January 2012 | Click here to download the report
The Obama Administration has recently announced that it will start allowing spouses and children of U.S. citizens, who are eligible for legal status, to apply for family unity waivers in the United States. Many U.S. citizen family members currently have to travel to one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Ciudad Juárez, apply for their waiver there, and remain there while awaiting a decision. Under the new process, these family members will still have to travel to their home country consulate to complete their visa processing, but they will not be forced to wait for weeks or months, as they currently do, for the decision on their waiver application. Below are stories compiled by America’s Voice Education Fund from colleagues and press reports, profiling families across the country who have endured the hardships of the visa waiver system and illustrate the need for stateside processing of the family unity waiver. For more information, please contact Pili Tobar at firstname.lastname@example.org.