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I was browsing digg.com today (it's a social media site where users vote on the stories that become popular) and I came across this entry: http://digg.com/world_news/Did_You_Know_50...for_Green_Cards.

The title's a bit misleading, as some of the things he takes into account aren't really going to stop you from becoming a resident, they're just going to make it tough. He's also not including people who can get residency based on employment because those requirements are so stringent.

I'm glad someone's taken it upon themselves to get the word out about how tough it can be to become a Permanent Resident! Most of my friends think you just get married and bam! You're accepted. Not so, as we all know...

Hope everyone's processes are going okay.

~Alex L

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I'm glad someone's taken it upon themselves to get the word out about how tough it can be to become a Permanent Resident! Most of my friends think you just get married and bam! You're accepted. Not so, as we all know...

I had to explain our family and friend the same... that you don't get handed a GC as soon as your married... :whistle:

I think I'm going to send this link to some friends and family. :lol:

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08.2006: Entered with a B-2 visa.

07.06.07: Civil Wedding

07.17.2008 AOS approved with interview. It took 367 Days!

11.08.08: Big family wedding

09.18.09-10.03.09: First trip to France with Hubby

I-751

04.19.10: Package sent to Vermont

04.21.10: Delivered in Vermont

04.22.10: NOA date

04.23.10: Check cashed

05.17.10: Received biometrics appointment letter

06.07.10: Biometrics Appointment

06.26.10: Touched

07.07.10: Card Production Ordered!

07.17.10: Card in the mail :) Done until citizenship

French Thread I

French Thread II

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Interesting. I never thought about it from that point of view..lol :whistle:


Nadine & Kenneth

Our K-1 journey

02/06/2006 filed 129F

07/01/2007 recieved visa via "Deutsche Post"

08/27/2006 POE Dallas

->view my complete timeline

AOS, EAD and AP

12/6/2006 filed for AOS & EAD

1/05/2007 AOS transfered to California Service Center

2/26/2007 EAD recieved!

7/20/2007 filed for AP

8/20/2007 AP recieved

01/16/2008 letter to Congressman

03/20/2008 card production ordered---no interview!!!

03/24/2008 Welcome letter arrived

03/27/2008 my GREENCARD arrived!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!! No more USCIS for about two years!:-))

Removal of Conditions

02/02/2010 filed I-751

02/19/2010 check cashed

02/22/2010 NOA1

05/15/2010 touched

06/10/2010 online update:card production ordered

06/17/2010 approval letter in mail

07/01/20010 Greencard arrived

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A family member (not a close one mind you) walked up to me at my wedding and congratulated me on becoming a US citizen. :lol:

:lol: I think this is going to become a funny thread...

Some people are so clueless... Mind you I barely know what the process is to become a legal resident in my own country.


08.2006: Entered with a B-2 visa.

07.06.07: Civil Wedding

07.17.2008 AOS approved with interview. It took 367 Days!

11.08.08: Big family wedding

09.18.09-10.03.09: First trip to France with Hubby

I-751

04.19.10: Package sent to Vermont

04.21.10: Delivered in Vermont

04.22.10: NOA date

04.23.10: Check cashed

05.17.10: Received biometrics appointment letter

06.07.10: Biometrics Appointment

06.26.10: Touched

07.07.10: Card Production Ordered!

07.17.10: Card in the mail :) Done until citizenship

French Thread I

French Thread II

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Interesting. I never thought about it from that point of view..lol :whistle:

I hadn't thought about it like that, either. I realize why the US has some of its rules, but it's just very interesting to think that 50mil of USCs wouldn't be able to get residency if they had to apply. It got put on Reddit.com too (smarter audience :P )

http://reddit.com/info/2aqj8/comments

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I know I was completely ignorant until I married Luis...

TV and movies are SO misleading :wacko:


ONE DAY AT A TIME....

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS

12/30/2008: Overnighted I-751 package to VSC

01/06/2009: Check cashed

01/06/2009: NOA (arrived 01/09/09)

01/23/2009: Biometrics appt letter received

01/31/2009: Biometrics scheduled

05/20/2009: APPROVED

06/23/2009: 10 Year Green Card arrived

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smarter audience :P

Smaller audience. The comments threads on digg used to be pretty smart before it got popular.

I guess they're still better than YouTube comments :)

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Same thing happened with us. A lot of my parents' friends had told them that my wife would become a citizen as soon as the ink on the marriage certificate was dry. They didnt understand at all when we told them about all the paperwork and everything that we had to fill out. The average person is definitely very ignorant when it comes to what someone really has to do to get their green card (let alone citizenship) after marrying a USC. I guess thats why immigration lawyers make such a killing. ;)


2/23/07 - Mailed AOS packet to Chicago

2/25/07 - Package arrived in Chicago

3/05/07 - Checks cashed

3/05/07 - Received NOAs for I-765, I-485, & I-130!

