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FAL-WIN 2017

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3 0 F a l l | W i n t e r B R I D E Following the two wedding celebrations, the couple has endured six months apart while Veronica has applied to become a U.S. citizen. This has involved numerous calls to the National Visa Center per week. "So often that I could sing you the waiting music," Michael says. Now they continue a grueling back and forth of document submittal, background checks, medical examinations and in- depth fact-checking interviews (in which the two are grilled separately to check that their stories align). "It's been the absolute worst first year of marriage I could have ever imagined," Michael says. "We are both emotionally exhausted. The U.S. immigration process is one of the strictest on the globe," Michael says. "In contrast, upon moving to Sweden (in 2012) I had to simply prove that I was in an ongoing relationship with Veronica (pieces of mail, joint testimonies) and submit to a background check and I was approved for residency within a month — all the while I was permitted to live with Veronica while I awaited the decision. Many people scoff at our predicament and ask why we can't just say we're married. The sentiment that marriage grants immediate residency (and/or citizenship) is false and often wrongly portrayed in TV and film." He remains optimistic and hopes that Veronica will be able to join him in the U.S. by September.

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