WE HAVE A DATE!!! (Immigration Update #654)

I hold in my hot little hands a love letter from the USA Consulate in Montreal. Well, it’s a bit impersonal, but it’s asking me to show up and visit, and to bring the kids!!

We have our appointment in April (of this year) which is further away than we had imagined, but still at least we have something scheduled. It means that we may be free to move by the end of April. There are a lot of decisions to be made, weighing up the pros and cons and everyone’s best interests.

Apparently the interview is the final stage, and that’s when they decide whether or not to let us into the country. It’s really a formality from what I understand.

So I have two months to make sure I have all the paperwork together (that I had ready 6 months ago!!), take more passport pictures, and make some decisions about a moving date. (But technically we are not supposed to take any steps whatsoever to sell houses or end leases or give up jobs, until we possess the visas.)

I have been sitting on this news until the KoD and I could inform the kids together, which we did tonight. I have to say the whole thing has been rather anti-climactic at this point. The kids were excited but seeing as we still don’t have a final moving date it’s hard for them to conceptualize. We just want to be there already. By the time of our appointment it will have been 14 months since we got married. 14 months of waiting. 14 months of limbo. It’s soon over though. Yippee!!

But we are looking at the positive – we have a date, we have an idea of timing and we can start to move forward and plan for happily ever after in Monsey.

Just wanted to let you all know.

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  1. Frume Sarah says:

    I am so (cautiously) thrilled for you.

    (spitting three times!!)

  2. Cam says:

    Can you hear it??? Yup, that’s me singing the Hallellujah Chorus all the way from Etobicoke!

    *SNOOPY DANCE**

    Congratulations!

  3. frayda says:

    yay! at least you have a date

  4. Mark says:

    WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. mrsjessica says:

    Congratulations Congratulations Congratulations!! Weee!!!!! I feel like maybe I should say “b’sha’ah tovah” instead of “mazal tov” though!

    Having gone through two interviews for green cards (one for me and my mom, one for my dad), I can tell you that you will definitely need everything you ever had ever.

    We ended up getting the stamp in the passport at the end of ours, my dad had to wait until the card came in the mail after a few weeks. I haven’t been keeping up with your immigration stuff before now, but I can tell you that they did kind of treat us like enemy combatants.

    *hug* If you need any more thoughts on this part of the process, let me know!

  6. Marla says:

    I am very happy for you, but I have to chuckle a bit at “happily ever after…in Monsey”
    Best of luck with everything – may it all be smooth sailing from here!

  7. Moshke says:

    WOW!!! Congratulations!!!! We all know that Adar is a good Mazal for us Jews!! It’s proven again :)

    hatzlacha In all!!!

  8. Raizy says:

    I’m happy for you guys!
    Forgive me if this question is too personal, but I was wondering- how is it possible for you to move the kids out of the country? Doesn’t your ex-husband have shared custody of them too? Aren’t there legal obstacles to taking them out of the jurisdiction?

  9. Jonathan says:

    Ditto Moshke…this is a month full of Mazal…hope everything goes smoothly from here, for you and your family.

  10. frumgoth says:

    Yay! ^5 (high five)

  11. Phyllis says:

    Mazel tov!!! What a great Purim present!!!

  12. Pam says:

    What Mark said:

    WOO HOO!!!

  13. Rainy says:

    pure and simply put… joy. :-) I cross my fingers for you that all goes well, and hold fast to the conviction that it totally WILL.

  14. RubyV says:

    Felicidades!

  15. IMA2FOUR7 says:

    YEAH!
    Tzom Kal and
    Shabbat Shalom and
    Mazel TOV and
    Chag Samaech!!

  16. sheldan says:

    Mazal tov from your friends in Memphis!

  17. Julie says:

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY

  18. gruvenreuven says:

    Awesome!!!

  19. Wyman Brent says:

    I just want to wish you and your family the togetherness under one roof that you so richly deserve.

  20. Vicki says:

    No mazal tov until the last paper is signed and you guys are safely across the border, but this is great news!

  21. Naftali says:

    Yay! I wish you, the KoD and your combined clan much success in getting the visas and, IY”H, settling into your new home in Monsey.

  22. HaSafran says:

    Not that you need this advice, but:

    Remember all your previous clashes with the border folks; the run-arounds with clueless govt employees; the waiting game, etc.

    Now, forget them.

    This meeting is your chance to shine. More than likely the person you’re meeting with has NO clue as to ALL the things you’ve had to deal with over the last year and change. Nor do they probably care. All they care about is that meeting. So should you.

    And I know that you know this already, but to quote a famous Chicagoan, “I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’, y’know?”

  23. G6 says:

    Woooooooooo Hooooooooooooooooo!

  24. Kerstin says:

    Congrats! That’s great news!

  25. Jess says:

    about time! so excited for you, KoD & the kids!

  26. le7 says:

    Soooo awesome!! Excellent news! We’ll have to visit you in Monsey once my SIL-BIL-nieces-nephew move to Monsey…

  27. Z! says:

    Very happy that you’ve finally received some news. YAY!!

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