Oh Happy Day!

May 16, 2013 — 4 Comments
Finally, a smiling face after yet another trip to the US Consulate in Johannesburg!

Finally, a smiling face after yet another trip to the US Consulate in Johannesburg!

After three years of trying, four applications, and over $600 in filing fees, Mtuseni was finally granted a visitor visa to come to the US this June! The trip is an early, and well-deserved graduation present.

It’s been a long, frustrating road with paperwork and support letters and research and practice interviews and even a new tie (not a hit with Mtuseni). But our perseverance paid off, despite official advice to just “wait a few more years.” Now he’ll be able to travel abroad like many other college kids, and benefit from the life-enriching experience that visiting other countries and cultures provides. We are thrilled!

Now… I gotta talk to travel agents. If you’d like to make a gift to help cover the airfare and activity costs and help give Mtuseni an amazing time in the US, click the GoFundMe link in the blog sidebar.

Thanks so much for all of your positive energy and support in this process. It really helped make a difference!

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4 responses to Oh Happy Day!


    Very happy to hear the news — and I’ve only been following you a few weeks. I am a travel agent in Cambridge MA. If you would like my help with the travel, send me a note. Huzzah!



    That is amazing news!! Well done to both of you. It must be such a relief that it’s finally happening. Good luck with all the preparations.


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