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Work Permit for Iyad

Organized by: Karin Hudson

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THE STORY:

My Jordanian friend, Iyad,  is caught in a bureaucratic mess. He lives in Virginia and is not able to work in the US until he obtains a proper work permit. Yet, he cannot pay for the work permit if he is not allowed to work and earn money!

He has received help from a few friends, but they have no money left to give. A little help from a lot of friends is the answer to this crisis! Could you spare just $10 or $20 to help my friend get his work permit so he can support himself?

Quick History:

  • Born in Kuwait to Palestinian/Jordanian parents.
  • Witnessed Friends and family tortured and killed during Gulf War.
  • Kuwait forced out all Palestinian residents after war, so he was forced to leave his country of birth and move to Jordan.
  • Married American; moved to US; suffered PTSD; difficultly adjusting to new life; divorced. 
  • Arrested for non-violent crimes and spent time in prison; Got a Stay of Deportation (Judge granted permission to stay in the U.S. based on his rehabilitation and danger to himself if he were returned.)
  • Although he was permitted to stay in the U.S., his Green Card and, therefore, legal right to work, were taken from him.

Current Immigration Nightmare:

  • Worked at a 7-Eleven without proper work papers because he could not afford the $685 work permit.
  • An opportunity for a good job with benefits required an E- check which alerted Immigration that he had been working without papers.
  • In October 2014, he was fined $1500 for working without a permit; attorney fees were $700.00; had to pay $800.00 bond to not end up in immigration prison. All of this money ($3,000) was borrowed.
  • In January 2015, an Immigration judge approved a request that the bond money he had already paid be used to pay for the work permit. He was told he would receive the work permit in 60 days.
  • In June 2015, he received a letter stating that Immigration had brought the matter back to court and had repealed the previous judge’s decision. Now he was told he must pay for the $685 work permit and wait 2 more months!
  • It has been a year since he paid the original $3,000! Not only can he not afford to pay for the work permit, he cannot even pay for food to survive until he receives the permit!

Why This Matters to Me

I find Iyad's story so compelling because I have personally seen him work so incredibly hard on himself to the point where he had tackled most of his demons. He was so optimistic and full of life a year ago! During the past year, I have seen him slide slowly into depression, bitterness, and hopelessness as he waited and waited for the work permit and a chance at a normal life. If I could, I would pay for the work permit myself. That is why I am moved to reach out and ask for help, although it is not a comfortable thing for me to do. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about my friend's terrible predicament. I hope you will find it in your heart to help him if you can. Just $20 from 75 people will raise $1,500! - enough to pay for the $685 work permit and help him survive for the two month waiting period before it comes.

 

$750

 

50% Raised of $1,500 Goal

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  • Stacey Rippner

    $25

  • Nan Kennedy

    $30

  • Lynda & Paul Rippner

    $20

  • Dan K

    $50

  • JEANNIE JOHNS

    $30

  • Danielle C

    $20

  • Jeff Hudson

    $50

  • Alli and Jordan Raub

    $100

  • Sarah Gyorki

    $25

  • Diane

    $20

  • amy rosenthal

    $20

  • Amy Callahan

    $100

  • friends of David John

    $50

  • David Johns

    $50

  • Nancy

    $20

  • Sara booth

    $20

  • Jill Enders/Tony Seitz

    $40

  • Molly Enders

    $30

  • Stacy Westbrook and Ian Edwards

    $50

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Organized by

Karin Hudson

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Donor Comments

Stacy Westbrook and Ian Edwards

Stacy Westbrook and Ian Edwards

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Molly Enders

Molly Enders

DONATION: $30

3 years ago

Jill Enders/Tony Seitz

Jill Enders/Tony Seitz

DONATION: $40

3 years ago

Sara booth

Sara booth

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Nancy

Nancy

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

David Johns

David Johns

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

friends of David John

friends of David John

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Amy Callahan

Amy Callahan

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

amy rosenthal

amy rosenthal

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Diane

Diane

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

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