Back when Yahaira was 3 months pregnant we started the inhumane visa process. At that time I actually thought Yahaira would be delivering our child in the U.S. I had no concept of what we would have to endure. Being an American we simply take for granted that we can go almost anywhere in the world whenever we want. This is not at all the case for the Dominican Republic. I found out shortly later that the waiting list for visa’s in the D.R. was more than 2 years.
At the start of the process I was fairly secure, financially. For a year I lived in the D.R. and tried to make ends meet by running a couple of businesses. Both failed miserably because I really did not know how to run a biz in the D.R.
There came a point where I realized I would not be able to care for my family while living in the D.R. so I was forced to move back to the U.S. Providing for my family while I was alone in the U.S., trips to the D.R. for 2 weeks every 2 or 3 months and the visa process fees along with the failed attempts at D.R. biz cost me a ton of money.
Today I am in debt BUT… my girls are here with me in the U.S.! Now comes the adapting phase. Yahaira loves it here but misses her family, and so do I. The most important thing she needs is English. Brianna had a tough 1st week here. She was used to dozens of other kids and a lot of family. Today it is just the 3 of us. She is doing great now. (we went to the visa interview in the D.R. on October 15th. and flew to NY on the 23rd.)
I am writing this for a couple of reasons. #1 I wanted my concerned frinds here on this forum to know and # 2 to let others that may have the need to go through the visa process that I am available to assist. After going through the process an jumping the hurdles I have a knowledge of the system and can assist.