Two Castle Fans Who Are Dying To Get Married, But Aren't Allowed To Yet For Over Eight Months





As you might know I, Johan, the owner of this site have met my muse, my one and done, the one I'd get out, the one I'd bring coffee every day, through this site and this Castle fandom. 

In Oktober 2011 I started talking on Twitter with a Castle fan, Lauren. We started to band over Castle at first. Later we got to know each other better and better and pretty much were continuously talking all day. We fell in love. Me met in person (she lives in the Seattle area, I live in The Netherlands). And later we met again. And we kept tweeting, texting, skyping, mailing and calling each other in the mean time. Our love grew and grew. And we couldn't stand being apart anymore. So we decided we would get married.

I'm the one that will be moving to the US. But before I can do that, I need a visa (K1 visa). My fiancé and me send in a huge pack of papers, with all kinds of information and proof about our relationship to USCIS (the US government agency that is responsible for the first part of the visa process).

The average time when we send in the files July last year was about 5 months, before we would go on to the next step (which should take about 2-3 months). 

Now we are in the 8th month of waiting already. It has been 255 days ago since USCIS knows Lauren and I love each other, that we can't be apart any longer, that we want to be with each other and get married.

Till now, we didn't receive any response.

For 255 days our life is on hold now.

And that is thanks to USCIS. And Obama's Dream Act.

Because of this Dream Act, a group of people who came to the US illegally will be able to get legal (at least temporarily).

And somehow the applications of these people get prioritized.

Like me, thousands of loved ones are waiting to be reunited with their loved one again. They all applied to come in to the country via a K1 visa legally. 

But since December 2012, USCIS only have approved a handful of people from all the K1 applications they received since July 18th 2012. 

This because the employees have to prioritize the applications of illegal immigrants above the application of legal immigrants.

For anyone who has been apart from their significant other for a while, you know how hard this is.

Me, my fiancé and thousands of other people are waiting way over 5 months already to be allowed to be together. 255 days now.

And no one can tell us how long we still have to wait. 

Our lives are on hold. We can't plan our wedding. I can't begin any new commitments. We can't be together. It is so hard not to be together for so long.

You might say: "Go visit each other then." We would love to. But there is a chance I will be denied entry into the US, as they might be afraid I'd stay illegal too (which I never would). And we both still have jobs and have to save for the wedding and flight tickets and the thousands of dollars we have to pay the US government to let them take a look at our applications.

If you'd call the USCIS and ask what is going on, like we did, you can not expect a decent answer. There is a good chance that with every other person you talk, you will get a different explanation why there is a huge delay (of at least 4 months) in processing K1 visa applications. As normal people we can't do much against a government agency.

So, on behalf of myself, my fiancé and thousands of other people who are waiting to be reunited again, I am asking you to share this video, maybe even talk to your representatives (as we are doing now too) to let more people know what a difficult time we are going through. And that USCIS doesn't do their work, as they should do.
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The moment that I met you, my life became extraordinary. You taught me to be my best self, to look forward to tomorrow's adventures. And when I was vulnerable, you were strong. I love you, Richard Castle. And I want to live my life in the warmth of your smile and the strength of your embrace. I promise you I will love you. I will be your friend and your partner in crime and in life, always. - Kate Beckett The moment we met, my life became extraordinary. You taught me more about myself than I knew there was to learn. You are the joy in my heart. You're the last person I want to see every night when I close my eyes. I love you, Katherine Beckett. And the mystery of you is the one I want to spend the rest of my life exploring. I promise to love you, to be your friend, and your partner in crime and life, 'till death do us part, and for the time of our lives. - Richard Castle

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