Moving Forward

Dream houseWe are pleased to be able to update you on the latest "developments" in our life, and especially happy to say that we are moving forward.

Last Thursday we met with the premier immigration lawyer in Maine. The 1 hour (& costly) visit was well worth our time and money. During our consultation we were able to get clarification on the green card process. One of the things we learned, that was a confirmation of what we already had researched, is that the process is tedious and requires real commitment by your employer. It's not simple and you have to have an employer who is willing to go that distance with you. Part of that distance involves considerable cost - both the lawyer fees and the government processing fees. Roughly $15,000 for our family, maybe more (this is actually a very reasonable cost as big city lawyers are more costly). For us to find an employer (in Central Maine) willing to jump through the hoops with us and pay the fees is rather unlikely, although not impossible. (Of note, Damien did get a bite from his resume from a California company willing to sponsor our green card - but they weren't willing to pay us what it would cost to live there).

Another thing we learned is that the government recently changed the processing times so that instead of taking 3-4 years it now takes 16-18 months. Our major concern with Damien's current employer was that they hadn't started the application yet and time was running out for them to do that, as we have only 4 years left on our visa. So now we actually have a couple more years before we "must" apply for our green cards (although we'd like to apply sooner to give us some cushion).

Damien's employer has told us explicitly that they want to sponsor our green cards and want to pay for it - just that they are not able to right now. The fact that they want to do this for us is a major hurdle in itself. Finding another employer willing to do this would be difficult. In addition, the financial situation has improved at Damien's job and they are more stable now than they were even 2 months ago.

Based on this meeting with the lawyer and the current situation at Damien's job we feel confident taking a step of faith and moving forward to buy a house here in central Maine. This is where we feel at home.

I'm so happy that we are back to this step again. Living in limbo was difficult and although we don't have 100% certainty about the road ahead we feel this is the right step to take at this time.

So, yaaa... We're back looking for a home - dreaming & scheming how we can get into the house of our dreams - well not quite. The house we can afford that fits the needs of our family. We will definitely keep you posted as we go.

Thanks for your prayers, love and concern.

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  • Amanda

    Amanda on June 15, 2005, 3:26 p.m.

    I am glad that you have come to this step in your lives. I know how hard it is to be patient when it comes to Gods perfect plan. I also know from experiance how long and hard it takes to get visa/green cards. (My brother-in-law is in the process) Lawyer's are not cheap we also know what it feels like to dish out allot of money to them. We will keep you in are prayers. I can't wait to see how this all turns out in the end!


  • melanie

    melanie on June 17, 2005, 4:46 p.m.

    I am glad to hear you are no longer just waiting for things to take off and are moving forward with your life plans. It sounds like you really love living in Maine, so I am glad your dreams are coming true. I have to admit I was a bit hopeful that you would be moving home, mainly so we could see each other more often and get closer that way, but I realize that it is not where you are meant to be and so I am happy for you guys and being able to realize your dreams. Keep us posted as to how it all pans out. It must be exciting to be shopping for a house.


  • becky

    becky on June 17, 2005, 10:49 p.m.

    I couldn't be happier for you, although your still waiting and in the process of so much, it's always good to have a plan of action. Thank you for sharing, please keep us posted as to how house hunting is going.


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