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    Hello all, I could really use some advice. My husband forged my signature on petition I-751 and had friends sign untruthful Affidavits that stated we still live together. We have been in divorce proceedings for over a year now and before this I tried to file for a joint 'simplified dissolution of marriage' which he refused. We were married in 2005 and have been living separated since the fall of 2007 when it became clear to me that I was his means to get a greencard. In October of last year (after his temp gc expired) he filed petition I-751, but he sent it to the wrong office and the letter was sent to my house, which must be his address still on file with USCIS. I didn't realize that the letter was for him until I had opened it (he has his mail forwarded to some new address) and within I found the petition with my forged signature. I returned the letter to USCIS and attached my own letter explaining the situation, the forgery, and gave them an address where my ex might be contacted. A week later another letter came back, addressed to my husband. I was worried that they had not even read my letter, since I had given them his new address, so I contacted ICE, who told me to hang on to the new letter and that they would annotate his file in case he tried to forge my signature again. ICE said they might contact me about the new letter, but they never did. So in June I finally got up the energy and courage to go to a USCIS field office in person (4hr drive). They were helpful and opened the still closed letter that was sent to my address by USCIS. Turns out that my letter was never read and they simply placed all documents in a letter addressed to my husband. I can only imagine his anger and what he would have done had my letter about the forgery reached him. They said that the forgery and documents would be added to his file and he would be held accountable. Yet I don't think this will happen. I hear he has left and returned to the US without any problems, which must mean he has some kind of a legit document allowing him to travel or maybe even his permanent gc? How is this possible? Now he seems finally a bit more willing to settle or at least he has finally sent his financial disclosure after a year! I feel used and deceived and I find it an outrage that he can get away with this. He gets what he wants, gets away with forgery and makes me endure a year of divorce proceedings. Will USCIS really give a gc to someone who deceives them and commits forgery?
    Sorry, this turned out to be quite a long post.

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    Hello all, I could really use some advice. My husband forged my signature on petition I-751 and had friends sign untruthful Affidavits that stated we still live together. We have been in divorce proceedings for over a year now and before this I tried to file for a joint 'simplified dissolution of marriage' which he refused. We were married in 2005 and have been living separated since the fall of 2007 when it became clear to me that I was his means to get a greencard. In October of last year (after his temp gc expired) he filed petition I-751, but he sent it to the wrong office and the letter was sent to my house, which must be his address still on file with USCIS. I didn't realize that the letter was for him until I had opened it (he has his mail forwarded to some new address) and within I found the petition with my forged signature. I returned the letter to USCIS and attached my own letter explaining the situation, the forgery, and gave them an address where my ex might be contacted. A week later another letter came back, addressed to my husband. I was worried that they had not even read my letter, since I had given them his new address, so I contacted ICE, who told me to hang on to the new letter and that they would annotate his file in case he tried to forge my signature again. ICE said they might contact me about the new letter, but they never did. So in June I finally got up the energy and courage to go to a USCIS field office in person (4hr drive). They were helpful and opened the still closed letter that was sent to my address by USCIS. Turns out that my letter was never read and they simply placed all documents in a letter addressed to my husband. I can only imagine his anger and what he would have done had my letter about the forgery reached him. They said that the forgery and documents would be added to his file and he would be held accountable. Yet I don't think this will happen. I hear he has left and returned to the US without any problems, which must mean he has some kind of a legit document allowing him to travel or maybe even his permanent gc? How is this possible? Now he seems finally a bit more willing to settle or at least he has finally sent his financial disclosure after a year! I feel used and deceived and I find it an outrage that he can get away with this. He gets what he wants, gets away with forgery and makes me endure a year of divorce proceedings. Will USCIS really give a gc to someone who deceives them and commits forgery?
    Sorry, this turned out to be quite a long post.

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    • #3
      Daphne I don't want to judge but I can't resist this one; you married and lived with the guy for that long, you even applied for his adjustmeant now all of a sudden its uscis' fault. I find it hard to believe that through the time you were with him you didn't know what type he was.

      Just move on and live your life, no need to stress over a "marriage" Use the word loosely, gone bad.

      Men, that guy is good, NOT!!!

      Still confused to why you didn't just open the letter when it came to your address;-)

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      • #4
        First thing the guy is pretty dumb to have forged the signature. That's something the USCIS can hang him on if they find out, which sounds like they will. Most likely they will ask for a I-751 interview with both of you attending since he claims you are still together! Of course you won't go and he'll be up sh*t creek. It's an automatic denial in that case.

        Secondly, don't worry anymore. You've done what you can do and as floyd says, move on with your life, chalk it up to experience. Nothing will be gained by going on a vengeful streak. We've had (and still have some members on here) who have done this. You'll end up bitter and twisted.
        "What you see in the photograph isn't what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organized visual lying."

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        • #5
          Brit pursuing justice is not being mean or twisted and I take offense. It show's us all your not a real American. For a real American would not want any of it's citizens treated unjustly and would demand that punishment be given to those who violate the laws of our nation.

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          • #6
            RH, as it is right now given what she has told us, he'll get his punishment in the form of removal. Guaranteed. What else do you want? A pound of flesh too? You say justice but what you are really meaning is vengeance.

            As for the "real American" thing..I'll ignore that statement for now.
            "What you see in the photograph isn't what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organized visual lying."

