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Monthly Archives: July 2011

“Site Visit” completed

In terms of what is happening while I wait, I served as pulpit supply in Saskatoon for 3 weeks and am now in High River. I preach and occasionally help renovate the parsonage in preparation for their new pastor and family. This picture is NOT that parsonage, but another interesting house I found in the countryside.

Abandoned farmhouse near Brant Alberta

But neither the High River parsonage nor the abandoned house are the site visit I set out to report on. No, the important one is the one a gov’t representative made to the church in Oskaloosa Iowa as part of the R-1 visa application process’s next steps. I’ll simply share what the church put in their bulletin to report on it:

USCIS SITE VISIT:
An officer from the US Citizenship & Immigration field office in Des Moines completed a Site Visit at Bethel on Wednesday, June 29. [Three members] met with the officer. He explained that site visits are now required for all first-time R-1 visa petitioners, since there have been many fraudulent R-1 visa applications made in the past. We were pleased to learn that the site visit was acceptable. This is encouraging with respect to the processing of our petition by the USCIS Service Center in California. Unfortunately, the officer was unable to shed any light on the amount of time it will take after the visit for clearance for Pastor Pete to begin his work at Bethel. We remain hopeful that we’ll soon receive word that the process is complete.

So, things are moving along. Still, we do not have a clear idea yet after more than 3 months as to how long exactly there is to wait.

 

Reflections on being delayed.

I was recently asked to reflect on what I’m learning from the experience of being delayed from crossing the border by the same people (CRC Network) who asked me to tell the story of the delay so others could be warned (This is the same information as in the blog post previous to this one). I won’t reprint the whole thing here, but simply give you a link.