I have always tried to avoid politics, and religion, on this blog but sometimes something comes along and it sparks an something in where my journey is now. I am a ‘legal permanent resident’, thus making me a ‘documented immigrant’ There is so much in the news and being mentioned in political circles about immigration these days maybe it’s time I mentioned it here on my blog.
I would never ever have attempted to come to the USA undocumented. Even in the early days of our planning we went through the stress of applying for a K1 Visa, even though it put our wedding date at risk. But we wanted to do things correctly and not take any chances.
After our wedding we applied to Adjust our status, from an engaged to married couple, thus allowing me to apply for my Green Card and start working and become a legal permanent resident. Our journey through the visa process isn’t over yet as next year, Feb 2018, we have to apply to have the conditions of my visa and residencey removed, another process that will take approx 14-18 months. All these processes are stressful and we have to meet certain criteria for the removal of conditions to prove our marriage is a bona fide one.
All this is because of fraud within the Visa system, but at the end of it all we will have followed all the rules and have done everything requested by the US government. After that the path to US citizenship opens up and that will be a path I will more than likely go down.
Now the elephants in the room, illegal immigrants and politicians. Both affect how our process goes, politicians by saying uneducated things, trying to be popular and playing to the crowd and illegal immigrants by not doing things the correct way in the first place. Both have reasons for doing what they do and some have no choice but to either play to the crowd or be illegal but sometimes the knock on effect isn’t what they expected.
I look forward to the day that I am finished with the Visa process but even when I apply for US citizenship I will always be an immigrant, but fully documented from day 1.
The blog is definitely at a crossroads when it comes to posting regularly. I am trying to post once a week at least but life has become busy and finding time to put together a coherent post that fulfills what my blog is about is becoming more and more difficult. But for now I will continue to endeavour to write a post weekly at least and see how long that can be maintained. It’s hard though as sometimes I do think I am writing these posts with little audience for what I am writing.
Anyway, I won’t dwell on it and will let the blogs life continue until it reaches its own natural conclusion or finds a new direction. So what has been happening here in the USA. Well as I mentioned, life is busy, working a normal job, doing average day to day stuff, travelling a bit, especially in the coming weeks, and trying to get back onto full fitness for playing 11 a side football.
This week I will be working full time nearly 3 months and it has really helped me settle into my new life. Work isn’t overly busy but I do get to meet people from all walks of life and chat to them. This alone is great for helping me settle into the American way.
Back in May I finished with US Immigration, or at least I thought I had, but a mistake in my paperwork means I have to redo some papers as well as biometrics; fingerprints and photograph. I think now in total I will have sat for fingerprints about 5 times but I don’t worry about these things and just got to the appointment and get it done. Hopefully this little process will only take a few months and I will be finished with USCIS till early 2018. I will add that USCIS have been great to deal with so far and even this little mishap won’t change my opinion as the mistake was both theirs and mine.
Last weekend myself and Leanne spent the time at a family wedding in Pittsburgh. It’s funny to think that only 9 short months ago we were celebrating our own wedding. In 3 weeks we travel to Denver to celebrate Leanne’s sisters wedding and another chance to see all the family. I am a lucky guy as my in laws have been great to me since I first arrived on the scene. Considering my first chat with my new father in law was to ask his permission to propose to Leanne I am doing well.
Before I sign off I just want to mention a couple of things, on Sept 10th last year I was approved for my Visa to enter the USA and the 12 months since then have been amazing. I am a proud Irishman living here in America with my new wife. All going well, in a few years I will be a proud American too. That leads me to one more thing, Sept 11th 2001 is a day that will live in history forever, this year’s 15th anniversary remembrance ceremonies brought back memories of that fateful day. I was working in the Irish Air Corps when news came through and we were glued to our computers during our lunch as the events of that day unfolded. To everyone affected, to those lost, to those suffering still, to the first responders….. You will never be forgotten. The world will never be the same after that day and we all should strive to make it a better place, be more tolerant and to just learn to get along with respect for each other.
Till next time….. Slán