Thursday, November 13, 2008
First, great news:
Please be advised that the following applicants from team USA have been
granted a Sponsored Business Short Stay (UL 459) visa.
Applicant's name Client ID Grant number
Mr VIVEROS GAMBOA Diego Mauricio
Diego's case was more complicated since we had to get his green card on track, restore his expired passport, get a reentry permit to the US, and then get a Visa from Australia. It's all done. Diego's life had gotten very frustrating and was falling apart before his eyes. Now he's got his legal permit to work, has a job and thanks to the support of HELP USA will be able to move into his own place shortly.
Once a mortgage broker, he lost his job, and after he was robbed of his wallet including his green card, Diego found himself out of work, money, and documentation. A native of Cali, Colombia, Diego came to the US to find opportunity. Suddenly, he found himself homeless.
Diego's caseworker, Ms. Tsahai Weir, said that, "The soccer experience definitely changed Diego's life. I can honestly say that. He was internalizing his frustration and becoming his own worst enemy. Soccer has been a good outlet for him and he become much more hopeful."
Diego was featured by the YES Network, the Yankees sports network. His feature is near the end of the show that is currently airing in New York. Many thanks to Brian Price of YES who pushed for Diego's story and to DHS of NYC and HELP USA for collaborating to make the interview possible. And thanks to Diego's boss for giving him a shot.
Link here to see the feature.
Posted by Lawrence at 12:44 PM