Saturday, 21 May 2011

Part 3. Visa visa laaaa

Feels at the moment I can at least do weekly updates on the whole visa lark. I guess if there's anyone else out there that's going through this or wanting to see a real life example maybe they'll stumble across this and it'll help seeing a guide. Or maybe just show everyone how darn hard it is to be an immigrant in the 2010s.

At least you could now say we heard from them, but wasn't overly positive - then again I'm a die hard cynic. We were today presented with the words "Request for evidence". Reading that all important small print a request for more evidence is normally required when; 

"... an application/petition is lacking required documentation/evidence (initial evidence) or the officer needs more documentation/evidence (additional evidence) to determine an applicant's eligibility for the benefit sought ..." 

apparently we fall into the later category for both me and Joe. Firstly they need more proof about me and who I am - well photographic evidence. But then you remember USA passport photographs are bigger then the British ones are (it wouldn't be simple to be the same would it?!) and photographic evidence of us as a couple. Oh and more proof of Joe actually being American of all things. I know they have their reasons and they are just following the rules. Just gets me down a little knowing my case is being held "in suspense until we receive the evidence or the opportunity to submit it expires". 

It's back to all being one step at a time. I just want to post some happy news about visas sometime soon. So I guess trying to move countries isn't as easy as the newspapers and scare mongers would have you believe. On a happier note its my weekend off work so me and Joe are up watching animee films together - it's something we do to equalise the distance for a few hours, just chatting on msn watching Studio Ghibli films.

Anyone have any exciting plans for the weekend?!


  1. I'm sorry that it isn't working out as easily as you hoped. One of my best friend's is going through the same thing (except she's moving to Australia) & I know how stressed she is.
    But hopefully it will all work out :D

  2. Cheers Hazzelnut - we'll get there eventually I just keep getting scare we're gonna fail at it. Off to hopefully at the "American" sized passport photographs done tomorrow and they are willing to email them over to my guy so hopefully it will speed it up a little. Just want it all sorted.

  3. They may be the rules but it all seems very silly! Hope it works out :) <3

  4. Wow, it does seem like a lot of work trying to get this visa to the US!

    Can't believe that they would even ask for photographic evidence of you guys as a couple!

    Hope to hear good news from you soon:)

  5. Yeah - sadly they want loads of photographic (datable) evidence of us as a couple push proof we've met within the last six months - not that either is an issue for us, just adds to the work!