Hello, Dear Readers! A lot of things happened for the past months, specially at the start of the year 2017 — the very reason why I was not able to update much.  Nevertheless, I am back, fresh and ready to blog.

I would like to share to you the things that have transpired in my life recently.  This month marked my 3rd year anniversary here in Denmark. Up until now, it never ceases to amaze me how lovely it is to live in this country.  Moving is not easy, sure.  I had to adjust and open my eyes to a new side of life after settling in.  But looking back, I’d say it’s all worth it.

As you have probably read on my introductory page, I first came to Denmark under the au pair scheme.  It was such a wonderful two-year cultural exchange experience, living with two different families, sharing their cultures and mine back.   It was not perfect with the presence of personal struggles here and there.  But generally speaking it was beautiful and life-changing.

The biggest accomplishment for me recently has something to do with my residency.  I got married a year ago to my amazing husband.  The marriage violated my au pair contract, so I had to re-apply for another visa on the grounds of family reunification, i.e. spousal visa.  I would say that this part is the most nerve-wracking issue in my life for the past months.  Switching from one residency type to another can be really crucial, especially with the tight regulations being implemented right now in Denmark concerning foreign nationals.  Later on, I will write a separate article about the step by step process I went through applying for it, so some of you can get an idea as to what to do and so on.

Photo by Samantha R. Brown

We applied for family reunification (familiesammenføring) and I got my application approved after six months of waiting.  It was lucky considering how many applications get rejected.  The whole waiting time was stressful, I’m so glad it’s over. Now, it’s time for more pressing matters such as education and job.

This year will be busier compared to last year.  I took and passed my Danskprøve A2 exam in February –a requirement I had to meet within six months after getting my residency permit.  That I had to cross out of my bulleted list.  Next will be language class which will be finished no later this year.  Then, I need to apply to college or probably university and the possibility of finding a new job.  The list of possibilities is endless.

Apart from the whole residency bout, I was able to travel during the holiday break.  I visited a friend in Norway, toured with my husband to Northern Denmark, attended a few events and met with friends and acquaintances.  I’m very excited about the coming days.  And it’s spring, it couldn’t be more perfect.

 

 

2 comments on “Hello, Dear Readers!

  1. Congratulations on your marriage 🙂

    I got married too with my Danish husband in February. We’re waiting for the papers to get processed.

    How long did your processing take before you heard an answer? I feel like I’m going nuts waiting for it.

    1. Hi, Christine!

      Thank you for your comment. Congratulations on your marriage, too!

      Our papers took six months but I know that it varies and can even take up to twelve months in some cases. It basically depends on the situation.

      I can understand the frustration waiting for it but hang on. If you meet all the requirements and provided the documentations needed on the application, then the processing will surely take shorter time.

      Wish you all the best!

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