***Author’s note: In celebration of Mother’s day, I would like to share the joy of petitioning my mom to be with me in Hawaii , spending time together, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. I am grateful everyday.***
Two years ago, my mom expressed her interest in visiting (or probably live with) me in Hawaii. I said,SURE, why not? Easy peasy. Let’s do it!
Little did I know that it’s gonna be a loooooooooong, LOOOOOOOOONG process. (SIGH) I should not complain though. For some, it can take five, or even up to twenty years to get their immigrant visas. Hers only took a year and two months. Situations vary.
I did NOT hire a legal adviser or anyone else to process the application. I am too cheap for that. Besides, I was confident that I could do it on my own. I thought that it could save me money and I could learn a thing or few in the process. AND I DID! There were some hiccups along the way but I did it!
So anyways, the journey started with me filing a petition for an immigrant visa for my mom to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) way back in April of 2013. I filed the I-130 otherwise called, Petition for Alien Relative. It took me 20 minutes to fill out the form, took me five minutes to cry over the $420 filing fee, sent the form and check to USCIS, and eight months later, MY PETITION GOT APPROVED! Yay!
The next step in the process is with the National Visa Center (NVC). This is where you furnish the applicant and petitioner’s legal documents like passport copies, birth certificates, marriage certificate etc to NVC. This is where you pay the Affidavit of Support and Immigrant Visa fees too ($318.00) and file the DS-260 online (the actual visa and alien registration application). This was like the nightmare central for me. Why?? Because somewhere along the way, I submitted the wrong documents! YIKES!! They wanted certified copies of documents and I just sent them plain xerox copies. *Face palm*. If only I hired a pro (cue tears)… This mishap delayed the process by two months. Oh wells.
Then finally, NVC set up an interview date. Wheeeeeeeeew!
After fourteen vaccinations in my mom’s butt (OUCH!), a thorough medical examination, another $388.00, and a nerve-wracking interview later, my mom finally got her IMMIGRANT VISA! The date was July 8, 2014. Hallelujah to the highest note!!!
She came here in October of 2014. I’ve been feeling more blessed eversince. 🙂 🙂 🙂