Getting an immigrant visa has a lot of steps and a lot of requirements for each of those steps. Normally I wouldn't have had any doubt that we wouldn't receive a visa today but since I've been unemployed for the past year, I was nervous about meeting the income requirement.
After meeting with the first man who checked our documents I thought for sure we would be rejected today. He told us that my expected income would not count towards meeting the requirement and that I'd need to have a co-sponsor. I tried explaining to him that I had already inquired about this to a help center previously and they had told me that I would be fine. He didn't seem to care, dismissed my comments and told me "it's not the end of the world." I could feel tears building and my hate towards him growing. We were told to wait again for our name to be called.
We went back to our seat extremely frustrated. After an hour of bad feelings, Junseok kept reminding me to stay positive and we both hoped and prayed that that first man was just a clerk and not the ultimate decision maker. Another hour or so passed and I tried to stay as positive as possible.
There were about 20 people applying for visas today and one by one we saw many people get rejected. If you are handed a blue slip, it means you are missing documents and need to come back.
Finally they called Junseok's name and for some reason, at that time, the whole room was watching Junseok speak to the consular officer. Even in just a short interview Junseok had the officer laughing. Gosh, he's so good at making people laugh! We all waited and watched; waiting to see if we would also receive the dreaded blue slip. I saw Junseok about to step away from the counter, blue-slip free, and he gave me a happy thumbs up. I let out a big "yes!"
We were so, so, so happy and relieved. And I have to say, we did feel slightly special knowing we were the first ones to make the cut today. It was a long, tedious process but so, so worth it. We celebrated with brunch at a cute place in a neighborhood nearby.
If anyone ever has questions about the immigrant visa process, I'd love to help; send me an email anytime. My worries about moving and beginning a new life in NJ are slowly dissipating nerves of excitement are budding.