I’ve been on a roller coaster ride for the past few months…
- DOWN: I lost my job after 6 months working in NYC.
- UP: I got a new job within 2 weeks.
- UP UP: I got a new apartment in Midtown, NYC and moved in with my girlfriend.
- DOWN: About a month later I lost this new job due to limited company resources, due to two of their main clients pushing back two months.
- DOWN DOWN: I am now no longer allowed to work in the USA as I didn’t find another new job within the ever-so-gracious 10 day period that the US Government gives you to find a new job.
- SWIRL: I now have to fly to Canada to reapply for a new Visa (E3). I use a consulting company as my sponsor. I get a short ‘vacation’ while waiting around for Visa Consulate meetings. While in Ottawa, I ironically stay in a jail converted hostel and literally sleep in a jail cell.
- DOWN DOWN DOWN: I go for the E3 Visa appointment in Ottawa. After the fees, fingerprinting and interviews I am told the E3 Visa was declined. The reasoning was very vague, even the attorneys I was working with said so. I was “extremely unlucky” to be denied. Tell that to my pocket!
- SWIRL: This left me with two options; I could either go back to the USA as a tourist for 3 months (VWP or B2) or fly back to Australia & try for a different Visa (J1). I tried the tourist option using the Visa Waiver Program but that was denied due to the E3 Visa being denied. I could have applied for a B2 Visa, but I thought the J1 option was the best option to get back into the USA & be able to work, so I decide to fly back to Australia.
- DOWN… UNDER: So this brings me to today… I am just about to get back on the flight back to Sydney, Australia where I will stay for 4-8 weeks while I await the fate of the J1 Visa. The up side of flying back is that I get to see family and friends as well as get some time to focus on personal projects and freelance clients. I’ll also use my time to remotely look for a full time job in New York so I can work as soon as I arrive back in the USA. Fingers crossed that I get this J1 Visa!
So yeah, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade … or ask for salt & tequila.
Update: October 1st 2010
UP UP UP: I’ve now got a new J1 Visa and am heading back to New York to continue working for 12 months! Hurrah!
Update September 8th 2010: Over the past few months I’ve collected a number of bookmarks related to US Visa’s so if you plan on heading to the States, feel free to check them out or send me an email.