March 01, 2013
Director, Office of Internal Audit
425 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20536
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing in regards to an appointment my husband, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, who is a French citizen, had with one of your Consular for a return visa SB1. The people of this Embassy treated my husband as if he did not deserve the full attention of Consular in which he saw. He was denied his SB1 because they felt he did not show sufficient evidence to stay over his year outside of U.S. territory.
I am a U.S. Citizen born, raised and lived my life within the boundaries of the U.S. up until within this last year when my family moved to France in search of work for my husband and myself because the job market in the U.S. had been so poor. While being in France I had to start treatment of a medical condition in which my bladder was unable to hold urine the treatment did not end until December 2012, which was a result of giving birth. Our son also had an issue with ear infections in which he has had to have medical treatment on several occasions where if he has another he will need tubes put in. In the last few months, our son was diagnosed with a heart murmur and blue coloring around his mouth. The doctor felt he needed to be seen by a specialist in which he was unable to see until January 07, 2013, which was a month over my husband’s year outside of the U.S. territory. Not knowing exactly what was going on with our son until after being seen by the specialist we did not want to leave until after that appointment. Now our son and I are fine and have no serious medical conditions or issues.
Not only have there been medical issues, but also my husband’s contract for work with LaPoste was extended for a month over his 6 months CDD that ended on December 31, 2012. They made it clear if he did not take the extension to the end of January he would be denied his bonus of which we did not want to give up on. After his contract ended at the end of January 2013 LaPoste messed up the paperwork with ManPower, the agency in which he went through to get the job therefore, in order to get his pay we had to stay to receive the funds which is why we have remained over in France two months over his year.
We both have family within the U.S. My mother works for a Federal Dept, my father has owned his business for over 40 years, all three of my brothers did service in the military, and two of my sons are in the military. My grandmother just passed away in the last three weeks, my mother has had a heart attack in the last year and my father has had two strokes in the same period of which I would like to return with my family intact in order to be there for both of them. I would also like to finish my Bachelors degree of which I have a 3.76 GPA in Business Administration: Spec in International Business through an U.S. University online.
My husband and I have worked paid taxes; file our taxes yearly and lived our whole lives within the U.S. until the last year and a half. Yet we pay $275 to be denied his SB1 for being outside the U.S. two months over for very good reasons because it is at the discretion of an employee who is very ugly and hateful to my husband who is a French Citizen in a Country where she works. When I had to get a Visa to come to France from the French Embassy in Atlanta, Georgia the French were nothing, but nice in a country that is not theirs. Yet the American Consular in a foreign country treats the citizens of that country deplorable, did not listen to any reasoning, and did not look at the proof in the paperwork only that she felt it was not sufficient to be outside of U.S. two months from the year. Now I will have to file a petition with the I-130 at the cost of $420, which could potentially be denied again.
I could understand that if my husband were a criminal or wanted within the U.S., but he is not yet your process and the people do not even seem to care the harm they are doing to families. Our son and I both are U.S. citizens and my husband while living within the U.S. had of legal right to receive his Social Security Number, Driver’s License, Green Card and has/had been within the U.S. for over 28 years until now, with him and I being together for over 8 years.
I would like to say that this is a formal complaint of the process and employees of the U.S. Embassy in Paris in the treatment of loyal resident and/or potential resident and/or citizen.