The Wikles: An I-601 Case

Male: My wife had entered the United States twice without permission, without documentation.  The first time she entered, they called her and she was sent back to her country; she took voluntary departure.  And then she came back the second time and was here for the better part of the decade.  We finally decided to go ahead and get the ball rolling with the immigration process, and go over – we knew there was going to need to be a waiver all done.  Even the pastor of our church told my wife that, you know, be careful, there’s a lot of risk involved because just look at other people.

Female: He said, “Well, you really want to leave, huh?  Are you sure?”  Because he knew he was – he had, like, a few members that had not come back yet.  So I said, “Yeah, I’m still taking the risk.”

Male: Yeah, when we went for the interview at the U.S Consulate over there; first, they checked out my papers, and we saw them sending a whole lot of people away because they didn’t have all the documentation they needed, they didn’t have everything that they were supposed to have.  A few minutes later, they call us back for our interview.

When we got back there, the immigration officer, he laughed because the packet that they had prepared for us was, like, this thick.  And he showed me one of them and he said, “See this?”  It was about 15 pieces of paper.  He said, “This is probably the average applicant’s package, and yours looks more like an encyclopedia.”  He said he’s never seen a case where they’ve prepared a packet that well, and it was denied or turned down, so he’s pretty sure that we’d be okay, that we had nothing to worry about.

How could I not be thrilled with the outcome of my case because I have my wife, my son back; I have my other son on the way here, and I’m very thrilled with the outcome of this case.

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