DEAR k1 VISA APPLICANTS.
I am currently writing, sitting at the end of a happy journey, which cost my beloved and me a vast amount of money, distress, turmoil, paperwork, travel and a long ten months apart. To any k1 visa applicants. I feel your pain. ESPECIALLY, if you are in the same situation as Rick and I was in, and were unable to see each other, LITERALLY kept apart by Law.
Rick had to continue working, and So did I, but at the same time, we had to get an attorney to help us with the HUUUGE amounts of paperwork, to hopefully get things moving smoother and faster. At first I was sceptical, looking at the fees, but I am really glad we hired an attorney, it was a lot of money, but some of the paperwork is really difficult and it has to be accurate or you can get rejected, and then you’ve lost money and time, and have to start all over again, and just the first part of it, – Getting the petition through takes a loooong time.
Exchanging, important papers, passport photos, signatures, gathering documents, legal papers, police certificates, translation of birth certificate, translation of military papers, paying a certified translator, going to Oslo to the only approved doctor for the medical exam, then going to a doctor getting an xray of the chest, and getting blood tests, (all this medical stuff was really expensive – BUT you can reuse the information when applying for adjustment of status and Greencard) this was a part of our daily lives, and checking the mail became a ritual, but helped when we would send gifts,Letters, postcards and packages. These tokens of love really helped. And these things are great for evidence which you have to provide to show that your marriage is Bona Fide.
Then I got an Iphone ( FINALLY – after resisting for yeeeeeears) to easier connect and ALWAYS have internet, as we were intensely keeping in touch and keeping each other updated. Selfies. Loads of selifes. I am almost ashamed of the amount of selfies I would take a day…haha. But any legit reason would be, – a long distance relationship I would think!
We were really lucky with our petition. As it says that it can take from 6-8 months to get the petition approved, for us it took SIX WEEKS!!!! That is insane!!!! Our attorney was really surprised and said that’s the fastest she’s ever experienced it coming in. So if your out there and have been waiting a hell of a long time, I feel for you, buckle up and treat yourself everyday. IT’s GOING TO HAPPEN!
After the petition was through, the medical exams were through I had to sit down and go through the difficult application form online to the US embassy in Stockholm ( as the US embassy in Oslo for some reason doesn’t deal with K visas. ) After consulting my attorney with EVERY question I was unsure about, and STRUGGLED with getting a good enough picture that would fit their weird cropping shizzle for hours and hours and hours, I paid the fee and scheduled an interview. Took the train to Stockholm, had a sleepless and anxiety filled night at a hotel and…Got ready for the interview at the embassy. The embassy was very intimidating, as ALL US government buildings are, Homeland security and passport control, they use tactics to intimidate you, make you feel suspected of something, make you feel worthless and small…. yeah you get it. Anyway, the interview was very short, I was standing in a booth, as you would in a bank, they had a HUUUUGE pile of papers a LOT of information on us, and asked me
– Where and how did you meet?
– What does your fiance do?
And then they told me they had to inform me about my fiances legal past and that was it. I dressed up, brought LOADS of papers and pictures and copies of sms, whatsapp logs, skype logs, emails, letters and postcards for THAT!? Yeah. Well.. They told me that everything was in order, except my passport picture wasn’t approved (hahahaha) and that the medical exams hadn’t come through yet, but if I sent new photos and the medical exam was approved, it would be issued. So they gave me a website to check, and I half feeling good and half in suspense left and went back home to Norway, checking this website EVERY hour every day.So it went from this
A big fat packet with instructions, and my passport with the visa inside and a biiiig yellow envelope that I wasn’t to open, just for the officers at border protection. Then after two long horrible journey, a tormenting, rude interviews at the airport, and a lot of waiting, they let me out, and I was shaking, shivering, crying and almost squealing, when finally…..
We were lucky. We made it. And we are now together. We are married. If you are applying, or struggling with this journey, don’t hesitate to ask me questions or comment. I hope you make it! Love to all.