It turns out that it IS easy being “green” !

Today Yoli and I went downtown to the offices of the CIS (formerly known as the INS) for her interview. Despite the fact that I forgot to bring her I-94 entry form, all went well and she was approved for conditional permanent resident status (which most people call “getting the green card”).

The CIS man stamped her passport with a “special stamp” that will serve as Yoli’s green card until the actual card arrives in the mail in a few weeks.

At long last, all our hopes and prayers have been answered!

A *good* government experience?

This morning Yoli and I headed off to the local USCIS (formerly known as the BCIS, and before that as the INS) sub-office in downtown. We took with us Yoli’s application for an adjustment of status to permanent resident (read: green card) and her application for a temporary work permit (that lasts until she gets the green card).

We were expecting the visit to take hours or even all day. Surprisingly it took just a few minutes. There was hardly anyone in the office that day, and since our papers were organized and clearly labelled, we got in and out quickly.

We’ll return to the office on Friday for Yoli to have her picture taken and the work permit issued. The green card paperwork will take longer… probably 6 months to a year. But please pray with us that the process would be expedited.