Yes that’s right, not only is Between England & Iowa my travel and lifestyle blog, it is now a book! “Between England and Iowa: A Year In The Life Of An Emigrating Wife” is my story all about the realities of expat life. For a whole year I kept a journal. I wrote down my expat milestones, ALL my thoughts and feelings and documented each time I came across something that sent me into culture shock!
When it comes to emigrating overseas, one thing to consider is how do you plan on getting your belongings from A to B. There are 2 choices. Do you ship your items or just move with what you can carry in suitcases? I was in a position where I was able to keep a lot of my things in storage at my parents house in the UK, so when I moved I maxed out my luggage allowance with the airline I flew with (3 suitcases and 2 cabin bags!). Here are my 8 tips on how to pack a suitcase for moving overseas that you’ll be thanking me for! Organisation will definitely make life easier when you arrive in your new country!
I hold my hands up, I’m an immigrant. I’m living in America on an immigrant visa. I know especially in the blogging community, the word ‘Expat’ is thrown around a lot and I admit this is what I tend to refer to myself as, but in fact, I am an immigrant. But can you really blame me for not really using this term at the moment? Just look at the news, it has so much bad press and I debated as to whether or not I should pipe up and say my view. But as an immigrant, and especially one that blogs about the visa process, I thought surely I should show what it’s like through my eyes?
I wasn’t too concerned about the differences of travelling on a green card, all I knew was that I HAD to make sure that little bit of plastic came with me, along with my passport, otherwise getting back into America would have been a right pain! This is my first experience travelling with one, please be aware that countries/airlines/airports may be slightly different!
As soon as I opened my mail box I knew what the envelope inside held. It wasn’t even a government envelope or anything special, it just had the words PRIORITY MAIL printed in big red letters on the outside. I gave it a little bend and it confirmed my guess, that yes, there was a card inside. It arrived almost 1 year to the day since I first applied for my USA permanent resident visa. Hello Green Card!
I’m going to share a secret with you. I purchased a book that became my LIFESAVER when filling out my USA Marriage visa. It was literally my guide, I referred to it each time I had a form to fill out and it obviously worked as all of my forms were accepted first time and I never had any ‘corrections’ to fill in and return.
I understand that circumstances can differ depending on lots of different factors. This is our experience of the I 130 petition for the CR1 Spousal Visa, which we started in September 2015. I have included the whole CR1 Visa timeline of our process with links to helpful tips on the types of evidence we provided for the various forms etc.
The applicant (my husband) is: living in the USA, and is a USA citizen by birth.
I am obviously his Spouse (which ‘fast tracks’ me), born and living in the UK.