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I have spent the morning searching for higher paying positions in order to sponsor Vilay myself.  I have given up on Dayton and am looking in Cincinnati.  One of the jobs that appealed to me the most out of all the jobs that I have applied for is as a loan processor.  So, I will start looking for that job title specifically.  I have a background processing loans as an Office Manager.  I was thouroughly trained for this and have over four years experience with loan processing at the branch level at both banks that I have worked at.  It was one of my favorite parts of these past positions in banking.  Hopefully, I will be able to find a job that pays enough.  Then, Vilay will work and we will get caught up financially. Once we have done that Vilay will go back to school.  I don’t know if we will stay in America after that.  I don’t know the future.  I don’t know if I will be able to sponsor him anytime soon because jobs aren’t easy to come by in this part of Ohio right now.  I have even called for a management position at McDonalds because I am desperate.  Guess what?  It doesn’t pay enough.  Salaries in Ohio are low compared to many other parts of America. 

I don’t think it is fair that Vilay and I have this requirement.  I think it is discrimination against me because I am married to someone who isn’t American.  I should have the right to marry a French and as a family we should have all the social protections that any other American family has.  We do not and that is why Vilay must have a sponsor.   

Once and more specifically “if” I have a response from immigration or from the letter I sent to my Congressman I will update all of you.  I am beginning to lose faith after all the run around we have gotten so far.

If this isn’t worked out and we must leave the US, I will not leave before I have contacted the press.  Anyway it goes, this is not a fair or just requirement and it must be waived for all applicants who are married to an American. 

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  • Jessica January 7, 2007, 8:11 pm

    I hope you do find something. Aren’t you trying to get teacher certification still? How long is that supposed to take?

    If you do decide to leave, a well paying job will certainly facilitate that too. Did you ever consider teaching in France?

    (20 questions ;-)

  • Pumpkin January 7, 2007, 8:40 pm

    I am still going to pursue a teaching certificate here because it could help our situation on either side of the ocean. I would love to teach in France but I think it would have to be at a private school or I could do it out of my home.

    We are looking at all possible solutions. I think working in Cincinnati for a few years while we get caught up financially would be a good move. However, if I am able to get a teaching position during that time in another state then we would move. Vilay has some ideas for where he wants to take his professional career. Depending on what he is able to get into…what school…I will teach or work in that state and be the sole bread winner. That is why we have to get our financial situation under control before he goes back to college.

    If we must return to France I will teach English out of the home and go from there.

  • Jessica January 7, 2007, 8:58 pm

    A while ago (when we thought we were going to return to France) I was looking into taking the national teaching exams. I’m pretty sure that with a 4 year degree and French citizenship I would have been eligible to take them. Something else that I remember reading is that mothers of 3 children are eligible to take the exams, degree or not. I’m just rambling here, but… food for thought. They’re pretty hard and require excellent French.

    I just read somewhere that the starting pay for teachers in Indiana is $29,000. Maybe you could come work over here ;-). I’m planning to start classes in August to become certified.

  • Pumpkin January 7, 2007, 10:18 pm


    I have looked at Indiana. :)

    I think that it is harder there to get certified with an alternate teaching degree but I’ll look into it again.

  • Catherine January 8, 2007, 4:03 am

    Getting a teaching certificate in France (Capes) is almost impossible these days. I have several friends who had to try three or four years in a row. Teachign English from your home in France would bring very little money. I used to do it and then worked for a private language school and then eventually ran my own language school. Wasn’t worth it. The taxes were ridiculously high.
    Have you considered working at a private school in America? I know there are national placement websites.
    Good luck. I’m praying something will work out for you guys.

  • Alison January 8, 2007, 5:02 am

    Getting the CAPES is possible, even on the first try; I’m proof of that. But it is hard, and you need to be a French or EU citizen. And your French does have to be excellent. I think Jessica is right about the clause for women with three children (something I found very unfair at the time ;-)) But I would tell you to run from the idea of becoming a teacher for the Education Nationale. Even with three children, there is no guarantee you will be placed in a school near your home. And you’ll most likely start out in a collège. Not the easiest age to work with.

