Now that I’m an Australian citizen, it seems like my eternal battle with paperwork and visa applications should be over.
Hahahahahhahahaha IT’S NOT.
We get to have allll that visa fun times two, this time with the US government. Jared and I are still planning to move to the states this year, but the exact timing depends on bureaucracy.
Here’s a run down of our green card application process to date:
Submitted petition to USCIS, in where I request permission for Jared to apply for his green card.
We receive an email that thanks Jared for his “interest in immigrating to the United States of America.” The petition has been accepted; Jared can now officially apply for a visa.
I collate all the paperwork to show that I can financially support Jared in the US (this is…not a simple process). Jared uploads his required documents and completes his application online.
A new required document appears—he has to provide a police check from the United Kingdom. The instructions say that police checks are required if you’ve lived in a country for six months or more. He lived in the UK for five months.
Thanks for the clarity, National Visa Center.
After the UK police check inexplicably sits in a Sydney processing facility for two weeks, we add it to the uploads and officially submit the complete application.
An email arrives saying that there has been an update to the case. I log in to our online account, sure that I will see a notification that we are ‘documentarily qualified’ and now in line to receive an interview date.
Jared’s Korean police check has not been accepted. The police check that we got from our local police station in Korea and paid $70 to have translated. The same version of the police check I used to become an Australian citizen.
I immediately call NVC.
“Hmm, that’s strange,” the woman on the phone says. “It’s hard for me to tell why they didn’t accept it because I can’t read Korean. Looks like it doesn’t have the same header as the one in my example.”
“Is there an example I can have a look at?” I ask.
“No,” she says, and provides a link with instructions for how to get a police check from Korea.
Go to your local police station in Korea, it says.
There’s a second link explaining what to do if you’re outside of Korea. It takes you to the Korean police website, is entirely in Korean, and does not work on any of my web browsers.
Long story short, we’re going down to Sydney on Friday so Jared can apply for his police check at the Korean consulate. It allegedly takes two weeks and by some miracle is free.
In the meantime, we’re here in Newcastle, trying to settle in but not too much, because we’ll theoretically be off again in a few months.
I’ve got something to look forward to while we wait, because in 4 weeks I’m going to use my new Australian passport (!!!) for the very first time as I head to the US for a two week visit.
Initially I hoped to do a bit of state-hopping but quickly got priced out of that idea, so I’ll be in Sacramento for a night and in Denver the rest of the time. I haven’t spent much time in either place so if you have, let me know: What should I do/see?
More importantly, what delicious beer should I drink and which food trucks should I frequent?