Wolferajd Wolf migrates to United States📸: Memburu | © Memburu & Wolferajd 2015Wolferajd Wolf crossed border 22nd June 2017 after 8 months long immigration procedure.
This is not the first time Wolferajd moved to other country,
previously he used to live in Czech Republic since 2014 until September 2015 as self-employed.
However, this time it's different, not only is it different continent, but it wasn't even his idea and it was a though choice. It wasn't planned until he got marriage proposal from Collie fox, a fur living in United States. The proposal happened during when he still lived in Czech Republic and it took him almost a year of consideration before telling magic yes. He knew Collie fox from IRC chat since 2007, however it was still surprising.
Leaving Czech RepublicIt wasn't the proposal that caused Wolferajd to leave Czech Republic in late 2015, rather unfortunate business events and changing law which forced him to suspend his business license and go back to Poland, leaving all his friends.
It was either that or losing enormous amounts of money, so economic choice was obvious.
This quick move successfully prevented bankruptcy and allowed for survival back in Poland at least until mid-2016 and was actually an achievement of taking case of all formalities and logistics within just under 6 days, moving everything out back to Poland.
Collie Fox visits PolandThe idea of Fox's visit was spontaneous, sure Wolferajd always welcome both Fox as well as any of his friends for a visit at any time, however it's not everyday that someone travels half of the globe just to visit you for one week. It may come as a surprise to some, but Americans have little to no vacation time. Yes, that's right – no 3 month vacations, not really a lot of time to spend exploring the world even if you do have money to do so, you have no time. So when he arrived 21st January 2016 at Warsaw Airport, it was a distinction [(US-alt) an honor for him.].
After picking him up from the airport, Wolferajd took Jaraszski for sightseeing thru Warsaw, after all it was Fox's first ever visit to Poland, they've visited Warsaw's Metro, “Warsaw Gdansk” Railway Station and finishing day at Golden Terraces and during the next day also various tourist-areas of Warsaw – which Wolferajd normally avoids, as well as to neighborhood Wolferajd used to live in the past (before moving out to suburbs). Jaraszski collected gifts for his relatives in US along the way.
On the 4th day of Fox's visit he took him for a trip to (US: Kraków/EU: Cracow) as it was Sunday and they had possibility to use discount weekend tickets, unfortunately once they arrived to Warsaw Central Station and bought the tickets they realized that train to Kraków/Cracow suffered a severe delay, but they choose to take it anyway. After 5 hours (incl. travel + delay) they finally arrived to Cracow Gallery/Kraków Gallery mall and had a pizza together.
The last day of Fox's visit they've spend a night together in a hotel near the airport, where Wolferajd accompanied him up to the airport's departure area. Fox lift off back to US, while Wolferajd head to Czech Republic (US/Alt: Czechia) for a job interview.
Immigration procedureIt started after Wolferajd said yes, one magic word that changed it all. The procedure itself, from filling papers to his arrival to US took 8 months; but equally long time took consideration part. It is not one of those things you just get proposal and say yes. We're not talking about ordering a pizza. It is a process that takes part on both sides. The amount of time before Colliefox choose to propose to Wolferajd. The time of consideration before Wolferajd choose to answer around year later yes to it. The time between yes and actually starting the procedure. Countless hours of discussions about it. Then, 3 months of searching an actual lawyer that won't reject you, because it is gay marriage. Legal implications of gay marriage in-light of Article 18 of Polish Constitution and efforts to fix it with Prenupt. Consultations on both sides with their lawyers, and then pile of forms and papers and evidence gathering where you go thru your past many years ago and suddenly you're glad that IRC and Twitter have logging features and you happen to archive conversations.
And then waiting for 7 months before you get a letter from Embassy, inviting you for first interview and to leave your Passport there to get Visa. However, as Wolferajd used to live in Czech Republic, this was not cutting it. It was necessary to pull out the Criminal Records from Czech Republic (and due to Czechia laws) also from entire EU in Czech Embassy, then sworn translate it to Polish, get Apostille, sworn translate all of this to English and get Apostille once again. It really is an achievement to do all what's necessary prior interview in a month-notice. Thankfully this was not a huge problem for Wolferajd, when you live near Warsaw. However, due time-constraints it all had to be done personally, documents were given to sworn translator sometimes seconds after appointed visit to Czech Embassy where they had been just recovered.
Then comes big day of the actual interview at US Embassy prior which you fill-out very long
DS-160 Form after having medical examination, including X-ray and vaccinations.
Wolferajd as curious as he is, actually took an opportunity during interview to ask a lot of important legal questions and received all answers he need, not available anywhere else.
Afterwards he received his Passport back along with an orange packet that had to be safely delivered to US personally without being damaged – that was the tricky part.
Finally, after arriving to US, a 90-day K-1 Visa got stamped after verification & questions from Border Guards at the port of entry. But this is just the beginning ...