Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hot and Bothered

When I started this emigration business, some days would be very frustrating. I knew I had to wait and that was fine..it was just the lack of information and instruction that bothered me. It was like we were expected to know what to do ...and when.
But now Im here...its all plain sailing...right?
Wrong..
This week I have been trying to get a social security number. Tuesday I spent over an hour on the telephone, pressing lots of numbers, talking to a machine and listening to some rather annoying jangly music. Just as I thought I may be able to speak to a human being...the line went dead!

So...I decided I would go to the Social security office myself, and speak to someone there. After nearly two hours of waiting in a very crowded room, my number was called. Armed with all the information I had used to get my visa, I explained to the lady what I wanted and she asked for my alien registration number...
My what?? No one ever said I had one...sighhh
She gave me a website to go on to and assured me this was all I needed...and off I toddled the two miles home....have I mentioned I don't drive and I don't trust myself on the buses yet.

Last night, I logged on and I found my number and printed it out,  then filled in the forms I needed. Early this morning, hoping to beat the queues, I arrived yet again at the offices. The line of people trailed out of the building. There must have been 100 people ahead of me. Im glad I took a book to read. Eventually I was called and the woman asked for my documents...
I-94....check,
passport... check,
forms ...check,
birth certificate...check...
Proof that MrD and I married within 90 days of my arrival...check
marriage certificate...check
change of name documentation.... my what??
So apparently I needed to inform immigration of my change of name ...Oooooooh Bother!
Thus began the trudge home in 80 degree weather....

So now MrD will have to take the day off and drive into LA to the immigration offices there to give in our proof so I can change my name formally. Hopefully that will be the end of it
I don't mind doing any of this.. I understand why all the rules have to be followed and all the I's dotted and all the T's crossed
But I just wish someone would have told me. Not once during the visa process, interview and entrance into the US did anyone tell us what the next step was and what we had to do. We were left dangling in the wind.. thinking everything was done and dusted

I wonder whats next?

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

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5 comments:

  1. Welcome to the U.S.A., land of bureaucracy. Sad to say...sure, we are the land of the free, however, we are quickly growing into the land of rules and government nonsense.(I will leave it at that). For the record, majority of Americans have the same issues, my husband waited on the phone for 1 hr with/for the Social Sec office the other day. Sorry you are going through all this...my brother inlaw married a German lady, they got the run around big time...sad to say. She eventually filed for duel citizenship, oh, thats another story, wink. Blessings

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  2. Aaagh! I'm sorry you are having such troubles, but I'm not surprised. Government, paperwork and waiting go together, even for those of us who are already citizens. Keep at it!

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  3. Oh Phoebe, I am so sorry for all the difficulties! Like Mari said, I am not surprised.... My dad is Canadian and about 8 years ago he got his citizenship, but it was quite the process. One that was aggravating at times, but well worth it in the end.

    Thinking of you and praying all goes well. Hugs!

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  4. So sorry it's been such a hassle for you. You would think there would be a check list or a website or something that would list everything that is needed. It really shouldn't be that hard! Hope you'll get it all settled soon.

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  5. The Social Security office can be one of the most frustrating places. Any government office really. We could choke on red tape. Sorry you are having such a hard time with this.

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