I spent a large chunk of the day today waiting in various rooms in a large
office building in Garden City, Long Island. It was all worth it in the end,
though, because I left said building with a green card. (Or at least a stamp
in my passport which says that I’m getting a conditional green card.) Oh happy
To my enormous surprise, the entire process, from application to approval,
took only a little over six months – everybody else I know who’s gone
through it spent years, and my good friends Alex and Amy still don’t
have their green card, despite applying in 2002! So something, somewhere, has
become much more efficient than it used to be.
My friends Mimi and Elliott were incredibly helpful in this process, as were
various other people including the Lawyer Crowd: Alison, Rosalind, Seda, Lucy
– thank you all very, very much for your help, advice and guidance along
the way. But for anybody else who’s thinking of applying for a green card or
any other visa (especially O visas), I just have two words for you: Amanda
Gillespie. Amanda is some kind of immigration genius, and she’s also an
incredibly friendly and helpful person who deserves an enormous amount of credit
for the successful outcome of my case. Amanda, you’re the best, and I can’t
recommend you highly enough!
I also have a request for readers of this blog. It turns out I only have a
conditional green card, and that I have to file something called an
I-751 90 days before my conditional green card expires in 2 years’ time. Says
the piece of paper I got given today:
If the petition to remove the conditional basis of your status is not filed
within 90 day period, your Conditional permanent residence status will be
terminated automatically and you will be subject to Deportation from the United
NOTE: The Service will not contact you in regard to the above, and It will
be your sole responsibility to comply with the above Regulation.
What that all means is that on or after July 4, 2008, I have
to remember to file an I-751. So I’d appreciate an email on July 3, 2008, reminding
me to do that! Thanks!