To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he has mercy upon us. – Psalms 123:1-2
Wiwin and I continue to wait upon the Lord with regard to our US visa application. We are learning what it means to wait upon, and trust in, Him.
The process to get Wiwin’s visa is much more complicated than you might think, so I’ll try to explain from what I have understood concerning where we are and what has gone astray.
The first step was to file two forms: a “Petition for Alien Relative” and a K3 visa form along with a ton of supporting paperwork. We did this last Fall once we returned to Cambodia where all the information for the supporting paperwork was. This packet sits in a queue for a while… currently 6 to 8 months; there are literally millions of these in the queue.
Once picked up, a reviewer checks for completeness and probably does some fact checking. They can either ask for more information, accept it, or reject it. A notice should have been received by us and the lawyer for any of those possibilities, but, in our case, we never received any notices. The lawyer said that should never happen. He is trying to find out what went wrong in the process. (It’s theoretically possible that they sent something to us here in Cambodia, and it fell into the black hole which is the Cambodian mail system, even though we were clear on the forms that our lawyer was to receive all the mail he could and my Ohio address was our contact address— NOT Cambodia.)
According to the online system our “Petition for Alien Relative” was rejected. He was astonished. This is where we are now.
The usual process is that after our application has passed the review, we would be contacted for a face to face interview at a State Department office (probably in Bangkok). At that interview we will need to produce all of Wiwin’s background checks which, praise the Lord, we now have. As part of that process Wiwin will need to go to their approved/appointed doctor for an exam and determination of what vaccines she’ll be required to get. (Her childhood records are long since lost.)
Once all open issues are resolved, the visa “packet” would be prepared and sent to us, and we could head to the US, or she could be rejected, in which case we’d need help.
Right now the lawyer is reaching out to the State Department, trying to figure out what happened. The best case scenario: The reviewer approved our paperwork; they sent a notice about the interview to Cambodia, and it never arrived; so we never responded and were rejected due to abandoning our application.
We pray that whatever the issue is, it can be resolved quickly, and Wiwin, the kids, and I can move on to the next part of our lives together.
Rev. Mark Baldwin