This month we've been getting ready to start the long and arduous immigrant visa process. I've already had four student visas to the U.S, so you'd think this would be a piece of cake. Well, it's not. It's annoying, costly and takes forever. If everything goes well, I might get my visa sometime next spring. I keep wondering though, if I really should be doing this in the first place, since as an immigrant I'm clearly not that welcome in that country, this based on my previous experiences there. I do hope that whichever state we end up moving to will convince me otherwise :) I'm also trying to focus on the good sides, like that husband will be happier and the fact that I might actually get to work in my own field (U.S History). Thoughts like that make this process seem a lot less repelling :)
Equality before the law. Yup, but only the for the citizens
First step in our immigration process is for husband to send the petition, called I-130.
The I-130 Packet consists of:
1. Completed and signed form I-130
2. I-130 filing fee ($420)
3. Completed and signed form G-325A and photograph (petitioner, husband)
4. Completed and signed form G-325A and photograph (beneficiary, Sugar)
5. Proof of petitioner's U.S citizenship: Copy of U.S Passport and birth certificate
6. Proof of Relationship
-Primary evidence - Copy of marriage certificate
-Secondary evidence - "our story"-letter with 7 pages of photographs, clip from husband's hometown's paper's social section with our engagement story, thank you cards from both of our weddings, copy of our lease here in Finland (in both of our names), copy of some of our flight stubs...
7. Completed form G-1145 for email/phone notification
Seems pretty straightforward, I guess this is the easiest part of applying :) Has anyone of my readers done the CR/IR1 before? Any advice?
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!