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Will Love Overcome Immigration Hurdles?

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Will Love Overcome Immigration Hurdles?

May 5, 2006

HANNA INGBER

My sister has brought a date to Passover every year for as long as I can remember. This year, once again, I went alone. My fiance is not allowed into the country.

He is from Rangoon, Burma, where we met. Aung Moe is now living in Thailand, working as a graphic designer. Last October, we got engaged. We were eating dinner at Riverside, a candle-lit restaurant with palm trees and outdoor tables a few feet from the Ping River in northern Thailand.

Probably like most newly engaged people, the images of our future together started flooding my brain: raising children, decorating a home, growing old as we traveled the world, him taking photographs, me writing stories. I imagined Aung Moe coming to America and finally seeing the New York skyline. I can't look at the skyline without thinking of him, without waiting, hoping for the day he sees it too.

One day he'll be with me in New York, close to my family and friends, available for Passover Seders and summer barbeques.

Or so I hope. With immigration policies becoming stricter, you never know. He was refused entry into America before. After I spent a year in Burma, working for a newspaper and falling for Aung Moe, he wanted to visit my family in New York. He applied for a tourist visa, but the U.S. Embassy denied him. They said he failed to prove he was not intending to immigrate to this land of opportunities. Now, two years later, we're ready to get married. This time Aung Moe wants to immigrate. But will they let him?

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I hope so, but they sure put up a lot of hurdles! :(


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03-02-06: NOA2

03-23-06: Interview Date May 16

05-17-06: K-1 Visa Issued

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awwwwwwww nice story. It pretty much typifies everyone going through this process... a bit tougher consulate than Craig and I had to deal with to be sure!!..but a typical process. I certainly hope they make it...soon. :) M.


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I can really identify with this story. My fiancee and I have been in AR for three years.

It's really tough when you want to share all that is special about where you live and the people around you, yet you can't because of your own government. I watch other couples growing, having children, building lives. Ours has been delayed for years. Each holiday becomes a description of who was there, what happened, instead of an experience together.

I hope the couple in the article has better luck with the immigration process. Everyone deserves the chance to see their dreams come true.

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awwwwwwwww wait4ever..I'm SO sorry to hear that..I'm afraid I only go to about 1/2 the forums on this site, as our process is nearly over AND I can only confidently help those who have traveled the same path that Craig & I had to take. I find this makes me rather unaware of cases such as yours sometimes, and I forget how blessed we were to have had such an easy time of things, relatively speaking. I hope and pray you are off AR soon, and you can be reunited...your love must be soooo strong, to be able to withstand such delays. Your tolerance is truly amazing, and I'm sorry things have to be this way for you. All the very best for your AR to end as quickly as possible. (F) (F) (F) M.

edited because I'm 1/2 asleep! :)

Edited by MichelleandCraig

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I can really identify with this story. My fiancee and I have been in AR for three years.

It's really tough when you want to share all that is special about where you live and the people around you, yet you can't because of your own government. I watch other couples growing, having children, building lives. Ours has been delayed for years. Each holiday becomes a description of who was there, what happened, instead of an experience together.

I hope the couple in the article has better luck with the immigration process. Everyone deserves the chance to see their dreams come true.

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