Year: 2015

My Real 90 Day Fiancé (MR90DF): One Year

October 14, 2015 The best way I could write this was as a letter to my husband: Dear Efrem, One year. It’s been one long year, and yet it’s only been one year. One year since you stepped foot in the United States. One year since we got the privilege of beginning our lifelong journey together. One year since I got to see you for the first time after 15 months when I left you in an airport in Cape Town, both of us in tears, and then you met me in an airport in New Orleans, as I held a sign up with your name on it and we both grinned stupidly. It’s been one year of new experiences, one year of happiness, and one year of many trials. We either foolishly, or sensibly depending on how you look at it, took on more in this one year, than many couples would take on in five, and are still together to look back on it and learn from mistakes, reflect on memories, and laugh. In …

Days 308 – 325: Green Card Countdown

Day 308: Aug. 17—Green Card In Production We finally had gotten back to having work and school schedules that lined up with each other, meaning we would get to spend mornings and evenings together rather than the tumultuousness of him dropping the car off to me mid-afternoon, his taking the bus to work, him working until 2-4 in the morning and either taking a bus home or getting a ride home, and my having restless sleep until he got into bed. So today I was driving around in circles downtown, waiting for him to cash out his register and for his replacement to come so he could leave, looking for a parking spot, which is like winning the lottery at that time of day. I finally, FINALLY, had found somewhere to park and wait, so I started checking my email and, as usual, compulsively checking facebook. I realized I had an email from USCIS: “Your Case Status: Card/Document Production. On August 17, 2015, we ordered your new card for Receipt Number XXXXXXXXXXX, and will mail it …

Day 298: The EAD Drama Continues

August 7, 2015: EAD Part 3 Today was supposed to be a good day. I had a morning meeting that would potentially have promising results, we had a great afternoon lunch, and we had plans to go bar hopping in our neighborhood with friends and our puppy on his new, very helpful, no-pull leash. We even managed a much needed afternoon nap (puppy included since he likes to wedge himself in between us on the bed). When we woke up we started talking about when we were going to meet up with folks, and then he checked the mail. We had not one but TWO letters from USCIS, and one was in a larger than usual envelope—the full page sized envelope that we never get mail from USCIS in. I opened the big letter first and was instantly confused. The check I wrote them for our THIRD EAD application was stapled to a letter that said ‘Rejection Notice.’ As I read further, it said that the check we had sent for our application wasn’t necessary for the application to …

Day 269: EAD Part 2

July 9, 2015 So early Monday morning (like 2 am) I get an email from USCIS “On June 29, 2015, we terminated your Form I765, APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION, Receipt Number XXXXXXX, because the applicant or petitioner received a status or benefit through other means.” I was so exhausted, but I had to get up and try and understand what this meant immediately. I spent an hour scouring through Visa Journey threads and tried to look at my case status online, which literally said the exact same thing as the email. Nothing. The only conversation about terminated EADs came from people who mistakenly applied when they already had their green card, or those that had their application terminated because their green card was newly approved and, thus was no longer necessary. We hadn’t gotten any green card approval. So now I was just anxious and upset. I waited for Efrem to get home to tell him this confusing news and it left him wide awake as well. Today, we finally got through to an immigration specialist after how …

Day 200: EAD Confusion Answered

May 1, 2015 Efrem called back to immigration and finally got through and conferenced me in so I could listen. But nothing they said was what we wanted to hear. We told them we had moved, that we had changed our address, and that we had not received the EAD card yet. He said they show it as having been delivered to our previous address and that it wasn’t returned to the center. After a pause, we’re asked them if they were going to send another one? We need to get this card. The answer: USCIS doesn’t re-issue duplicates, so we have to refile the entire I-765 all over again, and wait another 3 months for a new card. I was livid, struggling to keep from screaming on the phone since I was at work. This has to be the most ridiculous process ever. The EAD was already approved. The card gets lost in the mail, and instead of looking at the application they already have in hand and re-issuing a card, we have to start all over again. …