Work Permit for Iyad
Organized by: Karin Hudson
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?
- 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- In June 2015, he received a letter stating that Immigration had brought the matter back to court and had repealed the previous judge’s decision.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.