Well here it is, the film title we’ve all been waiting for! And in only two months, although they say it can take up to six.
My green card arrived today, three years to the day that JT and I first physically met. What a crazy, wonderful, weird three years it has been.
So now I can job hunt in ernest and ironically, leave the country and return if I want to.
It is strange how it feels like a big achievement, at the same time as not changing anything at all. It is, after all, the physical proof that I am allowed to be here and have a life with my husband. In some sense it is the final government stamp of approval on our marriage. I’m glad it is here, the USA needs a lot of paperwork, but despite being the end of a long and sometimes tortuous process, it turns out that it doesn’t feel like a validation and we don’t need it to be one.
It’s just a piece of plastic, a cool, green, permission-to-be-here, now get on with your lives little card.
I di have to giggle while I was looking up the link on IMDb.com, I read this review:
George Faure is a Frenchman who has been offered a job in the U.S. But in order to get the job he must obtain a work permit – green card, and the easiest way is to marry an American. Bronte Parrish is a New Yorker who is a keen horticulturist and just found the perfect flat with its own greenhouse. Unfortunately the flat is for married couples only. A marriage of convenience seems the ideal solution to both problems. To convince the immigration officers they are married for love, they must move in with each other. As the mismatched couple attempt to cope with life together, they start to fall in love. Written by Sami Al-Taher <email@example.com>
Only in movie land folks, only in Hollywood is the “easiest way … to marry an American”
Anyway I must go – the elephants are restless again … (go watch the movie!)
Green Card is a 1990 film starring Gerard Depardieu and Andie McDowell, about a couple who enter a marriage of convenience and then, inevitably, fall in love.