Thursday, May 5, 2011

Visa Update

Well as you all know, I think, David and I are planning on getting married. Around Christmas time he had proposed and now we are waiting until I am done with my service as a peace corps volunteer. Our plans are to go back to the United States with a fiancée visa. The fiancée visa allows only 3 months to get married and if we don’t get married before that time is up David will have to return to Paraguay. Luckily I have the love and support of my family which is VERY helpful; I don’t know what we would do without them. I am so excited and can’t wait to start planning everything but I have to be patient because we have a long road ahead of us.

There are plenty of twists and turns, jumping in and out of hoops and much more involved in the process of actually getting married. Some say that love doesn’t have borders, but it’s not as easy as that. The United States has its process, for good reasons, and we are going through it right now.

Right now we are waiting to hear from Immigrations. We had filled out about 5 forms, letters were written, photos and a check were sent to start the process. Online it says the California service center takes about 5 months to process this first round of paper work. Our papers were accepted on February 10th so 5 months would be in July. Now we are just waiting, patiently. I finish my service in August to hopefully by then we will have heard something.

Once he’s accepted by immigrations we have to go through the embassy. There is a whole other set of paper work and back round checks to go through there. He will have to get a medical check and go to an interview at the embassy. I hear this process is shorter than immigrations, I hope. Therefore if things go smoothly, cross fingers, we will be home in September or October.

So keep us in you thoughts. We are very excited to get married and start the next stage in our lives, together.