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almost legal immigration
August 17, 2013
To: Mr. Brian Shukan, the US Consul General in Morocco
From: William Touzani
Case # 2013 530 002
I have filed an immigrant visa petition for my wife nearly 15 months ago.
I was told 4 months ago by the NVC that all required documents have been collected, and that my wife should be notified for an interview within a few weeks.
Three months ago, my wife did undergo an extensive interview -more like an interrogation- at the US Consulate in Casablanca, and was only asked to provide a copy of my 2012 Tax returns.
Two months ago, the remaining document was provided along with her passport - which remains to this date hostage of the US Consulate. As a result my wife could not meet me in France where my children are vacationing.
Because of the month of Ramadan, the terror alert and the limited staffing at the Consulate, my wife continues to wait for a response from the US consulate.
A similar situation happened to me 5 years ago; The constant delays and obstacles created during the immigrant visa process drove my ex-wife to despise the US, and ultimately decided to take on a lover during her forced stay in Morocco. This led me to initiate divorce proceedings only 2 months after her arrival in the USA.
Moroccan women are typically virgins before their wedding day. However, when it becomes known that the husband is out of the country for extended periods of time, the bride becomes pray to sexual predators and solicitors. Many Moroccan men feel that this women is now free to deceive her husband since a proof of virginity is no longer demanded.
My present wife has recently, barely survived an attempted suicide by cutting her wrist, after an acquaintance forced himself on her, during my absence. She remains severely scarred both physically and emotionally. There were other rape attempts on her, even from her own family members.
I ‘m totally perplexed on how a country like the United States of America can keep its citizens separated from their spouses for such extended periods of time, while blaming the situation on a shortage of resources, political considerations and distractions from a never ending war on terror.
America decided to leave spouses of US citizens at the merci of sexual predators, stokers and rapists as it debates for the right time to simply stamp a passport that is in their possession for several months.
My phone calls to the Visa section at the US Consulate have gone unanswered, my emails received automatic replies. I have no choice but to kindly appeal for your help.
Sincerely, William Touzani