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Dear DA Taiwan member,
THIS NEW RULE WILL AFFECT US IN TAIWAN. If you are married to a non-U.S. citizen or have children who are not U.S. citizens, an important rule change (Rule: http://www.democratsabroad.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=94024&qid=13094857) is about to take effect that will hamper your ability to move back as a family to the United States.
Whether you want to go to live in the US today does not matter.
Whether you have a foreign family now or not does not matter – your option of a quick return will be foreclosed forever as a result of this rule.
Immigration lawyers believe this change to immigration procedures will mean LONG delays (1-3 years) in getting approval to bring family members who are not U.S. citizens into the States to live permanently-- and while the application is pending, it will impede your non-American spouse's ability even to visit the USA.
Additionally, VISITOR VISA issuance will be restricted as a natural consequence of immigrant visas having long wait times. Consular officers will have to factor in possible circumvention intent by visitor visa applicants that have relationships to Americans where immigrant visas take a long time.
You may have already received the email below directly from Ken Sherman, Chair of Democrats Abroad worldwide--but this issue is so important that I wish to draw your attention to it--as many of our members in Taiwan will be affected.
This rule change goes into effect August 15th -- so those impacted may wish to take steps immediately to avoid being caught in what potentially may become bureaucratic nightmare. The reason for this rule change is, so far as we understand, a cost-shifting measure that has not been properly thought out.
If you intend to return to the US with your non-American spouse and children in the next year you should consult with a qualified US Immigration attorney before August 15th for information on how this change impacts you.
Democrats Abroad is seeking to clarify the situation and representations have been made to the top levels of the American government. It may be necessary to organize an action campaign to oppose this rule change -- and your support will be vital. If you are interested in this issue, please join the newly-formed Democrats Abroad Immigration Group here: http://www.democratsabroad.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=94025&qid=13094857 .
Members of Democrats Abroad are preparing a Fact Sheet and other tools such as petitions and sample letters.
We need to circulate this as a matter of urgency.
Please forward this email to any American friends, family or colleagues living abroad (anywhere!) married to non-U.S. citizens or with offspring who are non-U.S. citizens.
If you are affected personally and wish to join forces with others, please contact me or write to Immigration@DemocratsAbroad.org so that an action committee can be formed.
DA Taiwan Chair
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