Random thoughts of a Brit living in the Imperial Valley of California

Time for More Immigration Fun!

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This weekend, Teri and I put together the package for applying to remove the conditional status on my Green Card which ‘expires’ in January. Its always a stressful time trying to work out what proof they might want to see so that you don’t get asked for more information, and one mistake on the form can cause huge delays, too. The packet was in the mail this morning so hopefully we will get a receipt soon and then wait to see what happens next. The California Service Centre is currently 4 months behind so perhaps we will hear sometime in February.

Why am I conditional, you ask? Well, if you qualify through marriage the government wants you to have been married two years to prove that the marriage is real. If you have your interview before your second anniversary then you are approved ‘conditionally’. But, and here is the crazy part, your conditional period is two years from the day you were approved, not from when you got married. So if you are unlucky enough to have your interview a year and 11 months after your wedding, it will be a total of 3 years and 11 months before you are a real permanent resident. No, makes no sense to anyone else either.

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October 17th, 2005 at 9:30 am

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