I was wholeheartedly shocked when 4 days after receiving an approval we got the instruction letter for visa issuance. The only issue, is time, 3-4 weeks for one police report, while the narco trafficking report came back in one day. So, we have already obtained a new birth certificate for my husband, my updated taxes and my father’s updated taxes as he is my husbands financial sponsor. Yeah, you have to make enough money to sponsor your loved one or they cannot receive the visa, I fall short because we are a family of 6. All we need to do now is update his medical and DHL in everything, once the one police report comes back. After they receive all the requested documents they will schedule a new interview. Between the medical and the new interview we are looking at around another $500 in fees. Then we have the $165 fee just to print his green card.
After that, of course, there is the airfare home for a family of 6, currently coming in at $1060 a ticket. Not to mention we have to get started in the USA, thankfully I have a job that can keep us from starving. However, it has hit me that I still have to figure out a place to live and that takes additional money. All the while continuing to pay for our life here until we leave, it is pretty overwhelming to say the least. Of course, we cannot make any definite travel or living plans until we have the interview and know they will be printing his visa. Because it could take 2 days, or it could take weeks, making planning nearly impossible.
Now I am not usually one to ask for handouts, but with the great financial leap we are facing is demanding it at this point. My family is included in this fundraiser, through Fair Unity. I also found this awesome site where you can gift as low as $1. I thought about asking for AA mile donations, but it costs $150+ dollars per donation, kinda ridiculous if i do say so myself. Anyways, I will accept anything. I will also be creating a store soon on my facebook to sell some Bolivian items to help get us home. Also, if anyone has any additional ideas I have not thought of…let me know!!!!
Hopefully, we will be able to be home sometime between mid-June and early July, in time to get the kids registered for the new school year in the States. They keep asking when we are going despite the fact that I have told them they have to start the same school year all over again that they started in February. We are also making them continue until we are leaving. So much to do there, I have not even though of what I need from here to register them in school back home. I keep finding more things that have to be done!!!
Update: After several requests I have created my own gofundme campaign. I also have been told that if someone has 55k-75k AA miles they can get one ticket for us. I may actually have one lined up. I am amazed and thankful with the outpouring of people that want to help in any way, even by just sharing our story!