Today marks the third anniversary, to the day, of when my wife received her approval for her Change of Status from her Fiancée Visa to her Permanent Residency here in the United States. As many of you are aware, it has been a difficult and trying period for us, as we have gone through so many various stages of excitement, grief, anger, frustration, and now relief. For you see, today, of all days, my wife received her ten year Permanent Resident card in the mail!! Three years after she was approved, and one YEAR past its expiration! So, what does that mean for us?
Well, it could mean that we are going to finish her paperwork, gather it all together and get it in the mail for her to become a U.S. citizen. But, guess what? We’re not going to do that!!! You know why? Because we were so excited, geeked, electrified by the arrival(and the fact that we already had everything on standby except a copy of her ten year resident card) that we RUSHED, RAN, DROVE LIKE CRAZY, HURRIEDLY drove to the U.S Post Office (under legal limits of course) to get it in the mail TODAY!!
That’s right folks!! We filed her N-400 petition to become a United States Citizen today! Today is a day of celebration!! Our prayers (and yours) have been answered!! We are now, one teensy weensy step closer to being done! Complete! Finished!
So now what? Well, I could say that if all goes well we’ll be out of here by March sometime, but I hate to put impossible requests upon our government. So, I’m praying for anything that we get, whenever we get it. All in His time. We’ve tried, or rather I have tried, doing this at MY schedule. But, that has not gotten me very far, now has it? So, I’m going to try to relax and wait for a letter in the mail from the USCIS to state that they have received all the documentation they need (and they had better have it all because we sent a copy of EVERYTHING they have ever asked from us AGAIN, just to be sure). Then, we wait for another letter to state that my wife Julie Ann must arrive on a certain date, at a certain time to take her citizenship exam. She’s been studying for the last three years, so I think she’s ready.
Then, we drive yet another time to Detroit. But wait a second… let’s not get ahead of ourselves. After all, if you’ve been reading my articles, you know nothing in my process has been easy. But you know, I look at it this way… if my problems help even one couple NOT face a certain issue, then all this writing and all your reading has been for a good cause!!
I’ve had the great opportunity to speak with a number of new couples here in my area. And I try to pass on my information, and refer them to this site because it is such a wealth of knowledge. I can only hope, that it is used, and prevents anyone else from suffering extremely long wait times, like we have.
By the way, the process we just finished, was supposed to be a six month process. Ours took thirteen months! Why? Because we don’t have any children!! So, if you’re newly married you have two choices… get pregnant, or put as many bills as you possibly can in BOTH of your names!! It’ll save you a LOT of grief!
Until next time, paalam, ingat, and God bless!