My name is CJ and I’m 27 years old. I was born in Philippines and I have a bachelor of science in marine transportation. I started my to pursue my career as a seafarer last 2011 and finished a year working at sea.
When I came back in Philippines I started to fix my requirements for another contract at sea. while I’m waiting for an interview to renew my United States visa, one of my relatives who currently living in Arizona talked to me and encourage me to work into his carehome and in return he’ll help me to fix my citizenship. I thought this was a great opportunity for me so I decided to accept his offer. I’ve renewed my C1-D visa and got all my paperworks done so it’s time to board the ship. on October 30, 2012 me and other crews are ready to board the plane from Philippines to New Orleans, we had a stop over in Dallas Fort Worth and that’s the time I deserted with the other crew members. I called my uncle and notify him that I was at the forth worth airport and so he bought a ticket for me to fly in arizona. I know that I cannot go back with my family for years if I will do this but already decided to do it. and that’s the time that my pain and difficulty in life started.
3 days after I landed in arizona, my job as a caregiver has already started. i didn’t have any idea that working as a caregiver without proper documents are as hard as a giant rock. I felt like I was in jail every single day, it was very stressing and exhausting working day and night. I don’t have anyone but my relative here. but no matter how tiring the Job and how stressful I was yet I keep saying to myself that this was just temporary and keep my mind positive hoping that in return they will help me fix my status. a year and a half passed and so I decided to leave them, I cannot bear my relative wife, she’s so fake, always taking an advantage to my status, she gives me a salary of 50 dollars working day and night. and she always blaming me for the other caregivers fault. everyday I’m stress on her and to my job. I don’t even get enough sleep since the day I worked there. there promised never happened after they said that I don’t have any chance that they can help me because my visa is for a crew.
Now I really don’t know what can do. every month I send half of my salary to my family in Philippines. I’ve got 5 siblings and my parents doesn’t have any job at all. I am still hoping that one day I can fix my status here so that I can also take my siblings and family here.