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July 1, 2011 / thegirlwhotooktheleap

Finally, the day has come!

I know I haven’t posted in a while, and it was because I vowed not to until my GC finally got approved. I had been feeling down and frustrated about this for the past three weeks. 😦 But last June 29th, I received the best news ever: GC has been approved!!!!! It is really hard to imagine that I have already come full circle and that it will be over soon (Well over for the next two years anyway). I don’t think it has even fully sunk in yet. You cannot imagine how happy Timmy and I were yesterday, it was truly an amazing day!! I can’t wait to see it and for it to arrive in the mail πŸ™‚ It has been a year-long journey for us because we filed the k1 in June of 2010, and I got my GC approval June of 2011. πŸ™‚

Just because I already have it doesn’t mean I’ll stop blogging, my adventure has only begun now that I am a legal permanent resident. Next stop would be getting a driver’s license, and changing my passport to my married name.. πŸ™‚

So my EAD took 57 days to be approved, and my GC took 85 days. It may seem like its short, but it really has been the most stressful 3 months of my life. The only thing I can advice future AOS applicants is that you need to prepare yourself mentally for the stress and pressure that comes with this, and it could really put a strain on a couple’s relationship. My hubby and I had some arguments about this, because I was stressing and worrying too much, and he felt that I wasn’t myself anymore.. I think its really hard for people to know how truly hard it is to be in our place. As I was explaining to my hubby, its like you come to America, but you are not welcome. You lose your identity, and you have to create a new one by getting a SSN, a green card etc.. And none of these come easy.. You can’t work, you can’t do anything.. Ugh, it is just one of the worst feelings in the world, especially for someone like me who likes to be busy and likes to work. I was on house arrest for so many months! I am sure someone here understands what I am going through, and knows exactly what I mean.

After being through this, I would really like to commend everyone who is going through the same thing.. I commend you for doing it right, and for doing things legally even though it’s not easy. For the past few days, the news has been riddled with immigration issues, such as that of Jose Antonio Vargas. My thoughts about him? I don’t think he deserves to stay, he seems very arrogant and feels entitled just because he’s smart and talented. In the end, he committed multiple felonies, and he at least deserves some jail time. I think its not fair and its a spit in the face for everyone who is trying to do it right, its just too bad that we don’t have his connections. Also, what makes him better than another illegal immigrant who serves tacos or mows the lawn? Just because he is smarter, he deserves to stay, but the quiet and honest immigrant who flies under the radar doesn’t? But whatever, it is not my place to decide what to do with him. I wish him well, but the only thing I can say is that I can fully remember what life was like at 12 πŸ˜›

Anyway.. I wish everyone else who is still waiting some luck and feel free to keep visiting my blog! I will still try and help as much as I can!! Right now Tim and I have to pack because we are off to a 3-week trip to Georgia! And when we come back, it will already be time to move in to our new place because grad school is about to start!! Woohoo, I am so happy that things are finally moving along πŸ™‚

God bless you all and hang in there! This too shall pass πŸ™‚

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FINAL AOS TIMELINE:

April 05- sent via UPS Overnight Delivery

April 06- Received and signed by CHWBA

April 07-Received Text/Email notification for AOS/EAD/AP

April 11- NOA1 hardcopies in mail

April 16- Biometrics letter received for May 10th

April 19-Biometrics walk-in

April 26- AOS case transferred to CSC

April 30-Received notice in mail regarding CSC transfer

May 02-Case received by CSC

May 26- RFE notification

May 31-Received RFE

June 1- New Medical Completed and AP/EAD APPROVAL!

June 3- Send RFE response

June 7- Under RFE Review/ EAD mailed

June 13- Received EAD/AP Combo Card

June 29- I-485 Approval and Card Production Ordered!

The only thing left is to get the GC!!!! πŸ™‚

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  1. Kyle / Jul 4 2011 10:14 pm

    Kumusta… Wow, the AOS only took 3 months. Congrats. At what point did you know you got the GC? We’re going in on a K-1 and also going to file for Advanced Parole to come back to the PH early. I read the Advanced Parole normally takes up to 2-3 months.

    • thegirlwhotooktheleap / Jul 5 2011 12:15 am

      I got a notice when it was approved πŸ™‚ EAD/AP takes about 60 days to be approved from what I have seen πŸ™‚ goodluck on your Aos journey πŸ™‚

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