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Clara has her green card!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This means that she has completed the process in record time, and can now work and, should she desire to do so, leave the country (and return).
Here is the process in full:
Following the procedure for obtaining a
Not a bad effort! Jordan collected all this (including stuff that Clara sent him by mail), made one official copy and 3 copies as backups, and sent it the package by certified mail to the USCIS Vermont Service Center in St. Albans, VT. He sent the package on February 13th, and it was received on February 16th. Jordan got an official receipt on February 23rd, on Friday, March 10th, he got a letter saying THE PEITITION WAS APPROVED!!!
The petition was sent to the National Visa Center in Portsmouth, NH, where it was further processed. The the NVC sent the package to the U.S. Consulate in Brussels, which sent another information package to Clara informing her of the documents she needs.
Clara received the package from the Embassy on March 24th. She collected all the papers and requested an interview. The interview went very smoothly, in fact was hardly even an interview, and Clara received the visa on May 8th.
Now that she has the visa and is married, Clara and Jordan have to follow the much more complicated procedure for Adjustment of Status or, simply put, a (temporary) green card. In order to do so Clara obtained a Social Security Number in July and Jordan and Clara filed the gigantic bundle of papers that is the Adjustment of Status on August 18th. From now all they can do is wait wait for any further communication from USCIS, wait for Clara’s work permit, and most of all, wait for a green card interview. Its going to to take a while.
We are still slightly ahead of schedule, which is great - but the hard part starts now. Obviously, we’ll keep you all posted, and when it comes through, initiate you into the further mysteries of US immigration.
We would like to say a big thank you to visajourney.com and to Julie for answering our questions. We would be hopelessly confused without their help.