The end of a number of years of visa-issues (at least for the next 2 years) is here. Earlier today when I got the mail (which I maybe did 5 times over the last 9 months) there was a very nondescript envelope without any markings. When I opened it I did a little dance of joy... It was my I-551 Permanent Resident Card, a.k.a. the Green Card. Finally! I'm now officially a permanent resident of the United States.
Well... 'conditional' permanent resident. Since we filed within 2 years of getting married I have to file a petition to remove the condition. We have to do that within the 90 days before 3/22/2010 and basically 'prove' the on-going marriage relationship through various records (joint tax returns, jointly held assets, bills, etc...). We are actually hoping to send some birth certificate(s) from children born, but that is up to the Lord... ;-)
Anyway, I'm here to stay!