I clearly spoke too soon.
Vince started work today and it went much better than I expected. I thought our HR manager would have some questions about his immigrant visa or ask for something we don’t have yet (his new Social Security card, for example). As usual, I worried for nothing. He was in and out of her office and starting his first day of work for the 2013 season in just a few minutes.
Today, I was finally able to really breathe, relax, and let go of all the worries and stress that come along with the immigration process. It was exactly this time last year that I was gathering paperwork, filling out countless forms, and beginning our journey to making Vince a permanent U.S. resident.
Oh, the stress that 12 months of bureaucratic red tape and rules can cause!
In a few months time we will have to adjust his status, but other than that, we are done!
We can now focus on building our lives together in Alaska and, eventually, even starting a family.
But first things first…we have to make it through this summer in one piece!
I’ve been back in Alaska for a week now and what a week it has been!
Over the past seven days I:
-traveled from Utah to Alaska
-moved into our summer room at the lodge
-started my new year round job with Princess
-delighted in the fact that I now have a “big kid” job (and even my own office!)
-ventured into Trapper Creek for a mail run and coffee treat
-breathed a sigh of relief when Vince passed through immigration at Salt Lake City International – my man is now a permanent U.S. resident!
and just generally reveled in being back in one of my favorite places on earth
The only thing missing is my sweet hubs.
Thank goodness he gets here in just a few days!
Today my husband, Ventsislav, entered the U.S. and became a permanent resident (Green Card holder).
Today a journey nearly 5 years in the making came to an end.
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We could not be more thrilled to be starting the next phase of our life together.
After spending a few days in Utah with my family, Vince will be joining me here in our new home in Alaska.
Today… I am one happy lady!
I arrived in Anchorage yesterday afternoon and after some shopping and a 2 hour drive, I arrived to my room at the McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge complex.
It is here that Vince and I will be working and living from now on.
I left Utah feeling confused and unsure, but now that I am here I know it’s where I belong. Alaska always seems to be calling Vince and I back, so we are thrilled to call the state our new, permanent home.
I start my new job tomorrow and things will be crazy busy for the foreseeable future, but I plan on blogging as much as possible! If you’d like to keep up with the happenings around the Dimovi homestead, follow me on Instagram -I’m posting photos right and left these days!
Utah weather is fickle. It can be sunny and beautiful one day and then snowy any gray the next. I’ve lived in Salt Lake City (err… a suburb of the city, anyway) all my life, but I am still not used to sudden weather changes.
When I got back to SLC about a week and a half ago, the weather was gorgeous. The first day of spring brought rain and snow. After such a mild winter in Bulgaria this year, I was actually a little glad to get to experience some real Utah snow. Even with the cold snap, spring is still making an appearance.
While the weather is sure to warm up quickly here, I can’t say the same for Alaska – where I am headed this weekend.
Over the weekend, Trapper Creek (my new home!) got over 3 feet of snow. With winter weather advisories still in place for parts of the state, it looks like Spring is still a glimmer in the distance for the 49th state!
I’m a little stressed because my winter boots and wool coat are in Bulgaria. It looks like I will have to make do with whatever I can scrounge up at my mom’s house for a few weeks!
How is Spring doing where you are?
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Vince went to his visa interview at the U.S. Embassy today and was approved! He said it only took about an hour total and they’ll be sending his visa to him in a few days. I didn’t mind him waking me up from a dead sleep at 6am this morning to tell me because I had been stressing about it a little bit even though I knew he would do fine.
He didn’t get the Bulgarian & American flag combo that some applicants get. Bummer!
It’s hard to wrap my mind around the fact that we are done with his immigration. It’s been a long 10 months full of paperwork, fees, and stress; but we are thrilled to have come through it all relatively unscathed and are really looking forward to starting our life together in the U.S.
The only hurdles left are adjusting his status in a few months (90 days before our second wedding anniversary) and then his citizenship in a few years. After going through the Bulgarian D-visa process and then the Green Card process…I am pretty sure we can handle anything!
I contemplated writing up a wiki or post on our experiences and how we did his CR1 visa for those also going through it, but now that we are done I just want to put it behind us. If you happen upon this post and have any questions, I will do my best to help you out. Just email me at whitney @ girlmeetsbulgaria.com
A Very Happy Wife,
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