Why I Created This Blog
Where do I start? Well, I’m a Canadian that moved to the United States for love. I arrived on a K1 visa to marry my now husband.
My interest in US immigration started with my journey to ultimately move to the US to be with my husband. It has been a complicated ordeal with lots of paperwork, expensive fees, medical exams, and interviews.
I created this blog to help anyone out there that needs guidance on how to apply for their visa, green card or citizenship. I am deeply passionate about this because I know exactly how it feels to not be in control of your future during this process.
If I can make it easier for you guys, then I feel like I have done my part to give back because I have been blessed to be able to be with my husband now. It is the best feeling in the world to be approved and start living your life here in the US.
I hope that your experience will be just like mine or even better!
10 Fun Facts About Ayan
- I was born in Somalia (yeah – I know)
- I’m in an interfaith marriage
- I hate reality TV (kills…brain…cells)
- My favorite chocolate bar is Snickers
- One of my favorite movie is Coming to America
- I’m a Samsung kinda girl (sorry iPhone)
- I refuse to wear sunglasses while in the sun
- I wake up naturally without an alarm
- I work from home and my dog supervises me
- My favorite food is slow cooked beef stew (Yum!)
My First Experience In The U.S.
Although I have visited the US many times before, it felt so strange to now live here. Being in a new city was terrifying because I didn’t know anyone else here and didn’t know how to get around.
I am glad I brought my car because that gave me some freedom to go places on my own. I also continued to use my Ontario drivers license until I was able to apply for a Colorado license.
U.S. money was so strange to get use to and I didn’t want to give up some of my colorful Canadian (monopoly money as my husband says) money. I still have some Canadian money as memorabilia. I also kept one bank account in Canada open that is linked to my U.S. account for easier transfers.
I still get mail in Canada which is frustrating since CanadaPost cannot forward it to me. I had to use my parents address and have my parents send me my mail every 3 months (unless its junk).
Another thing I had to get use to was being corrected on how I pronounce certain words. For example, the word “process” is said differently in America than in Canada. I tried to so hard to not change the way I say it but have succumbed to the American pronunciation!
Building My Credit In The U.S.
I had my husband put me on all his cards because I didn’t have any credit which meant that no issuer would ever approve me for my own.
A few years later my credit is in the high 700s! It’s not always bad to start from scratch as long as you use credit wisely. I now get tons of credit offers in the mail (FYI – you can sign up for the do no solicit list).
I bought a new car (Hyundai Sonata) since moving and sold my old Nissan Altima (had the car for 8 years and loved her so much). I was surprised at how easy it was to sell the car since the odometer was in kilometers and not miles.
Getting A Job In The U.S.
I was initially concerned with the large gap between my previous employer in Canada and when I would get my work permit.
There was a 7 month gap which I gladly explained during interviews that it was due to moving to the U.S. and waiting for my work permit approval. I was able to get a job within a month of getting my permit.
*Update: I now work for a different company and work from home full-time. I absolutely love what I do.
Let me tell you that the U.S. employment system is very different. Having to just pick a health insurance plan through my employer was hell!
I still don’t understand the U.S. health care system: I have to pay a premium every month and then before I can use my insurance I have to pay a HUGE deductible and insurance won’t pay 100% after that? Your kidding, right?
Luckily my employers pays 100% of the cost of my health insurance so technically it doesn’t cost me anything until I use it.
I am happy that I am healthy and haven’t had to use this insurance yet. (fingers crossed that Colorado passes a single payer system)
The Purpose of This Website
This website was started as a way to share my experience on moving to the US and has turned into a way for me to meet other people in the same situation.
My goal with this site is to help every other immigrant out there that needs more information about the U.S. immigration process. I hope you find this helpful and share it with others that may need it!
I absolutely love getting emails from readers with questions or comments. Please feel free to contact me, even if it has nothing to do with immigration.