Venezuela has been embroiled in a series of expat killings over the past two years.
Now, one expat’s job in New Jersey has been cancelled.
The expatriation of Luis Hernandez, a teacher and lecturer, from Venezuela to the US was due to take effect this week.
Hernandez was murdered in a car crash in September, two months after he was arrested by Venezuelan authorities on a cocaine trafficking charge.
The authorities allege that Hernandez was operating a drug trafficking business with another Venezuelan, Eduardo Vargas.
Vargas has not been charged.
Hernandez’s parents, Ricardo and Carmen, say they are grateful for the expat assignment, but the move is now a huge loss for their family.
“I am sad because I have had the privilege of working with Luis Hernandez and the children,” Carmen Hernandez told Al Jazeera.
I want to be a doctor’: Venezuela expat on the brink of becoming an American expat expat Jorge Luis Hernandez was born in Venezuela and moved to the United States at the age of nine. “
This is the first expat job that I have ever had in the US, but it has been a privilege.”‘
I want to be a doctor’: Venezuela expat on the brink of becoming an American expat expat Jorge Luis Hernandez was born in Venezuela and moved to the United States at the age of nine.
His father, Ricardo Hernandez, worked as a teacher in the rural town of Mérida in the Dominican Republic, and his mother, Carmen Hernandez, was an interior designer in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The couple emigrated to the USA from Venezuela in 1996, and their relationship was marked by a sense of pride, especially when Hernandez started going to American schools, as he did for the first time.
In 2002, Hernandez’s wife and children moved to San Juan to live with them.
They now live in the upscale district of Manhattan, where Carmen Hernandez is an advertising executive and Jorge Luis works as a lecturer.
“My wife and I are very proud of him,” Carmen said.
“He is a good person, very nice, very intelligent.
He was very good to us and we are happy for him.”
Hernandez’s new US job will not be easy.
The New York City Department of Education said in a statement that Hernandez will not have access to the same amount of English-language resources as his Venezuelan counterpart.
The department added that it would not grant his request for a visa extension.
“Mr Hernandez will have the right to apply for a work visa to be granted as soon as possible, but only if his visa application is approved by the New York Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DEIEC), according to the department,” it said.
The statement added that the department “will not issue an extension to Mr Hernandez”.
Hernandez is one of thousands of expats who have been killed by Venezuelan security forces since President Nicolas Maduro began cracking down on the country’s crime syndicates.
A number of people have also been arrested and convicted in connection with violent protests.
Hernandez, who studied at the University of Texas, said that his Venezuelan superiors would have been aware of his status and he would not have been allowed to work.
“They would have asked us if we were still at university,” he said.
His case will be one of the first to be reviewed by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which oversees expat assignments.
“We are looking forward to having an opportunity to review his case and to give him the opportunity to explain why he was denied the visa,” said a USCIS spokesperson.
“USCES is committed to ensuring that American citizens, permanent residents and visitors have access and opportunities to participate in our global community.”
Meanwhile, a Venezuelan government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Aljazeera that Hernandez’s case was being handled through a separate process, which could take up to three months.
“His case is being handled by the [Foreign Affairs and Trade] Department of the Government of Venezuela,” the official said.
Hernandez has not received an official letter from the US department, but said he was “happy to hear it”.
He is seeking an extension on the expatriations so he can take a position in New Hampshire to give back to his country.
The Venezuelan government has previously said that the government has been working to reduce violence in Venezuela, but there are reports that violence in recent months has been up.
“These people are not criminals.
They are victims,” Jorge Luis said.
– With reports from AP, Reuters and Reuters.com