25 July 2011

Welcome to The United States!

Just a little over a week ago I had the interview for my permanent residency in the United States. Even though we (obviously) aced the interview, my application was still pending and I have been waiting on the edge of my seat ever since. A couple of days ago a simple white envelope arrived in the mail that would change my life forever. I opened up the letter and read the words,
My application had been approved and I was officially an American resident.
I cried. I cried tears of joy as I became overwhelmed by thoughts of gratefulness. I am so honored to become an American Resident and I can't help but think of all the millions of people out there who wished they were allowed such a opportunity. I am just so grateful that everything went so smoothly and I get to live in the same country as my husband and nothing can ever get in the way of us being together. I am so blessed to be able to live in such an exciting country where I have a lot more opportunities then I would have ever been given back in South Africa.
A second envelope arrived on the weekend which held in it my green card. Never has a piece of plastic ever looked so good! Just me and Lady Liberty hanging out on our green card.

Alas, this whole process is not yet over. My green card expires in 2 years which is when I will have to go back and renew it to the permanent green card. A little further down the line I will also be applying for US citizenship. But that is a story for another day.

God bless America!


  1. That's wonderful! Congrats!


  2. Congrats Kate :) you must be so excited!


  3. WOOOHOOO! :) congrats- I think it might be time to celebrate?

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  5. Yay! You look cute on your card.

  6. Oh I'm so happy for you!! :D

  7. ohh congrats!! this made me smile huge because my fiance is going through the same thing right now and we are awaiting his final permanent residency letter so he can be a canadian with me!!
    so exciting!!
    xo dana

  8. Ok...I had to comment on this because my old roommate is from South Africa! I am soo happy that everything worked out :) Cute blog!

  9. Well done girl we are so happy for you and Peru.
    Sam and I have been through the same and never looked back.

  10. That's good news! I'm glad that everything turned out as planned. Many people want this opportunity simply because opportunities in the United States are endless. And for you to have it, you need to have the right papers. It's been over two years now, so I assume that you already have your permanent green card. If that's the case, then congratulations!

    Rachal Dworkin @Best Law Associates