I thought I was never going to be able to write this post but today I can finally say that both my husband and I are legal residents of the United States of America.
I know, for many, that statement has no much value but for us it means FREEDOM. The freedom to travel outside of the US; the freedom to work anywhere we want; the freedom to reject job offers because we no longer depend on a work visa; the freedom to go to school paying in-state tuition and taking as many or as few classes as we want; the freedom to stop worrying about what tomorrow may bring in terms of our livelihood.
Finally being Green Card holders means that my husband finally gets to go home and see his mom (and the rest of his family) after 10 years; that I finally get to meet the important people in his life in person, and see where he grew up. It means that I don’t have to miss any more weddings and special events of my family and friends back in Mexico because I no longer need to go the the US consulate and apply for a visa every time I leave the country. It means that we can finally start planning vacations in places that we have always dreamed of and saved for.
If you just met me, you don’t know the many years we waited for this; the different immigration lawyers that we needed to use, the ridiculous amount of money spent on this and all what I personally had to give up in order to fulfill my husband’s number one goal when coming to this country. But those who know all what was put into this know how overwhelmingly happy we are!
These news are so absolutely great that we don’t even know how to react to them. I just know that today I get to start planning all what I had patiently waited for. Today is going to be a great day.