Visa Celebrations

Today we finally heard back on my husband’s visa – we just received a notice to come and register his permanent status.  No balloons or “Welcome to America” fanfare… just an official looking notice in a plain envelope.  If I’m correct, this notice means that my husband can now reside and work in the US for the next two years – after we finish the next stage of paperwork of course.

While we’ve only been working on his US visa since last October, this will be the end of a very long and expensive process for us.  We spent over $5,000 in Australia to get my visa and nearly $2,000 here in the US for his.  Only one of us has ever been able to work at a time due to visa restrictions in both countries.  If it weren’t for our international pairing we’d probably both be rich, but love isn’t blinded by race, religion or distance. 

We’ve spent the average cost of a small wedding on just trying to stay together.  I won’t lie and say it’s been easy but it has definitely been worth it.  I couldn’t ask for a better partner.  Now that we’re almost pedigreed we can get on with what most married folks do when they don’t have to fight for the right to be together… enjoy life.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith's work has been published in several print and online publications, including the “Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase” vols. 2-4, “Christmas Lites” vols. 1-6 and the “Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthology. She has nearly 20 books of speculative fiction and poetry for adults, YAs and children. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award.
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3 Responses to Visa Celebrations

  1. Bec S says:

    That’s awesome news! Congratulations!

  2. Congratulations. I know it’s not the end, but you can, hopefully, vaguely make out the finish line at least!

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