A thousand little cuts
On the home front, we have nearly three years into the process of my son-in-law getting his green card. Just when we think we are done and all is ready to be finalized, they throw us another curve. Latest? The interviewer, on official letterhead, requested of my son-in-law:
"Please submit an orginal letter of employment for your joint sponsor, ####. This letter must state her length of employment, current salary and prospect for future employment.
Please submit copies of her earning statements for the past six months.
Seems simple enough. Okay, I email back east for my employer to send the letter. I get together all my pay stubs for the last six months. The letter arrives. Smart employer sent two, on letterhead, with her business card attached. I put all documents together and hand off to daughter and son-in-law. She runs it by the Reno DHS U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office. According to them, though I had done EVERYTHING in the letter, I was supposed to be a mind reader and know that my letter would not be complete if it did not include all the information on a separate piece of paper THEY HANDED HER TODAY. This paper looks like it has been Xeroxed a gazillion times...no official letterhead or government document number either. It says (and yes, it is all in upper case):
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS M U S T BE INCLUDED IN ALL REQUIRED/REQUESTED EMPLOYMENT LETTER(S)!!!
**LETTER WRITTEN ON COMPANY'S LETTEREAD (sic) STATIONERY
**NAME OF INDIVIDUAL; SS# OF INDIVIDUAL
**DATE BEGAN EMPLOYMENT
**IS POSITION PERMANENT OR TEMPORARY
**IS THE POSITION PART TIME OR FULL TIME
**HOW MANY HOURS ON AVERAGE ARE WORKED EACH WEEK
**IS THE EMPLOYMENT SEASONAL; IF SO, HOW MANY HOURS ON AVERAGE ARE WORKED EACH YEAR.
**WHAT IS THE CURRENT RATE OF PAY
**ARE THERE ANY SCHEDULED PROMOTIONS OR PAY INCREASE, IF SO, WHEN
**WHAT ARE THE COMPANY'S EXPECTATIONS FOR THE APPLICANT'S CONTINUED EMPLOYMENT IN THE FUTURE
IF THE EMPLOYMENT LETTER DOES NOT CONTAIN THIS INFORMATION, IT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!!!
The thing is, the letter says what I make, and that ain't part-time pay. It says the likelihood of employment is good. AND, the HR director tells them that they can CALL her if they have additional questions. The pay stubs include the hours I work, my SSN, etc. So, I am going to have to get on the phone in the morning with USCIS and sit on hold and find out what exactly they need from me.
I guess this wouldn't feel so sucky if the rest of the world were okay. But my country is going down the tubes and this is just one more cut. Submit To Propeller