crime of moral turpitude he has no apologies to make...your
    atty is correct about U starting to gather thoughts & evidences of your hardship

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    Thanks for your help!

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    My husband didn't write any type of statement...I did all the writing...
    I don't agree with letters of apologies just because it makes us sound guilty...if he wishes to write a letter he should write about your hardships and what he would offer and help out with when he comes back to the states


    April 2008- married the love of my life
    June 2011-filed i130
    November 2012-visa denied hubby eligible for i212 and i601 waivers
    December 2012 waiver received at Nebraska center
    May 2013- waivers approved
    July 2013- submitted passport to us embassy in El Salvador



    Sept30----ceac showed ready
    Oct 1---ceac showed AP-getting nervous
    Oct 2, 2013- ceac showed visa "ISSUED"
    Oct 5--- hubby picked up visa
    Oct 16---hubby flew home Poe LAX

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    My hubby "wrote" (read me for him) a statement - about 2 pages. It really just detailed the circumstances surounding him coming to the US, what he did here, how we met and the circumstances surrounding his return to his country. Really mostly just the facts. no appoligies. dont know if it made a difference or not.
    6/2005 Hubby EWI
    6/2006 We meed
    10/2010 married
    8/2009 Son born
    6/2010 Hubby detained, filed I-130 (VD 12/2010)
    5/2011 Daughter born 2011- moved family to Brazil in June, NVC process complete 7/2011
    5/2012 back to the US, not returning to Brazil
    8/2012 Interview in RIO after rescheduling many times
    10/2012 filed I-601
    6/2013 Waiver Approved, Hubby (soon to be ex) back in US in 8/2013

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    Quote Originally Posted by M_Vazquez2011 View Post
    So, my husband & I sent in the I130 in March...still waiting for an answer However, after checking in with our attorney this month, she suggested we start prepping for the waiver by starting our personal statements. Mine, obviously, is what hardships I will face without my husband here with me for 10 years or what hardships I would face abroad should I go with him. I'm curious as to what my husband's personal statement should be about, other than reiterating the hardships... or apologizing for EWI? Any thoughts? Have any of your attorney's suggested this?


    Our Timeline
    December 2004: Hubby EWI from Mexico
    August 2010: Met through a mutual friend
    October 2010: Started dating
    March 19, 2011: Got engaged!! (When you know, you know!)
    June 2011: Moved in together
    July 21, 2011: Couldn't stand the wait any longer....Got married!! One of the best days of my life!
    October 16, 2011: Wedding ceremony with family & friends
    February 2013: Met with the attorney
    March 2013: I-130 Sent in......and we are still waiting

    My attorney only suggests writing an apology/explination letter if there is a criminal record. My husband also included why he missed his asylum hearing and how he learned his lesson.

    Also, if you have not had a chance, check the approved waiver section to get some ideas.
    Time Line
    Dec. 1996- Hubby entered on Visitors Visa - May 2002- Met my husband
    Oct 2004- Got Married
    Oct 2006- Brought in to immigration
    Dec 2006- Husband Deported and Boys & I went to Bolivia -
    Nov 2007- Returned to States with Younger son -
    3-24-2009 I-130 Approved -
    12/27/11- non-waivable portion of 6B ban expired
    10/23/2012 - visa interview - got the go ahead to file waiver....
    9/5/2013 - Waiver package mailed to Lockbox!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    4/10/2014 - After 7 months and 4 days our WAIVERS ARE APPPPPROVED!
    6/31/2014 - Husband enters USA ahead of us (free plane ticket)
    7/1/2014 - Children and I enter USA
    7/2/2014 - We return to Texas after 7/12 years in the game
    Today - Thankful for all our blessings and moving forward

    LIZZ CANNON WAS OUR LAWYER

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    I'm doing a solo i-212 , i wrote a personal statement along with my finances hardship letter.. included a brief explanation of my case history, highlighted that fact i was a child when my parents over stayed their visa , my good morals and accomplishment while i was in the U.S " degree's , volunteer work etc.." and also my compliance with the judge's orders and leaving the U.S after my asylum case was denied at no expense to the government .. also mentioned my family ties and personal educational hardship since it's something that is considered in a I-212 waver.

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    Thanks everyone! I totally agree that an apology is not really needed because it makes him look guilty. The only thing he has on his record is two tickets for no insurance & license. He just came to make a better life for himself & no one should have to apoligize for wanting better.

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