It’s Official, my USA Green Card has Arrived!

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!

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Guide Book for Completing the USA Marriage & Fiancé Visa

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.

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Expat Update: August 2016

Another month gone already!  Here I’ll be looking back on what I’ve been up to this month, the places I’ve been, the highs and lows, how the endless visa process is going and other random things I’m finding interesting this month!  This month has been EXHAUSTING!!!

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USA Point of Entry Procedure for CR1 Visa

So I’ve arrived in the USA!  The whole entry process was pretty painless considering all the paperwork and waiting there had been!  My ‘Point of Entry’ was Chicago Ohare Airport.  I double checked with a worker to ensure I was joining the correct line.  ‘Visas and First Time ESTAS’.  I was travelling with my family, they went down the returning ESTA channel and I ended up being put behind them in the line anyway!  This was helpful as it solved any ‘strange’ security questions, I was told I could just go up to the desk with them.

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Expat Update: July 2016

Another month gone already!  Here I’ll be looking back on what I’ve been up to this month, the places I’ve been, the highs and lows, how the endless visa process is going and other random things I’m finding interesting this month!  *Little Side Note* I’m still not quite an Expat yet…this is the last full month before I emigrate!

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Total Cost of the CR1 USA Visa Process

There are a few nasty surprises when it comes to the CR1 visa process.  You see the cost of the first I-130 form and think, brilliant that’s not too bad…but it’s certainly not the end.  Today I share just how much the total CR1 USA visa process costs: the form fees, evidence fees and all the hidden extras that soon mount up!

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What Happens in the Visa Interview at the American Embassy, London

Yesterday was a big day for me, after 9 long months of paperwork and waiting, I had my interview at the American Embassy in London and walked away with my Permanent Resident Visa granted!  I struggled to find answers to some of my questions online, everything seemed to be a little out of date and the official website didn’t really help either.  So in this post I will cover: What can I take into the US Embassy?  What facilities are in the Embassy?  What is the interview process like? How long does the visa interview last? What are some Spouse Visa USA interview questions at the London embassy? Please remember that every interview is different, this is based on my experience of my interview in 2016.

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Expat Update: June 2016

Another month gone already!  Here I’ll be looking back on what I’ve been up to this month, the places I’ve been, the highs and lows, how the endless visa process is going and other random things I’m finding interesting this month!  *Little Side Note* I’m still not quite an Expat yet…preparing myself for when I am!

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