    Anyway, what I wanted to say was, I’m glad you are looking for a higher-wage job. Don’t forget that Kentucky is nice, too. :-) And Lexington’s unemployment rate is very low.

    All of us are pulling for you!

  • Jessica January 8, 2007, 5:26 am

    I think there’s a special exam for the tout petits, not sure what it’s called. No I wouldn’t recommend anyone take the capes, unless they just LOVED that age group. Yuck.

    And, pssst… don’t tell Alison, but up here in Indiana, we have many a joke at the expense of people from Kentucky. I wouldn’t recommend it ;-).

  • roland January 8, 2007, 4:41 pm

    If you have to come back to france and are OK to work with little kids you may read this link.

    With a job like that you can work in a “maternelle” or in a “créche”.
    I don’t know what to say but “Bon courage!”

  • Pumpkin January 8, 2007, 7:58 pm

    I will not give up and even WHEN I find a higher paying job because eventually I will…I will not let this lie.

    Alison, I agree that it is not for it to be easier for women with three children. What I am learning up close and personal it that life isn’t fair no matter what country you live in. It seems that there are more hurdles in both countries than I could have imaged due to Vilay and I having married outside our own nationalities. What a pain it all can be dealing with immigration. It is a good thing we really love each other. I can see how this could break up some relationships. It is not easy.

    I had looked into Kentucky a while back…I’ll give it a shot again.

    Jessica, You are too funny! We like to poke fun Kentucky here in Ohio, too! :)
    But, hey, I fhave lived in Kentucky before and I have to say it is mighty pretty.

  • Pumpkin January 8, 2007, 8:03 pm

    Catherine, I will look into private but really want to work in public schools. Beggers can’t be choosers. Right? Thank you for your support.

    Thank you for the link and I would love to teach smaller children. I am not interested in teaching older children over seven. I know where my limits are!

  • Robert January 9, 2007, 3:35 pm


    I think it is extremely unfair that your husband of 6 years and father of 3 children doesn’t automatically have a right to work in the USA with you. However, even though this rightfully makes you very angry, I would think very carefully about leaving USA until you have secured a decent reasonably-paying job in France. Or until your husband has done so. For you both to come back with neither having employment could be jumping from the frying pan into the fire. I say this from my own bitter personal experience, that finding work in France is much harder than elsewhere.

  • Jube January 9, 2007, 5:10 pm

    just wondering, with what immigrant status did your husband enter the States?

  • Alison January 9, 2007, 6:16 pm


    I had no idea people from other states had names for Kentuckians! :-)


    Of course, I had forgotten about the concours de professeur des ecoles. And while the clause about mothers with three children may not be fair, if you do go back to France, I wouldn’t hesitate to take advantage of it. If you know what I mean. I can’t put it into words!

    On the other hand, I hope you stay here. :)

  • Pumpkin January 9, 2007, 11:28 pm

    He entered as a visitor. I talked to the immigration about this. As long as he entered legally it is not a problem. He entered legally because he is French. Once I started the process for his green card he is obligated to stay in the US. His status isn’t the problem. The problem is I don’t make enough money to sponsor him alone. We were in Cincy again today and it is a big stink. They will not budge on this. We have to have another sponsor unless I find a job making more money. Period.

  • Pumpkin January 10, 2007, 2:27 am

    Thanks for all your and Alan’s support during this. Vilay and I appreciate it more than you know.

  • Cathy Y. January 10, 2007, 9:41 pm

    Pumpkin, I’ve sent you an e-mail about this late last night, but just to summarize, my dad said that his neighbor, the immigration specialist, said that the sponsor would not be held liable for emergency medical care, but would be if the immigrant used emergency services for non-emergency care that could be taken care of by a regular physician. The neighbor also felt your dad would be the “ideal” sponsor. I hope that this information is helpful to you. Please see my e-mail for further details.

  • Pumpkin January 11, 2007, 10:12 pm

    Thank you Cathy Y.

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