The holidays are officially over

and life seems to have gone back to break-neck speed. The pictures of our holiday are sorted and organized, we went to the zoo and I even sorted the pictures from that (a selection of those soon to come) and last night the realtor came to discuss the lack of interest in our house. I plan on fixing it up some more and then take new pictures and have an Open House Day in early spring in the hopes of getting some people in. Tomorrow I start volunteering at the local pet shelter. Today I have the official goodbye-party from my job. Life is brimmingly full with all matters of work and opportunity

Then, last night, close to midnight I received an e-mail from USCIS. It was our e-mail version of NOA2, the notice that means that our petition has been approved and we’re allowed to start on the second part of the visa process. Woahoooooooooooo!!!

I’m restraining myself from typing in all caps, okay.. I’m kind of excited, right now. Couldn’t really sleep, last night.

That’s way faster than we could ever expect. Our petition was handled by the National Benefits Center, an office very newly appointed to help out with all the petitions. For those who care about such things: the average wait time between NOA1 (acceptance of petition) and NOA2 (appoval of petition) is easily three months. For some service centers (places where they  handle petitions), the wait can be up to five months. And that’s only if you managed to file this massive pile of papers absolutely flawlessly. If you made a mistake, you can receive an RFE (Request for Evidence) and need to resend papers, or even send in more proof of the ‘bona fides’ of your love for your partner. If you get an RFE, add another 4 to 6 weeks to your processing time.

Our dates? We received NOA1 on November 8, 2012. And NOA2 on January 2, 2013. It’s insane. We’re so, so lucky!

The next weeks will now be filled with a considerable amount of scrounging for paperwork. But, maybe, if we play it right, we could be all done in April, or so. That would give us five months before having to be in the US. Oh, the places we’ll go!

Excuse my while I do a silly dance.

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5 Responses to “The holidays are officially over”

  1. 1 Amanda January 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Hey congratulations !
    Also the zoo, and the pet shelter ! How exciting 🙂
    I hope everything will continue to go smoothly and that your plans will follow as well.
    Sounds like 2013 will be a fun year.

  2. 2 hamigirl710 January 3, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    congrats on the NOA2 its a great feeling huh 😀 😀

  3. 4 Daria January 6, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Woohooo! Awesome!!

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