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First time it took me 3 years. Second time 8. Third time 4. Then I met my wife.
It basically depends on the guy.
And for the record, don't ever let "circumstances" stop you being happy. "Circumstances" put the girl I loved in South Africa and left me in England. So I made "circumstances" my b*tch, moved to South Africa and married her. That was 14 years ago. We just moved back to England.
I'm not saying it's easy, but nothing worth doing is.
If the two of you really want to be together, unless the "circumstances" are that one of you is already married, do whatever it takes to be together. There will be another job. You can transfer your college transcript. Heck, if a white guy from England and a non-white girl from South Africa can find a way to get past "circumstances" because being together makes us happy, anybody can!