As I mentioned yesterday, the Ukrainian received his Green Card. Yay! It only took 5 months and 18 days from the submision of our application and the receipt the of the Green Card. Entire time line of the Ukrainian’s progress to becoming an American is below!
16-Apr-2007 The Ukrainian arrives in San Francisco from Kiev.
??-May-2007 The Ukrainian responds to my Craigslist W4M ad.
08-Jun-2007 The Ukrainian and I meet in person at Tlaloc in San Francisco’s Financial District.
01-Sep-2007 The Ukrainian moves into my apartment in San Francisco’s Noe Valley.
16-Feb-2008 The Ukrainian proposed to me on Pacific Beach in San Diego with a ring from Tiffany’s.
19-Mar-2008 The Ukrainian and I are married in San Francisco’s city hall with 4 friends as witnesses.
09-May-2008 The Ukrainian and I submit our application to the USCIS (INS) for his green card.
June-2008 USCIS tells us that it does not have a copy of the Ukrainian’s birth certificate. We resubmit.
28-Jul-2008 The Ukrainian’s travel parole and work authorization permit arrive in the mail.
Aug-2008 We receive our letter inviting us to our green card interview for 19-SEP-2008
Aug-2008 We receive a letter canceling our 19-SEP-2008 green card interview with no explanation.
Aug-2008. The Ukrainian visits the USCIS. Discovers it has our address recorded as Brooklyn. Fixes it.
Sep-2008 We receive a new letter inviting us to a new green card interview for 16-OCT-2008.
16-Oct-2008 Green Card interview.
23-Oct-2008 Receive a “Welcome to the United States of America” letter from Dept. of Homeland Security.
27-Oct-2008 Receive the greencard. Yay! 🙂
Oct-2010 Must renew Green Card.
Oct-2011 The Ukrainian is eligible for U.S. Citizenship.
As you can see from the timeline above, it only took us 5 1/2 months from the submission of our application for the green card to actually receiving it. It was only 2 1/2 months from the submission of our application until the Ukrainian received his work permit and travel parole. This is much, much better than many other countries. I’ve had friends and relatives who’ve gone through the same process and had to wait 1 1/2 years to be able to work. And *then* they have to take an integration course for a year.
Uncle Sam is not so bad for most people.
I think it helped that the Ukrainian has a PhD from his home country and is pursuing an MBA. Plus, honestly, I think the U.S. would like to see Ukraine be more Western/European leaning rather than Russian-leaning. Anything to make the U.S. look better to Ukrainians has to be a factor in our quick success.