A missing marriage certificate can add unexpected stress for newlyweds; especially if you’re living in the U.S. on a student visa. One newlywed couple, Katie Wall and Jose Mansen, have a modern-age, romantic, love story, that is based on this problem. They met on a dating app and moved in together right before the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. They decided to get married virtually, as physical weddings weren’t available for many engaged couples, amidst increased restrictions on gatherings and social distancing. Neverthekess, they sent off their paperwork for their marriage certificate, and celebrated together as any newlywed couple would. It was a true modern-day love story — until Wall got a new job and had to put Mansen on their new health insurance plan – a daunting task if your significant other is not a US citizen yet. Their marriage certificate took too long to arrive, and the deadline for the application was drawing closer and closer.
It All Came Down to Timing
Because of Madsen’s student visa, not getting the marriage license in time meant significant problems for the couple’s healthcare and immigration status . His residency opportunities would be limited and it would cause a host of other problems, as Mansen was working in a hospital with Coronavirus patients. Time was ticking. Wall had to submit paperwork for health insurance, but the certificate still had not arrived. The couple was stressing out as the last day before the application deadline finally arrived.
It was meant to be. On the last day, the couple received a letter in the mail from another couple who lives in the same city. “It was literally the last day we could apply for health insurance, that we could get all our immigration stuff in, and I got this letter in the mail…and it was this note, and it was like this really cute note from neighbors or people in D.C. saying congrats on your marriage, your certificate was sent to the wrong address and we wanted to make sure it got back to you, signed Amy and Kevin,” said Wall in an interview. The note was signed but nothing more was known about them. However, the timing of the note delivery was astounding. Both Wall and Mansen were completely floored.
The Search for Amy and Kevin
The note was posted on a Reddit thread, where Wall answered a couple of questions from Redditors. Many criticized Amy and Kevin for opening someone else’s mail and it’s not clear why they did so. However, Wall remained grateful that they did and understood the importance of the documents enclosed. They even pinned a dollar to their note, to symbolize the wedding tradition of dancing with the bride and pinning a dollar to her dress.
Amy and Kevin have not come forward and claimed this act of kindness as their own. However, Katie Wall wants to make sure they know how appreciative she is of their gesture.
“I really wanted to reach out and just show them how much this meant to us, not only because we were running the clock in terms of healthcare and immigration, but also from a neighborly standpoint, how much it made us feel like people were looking out for each other. Although Amy and Kevin haven’t been revealed, it’s clear that this is a true example that things will eventually work out.”
Good samaritans can be found everywhere – this viral story is just another important reminder that there are indeed good people in this world. If Amy and Kevin read this, we’d like to thank you on behalf of Wall and Mansen for sending the certificate at the right time, and saving the newlywed couple from the stresses and difficulties of dealing with the healthcare organizations and marriage courts.
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