My American has to provide support, signing an affidavit declaring himself willing to provide for me for the equivalent of 10 working years.
I am reliant upon another for my survival.
And, thus, Independent Career Girl is struggling.
Struggling to feel like herself, struggling to ask for help, and struggling to feel useful.
Now don’t worry. My American is generous and thoughtful and kind. He would give me almost anything I asked for.
But therein lies the problem. I have to ask for it first.
The next step: Adjustment of Status
Our wedding must fall within 90 days of my entry into the States. Our deadline is April 25.
We have yet to cement a date, but it’s coming.
Once we file our marriage certificate, I can apply for my Adjustment of Status (AOS). If all goes well with my application, my Green Card comes in the mail some six or so months later.
Thankfully, when I send in my AOS application, I can apply for a Work Authorization Document, a release from my unemployment imprisonment. It arrives a few months after I get all the papers sent to U.S. Customs and Immigration Service.
Of course, that only allows me to start my job search. It’s no guarantee anyone will hire me, either to continue on my writing path or pursue something else (what, I’m not quite sure).
Until then, I have a lot of time on my hands.
Time to throw myself into my cooking and baking hobby. (He bought me a Kitchen Aid stand mixer for Christmas.)