Hi - my name is Emma Byrne. I’m known on most of the internet as ‘Eximplode’ or ‘Exi’. I’m 25 years old, Genderqueer, and Bisexual. That’s me on the left in the photo, and I need your help to stay with my Mexican husband Emmanuel (aka ‘Mexi’), the lovely guy on the right.
I met Emmanuel online three years ago, and he’s been the best thing that’s ever happened to me. He’s helped me to escape my emotionally abusive and manipulative family, and start a new life here in America, as countless others fleeing from oppression and fear have done before. We married here, and I love this country as much as any other, as being here meant the start of a new life for me.
But the process of immigration into the USA is long and confusing, even for someone from the UK like me. We were determined to do it right, using a K-1 visa and going through the lengthy process by ourselves with limited funds. Emmanuel is completing his college degree during the day and looking after his elderly grandmother (who has senile dementia) in the evenings, so we had to put everything we could towards the application fee.
But something went wrong during our application - the K1 visa was approved, but my adjustment of status to ‘US Permanent Resident’ was denied. This we’ll have to re-file the whole Adjustment Of Status AND hire an attourney to get the paperwork submitted in time.
The money from this GoFundMe donation program goes towards:
- Attourney’s fees (up to $4000 depending on how soon we can get the relevant documentation)
- A medical examination (up to $100)
- Money transfer fees from relatives to cover the immediate costs (possibly hundreds of dollars)
- Other expenses including transport to and from the attourney’s office, the US immigration office, and any additional filing costs.
We’ve come this far on our own, and we can’t give up now. If we can’t pay these fees, our case will go to immigration court, a process that can take up to 4 years, will cost thousands more in legal fees, and may still result in me being deported and sent back to my abusive family.
We can’t do this without you! Please signal boost and donate if you can!
Signalboosting for one of my dearest friends. Any support is appreciated, seriously. Even just a quick reblog helps greatly.