Nothing new on the immigration front, sad to say. It's been over 11 months and so far we've only received NOA1 (notification that they received our petition to apply) and NOA2 (notification that they approved our petition to apply). Now our case is in a storage at the National Visa Center and will remain there for the unforeseeable future, probably for at least a month, until someone checks them out and gives us a case number. After that the more complex paper work part of the visa process begins. Both the petitioner (husband) and beneficiary (me) will have to send our own individual packages with original documents. And of course we have to pay more. After NVC has (hopefully) approved our documents and evidence, they will ship them to the embassy of Helsinki. Then we will get an interview date. It should take 2-3 months before they even bother sending our paperwork to Finland, if they ever get to actually checking it out.
I've tried real hard to find positive sides to this pointlessly long visa path, but have failed miserably
(photo from weheartit.com)
All in all I estimate that our path to IR-1 spousal visa (10 year "green card") will take us a year and four months. That is, if we're lucky. And in the end they might still deny me the visa. Is immigrating to a country that has not really impressed me lately really worth all this time and money? I don't think so, but husband does.
Hope everyone is having a sunny weekend!