On December 23, 2013, we began the process to acquire a Green Card (first step to citizenship and permanent residency permit) for Edu. We were told the average wait was about six months, but definitely no longer than nine. It is November, and still no GC. All this waiting, sounds strangely familiar and reminds me of my ten month wait to receive my Religious Worker visa to enter Spain.
We are in the next to the last step, providing financial support information. The last step is an interview at the American Embassy in Madrid, where they will put a stamp in Edu’s passport that will allow him entry into the U.S.A. But unfortunately, the National Visa Center recently sent us this message:
We are currently receiving an increased number of approved petitions from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. As a result, we are experiencing increased review times for documents received.
We expect it will be at least 60 days from the date we received your mail before we complete the review of your documents. We will notify you when we review your documents.
We are working with an immigration attorney to make sure we file things correctly and received this message last week:
It is unlikely that you will be able to make your December 8 flight. The NVC is going very slowly. Even if we were to get the documents in this week, they will probably not even look at them for two – three weeks, and then, they might kick them back for some other reason, or they may approve them, but it will probably be at least another month before you get your interview.
It is not impossible that you will be able to fly on December 8, but it is increasingly unlikely.
So, the last time we checked, we didn’t make the stars or craft the sun or hang the moon in the sky. Someone else did : ) And we’re so thankful we can take comfort in His words. Words like, “…what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! (Matt. 7:9-11)
So, would you ask Him with us that we would be granted a GC in His perfect timing and that He would sustain us and give us hope?