Gloria and Partner

Posted on December 18, 2009. Filed under: Stories - from other sites |

Gloria (U.S.) & Partner (Argentina)

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I live in Miami, Florida, and my partner has relocated to Vancouver, Canada in order to be closer to me. After living together for two years in South Florida, she returned home to visit her family and friends as well as to secure a student visa to work on a new degree at a local community college. To her surprise, the US embassy refused her student visa request and in the process denied her re-entry into the U.S., claiming she did not have significant ties to her native Argentina. We were shocked and began looking for ways to be together legally. We searched and searched for alternatives, but could not find any path. We eventually decided that the only way to remain together was to have her move to a third country (Canada). I am trying to find a solution but may soon be forced to leave my successful business practice in Florida to move to Canada. I’m a small business owner in the state of Florida and a respected professional in my field for over 10 years and am distraught at the possibility of having to walk away from a business into which I poured so much energy, funds, and creation to be with my partner. The discrimination is simply unjustifiable and yes, this destroys lives.

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