So I think Tuesdays are going to be my blog days, at least until excitement (well, things that are worth talking about) happens on a more frequent basis. Remember those weeks where I’d blog almost every day? Ah, happy times. Maybe that’ll happen again in the summer…
But uh, please note that I’m not complaining! At the moment life is good…just largely uneventful. Right now my creativity is at a high so my focus has to be on my book, which I’m really enjoying writing again. As a result I’m struggling to find the balance between that and WOTC. I do have some interesting things to discuss however, and I’ll do my best to cover them over the next few weeks.
So, with that in mind, what’s the topic for today? Well, it is my visa, and for the most part it is positive news. Nothing amazing – sadly I haven’t been granted full approval as a resident yet – but still worth sharing.
So late February we received a letter from the Department of Homeland Security essentially notifying us that, due to the high caseload, we were probably looking at another six months before we would be processed. And since that letter, the DHS had budgetary problems (you may have seen it on the news) meaning that date has probably extended. Who knows?
But then on Saturday we received another letter, this one informing us that I have a biometric appointment in Duluth two weeks Thursday. That’s pretty good, right? Evidently we’re moved at least one step up the ladder. I don’t expect to be processed completely before the summer but hey, we’re moving in the right direction!
A trip to Duluth is always a good thing, too. It has been a long time since we were last there, so I’m excited to go. The appointment is around 2pm, which isn’t that convenient, but we’ll try to make a day of it anyway. I’ll bring my camera, and hopefully it’ll be a nice day. Let’s see what happens.
Oh, and that isn’t the only good news we have. About a month ago I applied for a Social Security Number, because we were under the impression we needed a second I.D for my driver’s license (quick recap; I had to stop driving in October because my permit needed a status check). A number would also be very helpful to Vanna for tax reasons, as it would allow her to fill out a form that would benefit us (i.e., money heading back to us!). Applying was a win-win.
Anyway, my Social Security Card also arrived on Saturday which was pretty sweet. Of course the first thing I did on Monday was visit the DMV, because I miss driving so much and I wanna be behind the wheel for that Duluth trip! Sadly, it didn’t go too well, because apparently the DMV were not interested in a second form of I.D because they just wanted my 1-94 form (visa related)…something I’ve had since I entered the country.
In other words, we’ve waited all this time for no discernible reason. Had we known about this in October, I wouldn’t have had to stop driving (granted, I wouldn’t have driven at all really until this past couple of weeks) and I wouldn’t have to pay to get my permit redone. Very frustrating.
Of course, if we’d paid closer attention to the letter we would have realized the situation straight away, as it did say on the denial letter about proof of residency (though I don’t think my residency should really matter, especially when tourists with rental cars and exchange students are allowed to drive). But in our defence, we took the letter into the DMV and was explicitly told by a worker that it was an I.D issue…so this is not entirely all our fault.
Regardless, my SSN wasn’t required on Monday, and because we didn’t bring in the I-94 (an online form that the social security office accessed but DMV can’t check because blah blah blah) yesterday’s trip was pointless. We’re going to go back this afternoon with our file. Hopefully we can resolve the matter ASAP. Like I said, I want to drive again! I love the roads up to Duluth too.
So that’s our story at the moment. Mostly good, fingers crossed it’ll get better later today. I’ll keep you posted.
Have a fun week, everybody.