Final Immigration Update

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!!

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  1. S.A. says:

    It took my dad 16 years. They do indeed make you jump through hoops. Enjoy the relief this will bring.

  2. Abe Kohen says:

    9/11. I hear it’s become very hard since then. 3/8 of a century ago it was much easier. My Ezer K’neged and I wed on a Paamayim Ki Tov before sundown in a Holy City in the North. F-i-l paid the rebbe gelt so we had the actual Israeli certificate that night. The next day we were in a hotel in a large coastal city and went to the nearby US embassy. Ezer got her green card and we were on a flight to the Goldene Medina the next day. When Ezer got her BS and moi my MS and she needed citizenship for a job, we called on our very left wing Congressperson (whose son was in prison for murder), who got Ezer a slot for an INS interview and citizenship test. The mean tester failed Ezer on the citizenship test. (Ezer had a very nice GPA from the very liberal public university we attended, but that was one mean tester.) So we went searching for the Head, who was a nice Jewish man with roots in the same now-defunct (or now reborn) Eastern European country where Ezer’s mom was from. He, being a European gentleman reminisced with Ezer about a country she had heretofore never been to, and he proceeded to pass her. We never took the jobs requiring citizenship, but at least then Ezer was a US citizen. Damn Muslim terrorists ruined it for everybody else. Good luck and Hag Sa-me’-ach.

  3. Dan says:

    Why wait a couple of years to apply for citizenship. if u are married to a US citizen you can apply 3 years after you got your green card. That’s what I did. I never got my second green card because I became an American before it arrived!

  4. Rebecca Fistel says:

    maybe u should have come to the US illegally and then the gov’t would leave u alone. I know of countless mexicans who cross the border, work in the US, under the table, and then go back to Mexico when the weather gets lousy here. To top it off, many break our laws, drive drunk and are drug dealers and it takes moving a mountain to get them deported. If we were lucky to deport them, after they did not pay any taxes and we supported their children, they came back illegally and started the process all over again. If I only had the answers. I hope you get all your papers soon.

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