Getting married and settling down was extra hard for me. It has caused me a lot of stress because it meant moving away from the life that I was used to. It was tough to be far away from families, friends and familiar places. On top of that, I had to go through hoops with the immigration process. I did the paperwork on my own (with the help of the husband of course!). Last March during the oath taking ceremony, I felt that I accomplished something big because it was no joke gathering documents while we were adjusting to married life. I’m glad I’m done with the entire process and can actually move on with life without worry hanging over my head.
There are still families who are struggling with their immigration documents. Based on my experience, the procedures can be confusing. Luckily, I have found several resources that helped me in filling up and submitting the right stuff to the USCIS. Reading and understanding new updates straight from the source (i.e. USCIS) is important. However, there are also several immigration forums online that also provides a wealth of information. There, you can ask questions with fellow members and learn from their experience. Every case is different and when faced with something more than you can handle, then it is best to consult with a lawyer. I believe there are good immigration lawyers in Los Angeles. Sometimes it can be overwhelming and frustrating but being on top of things and securing the necessary documents early on really helped me a lot.