The Epic Visa Journey (pt 1)

The Epic Visa Journey (pt 1)

“$1600 more?” I gawked at the screen, not daring to believe my eyes.

I sat with my new fiancée, Brittany, on a lumpy old piece crap that was masquerading as a futon, and stared at her laptop. It was January 2015, and we were starting the process of closing the distance in our long distance relationship.

Brittany shook her head, disgusted. “I looked at the Australian visa costs a month ago, and I know they were at least $1600 less.” Continue reading “The Epic Visa Journey (pt 1)”

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4 things to help your SO transition to your country

4 things to help your SO transition to your country

In my previous post, I talked about what it was like to move countries and how to prepare for that. In this post, we’re going to look at four ways you can assist your SO if they move to your country.

1. Don’t take it personally

When one moves countries, it can be daunting and lonely. And while it’s done gladly in order to be with their love, it’s still hard. Continue reading “4 things to help your SO transition to your country”

How to survive moving overseas

How to survive moving overseas

One of the best pieces of advice I received as I prepared to close the distance with Brittany was given by a friend a couple of weeks before I left Australia.

It’s not often one has their plate completely emptied and gets to start afresh. Be careful what you put back on it.

-Andrew

I’m a guy who finds it difficult to say no to people. If I’m asked to do something, I often say yes before I think about how it will impact my schedule, or my sanity. It’s got me into all kinds of trouble in the past, leading to failed commitments and pulling out of projects. Continue reading “How to survive moving overseas”

Decades of possessions, two suitcases

Decades of possessions, two suitcases

I haven’t been around for that long, in the grand scheme of things. But I have been around long enough to collect a few grey hairs and a ton of possessions. When it finally came time to pack up my life in Australia and move overseas, I had the excruciating job of working out what to keep, and what to get rid of. Continue reading “Decades of possessions, two suitcases”

The day the distance closed

The day the distance closed

2am that warm, September night, the plane touched down in Saipan. I had been travelling for 20 hours to get there; three flights and too many layovers.

As I followed the mass of tourists into the terminal, I shivered. This was it. After two years of waiting, I was finally here. My new home. I had one last hurdle to clear before I was in the arms of my love – getting through US Border Control with my Visa. I just prayed all my paperwork was in order. Continue reading “The day the distance closed”

Three tips to remember when preparing for a visa

So your long distance relationship has gone well. You’ve met in person, one of you proposed, and the other said yes. Now someone has to think about moving. If you both live in the same country, this isn’t too complicated.

Certainly, you have your job, family, friends, and social life to up and leave. It’s a lot to take in if you’re not used to it. But if you’re in an international relationship, well, I hope you brought your wellies; you got a lot of red tape to wade through now. Continue reading “Three tips to remember when preparing for a visa”