Anybody still using this website? lol
I just wanted to make this journal because I've got something incredibly important to share. In 2010, I joined this website. Shortly thereafter, I met and befriended
He lives in the UK, and I live in the US. We eventually became close friends despite the distance. And in July 2012, we became a couple. Since then, we have crossed the ocean to see each other. I've been to the UK twice, and he's been here to the US over five times at this point. Then on May 15, 2016 we got married in my backyard. After he left the US June 6, 2016 we started the process of closing this distance. I aimed to go move to the UK as an expat. I applied for the UK Spouse Settlement Visa. I added my bits of paperwork, and he sent over his bits. We eventually ended up with a stack of paperwork that was over an inch thick. I had to go to another state to get my fingerprints done. We opted for priority service, which cut the wait time quite a bit. Normally, the process takes 60+ days. We essentially ended up spending over $3,000 for this entire application process. This includes priority and shipping. I sent out the documents October 14th. On October 17th, they arrived in Sheffield, UK. On the 24th of October, I received an email saying "a decision has been made on your application". This was the part where I was beginning to suffer from anxiety. I, being the pessimist that it was, was worried it was refused. If the visa application was refused, we would have to start all over from scratch. We would also be unable to apply for priority, and end up having to wait an additional three months. We would also have to pay for it all over again.
Yesterday, I received my documents back, along with my passport and the decision letter. The decision letter was on top. I read the first line: "Your UK Visa application was successful..." as soon as I read this, my entire body went numb. I started to shake. I started to cry. I started to laugh. I had to pace around the room for a bit, just full of so much emotion. My passport contains my entry clearance visa vignette sticker. I let Dayle know, and his reaction was no different from mine.
So there you go, guys. Six years of distance....finally ending. I wanted to post this here, because this is where it all started. DeviantART is the foundation for us. We had been separated by the Atlantic for six years.
But not anymore. On my spouse visa, I was given access to the UK. Not for the standard three months, not for six months, not even for a year. BUT FOR 33 MONTHS!! On this spouse visa, I can safely reside in the UK for 33 months. But it doesn't stop there! When the spouse visa expires, I will apply for another visa, which will give me another year or so, then I can apply for fully fledged citizenship. I understand this whole thing is a 5 year process, but you know what, I don't care. Because I am still closing this damn distance. No more walls of text, no more heart emojis, no more internet troubles, no more FaceTime disconnections, no more loneliness and BEST OF ALL: NO MORE GOODBYES!!!
I am finally going to be with him permanently, without worrying about having to say goodbye. I am finally going to be with the man I love, in a country I love, and NOT have to worry about leaving in the next three months. No more round trip flights, no more sad airport goodbyes, no more loneliness, NO MORE DISTANCE!
The stress, tears, worries, anxieties, pessimism, and $3,000 were all more than worth it...because I can finally be with my husband, no-holds-barred. It's finally over. We'll finally be together. The six year wait is finally over. We are finally going to be a close proximity couple....I couldn't be any happier....