Wednesday, September 24, 2008

we are lazy

We haven't blogged in awhile only because our camera is broken. It rained for about 5 days straight and today is the first sunshine. Last Saturday we went to the beach and it rained the whole time. We stayed for an hour though because the rain doesn't really affect the temperature. Eva got in the water, not all the way under because its the ocean but I took her in and Alexander is getting more brave and crazy in the water. Not much has been happening really. We were asked to speak on Sunday about the restoration. I have no idea what to talk on because the restoration isn't just one little thing.
All I have been doing today is taking care of the children and researching and preparing to file my I-751. If no one knows what that is its the change of status form for my greencard. I will have had my greencard for 2 years on december 13th and the instructions say I am to send it in not before but during the last 90 days before december 13th. I think I am there now but the process is just as crazy as the initial greencard. I have to show all kinds of proof that we are still married and not married for a greencard. The worst thing about it is that is costs $545. This is pretty depressing because I have been googling all day to see other people's process for doing the I-751 and they were all complaining because it cost $215 in 2006. I guess applying to stay in the country is like gas prices. I think the citizenship one is about $670 it will probably be $800 by the time I get there. So you have to prove you are married in good faith (whatever that means) and pay lots of money. Oh but I didn't get on here to complain I am sure it could be a lot worse. My 10 year greencard will take about a year they say. They are very behind. The head of the USCIS(immigration) said the fees are going up so the process can go faster. Hopefully it will. Anyway I was going to ask if anyone has any photos of Daniel and I together since December 13th 2006. This is all really annoying oh and if anyone who has known us since we have been married would like to fill out an affidavit saying they have known us married and think we are married out of good faith or something then let me know. I think these people are weird about their proof of a relationship. Anyway that is life right now a bit annoying and stressful. I can't stand the immigration stuff but hopefully it will be worth it in the end. (they can't stop bugging me until I get citizenship which I can technically apply for on December 13th 2009)



The Black's said...

Miriam, I am so glad you contacted me. I was thinking about you the other day. Eva is beautiful, I went back to your june posts to see her. And Alexander is getting to big. Guam looks beautiful. It sounds like it rains a lot. I love the rain but you cant do a ton of stuff in it when you have kids. Your family is beautiful. I saw pictures of you mom and sister. I haven't seen them for 8 or 9 years. Does Meleofa blog too. I haven't seen her for about 6 yearsr. Crazy! Please keep in touch!

Hera said...

Well stupid immigration. Don't they think two children counts for anything. They are very paranoid and yeas money does talk. I don't care what anyone says monsy talks. That is my experience with immigration in many countries. It is scary how much power each immigration officer has in deciding peoples fate. If they have a bad day it can determine your fate. Don't think that can't be true because it is. Also somw of them are prejudiced agains some people. Just speaking from experience. Good luck with your paper anyway. Leave it in Heavenly Fathers hands. Love and miss you all.