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.
Before I emigrate, me and my Mum came up with a bucket list of all the things we wanted to do together before I left. There was a mixture of things we’d done before, enjoy doing and just wanted to do again and some things that were completely new to us. We worked out roughly a 1 hour radius from our home so we could do some things in an afternoon, an Essex bucket list with a small side of London!
One of the hardest things about emigrating is that I can’t help but feel I’m losing out on the precious time I should be spending with my Grandparents (and Parents). I’m in my late 20’s and I feel lucky to still have 2 out of 4 living, they were able to see their oldest Grandchild get married, they even witnessed the proposal (even though it did nearly give my Grandad a heart attack!) and I’m proud to have been able to let them have that experience. They’ve watched me grow up, but have you ever wondered what it was like when they were growing up? ASK them! LEARN from them! It’s amazing and you won’t regret it.
Packing to emigrate permanently is a pain. As well as needing clothes for 4 extreme seasons, I obviously want to surround myself with all of my personal possessions and it turns out that 3 suitcases are actually a lot smaller than expected! Ever since I was young I’ve kept a travel journal for every trip, they are full of memories and mean the world to me. For YEARS I have been looking for a company that would print my travel journals into one book and I’ve always struggled, but now I’m moving it was more important than ever to find somewhere, 2 books are a lot easier to pack that 30 odd! I couldn’t find anywhere that would just print off one individual copy that was private. Everywhere wanted ISBN numbers or bulk printing, but at last I’ve found somewhere and I’m so pleased with the result!
How bad do I feel? I’m the eldest ‘child’, my parents had my sister so I’d always have a friend in life no matter what. And now I’m moving 4000 miles away with a whole ocean between us. I hope we NEVER feel like we are an only child because we won’t get to see each other as often as we may like, no matter how far apart we are we will always be Sisters and I’ll always be on the end of a FaceTime call. So this post, is for you, my (soon to be *sniff*) long distance Sister, Lisa.
You have been my home for the past 28 years and now it’s almost coming to an end. I have been given the final date to have my interview to become a permanent resident of that big ole country on the other side of the pond. Leaving is going to be bitter sweet. Part of me doesn’t want to go…at all. You have kept me alive and healthy for this long and gave me an education and for that, I’ll eternally be grateful. I love the way that no matter where I stand, I am never more than 70miles from the sea. You better have plenty of cod stocks available during my visits home, because I’m telling you now, I plan to binge on fish and chips from a chip shop whenever I return! …you might want to make sure there’s lots of Cadburys chocolate around too…
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.