Almost exactly a month ago I wrote about a stressful bureaucratic mess regarding the difficulties we were having in getting USCIS to issue a replacement Green Card for our oldest son. The email version of locking horns was getting us precisely nowhere so we decided to send off the required form with the requested extortionate fee but with a cover letter outlining our position and politely requesting that, with USCIS having admitted culpability, they not process the cheque. It was the longest of long shots but they had us over a barrel and we needed the Green Card.
So we were not surprised but were still disappointed when a few days ago we got a letter from USCIS telling us that they were processing our request and had taken the fee. I felt an odd balance of being enraged and resigned at the same time. What is even more infuriating is that they informed us they might require our oldest son to attend an appointment to have his biometrics taken. Since all of our children are under 14, this was not a requirement for their immigration. The children were issued with visas and Green Cards without biometrics. I am perplexed, therefore, as to why they have now decided that he needs to undergo this. He will no doubt have to miss a day of school – perhaps all the kids will if the location of the appointment is too far away – and we will incur additional expenses and fees. Yet the lack of a Green Card is entirely the fault of USCIS.
Lest we forget, my children are actually now technically and legally US Citizens. Now that they and their USC parent are resident in America, they have that status. We just have to formalise it by applying for passports for each of the boys. So we are going through this ordeal to secure our oldest’s Permanent Resident status even though legally he now has the right to be here as a US citizen.
If we have to jump through any more flaming hoops to obtain his Green Card I will be spitting feathers.