WASHINGTON, D.C. -When Sean and I were going through the process and experiencing the long stretches of silence from State we found it helpful to read other blogs and learn that the silence wasn’t personal, it is just part of the deal. We have outlined our timeline below, I say our timeline because I included our wedding and my medical clearance times. The picture above is Sean calling his parents right after he found out. He is still looking at the email.
November 2013: Sean applied to the IMTS position
April 2014: Sean received an email inviting him to schedule an oral exam
June 2014: Sean took the took the oral exam and received his score that day
June 2014: Sean completed all necessary paperwork to start his medical and security clearances
August 2014: Medical Clearance completed
September 2014: Security clearance completed
September DAY 2015: Sean and I went to see Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation. We came home to find an email from Wanda! Accepted, Pop the champagne!
September 21, 2015: 139th Specialist Class begins training
October 2, 2015 : Bid list issued
October 7, 2015: Flag day. Frankfurt March 2016!
October 9, 2015: Sean’s swear in to the Foreign Service
October 10, 2015: Married (it was a big weekend)
October 15, 2015: Submitted paperwork include marriage licences to get me on Sean’s orders
October 26, 2015: I started my medical clearance
November 16, 2015: Completed my medical clearance
February 18, 2016: Visa application completed
February 29, 2016: Pack out survey for storage in in California
March 2, 2016: Pack out of storage unit in California
March 14, 2016: Pack out survey for D.C apartment
March 21, 2015: Pack out date for D.C. apartment
March 23, 2016: Frankfurt bound!
April 11, 2016: UAB arrives
May 6, 2016: HHE arrives
May 9, 2016: Sean’s first work trip
Phew! I am exhausted just typing this.