Got fantastically good news in the mail today: my “request for the removal of the conditional basis” of my permanent resident status has been approved.
Reminder: As I had applied for permanent resident status immediately after my marriage her, this status had been granted temporarily – for 2 years – only, and before that time ran out, we had to file for the removal of that condition and to prove that we were still married and living together as a married couple [luckily, no "real" proof of "married couple" necessary, if you know what I mean ;)] so that it was clear that it was not only a marriage of convenience for me to get the Green Card.
Today’s letter means that I’ll get my new Green Card – now valid for 10 years – soon. Well, “soon” means, as the letter from the Department of Homeland Security, USCIS Office San Antonio, within 60 days. Hopefully, it’ll not take them that long, but … we’ll see. It’s taken them more than nine months just to arrive at this decision. Anyway, I’m really happy the way it has turned out, without even the request to come to their office for an interview. So, now I can really plan to travel abroad again. Even with a previous letter stating that my permanent resident status had been extended for a year while my request was being processed, I was somewhat reluctant to travel as my previous Green Card had an expiration date of January 28, 2012.
Btw, today’s letter tells me to have my “Alien number” available if I need to contact their customer service.
- Conditional permanent resident: the crucial next steps (irishcentral.com)
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- Of the Advantages of Being 65 (pitstexasexpatsblog.wordpress.com)
- Adventures Near the Border – an Anecdote (pitstexasexpatsblog.wordpress.com)
- New Passport (pitstexasexpatsblog.wordpress.com)
- Coaching (pitstexasexpatsblog.wordpress.com)
- Off to a Lawyer (pitstexasexpatsblog.wordpress.com)