Non-American bees, with an American spouse-VISA questions.

posted 3 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2000

@BeeOi:  

I have the inverse experience (I’m American, he’s not, I live in his home country). So I guess I can’t give any direct advice, but I can give support! Being in love and having a government have a huge say in where and how your lives can be lived is incredibly daunting.

Actually, my first cousin also just married someone from South Africa (unless the SA is for South Australia!). We’re not close, but I know he moved to her home in the States, so they definitely went through the same rigmarole. I don’t know if she was his sponsor though.

Is it possible to see an immigration attourney over there? Or possibly have a remote consult? I know it’s expensive, but we had a consultation ourselves just to make sure we had everything in order. We didn’t want one small thing to bring down a whirlwind of headache. It was an expense we thought was worth it (but we definitely did our homework on the firm’s reputation and expertise).

And congratualtions! I always say “continents and oceans couldn’t keep us apart.”

Post # 5
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371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2000

@BeeOi:  

Oh, I definitely remember that period well. It’s such an intense stress, and so many people can’t relate to it. But the good news is, you will come out the other side. You will take the deepest breath and get on with the rest of your happily ever after. I looked at it as just getting a head start on that ‘for better or worse’ business. In my mind, bi-national couples have serious vow street cred! Hang in there.

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