Last week Junior received his permanent US residency documents, the “Green Card”.
Junior’s wait to receive his official notification of permanent residency status was long — but apparently also normal. He applied in November, 2015 and waited about 16 months. All the while there was no news from the government — the Green Card application process is completely opaque to the “customers”. It’s very nerve wracking, especially since the November election.
Unless you’ve done something criminal, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting the Green Card. At least as far as I know or what our clients have experienced.
But, the process takes a lot longer than is reasonable, even by the government’s standards. People waiting for Green Cards are told to get one-year extensions of the employment authorizations. But, that time expires before the Green Card arrives. So, more applications, more fees, and more anxiety.
On the other hand, it’s a real celebration when the card arrives and is in your hand!