On sept 18th, 2018 my husband Paulo left the USA for a scheduled interview in Brazil to get , what we had hoped, his green card. He had recvd his waiver approved and we thought he was all set to return home. We had planned for him to stay there 2 weeks. When he got there the US Embassy in Rio asked for 2 more waivers before he could re enter the USA again. He could not return until then, if, it's all approved .
Paulo and I have lived in the U.S. since teenagers. We both have been in this country for 20 years. Our entire lives are here in Boston. Paulo and I got married in 2015 and had our amazing wedding April 30th 2016. We started his legalization process asap because we wanted to start a family and have security that nothing or no one could do anything to him and to us as far immigration goes. Many of us foreigners know this feeling of fear that the Government can have over ones life. I specially wanted to have the security that my husband would not be fearful or at risk of deportation. I as an U.S. citizen sponsored him in this process. We did what we were advised to and asked by immigration to legalize his status here, filling the forms, paying the fees, getting the waivers. All was approved. Paulo and I were confident the process was complete and he was safe to exit and return. This did not happen as planned.
Since September 18th, 2018 when this happened, we have been told even that the only option was for him to stay out of the USA for 10 years before even trying to reenter. I have been advised to seek a divorce and find another husband, because this one was a goner as I would never be able to have him live in the USA with us again ( or for the min of 10 years) so much information that quite franctly can make one lose their mind. But I love my husband and he loves me. We have been given a blessing of a little boy to care for and the four of us are a family! We love one another, Benjamin, Zachary, Paulo and I, wish nothing more than to be together under the same roof and return to live a dignified life. Now more than ever we find ourselves more together as ever before. The advices I had been given, and the discouragments we have received to just take this as a life sentence and restart our lives apart Is not one we intend to take. We intend to fight for what is humanely right. We intend to fight for the love and gift of family. And we need your help!
I am trying to bring my husband back from Brazil and reunite my family, as we are separated due to immigration. This is very difficult for us because we expected a quick return home which didn't happened. This has been some traumatic last couple of months; for me here in the USA alone without my partner by my side, caring for all of us; For my husband whom is in Brazil with nothing and apart from us, and for our children whom although are spared the details of this pain, are young and miss their dad. Our world has been turned up-side-down.
Paulo things and everything in between were left unattended. His financial responsibilities were all left now to be resumed by me only. All of our shared financial responsibilities are now being dealt with the money I bring in. The financial stress is not nearly as impactful as the emotional stress that is now upon us. Both Paulo and I are extremely shocked and traumatized by the events that have unfolded in our lives. We are also afraid of being pulled apart by the unfairness of the era in immigration we are now living under! We are holding on to the Lord's hand to guide us to a place of peace and strength to especially keep fighting to be reunited as fast as we can.
I have spent more than what I have the means for, consulting with many lawyers to help me bring Paulo back. We have finally a lawyer now Gail Seeram, whom we have hired to fight with us and make this happen. I am blessed to make enough to provide for me and the kids here in Boston, but nothing left to pay lawyer's fee to file for the waivers we need to try to bring Paulo back. In total we need about $5000 to pay the lawyer and the government fees! This process is lengthy and we want to do everything we can to be together again. On top of it all we have been left with no extra means to pay for this new immigration process we must now do. Paulo in Brazil, has no work yet, and never will make enough to convert in dollars and support these fees. This is why we have started this fund. Because we need the help!
Many people have offered us their support in this moment. Many people want to see this sadness turned into success and happiness for our family. We decided to do this fundraising to get the help of anyone who is able to contribute financially for us to pay for this process. Paulo and I feel blessed to know so many good and compassionate people that have offered to help our family. If you have $10, $20 - $100 or $200 or whatever u have to spare ,we are thankful. Because we alone have nothing. But with your help, our family has more hope every day, at every contribution, that God is on our side, and we can keep fighting.
This is a hard surprise for us, but we know we are surrounded with good people, that know we wouldn't be asking if we didn't feel we really needed it. If you are unable to help financially. Please don't worry, we understand, put us in your positive thoughts and prayers but we couldn't afford not to ask for help.
We already thank you for your support .
I have BofA/Zelle. A xfer can be done if you use the mobile app with just my phone#. I also have venmo - Renata Taber. And u can use this to make your contribution to our cause.
Thanks so much and keep praying for us.
Love Nata, zac, ben and Paulo