“I now pronounce you husband and wife, you may kiss the bride”
Those words still echo in my mind, even after 5 years of marriage. This is a great thing, a happy thing. The curveballs Murphy likes to throw however aren’t so nice to our marriage. I joined a challenge on WordPress, which has helped to get some views on OBM, and has taken me to a couple of other people’s sites, one of which made me realize that someone is brave enough to face the ridicule and present their arms.
[SmibbiesSoapbox] challenges the American stupidity, and she does so with as much reputable resources as she can. I give her a lot of kudos for facing up to the ridicule that I wouldn’t be able to handle. In her Twitter feed, she was looking for more topics that deal with her line of thinking, which spawned a couple of e-mail conversations so far; and it got me excited enough to face the ridicule myself. It is this post that was among a couple of ideas that I presented to her in those e-mails.
ChasingTheDonkey comes from an outside perspective, and is facing something that is years in coming. I have less than half the time she does left before I can do what she may be doing. But the OBM family has plans on returning to the United States.
How does any of this tie in together you may be wondering. Well, allow me to answer that. Mrs. Amelio is of Croatian nationality (look here Frank, we know this because we read the blog), and Mr. Amelio is of American nationality (get to the point idiot). I emigrated from the US to Croatia with my wife, and we have undergone the Croatian version of the prelims for a Green Card for me. When we can move back to the US, we will have to do the same hoop jumping for her, and her son (which is from a previous marriage).
Obtaining Croatian Citizenship
In Croatia, a person must be able to satisfy conditions for a Temporary Stay Permit (or Visa if you prefer). This is relatively easy to do. Be married to a Croatian National, or be working for a Croatian Business for the Employment Visa, or be attending one of the Universities for Educational Visas. These conditions will need to be satisfied on a regular basis; though with Croatia having entered the European Union, they seem to have done away with the yearly recertifications; and just handed out the five year visas. At least the last one I got was for a new five years, and I only have 2 more years to go before I can even consider becoming a Croatian citizen. The cost? The actual money spent, by me, for me, is around 300 kuna a year for the first two years, and a little less for my shiny new five year visa. That puts me into the hole for about 1100 kuna. In a couple of years, I may pay up the extra 300 kuna to get the Croatian Citizenship and hold a Dual Citizenship. Maybe, perhaps, perhaps not.