In our household accounting spreadsheet, P and I almost forgot to make two separate categories for wedding and immigration expenses; right now they kind of seem like the same thing. The city hall wedding, while a pretty fun engagement with the municipal apparatus—was the first step towards staying in America above board. And like the I-693 described in my last post, the marriage certificate is just one of the many parts of the permanent residency application.
I just got legally wed at New York City Hall (actually the Office of the City Clerk) and am in the process of applying for family-based permanent residency. That is, a spousal green card. I’ve been in the U.S. in student status (not a visa! Canadians don’t need visas!) since 2008, and since I’m graduating in May, now is the time to make some moves.