Ever since Yoel moved to America, his wife Marissa Diaz has been documenting some key experiences in this country.
This includes his first trip to a grocery store, the first time he walked into a Wal-Mart and most recently, the first time he received a paycheck from the first job he's held in America.
The celebratory moment that his wife captured and posted on Instagram has been viewed there more than three million times.
Yoel Diaz started a seasonal job at UPS a few weeks ago, his wife said. And he received his first paycheck last week. "It was a very special moment for him."
He arrived in the U.S. in 2021 on a K1 visa and then applied for residency. Once that was approved, he got a work authorization form and a Social Security number. That process took about a year, Marissa Diaz said.
In Cuba, he worked as professor and earned $13 PER MONTH!
Asked about his dreams for his future as he continues to live in America, Yoel Diaz said, "My dream is to be able to provide for myself and my family. I want to support my wife's dream of storytelling and would love to go around the country and the world to discover it."
Here he shows his wife his first paycheck. He's so proud. She wrote:
First paycheck in AMERICA!!! this is the American dream!!! There are no words to describe how proud I am of your courage to enter a country and a culture that is not yours. This content is a mini documentary not only for us but dedicated to the many immigrants who sacrifice everything to film what we just filmed. A little bit at a time, with hard work and dedication anything is possible in this country. We pray one day Cubans and others under dictatorships will feel the same
I love the part when he sees his check and she shows him the taxes he paid. He said he's fine with that. Castro took more :)