And a Very Merry Christmas to the American Consulate!

16 Nov

I’m traveling to my hometown of Richmond, Virginia this Christmas to see family, and I’m so excited about it! I haven’t seen my family since last December, which is the longest I’ve ever gone without seeing them. While I love my life here in Cancun, it can get very hard being away from family (and with “family”, I include my mom’s cooking) for so long. I also haven’t been to Richmond in I think 3 or 4 years, and I really miss the city sometimes.

I’ve always dreamed of taking Jorge with me to Richmond and showing him around everything I grew up with (plus the man needs to try my mom’s cooking, obvs). When my parents were living in Charlotte a few years ago, he applied for a US tourist visa and was denied.

This year, a Mexican friend of ours (hey, Tomas!) who had already been denied a visa twice was able to get his. This gave us a new-found hope, and we’re going to try again for the tourist visa.

Jorge and I spent over an hour last night filling out his online application form (I may or may not have fallen asleep near the end, sorry Jorge) and today he’s going to pay for and make his appointment.

With all the illegal immigration into the US, I understand why the US government has to be so careful about who they let in. I just wish there was some way I could prove that all I want is a family Christmas with my husband… not to bring nuclear weapons into the country, evade taxes or participate in human trafficking. (They ask a surprising number of  questions on the application to make sure this is not the case.)

So anyway, keep us in your prayers and thoughts over the next few days as we try to sort this all out. My sister has already written a letter to Santa Claus.

19 Responses to “And a Very Merry Christmas to the American Consulate!”

  1. Suzanne November 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    Good luck, Laura and Jorge! My hubby visited Canada with me three times before the visa requirement for Mexicans traveling to Canada was imposed. It was really important for me for him to see where I’m from and meet my friends and extended family. Hope the US consulate makes your Christmas wishes come true. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you!

    • Laura in Cancun November 16, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

      I hope we get the same experience you guys got! Thanks Suzanne

  2. DM November 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    I really really really hope you get your wish, and if there is anything I can do on this end, being so close to Richmond, let me know. I’ll pray and cross my fingers for you!!

    • DM November 16, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

      Oh and maybe because you and Jorge are married, it will be a little smoother. I would hope so.

      • Laura in Cancun November 16, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

        We’re not sure if that makes things easier or harder. I know if a Mexican has family in the US, they’re less likely to give them a visa because they’re more of a “flight risk”. Not sure how it works if you’re married to an American. I guess we’ll see!

  3. (FL) Girl with a New Life November 16, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    That is sad. Here is hoping you have a beautiful family get-together this Xmas.

  4. Meredith November 16, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    Good luck!!
    (that’s why I made sure my husband became an American citizen before we moved back to Brazil).

  5. Julie M. November 16, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    It’s not fair that when you try to do it the right way you get penalized. 😦 I’ll be thinking about you guys and hopefully you’ll get the entire family there for the holidays!

  6. Kristi November 16, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    I hope it works out for Jorge to get the visa!! Has he ever seen snow?? A white Christmas would be especially memorable 🙂

    • Laura in Cancun November 16, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

      He has never seen snow! It rarely snows at Christmas in Virginia, but maybe we’ll get lucky 🙂

  7. KfromMichigan November 16, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    Good luck .. hope it works this time. I think that being married might make it happen. Wouldn’t it be great if your family lived here in Michigan .. with Windsor right across the river! You could have a family Christmas!

  8. Rebekah November 16, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    I hope it works out, Laura!
    How long will you be in town? I will be around Richmond too, so maybe we could meet up? 🙂

    • Laura in Cancun November 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

      Oh great idea! I’ll be there the 22 – 27. At the very least I’ll be at church! We’ll be in touch, Rebek-aaaaaah

  9. lisa n javi November 16, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    Aww I hope everything works out for you guys. It would be so nice for both you and your parents. I will be thinking about you guys and sending prayers your way.

  10. Barb November 17, 2011 at 4:30 am #

    Fingers crossed that it all works out for you.

  11. Katie November 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    Suerte! Hope his interview went well.

  12. GRRRL TRAVELER November 18, 2011 at 12:25 am #

    Mexicans can’t even get tourist visas?! Is that only with Mexico?… Now that you’re married, doesn’t Jorge automatically qualify for dual citizenship?

  13. Kathryn November 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    Ok, I understand the whole illegal immigrant thing, but it still doesn’t justify turning down someone’s application for a tourist visa- seriously! With the economy the way it is, we should be welcoming any and every tourist that applies! And being your husband, he should definitely be approved. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  14. Ceri February 25, 2012 at 5:34 am #

    *cross fingers* that he finally managed to get a Visa, hun. I can imagine how heartbreaking it must be.

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