My client and friend Daniel and I had been waiting for this moment for over two years. We worked hard for this moment, we envisioned this moment, we talked about this moment, we prayed about this moment, and most of all we hoped for this moment. Some days this moment seemed closer than others, and some days this moment seemed very far away. Then the moment happened.
I met Daniel in February of 2016 and little did each of us know the extent of the process we were embarking on. As a newly accredited representative, I was cautiously attempting my first I-130 relative petition and Daniel simply wanted his pregnant wife here. Over the course of the next two years, we met or spoke with each other nearly 50 times, completed roughly 100 pages of paperwork and supporting documentation, went through the ups and downs of the case being approved, the government requesting information, interviews, more information being requested, and the granting of a visa.
I will never forget being at the airport the night with Daniel. Surrounded by family and friends, with tears running down his face, Daniel was reunited with his wife and was able to hold his one year old daughter for the first time. Seeing the pure joy that Daniel had in finally embracing his wife again and meeting his daughter, made every effort worth this moment.
“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth” (Exodus 9:16 NIV)
*The name Daniel has been used for confidentiality*
Story written by ILS staff Phil Stoffel