Category Archives: VISA

Project Grateful 365: Day 84

Grateful that we BOTH managed to use our miles to get upgraded for the DBX to JFK flight!

Initially I was a bit bumped because the miles I had been collecting for 2/3 years were expiring and the next stage of my visa process disallows me to leave the US for the most part of 2013. (I know right, first they don’t allow me to enter, then don’t allow me to leave!!!!!!)

There were some delays from the consulate in processing my passport so I had to change my flight back to the US. When I called them (emirates) I casually asked if I could use my miles to do an upgrade (I wasn’t that hopefully because it was less than a week to the day of the flight.)

LO AND BEHOLD! I managed to get us BOTH upgraded tickets with our miles, which was 90,000 miles in total. It wiped out our accounts, but totally worth it IMHO, coz we can’t use it for any flights anyways. The flights from NYC are only to DUBAI and hence require quite a bit more miles a bit to redeem an economy class ticket.

I was beside myself in happiness. What a way to travel to NYC to sign papers at city hall. I’m so excited to formally start my life in NYC, IN STYLE!!!!!!!!

Going to collect my passport with my K1 visa in a few hours. MEGAAAAAAAA YAYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Project Grateful 365: Day 77

23rd Jan 2013

Grateful that I PASSED MY K1 VISA INTERVIEW in the Singapore-US consulate!!!!!

Oh my tian! Finally after like 11 months, I was finally granted the VISA interview in the US Consulate in Singapore. I went to the waiting room with Kris, and came face to face with a sea of people all waiting for their VISAs.

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Kris was like, “Oh god, We’re going to be here forever!”

I was like, “We have waited for almost a year, what’s a couple of hours more?”

(hee hee)

#patsmyselfontheback

I am so ZEN now, I amaze myself.

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Anyways, we waited for about 1.5 hours which was much better than we expected. Turns out, I was actually 2nd in line, because there was a separate queue for immigrant VISAs.

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The interview was rather anti-climatic, the interviewer looked at the stack of evidences I submitted to USCIS (USCIS then forwarded it to the Singapore US consulate) and was basically like, ‘I don’t need anymore evidences, this is one of the thickest stack I have ever seen. All he wanted was my BC, Passport, Passport photos, I-134s, DS156 and DS156K forms

#KIASU-ism WIN!!!!!

I had another whole ring file which We Kris actually took a whole weekend to compile (I offered to help, but he’s very anal about organization and declined).

I tried offering the file to the officer a 2nd time, but he declined and smiled saying, ‘Its definitely a genuine relationship, I don’t need more evidences, you should get your VISA in a week by our pre-assigned courier.’

***YAYYYYYY***

I was like, ‘This is all? I’ll get my VISA in a week from now? YAYYYYYYYY, Have a nice day!!!!!! I BEAMMMMMMMM-ed very happily at him too!

The 2nd interviewer was nice, so I was pleased. I was not very happy that the interview was conducted in front of a huge room where everyone else was waiting, it meant that everyone could hear HIS questions and MY answers. #privacy-where-huh? But oh well, as long as we got our application approved!!!!

The 1st interviewer on the other hand, was very business like. After the 1st round, Kris asked me, ‘How was it.’

My reply was, ‘He’s like the male version of me.’

Kris: ‘HUH?’

Me: He’s very snippy, I tried asking a question and he was like so short/curt with me!

Kris: (laughing) Well at least you’re aware of that!

Me: -__-

Me: He was annoying la!!!! He looked at the passport photos I submitted and looked backed at the one I submitted last year where I had long hair. So to pre-empt his question, I said, ‘Oh, I cut my hair.’ and he went like, ‘You mean you cut your OWN hair.’

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#sonoying!

Me: Basically, he was short and snippy the entire time la and I had to smile sweetly and bite back all my snide remarks.

Kris: (just continues laughing)

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So that concludes my Interview!

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In any case, the BOTS ARE MEGA PLEASED!

I can go back home in about a week (crosses fingers) and start the other half of my Green Card process and maybe after 6-8months, I can finally get a job and/or study! Wheeeeeeee! Wheeee!

When I go back, I need to start applying for a GRE date and start studying!

Wheeeeeeeeeeee!

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Updates!!

September 21st marks the dreaded 6 months into my application for the VISA.

I thought I wouldn’t make it past 5 months and 3 weeks, guess what 🙁

Anyhow I guess I have somewhat given up hope of going back to the USA in 2012.

I am almost resigned to reaching home in Feb 2013. Winter will be almost over, and I can go and bask in rainy spring and hot summer. Its annoying as hell, because I have never experience autumn anywhere and was so looking forward to Halloween and Kris’s birthday.

Cest Le Vie! I can’t complain either since Kris came to Singapore this month! It’s extra hard for him because he works in the day, comes home for dinner and then has to make calls late into the night to talk to his team. I must remember to be grateful for that sweet little gesture!

He’s leaving on the 28th of September, and then, I will only see him when our interview date is set in the Singapore embassy.

On the bright side, I’ve spent almost 7 weeks with little Isaiah and every single day he just gets cuter and cuter.

This was taken this morning

He’s like this super adorable little doll. He’s cute when he cries. He’s cute when he fusses. He’s cute when he wails. He’s cute when he drinks milk. He’s the cutest when he’s all curious and trying to be a little explorer. He’s now starting to move his eye balls by following moving objects and will sometimes listen intently when you speak to him.