Shaghayegh and I at the wedding hall in Tbilisi, Georgia.
On March 10th of 2018, I married the love of my life Shaghayegh. Up to then we'd known each other long distance for a little over two years. We share common interests, such as filmmaking and philosophy, not to mention the music we both enjoy (it's a dream of ours to see Nine Inch Nails in concert someday before long, and to make films together). Shaghayegh lives in Iran, having been born and raised there, grown up in Tehran and studied philosophy and filmmaking at the University of Tehran. Since getting married we had been in the process of putting through the necessary paperwork in bringing my spouse home to America. That, in and of itself, is to be a challenge and one I've anticipated to meet in full. However a greater and more immediate challenge arises that threatens to make this even more difficult for us
The state of the rial, Iran's national currency, has been steadily declining in value in recent months, affecting the stability of the country and the lives of its people. Prices are volatile, making the most basic needs at times hard to come by. Jobs are not paying as they should, making any move towards individual resourcefulness even more difficult. While we've had friends there to aid my wife in the time being, she only has so much help on her own in her country. We want to relocate her to another country, Turkey, where she will be able to live and wait in relative stability and flexibility while we carry on with the process of achieving her eventual citizenship in the US.
I work two jobs, one full time and the other as often as my spare time permits me, but the expenses needed for moving my wife in the timeframe we want (which would be ASAP) will be impossible to achieve on my own. For residency in Turkey, she needs enough money to cover the expected duration of a short-term residency (one year maximum, unless renewed), and this is recommended to be $6000 USD in whole. Other expenses, such as a visa fee and residence fee, I can cover at present.
The early morning where we were last together, Tbilisi International Airport, March 17, 2018.
My and I long to have a future together, to share a normal life not strained by political and economical chaos. I ultimately want to bring her home to me, but in the meantime bringing her somewhere I can better support her is a very essential part of this long process. I intend to see it through, but I need the means to get there. Please help us come together again, I miss Shaghayegh very much. We belong together.