Looking back on earlier expectations

In February 2011, three birthdays and one wedding ago, I predicted a time line for the emigration process. I figure today we can look back at what I estimated back then. Just to see how far we’ve come. Bits in Italic are from 528 days ago (or: February 21st, 2011 – my third post in this blog).


Picture by Aussiegal under a Creative Commons License.

3rd quarter 2013: Beloved kicks ass at grad school

We still don’t know where, but Beloved is in the US right now having conversations with professors and sitting in on lectures, so hopefully he’ll come back with good info and a sense of where he’d prefer to go if he’s accepted.

2nd quarter 2013: migration

We still plan for this. However, we also hope to have time to travel between packing up and moving to the US. On our list are South Africa, South Korea, Singapore.. I hope we can also do Russia and maybe some more Africa. I also really want to see Iceland πŸ™‚ Anyway. So many places to go, but so little time!

1st/2nd quarter: pack up

Yes. But we’ll probably also probably will still be busy filing, because ..

4th quarter 2012: start direct consular filing process (expected to take 4 months max, maybe only 10 weeks)

Direct Consular Filing for a spousal visa is no longer an option here, so we’re stuck with filing to a lockbox, which will take 5 to 9 months and may, or may not, be expedited. I currently have all the needed forms on my computer and have spent a good amount of time filling things out and compiling lists of additional evidence of our ‘bona fide’ marriage. It means I’ll finally have an excuse to print some wedding pictures. *yay*!

In terms of results, Beloved will be naturalized very soon. I’ve bought a shirt with an American flag on it, just to be kind of contrarian at the ceremony.

1st quarter 2012 start naturalization process

This was delayed by a quarter, due to some messes with regards to integration policy and certain exams. However, we got a favorable decision earlier than expected.

1st quarter 2012 get married

Ha. We were early and unlocked this achievement in quarter 4 of 2011. On Black Friday no less, which means that we’ve been married for ten months, today at 5 PM.

4th quarter 2011 obtain marriage license, pre-nup, etc.

Waaayyyyy ahead of ya. We got all our legal ducks lined up perfectly and took all their ducky little mug shots and we were early πŸ™‚

2nd quarter 2011 moving in together.

Yup. Did that. It’s still fun. However, I look forward to finding a house (read: apartment) together and getting a say in the interior.

1st quarter 2011 Halp! It goes fast! We have also contacted an expert on immigration an naturalization law with whom we’ll meet this week. We’re definitely at a point where some expert advice can save us hassle.

The expert turned out to be incompetent, but we managed anyway.

Looking back at what happened between February 2011 and now, I guess it’s not strange that it feels like a roller coaster. And it’s probably also not strange that it felt like a lot of waiting. It’s been a roller coaster, but it has also been a lot of waiting. Never knew this things could happen at the same time.

In a next post I’ll hope to tell you more about the USCIS paperwork and starting filing.That should be interesting as it is our official next step in the process.

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4 Responses to “Looking back on earlier expectations”


  1. 1 Amanda September 25, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Wow, that is a whole lot of steps you’ve gone through already . Congrats ! And also congrats on your 10 month anniversary. And you have all that travelling to look forward to πŸ™‚ I think I would spend my time figuring out itineraries instead of doing “useful” stuff.

    • 2 thesmittenimmigrant October 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

      It is tempting to just think of what beach we could go and bum on, but.. well.. we don’t actually get to leave until all the useful stuff is done. IUt’;s a neat carrot-and-stick construction, really πŸ™‚

  2. 3 Daria September 26, 2012 at 12:20 am

    “I’ve bought a shirt with an American flag on it, just to be kind of contrarian at the ceremony.” LOL!

    Congratulations on the 10 months ❀ and I agree: I love it when a plan comes together! _O_

    • 4 thesmittenimmigrant October 14, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Thanks πŸ™‚

      And yes, it is very fascinating to see everything taking shape,. Yesterday we had ‘mug shots’ taken. The list of instructions for that alone was like three pages long :S


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