The Epic Visa Journey (pt 2)

The Epic Visa Journey (pt 2)

Printers, I love them almost as much as I hate them.

As I stared down at the necessary evil, I felt nothing but anger and hatred for the frustrating piece of crap. I urgently needed to print one B&W document, but it was low on coloured ink, so what did it do? Printed dirty, streaky, discoloured documents.

I was in the throes of applying for a visa to migrate to the US, a K1 Fiancé Visa to be precise. In order to have the best chance of receiving said visa, Brittany and I needed to prove our relationship was real; that our families and friends approved of us.

I looked at the time; if I hurried I’d be able to get down to the shops and buy some more ink before I was due at the Notary Public’s place with my affidavit. I grabbed my keys and wallet and stormed out the door. Continue reading “The Epic Visa Journey (pt 2)”

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)”

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”