honestly, I am not sure if this is just bad luck or if everything that’s happening to me regarding paperwork in the US is standard. If this is the case, they have some serious improvement to do. It seems like I am attracting every single problem possible… I mean, if you think about it… it started off last year when I found out that my International Program officer hadn’t put my data into SEVIS (the new online system of the Department of Homeland Security) and I had to wait 4,5 months to get this fixed (in which I wasn’t able to get paid). Then I was transferred to the Temp Agency which after working for them for 7 (!) months, found out that they didn’t “know” that I am a foreigner [hello? I have a J-1 visa which I had to show them on the day I started my assignment] and therefore had to terminate my contract immediately in May. Nevertheless, I got a deposit in my bank account for the holiday pay (May, 31) which I shouldn’t have received, because my assignemnt ended before that day.Now there was this problem with the two-year home requirement rule (2YHRR) where obviously someone screwed up, because my Program Officer says I am subject to this rule and my visa states the opposite. Is it asking too much that these people do their job and do it right??? I should start laughing about this… seriously. I mean, that’s a joke, isn’t it? :) Michelle from my office said she’s amazed how calm and patient I am about all this (I told her “Believe me, I am NOT *lol*).
Well, I sent of a request for an Advisory opinion to the Department of State about the 2YHRR, at the same time my boss will help to apply for the waiver just in case I fall under this rule… and then my new sponsor will also go ahead and get my application for the H-1B visa ready.
At least, we’re doing something! Fortunately, we can have these three processes run at the same time!
So, I am planning to go home by the end of July and hopefully return sometime in early September. That would be ideal… ;) I would still be not working for about 6 weeks, I guess, but that would be ok.
Thanks for all your mental support and for crossing your fingers! I’ll start with a lazy evening tonight. Btw, because Jon left for Ventura and I am going to have the whole weekend all to myself :) We haven’t been separated for more than 1 night in the last 1.5 years, so this is our first little test before I go to Germany :)
Love ya all.
Edited: Forgot to mention that you ALL have to vote for Joe on https://www.dancingwiththestars.abc.com/ so he and his partner will make it to the next round. Thanks :)