Diary Of A Military Spouse To Be


Well, that’s not going how I thought it would.

Dam my British origins, I’m so glad America has such fantastic systems set up so that terrorists like me can’t get in (before anyone says a word - that’s a joke) This is what I deduce for anyone who’s not American, wanting to marry an American spouse.

The first step in applying for a fiancé(e) visa is for the U.S. Citizen fiancé(e) (the petitioner) to file a petition on Form I-129F with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the United Staters.  Note: The petition can only be filed with the USCIS in the U.S.


An I-129F is filed by a U.S. Citizen on behalf of a fiance(e), or on behalf of a spouse who is the beneficary of immigrant visa petition and who is traveling to the United States to reside there while the immigrant visa application is being processed.  The petition is filed with the USCIS in the United States.


Unfortunately: A petition cannot be filed for a spouse until the marriage ceremony has taken place


So,Then, once we are married, wherever that is; completion of this is required; 


The first step in applying for an immigrant visa is for the U.S. citizen (petitioner) to file an immigrant visa petition, Form I-130, with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). A separate petition must be filed for each person immigrating. (So just one would need completion) 


Then there is a medical examination: 


Medical Examination Fees:

15 and over - £210


so that sucks, however, the medical examination will take place in one of two medical centers in london. so i have to come back home it seems.


THEN THE FUN PART FOR ME: 


 Document Checklist

Passport:  A Passport must be valid for travel to the United States and must have at least eight months validity beyond the issuance date of the visa. Children may be included on a parent’s passport, but if over the age of 16, they must have their photographs attached to the passport.

EASY

Birth Certificate: Obtain the original, or certified copy, of the birth record of each family member (yourself, your spouse, and all unmarried children under the age of 21, even if they are not immigrating with you.  If the children are deceased, so state giving year of death). Note:  We will not accept the short form version of a UK birth certificate.  The certificate must list both parents’ names.  Please follow this link for further information. 

complicated, I have a copy but it doesn’t have my fathers name on it as my birth mother wouldn’t give it up.

Adoption Certificate: If applicable, obtain the original or a certified copy of your adoption certificate.  

possible issue, was never given one. 


Marriage Certificates:  Married applicants must obtain an original marriage certificate, or a certified copy, bearing the appropriate seal or stamp of the issuing authority.  A certificate is required for all marriages, including those that were dissolved.  

Divorce Decree or Death Certificate:  Applicants who have previously been married should be prepared to submit evidence of the termination of the marriage (i.e. divorce decree or death certificate).  Original documents or certified copies are acceptable. 

Easy, simple done (nearly mostly kind of) 

Police Certificates:  Required for all countries where you have lived for more than 12 months since the age of 16.  Present and former residents of the United States should NOT obtain any police certificates covering their residence in the U.S.  Please follow this link for further information.

Obtainable i’m sure

Police Certificates for the United Kingdom:  A visa applicant who has resided in the United Kingdom for 6 months or more since the age of 16, is required to obtain a police certificate from the ACPO Criminal Records Office (ACRO).  Please follow this link for further information.

d taken within the last six (6) months.  Note: Of the three photographs, two (2) are required for the visa and one (1) for your medical examination.  

Evidence of Support (Affidavit of Support): All applicants are requried to establish that s/he will not become a public charge in the United States.  Please note that this evidence must be less than one (1) year old when presented at the visa interview.  Please follow this link for more information.  

You will be my supporter/sponser?

Visa Fees:  Immediate relative visa applicants whose case is being processed by the Immigrant Visa Unit at this Embassy will be required to pay the fees to the Embassy cashier on the day of the interview.  K visa applicants are required to pay the fee to the Operator Assisted Information Unit and bring the MRV fee receipt with them to the interview.  Click on “Visa Fees" for further information.  

In total, my visa should come to; 

Just shy of 500 dollars? Sure this is still what you want? 

none of the links in the email are still live, but you can find the sauce of my knowladge (hehe sauce cos it’s yummy and good to know) here: http://london.usembassy.gov/immigrant-visas/iv_fees.html

So, that’s how that goes. Exhausting, time consuming. I think maybe a year later, if I’m approved, I’ll be in Guam. I’m never defeated, oh no, just delayed. I’ll get there, we’ll be together ;) 

sleepy, headache, coffee is needed but why does it taste like butter popcorn, I’m starting to worry about my sanity.

*salutes* over and out people, things to do, embassy’s to phone.

This is 2012 and it couldn’t be a more welcome change to 2011, which was possibly the worst year of my life and the best, all at the same time. I’m hoping to keep this one to just the best .

Today I finished off all the paperwork for the divorce, all I’m waiting on is the Marriage certificate and Ill post it. That’ll start, and I’m planning on this process being the last time I ever have to speak to him. He’s not worth the time or the effort, plus I just don’t carea bout him if I’m honest. 

So, that place in the first photo? That’s Guam, that’s where Jb’s stationed at the moment. It’s beautiful like a tropical paradise. I cant’ wait to be there with him, though to be fair, I don’t care where I am as long as I’m with him. 

he says it’s very nice, but very warm and there are… these like, cone snails that can eat you or poison you or something. The large ones can kill you, the smaller ones are what I would imagine jellyfish stings would feel like. 

We’re going to get a little flat, and live together, and get married. I miss him so much. But, I guess this is what I have to get used to, being a military spouse soon. He will be gone, especially as we thought it would be unlikely to be deployed from Guam, but according to other people it is not as unusual as we thought. So that might happen. 

xo