That’s how long it took and how much it cost to successfully get a visa for my fiancee. Obviously, it was worth every minute and every penny, and twice that! Of course, she won’t be able to legally work for another little while, and over a thousand more dollars. And all of this being engaged to an American citizen.
The next time someone talks about ‘my grandparents entered this country legally, why can’t these new immigrants do the same?”, this is why. And in case you were wondering why this is a bad thing – she and I have the same level of education and job experience. Now, imagine if we were BOTH paying taxes for the whole seven months (and neither of us withdrawing anything from Social Security or Medicare), instead of just one of us.