Story of a Successful Immigrant
“Persistence reaches what the happiness does not” this is a popular saying that has characterized the life of Mr. Lubomyr Wyhnansky, a Venezuelan with German ascendance, who, at the age of 61, is undertaking the riskiest adventure of his life.
Due to the economic and security crises that Venezuela is going through, Lubomyr was forced to leave his country, renounce his own company in which he had worked all his life, and seek asylum in a foreign land which is unfamiliar to his history and past. The only thing he brought with him was his knowledge of watches. All those years of experience that nobody could steal from him were his only tool to move forward. Lubomyr was fighting a war against time as the timeframe to stay legally in this country was coming to an end. “I was so very confused. Some lawyers were suggesting very expensive procedures that were not affordable to my budget”, expressed Lubomyr. With the anguish and desire to define his situation, and tired unrealistic legal advice, Lubomyr attended all immigration seminars he would hear about. And it was exactly there, in an immigration seminar conducted by the organization CASA where Lubomyr found a team of immigration professionals available to study his case in depth.
Toward a Student Visa
“CASA really analyzed my situation and evaluated all the available options to legalize my status. She also committed to the case”, said Lubomyr. There was a long path to follow, but he was not alone. He was now able to count on the support of a team of professionals that he trusted. After determining his experience and entrepreneurial skills, CASA members suggested that he look for a company through which he could obtain his work visa. Having a clear goal, Lubomyr started looking for a company that would sponsor him. But soon he realized the need to learn the language. It would not only contribute to his watch knowledge, but he would need it to communicate with future customers and coworkers.
It was then when, at age of 59, he decided to study English full time, while searching for a company that would sponsor him.
CASA processed his student visa, which allowed him to have a temporary legal status. “The wait was long and scary, but finally my visa arrived and it was then when I came back to this country with my visa stamped”, this fighter remembers.
The uncertainty continued, but his goal was clear: obtain a work visa. After an extensive search, Lubomyr was able to find a company that appreciated his experience as a renowned watch expert in Venezuela and that would sponsor his visa.
Work Visa approved
CASA advised Lubomyr on his documentation and procedures. Finally, in April 2007, his persistence and desire to move forward were rewarded when his work visa was approved. “After a year and a half of guiding Mr. Lubomyr, we had the satisfaction of helping him make his dream reality: attaining a legal status that allowed him to work and contribute to this country through his knowledge”, stated Consuelo Garces, head of the paralegal team of CASA, states.
But the challenges and achievements do not stop there. Thanks to his knowledge of watches, Lubomyr has improved the productivity of the company considerably, making the repair and maintenance systems of clocks that he offers the number one source of income.
- CASA currently is not taking these type of cases. We will let you know as soon as we start this Work Visa Program again. Thank you for your understanding.
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