If I had a dollar for every time I heard something different in regards of what I need to move, I would be able to buy the damn plane ticket to see Nick myself.
From the get go, this process has been anything but ordinary or easy. With my experience, I have a few bits of advice for any military spouses trying to move overseas to help avoid the issues I have had throughout this entire process.
- DO NOT go to a reserve base. I live in Indiana and tried going to the reserve base here and got the run around each time I called to schedule a passport appointment or ask for help on what I needed. Going to the base in Ohio ended up getting the process started.
- Have every bit of paperwork they ask for and then make copies. It is absolutely necessary to have a backup because God forbid you lose or ruin the original.
- Keep everything organized. Pretty self-explanatory.
- Make sure you have your birth certificate, his/her orders, and your original marriage certificate.
- ASK if you have questions. Do not be afraid to call a few different places if something doesn’t seem right. The reserve base here told me I needed a physical to get my official passport… a physical.
- Ask for the next available appointment to get your ID card/passport/visa. This way, you can try to speed things up a bit.
- Be patient. As awful as the process is, remember why you’re doing it to begin with!
My process has also been a bit rocky because our marriage certificate is originally in Korean and the English version is apparently not up to Indiana’s standards? HOWEVER like I said, be patient, do everything the best you can, and cry if you need to. Just keep looking forward to never having to say goodbye and having it all fall into place.