Bill Staats has not seen his wife and 6-year-old son since February 2010. The two are in China waiting for Dong-hua Staats to be granted a visa so that she can fly to the United States. The couple's six year old son Billy is already a U.S. citizen and has a valid passport.
Staats is frustrated about the amount of time it is taking for the U.S. Embassy in China to grant his wife a spousal visa, especially since she received one several years ago prior to her first trip to the United States.
"She has already gone through the hoops before and I spoke to the National Visa Center and they say that all of her documents are in order," he said.
Staats has turned to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and both of Ohio's United States Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman for assistance. He is hoping that their intervention will facilitate the visa process. "To hurry up in the next week or so and ideally have the case finalized so she can get her visa and fly here to the United States," he said.
In the meantime Staats works three jobs to support his wife and son in China. "Ninety to 95 percent of everything I earn goes to support them, I send it over to them," he said.
To learn more about the policies and procedures of the US Embassy in China, log on to www.guangzhou.usembassy-china.org.