Desperately Need Help/Advice!
- Hi everyone,
I have a long (sob) story here, I'm sure there must be a way to
make it shorter, but as you can plainly see - I am long winded :)
I am currently married to a USA citizen (we've been together 6
years now, married officially August 13, 2001) We live in Canada
together now and have been here since August 2001. We have one child
together, who was born in Texas and I have 3 other children (from a
We have a history with customs/immigration from us just trying to
be together! We have never had enough money for the immigration
process...when we moved back here together (we had lived in Canada
for a year together before immigration ordered my husband to
leave...so we all left), it was literally hell at the border
crossing, previously we had gotten a common-law marriage certificate
in Texas, we did this because we wanted to wait for a nice
wedding...it wasn't good enough for customs, so we got married the
next day in Montana, my husband got a ministers permit to enter
Canada but it expired after 6 months...he's been here for 3 years
this August *sigh*.
We just cannot afford the immigration process but we also can't
afford to not have my husband working! We need to either move back to
the USA or for him to somehow be able to work/live here legally.
Separating our family for bureaucratic purposes is really out of the
question for us, we have 4 children, we've been together a long time
and we remain happily married and frankly we are afraid to separate
to immigrate, in case for whatever reason one of us is denied, we
never see eachother again! (also frankly cannot believe this is even
an issue in North America 2004!)
To make a long story shorter, it is ideal for us to move to
Washington together, there is a lot of work there in my husbands
field and it's close to my home (southern British Columbia) we are
recently destitute...broke. All I have is my mobile home and when/if
we do go to Washington, we will be living in free/cheap campgrounds
until we can find something better. We really need to get out of here
soon, like within a month or 2! As we are all miserable, depressed
and tired of being broke with no opportunity to look forward to.
How can we do this? How can we all safely and legally move to
Washington? Keeping in mind that we are married and we do have a
child together who was born in the USA. Does anyone have anything at
all for advice? I can't imagine we are the only ones out here. Thank
you for your time.