I’m a proud Filipina immigrant who moved to Maui with my daughter 4 years in the past after I married a U.S. citizen.
But I’m shocked how laborious it’s been to for us to turn into authorized residents.
There is no such thing as a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Companies (USCIS) workplace on Maui. I’ve paid for a number of flights to Honolulu for interview and fingerprinting appointments. My daughter has missed faculty and I’ve missed valuable sleep. I work nights as a nursing assistant at Maui Memorial Hospital.
I hope that USCIS will arrange common workplace hours on Neighbor Islands, particularly right here on Maui, the place nearly one in 5 persons are immigrants. We frequently work in low-paying however vital agricultural, well being care and hospitality jobs. Lacking work and shopping for tickets to O’ahu is tough on high of the $725 to $1,140 that we already pay in immigration charges.
In line with a brand new report by New American Financial system, greater than 40,000 immigrants in Hawai’i are eligible to turn into residents. I want the method was simpler for them. We want citizenship and English lessons, entry to computer systems and authorized advisers to assist us full the appliance that’s over 20 pages lengthy.
I really like the wonder and aloha spirit of Maui and might’t await the chance to use for citizenship within the subsequent couple of years. I need all hard-working immigrants to comprehend their goals.