01/04/09 12:34 Filed in: Living In
Katharine Ebensteiner of Renton and
her partner, Fabienne "Fei" Ruttimann, who
lives in Switzerland, don't see any good
options for them to live together in the
United States. The women met in 2004 when
both were enrolled in a studies-abroad
program in Japan. On the walls of
Ebensteiner's apartment are numerous
photographs of Ruttimann and of the two
Ebensteiner, 25, who works as a staff
technician with a geotech engineering firm,
said the relationship is the first real one
she's had, and she knows that Ruttimann,
26, who will graduate from college in
Switzerland next year, is the woman she
wants to spend her life with. But the two
have spent the past two years trying to
figure out how to make that happen. "We get
no training in high school about how to get
your partner into the country," she said.
Immigration lottery. They are trying their
luck with the immigration lottery, a
long-shot, luck-of-the-draw system for
awarding 55,000 green cards out of some 6
million applications worldwide each year.
Ultimately, they believe, they'll have to
relocate to Canada.
In the ongoing debate over immigration,
she's been surprised to find cases like
hers have received no attention. "Whenever
I hear a report about immigration on the
radio, on TV, I listen closely. ...
"There's never any mention of this. It's
Read story, "Gays find a struggle bringing
partners into U.S.", Seattle Times.
(Photo: Personal, Katharine Ebensteiner,
right, is trying the immigration lottery as
a long-shot chance of getting a green card
for her partner, Fabienne "Fei" Ruttimann.
Seattle Times; 2007)