Final Immigration Update
As long-time blog readers know, my journey to becoming a legal resident of the United States has been a long and arduous one. Many people are under the assumption that by marrying a US Citizen it smooths the way for a Green Card or Citizenship. Not so. We have gone through hell.
Read all of the immigration updates here to get an idea of the journey.
My initial Green Card was only good for two years, as when I applied for it, the KoD and I had been married for less than two years. My boys received 10 year Green Cards as when theirs were issued we had been married *just* over two years. Last summer I had to reapply for my Green Card and provide affidavits from friends and rabbis affirming that we have a real marriage; bank statements, bills and all sorts of paperwork – all proving that we are a true married couple with joint accounts, and joint lives. We’d done this all two years prior with the initial application – except for the affidavits.
I was called to the USCIS office in Queens to be fingerprinted for the fourth or fifth time – fingerprints don’t change, so how come they had to print me so often?? Got that done in August. By that time there was about a month left on my Green Card – and I was paranoid that it would run out and I wouldn’t be able to leave the country. I had to be in Montreal in October and November and needed the freedom to travel.
Just before my Green Card expired, I was sent a letter granting me a one-year extension. I had to carry the letter with my Green Card. Luckily I had no border issues. And then nothing.
Until we checked Saturday’s mail. There was a letter saying that I had been approved as a Permanent Resident and my new Green Card would arrive within sixty days. It arrived Monday.
I cannot tell you what a huge relief this is – it’s been one of those epic sagas that we thought would have no end. Now I can breathe for a while without having to worry about what comes next – at least with regards to immigration.
In a couple of years I plan to apply for US Citizenship – for myself and the boys. Then we will be full-fledged Americans. After which the boys will probably all end up making aliyah….. it’s all good!!