3/09/07 - All touched

3/10/07 - Received biometrics appt letter

3/12/07 - All touched

3/13/07 - I-130 & I-765 touched

3/15/07 - I-485 touched

3/15/07 - Received email informing me that an RFE has been mailed to me about the I-485

3/19/07 - Received RFE for I-485 in the mail.

3/20/07 - Biometrics appt

3/21/07 - I-485 & I-765 touched

3/23/07 - Mailed back RFE with signature confirmation

3/26/07 - RFE was delivered to Lee's Summit, MO & was signed for by "Ashley Love"

3/27/07 - Received email saying that RFE has been received at MSC and that case processing has resumed

3/27/07 - I-485 touched

3/28/07 - I-485 touched

4/17/07 - I-765 & I-130 touched

4/18/07 - All touched

4/19/07 - All touched

5/10/07 - I-765 touched

5/14/07 - Received interview notice in the mail! Interview will be on July 18!!!

5/15/07 - I-765 touched!

5/15/07 - Received email saying that EAD card production has been ordered!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5/16/07 - I-765 touched

5/19/07 - Received EAD in the mail!!!!!!!!

5/21/07 - I-765 touched

7/18/07 - Had interview in Memphis, TN! GC Approved!!!

7/23/07 - Received Welcome Letter (with notice date of July 19th) in the mail.

7/24/07 - Received Card Production Ordered email!

8/02/07 - Received Permanent Resident Card!!!! No more USCIS until 2009!!!!!

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Same thing happened with us. A lot of my parents' friends had told them that my wife would become a citizen as soon as the ink on the marriage certificate was dry. They didnt understand at all when we told them about all the paperwork and everything that we had to fill out. The average person is definitely very ignorant when it comes to what someone really has to do to get their green card (let alone citizenship) after marrying a USC. I guess thats why immigration lawyers make such a killing. ;)

Yeah, it's amazing how little the "average person" knows about the process. It's too bad that people spread misinformation about it, too: it is potentially devastating to not file your paperwork and find yourself overstaying / working illegally! I guess this article doesn't cover those things, but it sure highlights some oddities about the system.

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No surprise that so many people think you just marry for the greencard, like it was that easy... :blink:


Nadine & Kenneth

Our K-1 journey

02/06/2006 filed 129F

07/01/2007 recieved visa via "Deutsche Post"

08/27/2006 POE Dallas

->view my complete timeline

AOS, EAD and AP

12/6/2006 filed for AOS & EAD

1/05/2007 AOS transfered to California Service Center

2/26/2007 EAD recieved!

7/20/2007 filed for AP

8/20/2007 AP recieved

01/16/2008 letter to Congressman

03/20/2008 card production ordered---no interview!!!

03/24/2008 Welcome letter arrived

03/27/2008 my GREENCARD arrived!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!! No more USCIS for about two years!:-))

Removal of Conditions

02/02/2010 filed I-751

02/19/2010 check cashed

02/22/2010 NOA1

05/15/2010 touched

06/10/2010 online update:card production ordered

06/17/2010 approval letter in mail

07/01/20010 Greencard arrived

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smarter audience :P

Smaller audience. The comments threads on digg used to be pretty smart before it got popular.

I guess they're still better than YouTube comments :)

Well the audience of YouTube is huge, probably the largest on the internet. Basically proved my basis thesis that: more users = more idiotic comments.

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smarter audience :P

Smaller audience. The comments threads on digg used to be pretty smart before it got popular.

I guess they're still better than YouTube comments :)

Well the audience of YouTube is huge, probably the largest on the internet. Basically proved my basis thesis that: more users = more idiotic comments.

That's common sense. The more users, the bigger the chance of finding some true morons amongst them.


Nadine & Kenneth

Our K-1 journey

02/06/2006 filed 129F

07/01/2007 recieved visa via "Deutsche Post"

08/27/2006 POE Dallas

->view my complete timeline

AOS, EAD and AP

12/6/2006 filed for AOS & EAD

1/05/2007 AOS transfered to California Service Center

2/26/2007 EAD recieved!

7/20/2007 filed for AP

8/20/2007 AP recieved

01/16/2008 letter to Congressman

03/20/2008 card production ordered---no interview!!!

03/24/2008 Welcome letter arrived

03/27/2008 my GREENCARD arrived!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!! No more USCIS for about two years!:-))

Removal of Conditions

02/02/2010 filed I-751

02/19/2010 check cashed

02/22/2010 NOA1

05/15/2010 touched

06/10/2010 online update:card production ordered

06/17/2010 approval letter in mail

07/01/20010 Greencard arrived

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smarter audience :P

Smaller audience. The comments threads on digg used to be pretty smart before it got popular.

I guess they're still better than YouTube comments :)

Well the audience of YouTube is huge, probably the largest on the internet. Basically proved my basis thesis that: more users = more idiotic comments.

Good thing AIM messages are private :) I like Reddit because of their smaller, less moronic audience. When the Digg homepage is full of OMG LULZ LINUX, it gets pretty tiring. Maybe they'll be interested in our immigration plights; maybe they won't!

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