Sunday, August 1, 2010

US Immigration - Finito

When you have a Permanent Residency Card in the United States, it's a priviledge - not a right. That's what I was told in the letter I got when they welcomed me to the country after screwing up majorly.

Us coming back to New Zealand was only supposed to be short term. You may leave the USA when you have a green card, but you must return within a year to keep it valid.

Things changed in our lives and I didn't re-enter the USA. In not re-entering the country, I automatically abandoned my Permanent Residency. I had this confirmed twice when I rang US Immigration in Los Angeles. I was guaranteed instant deportation upon arrival to the USA.

That ended my spree with the US Immigration. It took me 7 years to get it, and one year to lose it. I still don't know how I feel about it based on that fact, but it is what it is.

The option is there to fight it, but it's not priority at this point. I have my own insensitive country to fight.

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