We got some pretty frustrating news yesterday regarding our Green Card application...
Our entire application package was rejected and sent back to us, and I'm surprised it even made it back to our mailbox from how damaged it looks. (When I sent it to USCIS, I prepared every single paper inside of a plastic sleeve to protect from things like this and they have butchered it, taken everything out of order, some things appear to be missing, and the package is falling apart)
The only reason they have given for our application being rejected is that we filled it out on an "outdated version" when the top of the paper CLEARLY states that it expires October 31, 2017 .. Call me crazy, but that is valid for several more months. It took me 3 weeks straight to completely prepare this application package with well over 200 papers in it. So I went back to their website to check what the "updated version" was dated... would you believe they released a new version just a few days before I mailed the freaking thing?? Not to mention that they don't tell you when they release new versions. So even though the official website says they will still accept the previous version until end of August, we still were rejected on those terms.
There's comes a point where you just feel totally defeated. This is that point for me. Any other time I would be ready to fight them on this. But what do you do when even the government doesn't play by their own rules?? I want justice but we don't have the time to lose
The first visa we had to apply for (fiance visa/K1) was not rejected, but they requested more information for a similar situation. They took so long to actually open our application that the most recent paycheck I sent was no longer my most recent. That was totally on their fault but I still had to send it while our application was being delayed.
So what happens now you might wonder?
We go out of our way to fill out another 30 pages of applications with a new date at the top being the only difference. Pay another $30 to (hopefully) ship it to the USCIS office ASAP. (Last time I paid for 2 day shipping and it took over a week). Wait for them to open that package again. Hope they don't reject it for some other bullshit reason.
We are mostly worried that they won't have processed the applications in time for our trip back to Sweden in September. Now that we have to re-submit the whole thing, there is only 1 month left and we can't go without the approval to travel. We already paid for our tickets so many months ago so I'm going to be very upset if we can't use them. Normally I would just leave anyways but, in the US, if you leave without permission during visa processing, your entire application process will be discarded and you will have to start from the beginning in your home country.
It is this sort of thing that makes me wonder why I moved back to the states. It shouldn't be this hard to have my husband live here with me.
Anyway, this is the struggle of finding love in another country. We are a bit sad and angry, and I want to just eat a whole box of chocolate cookies. But tomorrow is a new day and hopefully someone with a kind heart will handle our application. All we can do is wait and hope for the best. (and to try not to cheat on our diet)