December 4, 2023

Immigration Marriage

Feel Good With Immigration

I married an immigrant. It was the most difficult process of my life.

Ashley Glimasinski

I met my husband, Szymon, on a summer work program in Glacier National Park in Montana. He was an engineering student from Poland, and I was going to seminary in California. We fell in love, but at the end of the summer, he left for Poland and I returned to California. 

We dated long distance for one-and-a-half years, but we only saw each other two times. Visas were difficult to get, and money was tight; we were both graduate students, and the exchange rate from Poland didn’t work in our favor. When I finished my on-campus classes in 2017, I moved to Poland to be with Szymon and teach English. 

When we got engaged in 2019, I had been in Poland for almost two years, and I had spent most of the past decade away from my family. We decided to move back to the U.S., but we had no idea how difficult it would be. Because Poland is part of the European Union, we assumed that the process would go smoothly. An immigration attorney costs thousands of dollars, so we committed to doing all of the paperwork ourselves.