Every day for the last three weeks, since we received our second Notice of Action from U.S. Customs and Immigration Services, I have been calling the National Visa Center.
When I get a positive response, our case number will be sent to the U.S. consulate in Vancouver and I will start the K-1 application process.
In the meantime, however, I have:
Hit redial on my phone or on Skype more than 1,000 times
Spent somewhere around 11 hours on hold, listening to hold music and voices telling me my call is important
Talked to NVC reps for a grand total of 48 minutes
None of them have good news for me. Instead, they seem to pull randomly from a list of times I’m supposed to spend waiting for my case number.
Four to five weeks
25 business days
I chuckle before I hang up. I know the drill. I prepared for it off VisaJourney.com, where I’ve learned about the obstacles and expectations for this K-1 visa process.
At first, it was a chuckle of humour.
It’s becoming a chuckle of resignation.
I’m sure our time will come. The frustration comes from knowing other K-1 brides and grooms have received their case numbers. They received their NOA-2 around the same time as we did; some of them received it later than we did, even as recent as early October.
I know of other couples who filed when we did and they haven’t received their NOA-2 yet.
I know of brides who are waiting to escape war-torn countries or hurricane-ravaged lands.
I’m lucky. I was born in the greatest country of the world and I am separated from My American by only a border and a five-hour drive.
Not several time zones.
Not an ocean.
Not political strife.
It’s going to be so hard to leave, even though I know Canada is only a few hours away. (Note: I will endure several months of not being allowed to return, so someone will have to send me Aero bars and all-dressed chips.)
And yet I can’t wait to get there, to start my life as a married woman, to bring our little family together and plan easy camping trips and vacations.
But I can wait.
Because our time will come.
Now it’s time to start hitting that redial button.