You don’t have to have had any involvement with US immigration to know that possession of a green card is your portal to legal residency in America. Even if you have not picked it up from proper general knowledge then the hideous movie with Gerard Depardieu will have taught you that. As we took the Direct Consular Filing route through immigration, we applied for the Green Cards and Social Security Numbers in one fell swoop and were given a three month outside estimate for their arrival. Until then my life has been in stasis as there are various things I have been unable to progress without both documents.
So my green card finally arrived in today’s mail. That should be cause for celebration. Unfortunately the positive of receiving my green card was undermined by the fact it was accompanied by green cards for three of my sons. Three. Not four.
As happened with the SSN, my 10 year old has been missed out.
It is now becoming apparent that our oldest son’s immigration paperwork has been lost in the mix somewhere as it is too much of a coincidence that he has been missed out twice. When my husband went to the Social Security Office in Philadelphia (because we have no closer office and every time I phoned I was put through endless push button menus just to be unceremoniously hung up on each and every time) they had no record of our 10 year old having been processed for an SSN. Thankfully he had gone with all the relevant immigration paperwork and supporting documentation so they agreed to process and issue an SSN for him. Just an annoying glitch, we thought. A one-off anomaly. But, no, it is now evident that that was just part of a larger glitch. Despite the intensive bureaucracy of USCIS, somewhere along the line our oldest son’s immigration packet has been misplaced, misfiled or just plain lost.
So now I am going to get to spend a day speaking to numerous USCIS personnel until I get put through to one who can actually assist me and see if we can get to the bottom of why he has been missed out.
But not today.
I am too stressed out for other reasons do deal with that whole shebang calmly today.
And once we get all of this green card mess sorted out, we will be able to apply for US passports for each of our four sons. I can’t wait to see what glitches we encounter then.