So as some of you are aware my employer is moving me to the US
It's been a while in the works, they decided having me closer would make the visiting customers thing a mite easier rather than an 12h plane journey it'll be a short drive or an hour or so's plane journey.
They've been toying with the idea for about the past two years but towards the end of 2009 they finally got serious and began sorting things out and early this year I got the initial package details and this morning I spent two hours at the US Embassy sorting out my L1 visa.
As things stand I'm set for a 2 to 3 trail period under the visa then they would pursue permanent residency or move me back to the same job I have now depending on my choice
I had very mixed feeling about agreeing to going and it took a lot of thought to arrive at a yes decision. The whole issue of moving out there is something that is both interesting and scary for me it's going to be 6000 miles from home and rather than a few weeks in a hotel I'll be a regular living working person. It means I probably won't see you lot quite so often and giving up some of the regular things we do like fishcon and games days but on the other hand it's a superb opportunity that probably won't come again to live in a wonderful part of the world.
As to when I disappear off to the US I don't know as yet, they obviously want me out there asap and I suspect will start pileing on the pressure once the visa comes back but there is a hell of a lot to organise before I could leave so I don't think it'll be for a month or two yet. The internets will undoubtedly keep us all in touch and no doubt I'll be back in the UK to visit at some stage.
To sort of record the experience of moving out there I've started another blog just for that you can find it at http://ourmaninca.wordpress.com/
So far it covers the tedious process of getting this far and I'll probably add something about my visit to the embassy later