From Alien to Resident

“This is to notify you that your application for permanent residence has been approved.”

After three years, five needle jabs and navigating the beast that is US immigration laws and visas, we’re finally here. We’ve transitioned from ‘Legal Aliens’ to ‘Residents’.

Which is a pity. I enjoyed referring to myself as an ‘Alien’. But this new status means:

No more insane waiting times to clear immigration after a 16-hour flight.

No more hemming and hawing, on really bad days, over whether we should pack up our belongings and move back to Asia.

No more on-again, off-again employment status for me.

Time to pop the champagne I say!


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