When my husband took our oldest son to the Biometrics appointment, we thought we were at least mercifully close to the conclusion of the stressful saga that has been obtaining his Green Card. But no. No, no, no. This appears to be an epic tale of woe without conclusion. Mr Pict was told that the replacement card would be delivered in two or perhaps three weeks from the date of the appointment. He double-checked that USCIS had everything they needed (you know, like sucking us dry of funds, making us deal with the brunt of their own incompetence since it was they who lost the Green Card in the first place) and was assured (too cynical to be reassured though) that they did indeed have everything required to issue the replacement card and that they would do so in a timely manner.
Two weeks passed and no Green Card arrived our mail box. Three weeks and still there was nothing. Then we got to a month and thought the time had come to chase them up. I have to admit I was already starting to feel volcanic ire at the thought they might have dispatched it to the wrong address. Again.
Instead, when Mr Pict phoned up USCIS to find out where the Green Card was, he was not-so-politely informed that he should never have been told it would be issued that quickly. That issuing a replacement would take six months. Six. Whole. Months. As in half a year. As in over a year from when my son first entered the country. Ridiculous, no? He was told that USCIS are still working on processing Green Card approvals from August 2013. The kids and I were all approved in August 2013. The rest of us got our Green Cards in January. How on earth can they still be processing Green Cards from August when we are now almost in June?
We are, therefore, going to have to find some other means of proving our oldest son’s status as a resident in America so that we can progress with things like applying for US passports. That will be a whole lot more bureaucracy. And no doubt more ineptitude, mess and stress.
One day this saga has to end after all. Doesn’t it?