[Yak] Immigration law question from the Galfromdownunder
Peter Saint James
peterstj at earthlink.net
Sat Aug 2 09:47:05 CDT 2008
On 2 August2008, at 9:55 AM, Galfromdownunder wrote:
> Can I wing it? An officer at the 800 USCIS number said, I will most
> certainly not be allowed to get off the plane when I fly back Wed
> Aug 6. Can it be that bad? Worse thing is, my h1b visa expires Aug
> 14, and I'm supposed to be in NYC Sep 8 where 5 tikits are going to
> be on the catwalk as part of fashion week!
You would not be wise to wing it. Probably the only way you would
get by is if everyone misses the misspelling. It could happen, but
it's not something you'd want to rely on. At the moment, USCIS
people tend to take less than wise actions in then name of national
security. It is that bad.
Your problem here is the short amount of time. The only way you're
going to get anything done in this short amount of time is for some
individual to intervene for you. This must be someone with power
enough to make changes solely on the basis of their authority. The
system is not going to correct this mistake in such a small amount of
time through regular procedures. You could try calling USCIS and see
if you can get through to the office of a high-ranking official, but
this is chancy. When you try this, keep asking, "Who can deal with
this small problem in such a short amount of time? Someone must be
able to do it. Who is that person? Can you connect me to them?"
You should also get the people you're working for to contact their
Representative or Senator and ask for help. Congress has just gone
out of session, but staff people should be working.
If you have a choice of people to assist you, choose the one with
the Sen or Rep with the greatest seniority or most powerful
position. Bike Friday is in Oregon. Oregon Senator Rod Wyden would
not be a bad choice. (He has seniority and a reputation for causing
trouble. Agency people don't want him causing them trouble.) If you
can have more than one person contact more than one Senator, all the
better. If you can find someone who has a Sen or Rep on the
committee that oversees this agency or its funding, that greatly
increases your chances of getting what you need.
For you to get this fixed, you have to get someone with power to
care or at least to make the agency believe someone with power cares.
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