She finally got here roughly 274 days since we submitted her paperwork. It’s been a long and tedious process. Just like the Air Force, immigration is a “hurry up and wait” kind of a process. Most people wait for much longer than we did so I’m not complaining.
We got the interview confirmation at the end of September for a mid November date. We prepared all the necessary paperwork then went ahead and requested for an earlier date. We put in the request and fortunately it went through. We got a mid October date.
The interview went well, nothing out of the ordinary. Just the regular expected questions normally asked at these interviews. Where did you meet, ‘how long have you known each other-where was the wedding-proof he pays taxes-kind of questions’. We were still nervous about it before the D-Day. You never know what to expect from the consular officers.
Wifey needed to serve her notice at work, dispose of some of her stuff before making the big move. Luckily for us she got 8,000 pounds worth of personal goods shipment approved by the Air Force. I’m forever grateful for that. We could only use less than 1,000 pounds. Roughly 4,000 kgs is a lot of weight. All electronics were out of question as Kenya uses 240 volts and here it’s 110 volts, most of the furniture too didn’t need to make the trip. She shipped just the necessary stuff as I already have most of the household appliances we need. They ship by sea so the stuff should hopefully get here in 2 months or so.
That calmed our nerves quite a bit as I would have been forced to pack my 2 suitcases to the max on the recent return trip from Kenya. That wasn’t necessary with the shipping gift.
The month went by really fast, she served her notice at work. I prepared for her arrival here, as I’d been living a bachelor life and you know how guys live. 😆😆..I did my best before she got here.
The Air Force also sorted out her airfare. I’m grateful to them for taking good care of us despite the long distance involved.
She arrived this week and I drove the 70 miles from my base town to pick her up. Finally we get to live together in the same space nearly 17 months after our wedding.
It’s not been easy being so far apart but we made it work under the circumstances. The biggest challenges in the reunification process are the long wait times with USCIS and the National Visa Center (NVC); and the many processes to navigate between the two agencies.
We had forgotten to pay the USCIS Immigrant fee which is required to be paid for a green card to be produced. It’s supposed to be paid after the immigrant visa is issued but before travel. We paid it today. Well see how it affects the paperwork.
If you have any questions about the I-130, Petition for Alien Relative do not hesitate to hit me up. Been there done that.
Grateful to the Big guy upstairs. Happy holidays.