It’s official, my wife is now 100% approved for a VISA/Green Card. Believe it or not, they are actually going to let her stay in the country longer than your average tourist! Unbelievable. And now that I am done teasing my wife I am going to channel the great Paul Harvey and give you…….the rest of the story.
It took us months to get to today. The big day. The “Final Interview” for my wife’s Green Card. Up at 6am, checkout of our hotel and on the way, Frankfurt traffic turns a 30 minute drive into 50, arrive at 8:15 which is 15 minutes late, find a parking spot, become totally confused by their security system, empty our pockets and go through the scanners, ask greeter guy dumb questions, and…….we’re in. Fancy clothes and all. Well, not suit and tie fancy. More like birthday party fancy. Either way, the moment we have been waiting so long for is finally here. All of the guessing and wondering will soon be over. All that build up and guess what. It was easy. Like super easy. We waited longer than we actually did anything.
- First window; drop off passport, pay way to much money, please have a seat.
- Wait 15 minutes.
- Second window; verify some info, get fingerprints taken, short conversation, please have a seat.
- Wait 20 minutes.
- Third window; raise right hand and swear (or affirm) to tell the truth, answer a few questions, more fingerprints, have a nice day.
That’s it. 1 hour and 15 minutes from the time we hit security until we walked back out. We totally expected something more sinister. She pictured going to somebody’s office, all nice and official feeling. I pictured more of an interrogation room set-up, intended to make “fake marriage” people and terrorists nervous. None of that though. Might as well have been a really secure post office. We even got a number and were called to each window with a nice little sign on the wall. We will receive the paperwork and her passport in the mail in about a week, and that’s it. Next step: go to America!