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Immigration Wives
Posted by Tam
 

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In one of my more frustrated states, I started writing a plot outline for a short web series I thought would be a little funny and make light of the situation. Initially I thought that I’d flesh this out and add dialogue so I could pass it off as a full-blown script attempt, but I just never got far enough into it. There are some holes, and some tightening up necessary, either way, here’s what I have:

IMMIGRATION WIVES

BASIC PREMISE

A Groundhog Day type of story, but dealing with the daily struggles and emotional ups and downs related to emigrating. 

 

EPISODE 1

Deciding to make the move, and in Guy Ritchie-style cut from compiling lists and ticking items off such as dividing belongings into 3 piles: keep, sell & donate. Remove donate pile. Pack up keep belongings, and pack all but two suitcases into boxes for a container. Photograph and list all items that need to be sold.

Husband gets an email with a job offer.

Visa application is submitted.

Wait.

Medical Assessment has started.

Wait.

Medical Assessment results cleared.

Wait.

Email about visa needing to be finalised.

Wait.

Wait.

Visa finalised.

Book tickets.

Pack bags.

Quick family goodbye.

Sayonara.

Wife’s visa application is now submitted.

Wait.

 

EPISODE 2

Husband is jet lagged but has reached the final destination day later. The contrast is very obvious as all goes well and exceeds expectations for him, while things go from bad to worse for the Wife.

Wife receives an email stating that partnership-based visas are not treated with any kind of priority.

Wait.

Wait.

(Every morning eagerly checking emails turns to wariness and trepidation)

Work up the courage and call the High Commission hoping for any kind of response.

No response. (High Commission is the same voice as Charlie Brown’s teacher)

Wait.

Wait.

Call the High Commission again, pretending its the first time, hoping some new person will be able to shed more light.

No response. (High Commission is the same voice as Charlie Brown’s teacher)

Wait.

Join Facebook forums and ask other people what their experience has been.

The post is liked by your friends only.

The only responses received are by idiots that type F or a full stop only.

Later, receive messages from other wives that are already in the new country being smug and saying to just be patient and trust in the process.

Wait.

(Like in old cartoons, have a paper calendar on the wall where the pages blow away. Instead of monthly, have the weeks pass by slowly…)

 

EPISODE 3

A few weeks after trying to maintain a semblance of a normal life, by keeping busy and trying to see people to help pass the time, depression kicks in and the Wife realises it’s pointless to get out of bed or get dressed. Dishevelled and surrounded by junk food and with a laptop for company she takes some time off.

Medical Assessment has started.

Wait.

Medical Assessment results cleared.

Wait.

Email about visa needing to be finalised.

Wait.

Wait.

Shock and disbelief when at some point the visa is approved.

Visa finalised.

Book tickets.

Pack bags.

Quick family goodbye.

Sayonara.

 

EPISODE 4

Reunited with Husband and exploring new surroundings, making a new home, and posting smugly on Facebook forums telling other schmucks to be patient and trust in the process.

 
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2 Comments
    Posted by Marion Low

    This will be us in a few months… but I think I’ll be the one going over while Michael sits in limbo with two children…

     
      Posted by Tam

      That’s exciting! All I can say is good luck, the process isn’t easy. Do you know where you’d like to be based once you’re here?

       
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