The plan this year is to move to the US of A.
My boyfriend of 5 years has had an infatuation with Los Angeles since he was young (most likely due to his love of Guns n Roses and rock’n’roll). He has traveled there as a tourist 4 times in the last 6 years, and one of those times was to see what the job market was like, in hopes of obtaining a job offer and E3 visa (A 2 year renewable non immigrant visa for Australians based on employment in a qualified field of work).
This year was to be the big year of all or nothing. He had resigned from his position as a Senior Developer at a company he genuinely enjoyed working for and we had flights booked to for May 24th. The plan was for him to go to Los Angeles for up to 3 months to job (and visa) hunt…but the morning of the 2nd of May changed all of this for us!
He stumbled out of bed that morning before work while I stayed under the covers, reluctant to face the day, mostly having forgotten about the DV lottery being announced today. What did get me put of bed was his voice from the study, slightly higher pitched than usual, saying, “Buttons…! Come here!!!!”
My heart skipped a beat as I jumped out of the tangle of sheets and rushed into the room next door.
“Look at this!!”
And there on the screen was that glorious letter announcing:
You have been randomly selected for further processing in the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program for the fiscal year 2015 (October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015).
The next half hour was spent between trying to get ready for work, exclaiming “OH MY GOD!” and “I can’t believe it!!!!!” as well as texting everyone I was close to to let them know!
Suffice to say, I was late to work and barely focused on anything work related that day. Instead I trawled the internet to try and understand how the DV lottery process actually worked.
We cancelled Clint’s flights for a credit to be used later and Clint had to find out if he still had a job, as he had technically resigned and his last day at work was the day we found out!
There you have it – the moment our life changed and we were one (big) step closer to our dream of living in the US of A!