Hi all! So, this is my first time posting on one of these forums and if nothing else, I feel it will at least give me a sounding board I don't have here among my family & social circle. (Anyone else feel like nobody around them understands because they've never been through this before? ?)
I (Mallory) live in South Carolina and my fianc (Paul) lives in Sweden. We got engaged in April and filed our petition on June 5, got confirmation of receipt June 12. Of course we knew this process would be long and grueling. I find it overwhelming sometimes when I look at the big picture, and I have to remind myself to take it one step at a time. The USCIS site sat at February all last month for the As Of date (I understand they are two to three months delayed). Then today, we check and see it's jumped back to January 1. ? Anybody know why the date went back a month and a half? Prematurely, it felt like a punch in the gut. Two months of waiting gone down the drain? I hope not. It gets discouraging when you realize this is just the first step and it feels like three steps forward and two steps back.
We are very early into this and also very new to this, so I know we probably have a lot of dumb questions. For now - any insight on the date change? Any advice or tips on how to stay sane during this part? ? I'd love to hear real life stories - particularly those involving other swedes.
The hardest part from me right now, aside from being apart from my favorite person in the entire world, is the unknown. Not knowing what to expect or see coming. ?