I met my partner Jose, in Cuba in July 2014 during a year off from work. I instantly knew he was the one and I was lucky to be able to go back to see him two more times before I had to come back to Australia. During that last visit we decided to get married and that I would come back to Australia and we would start an application for a Prospective Spouse visa.
I had absolutely no idea where to start and found the thought of the process very overwhelming. I have a friend in Melbourne who had recently been granted residency and so asked her who her immigration agent was. Her agent them passed on Silvia’s details to me. This was February 2015.
On my first meeting with Silvia I decided pretty much straight away that we would go with her. We had an instant rapport and I could feel she genuinely wanted to help us. She explained some challenges we may face, and that the process may be a lengthy one but that we would work through it together and get through it together.
Silvia was correct in saying we would have some challenges; to say the whole process is frustrating and emotional at times is an understatement. It took us nearly 4 months just to collect all of the paperwork and evidence needed to submit an application. This was mainly due to the timelines for accessing documents in Cuba. Silvia held our hands the whole way and showed real empathy and compassion whenever we hit a wall. And then helped us to step over that wall and move forward.
We are still waiting on our Prospective Spouse visa, but the good news is that Jose has been given a tourist visa for one year and so we can at least FINALLY be together. He arrives next week 🙂
I would say to anyone starting any visa process to understand that it can be a lengthy process and to listen to Silvia so she can manage your expectations. But the end result is always worth it!
Thank you Silvia so much for your guidance and support over the past year! Even though our journey together continues, we are assured of the same guidance and support no matter the length of time.
We THANK YOU !
Mellisa Slender and Jose Angel Escobar