It’s official! I am a US Permanent Resident!
For those not in the know, I had what was known as Conditional Permanent Residence status. The conditional part was due to being married to Jennifer for less than 2 years BEFORE we migrated to the US. The conditions of the my residency were that I was to remain married to Jennifer for two years and share in the responsibilities of the household in that time, to prove that our marriage was real and that I was not going to be a drain on the US resources. Obviously, proving our marriage was important to show that I didn’t want to just gain residency or citizenship, then cut and run!
Okay, so I recently received a “Notice of Action” from the USCIS informing me that was required to travel to Charleston, WV for “biometrics” appointment on Thursday, June 3, 2010. What’s a biometrics appointment? In a nutshell, it’s a finger print and mug shot. LOL! I was asked countless times why I couldn’t have done that at the local sheriff’s office. Basically, I had to have an official USCIS Officer/worker there to take the details. As you can imagine, there are many thousands of people doing exactly what I’m doing here in the US. I would be a logistical nightmare to manage all those people if they just went to their local sheriff’s office to get their biometric information taken. It just easier, for them at least, if they have offices located throughout the country and have people travel to the locations, rather than sending official workers to the applicants.