Baby, please don't go!
July 21, 2012 6:05 PM Subscribe
My friend was offered a job several months ago, but the company screwed up his immigration paperwork and... yada yada yada, he may get deported in a month. Oh, and he's gay. How can I help?
posted by Madamina to law & government (9 answers total)
My amazing friend has been on a student visa for the last ten years or so. He's from Hong Kong and has been in a committed relationship with his (male) partner, an American, for several years. He has contributed to our community in a ton of demonstrable ways and has a lot of supporters at all levels.
The way he described it, someone in HR left the company and/or dropped the ball, at least three months ago. The company is used to dealing with international folks, but (having worked for them myself) they are notoriously slow and somewhat flippant. During that time the United States basically reached its quota of the number of corporate visas it could offer. I believe he was told that they usually reach the year's quota in April or May. I think there were some issues at the INS as well.
I'm guessing an immigration lawyer could help here, but if the paperwork is stuck in bureaucratic hell, is there anything I or others could do to help him get it through? If I have connections to our federal legislators, could that help? Who else might be able to help quickly? (I saw some previous questions suggesting contacting the National Center for Lesbian Rights, but this situation seems simultaneously too serious for their info sheets and not serious enough for their legal support.)