KSRM News Dir. Catie Quinn Facing Deportation
January 13, 2015 at 4:02 AM (PT)
KSRM RADIO GROUP and Talk KSRM/KENAI, AK News Dir. CATIE QUINN has been ordered to leave the country on JANUARY 27th, ALASKA DISPATCH NEWS reports. The U.S. government has ordered that the Australian native to leave after it declined to renew her E-3 work visa.
QUINN received the deportation letter on CHRISTMAS EVE after months of trying convince U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to let her stay. The work visa requires that its holders “perform services in a specialty occupation,” one that requires a specific pool of knowledge and at minimum a bachelor’s degree. Unfortunately, QUINN's News Director job does not require a college education.
“The funniest thing in all this is (that) the advice I’ve gotten, including at the (immigration) field office, is ‘get married,’ ” she told the paper as she packed her belongings. “They suggest that’s pretty much the only way I can get a permanent visa. Everyone’s answer is, ‘Go get yourself a handy ALASKA man.’
“If I eventually want to marry someone I will, but I’m not going to cheat the system,” she said.
If QUINN's last-ditch effort of applying for a national interest waiver -- which requires that the work being performed in the U.S. is "in an area of substantial intrinsic merit," is "national in scope," and benefits the national interests of the country -- fails, her plan B is to fly to AUSTRALIA on JAN. 27th and start the application process over from square one.
“I’m trying to deal with this as quickly as possible and give my bosses a definitive answer," she said. "Either I’m coming back or I’m not.”