We lost our Green Card

We lost a unique opportunity to get a Green Card that would enable me to work in USA and would give us more freedom during travelling (it makes easier to re-enter USA after vacations abroad) and ability to change jobs if needed. I am really angry atm because JBQ won that Green Card application on “lottery” and we had a whole year to prepare. I had my papers done by July but JBQ was really busy at work and so we filed only 17 days before the Sept 30th which is the last day of the fiscal year for Green cards. There is a predetermined number of Green Card application numbers and you must be fast to allocate such a number before these go away. We could have done everything by June-July, which was our lottery’s turn to get processed. But we didn’t for one reason or another.

There is one more, older, green card application pending for us, but it’s not nearly as fast to go through (it will take at least 5 years) or good regarding its terms. This is a major blow to our family. I am really devastated right now. :’-(

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Tom Dison wrote on October 19th, 2006 at 3:47 AM PST:

Hang in there!

mikesum32 wrote on October 19th, 2006 at 5:30 AM PST:

Eugenia, I will let you fake-marry me. Then JBQ can fake-marry some girl.

Problem solved !

Luis wrote on October 19th, 2006 at 5:34 AM PST:

Strange that it’s so difficult to work in America. I always thought it was easier there than in Europe. Here (in Spain), as long as someone offers you a contract you can get the papers. The whole point is not to allow people to stay if they can’t have a job and earn themselves a life. But if they do get a job, there’s no problem (more or less). And this is for people who come from Africa or Asia. In your case, you’re both EU citizens. I can’t believe you’re treated that way in the USA.

Thom Holwerda wrote on October 19th, 2006 at 6:47 AM PST:

Just come back to the real world. It’s much more fun on the right side of the pond :) .

RBM wrote on October 19th, 2006 at 7:22 AM PST:

Hi ,

Instead of playing the *lottery* , and be on the waiting list and be the political target of US protectionism , why dont you become a full pledge US citizen ?



Unlike Green cards its a permanent thing , that is not subject to the whim of the neocon in the government and who there ennemy of the day is that week.

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Eugenia wrote on October 19th, 2006 at 7:29 AM PST:

Becoming a citizen is MORE difficult than getting a green card. It can take up to 20 years.

And btw, the lottery way is the FASTEST way to get a green card, this is why I am so devastated. We had the huge fortune to win the lottery (very few people do) and then it was a matter of 1-2 years to get the card. If you do papers for green card the “normal” way (like most people do) it can take up to 10 years because there’s a huge backlog. Now we are in that backlog too, because we were stupid enough to lose this terribly huge opportunity via the lottery. Whatever we do now, it’s all for nothing, we lost a huge opportunity.

What pisses me off with the current situation is that each time we go out of USA we need to visit a US consulate and get a new visa in order to re-enter USA. This can take up to 2 days, which means that we have to stay in Paris or in Athens for 2 days — away from our loved ones– waiting for the damn papers to come back to us. This is 2 days out of our vacation time, lots of freaking paperwork, lots of money to spend on hotels, food and visa stamps and if something goes wrong with paperwork we can’t come back to our home in US. Additionally, I can’t work here, and if JBQ loses his job here we must leave the country within 90 days (sell all of our things and move to Europe asap). It’s just a huge insecurity shit until you actually get a green card. And it was so close in our case. We were so fortunate to win the lottery but we screwed up in the way we handled the case (we should have hired a laywer earlier to do the paperwork for us).

mikesum32 wrote on October 19th, 2006 at 9:10 AM PST:

Damn. That sucks.
So did you get a rejection letter or what? I mean, how do you know you were rejected ?

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Eugenia wrote on October 19th, 2006 at 9:14 AM PST:

We got a letter today, yes. The letter said that there are no more numbers left in their system to assign our case to for 2006 (the case doesn’t get carried over to the next year — we are done). We were late filing the application.

RBM wrote on October 19th, 2006 at 11:03 AM PST:

I would still apply for citizenship if I where in your place , I would apply for Canadian citizenship too , so that you can Move to CANADA in worst case scenario.

It could also be a good idea to go see in person your Congressman and Senator of the region you live in. To see if there is not something they can do to help , Its really sad that the spouse of a citizen of a country cant become a citizen if they wish to do so in a timely fashion 3- 5 years Max.

Its really , really sad. The US is loosing its American Dream image with such an event.

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Eugenia wrote on October 19th, 2006 at 11:05 AM PST:

My spouce is French, not American. ;)

RBM wrote on October 19th, 2006 at 12:14 PM PST:

Me is wondering if your not getting the special *Freedom*
threatment. Still sad , it shows that familly its not a big concern. Apply togheter for citizenship and see who gets it first ;-)

memson wrote on October 20th, 2006 at 2:37 AM PST:

> Just come back to the real world. It’s much more fun on
> the right side of the pond .

OMG, for once Thom said something I can agree with! Why torture yourself.

Face the facts, the US doesn’t want you. If it did, you’d be able to become a citizen or get a green card in under 5 years. The writing is on the wall.

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