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            • #7
              He would have had a 1 year extension letter based on filing the I-751. That's normal. That also allows him to re-enter the country. Presumably the interview hasn't yet been setup. She will get a notice to attend when they schedule it. It can take 6 months to a year for the interview.
              "What you see in the photograph isn't what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organized visual lying."

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              • #8
                Brit your a realing proving your not an American by birth. If this woman doesn't monitor what ICE does and have someone on her side he will not be punished.

                Unlike you I prefer to live in a lawful society. Play by the laws and the rules if you want to immigrate to our nation.

                My son asked me to type go jump in a lake! Bully

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                • #9
                  Daphne listen to Dav he is telling you the truth here.

                  See Brit Dav does it honestly and fairly. A crime ia a crime even if it is one of your precious illegal immigrants.

                  Do not assume that people who seek justice are vengeful, bitter, or any other negative adjective you care to use.

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                  • #10
                    Davdah, thank you for the helpful info. Thank you all for replying. When the USCIS officer opened the letter and found the original I-751 with my forged signature and the supporting docs, i.e. affidavits, check, etc…, she told me I would have to send the cashiers check AND the original I-751 back to him since it was legally his mail. I told her that I felt quite uncomfortable sending this forged document back to him. She said she would get back to me about whether Vermont would want the original or whether I should send it to him, but so far I’ve heard nothing. I just wrote her a letter and hope to hear back from her. Do you think I should keep the original?
                    Also, should I really write more letters to USCIS? I have been wondering whether I should write to Vermont telling them I would like to end my sponsorship for him. I did call them about two years ago about this and they said that I can’t and there is no need to, but I have seen other opinions on this forum.

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                    • #11
                      <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by floyd:
                      you married and lived with the guy for that long, you even applied for his adjustmeant now all of a sudden its uscis' fault. I find it hard to believe that through the time you were with him you didn't know what type he was.
                      </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

                      Yes, Floyd, I lived with the ‘guy’ for two years. I had begged him that something needs to change in our relationship time and again and finally I said I saw no other solution but that we get a divorce. I don’t like disagreement and I don’t like to fight. I had always believed that if two people care to make it work, they can, but clearly he wasn’t in it for real and maybe I’m just an idealist in this way. He told me that we could get a divorce once he got his green card. Told my friends I married him as favor! A favor?!?!?! That was news to me. Before we got married things were great. I tried hard at making this marriage work and it makes me feel like I have failed. Call me dumb for even trying in a futile situation like this, I promise you I have called myself that more times than you would care to make the effort. I didn’t want to become one of the +50% without even trying and now I wonder what I was thinking to put up with all the anger and disrespect he showed me and my family once we got married. I did not file ‘with’ him for adjustment, he did that all on his own.

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                      • #12
                        <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Brit4064:
                        Secondly, don't worry anymore. You've done what you can do and as floyd says, move on with your life, chalk it up to experience. Nothing will be gained by going on a vengeful streak. We've had (and still have some members on here) who have done this. You'll end up bitter and twisted. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


                        Brit, It’s hard not to worry, but I agree with you that going on a vengeful streak is not the answer. I feel that what I have done so far regarding this matter has been my right and duty as a US Citizen. I am quite aware that going down such a path will only worsen my emotional well-being and keep me from moving on and healing. I WANT to move on, but after a year of his tactical delays to postpone the divorce in order for him to get his green card, I am fed up. I felt I had to take real action so that this can finally come to a close. Now that I have taken this action I am baffled to find out that such matters seem to be taken so lightly by the authorities.
                        Also, does he get a one-year extension letter as soon as he files? Can he get this letter at a field-office. The USCIS officer that I talked to said that there were no ‘pending’ applications in Vermont.

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                        • #13
                          <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ProudUSC:
                          <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Keep the original with you. When you correspond with USCIS, DHS, ICE, send only copies of the forms, never the original forgeries. A handwriting expert will need the original to verify a forgery. A copy isn't useful. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

                          What Davdah said above is correct. Make sure you keep the original as proof of his forgery. I'm not sure further correspondence with USCIS would be beneficial at this time. But, I think you can be fairly cetain he will be denied at interview time. He s.crewed himself by not letting you obtain a timely divorce. Good luck, Daphne. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

                          Thank you. Is there always an interview, or only if USCIS becomes suspicious? I've heard that often such an interview will not occur.

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                          • #14
                            Your husband committed serious federal crimes. He could have got his green card without your involvement, but he did not.

                            You need to report him to USCIS, your local office, USCIS Office Locator

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                            • #15
                              Davdah you suggest she keeps the original with her, but let me remind you that it is illegal to do that and if her husband finds out, she could be in trouble.

                              Daphne it is illegal to open mail addressed to someone else. It is also worse retaining the said mail and not passing it on to him, or returning it to USCIS.
                              Even if you say you accidentally opened it, you have to pass it on to him.

                              I know this because I have experienced it myself with my ex opening mail and holding on to it.
                              You husband could try and get you into trouble and I wouldn't like you to go through more krap because of him.

                              I don't know what to suggest about the letter, but remember USCIS will have a copy of that letter and form anyway, so it won't be lost.

                              The other thing is, once you get an official copy or original from USCIS directly to you for you files, you can take it to the police.
                              Forging a signature is an offense, especially on a Gov. instrument.
                              You could try that avenue too. Whether they do anything is another thing, but at least it will be recorded

                              I can sense you are being honest and that you were in love and this marriage meant something to you. I am sorry it has come to this.

                              I wish you the best, hopefully he has signed his own fate by forging your signature.

                              Take care
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