Today was an important day — I officially submitted all of my paperwork. My application is being processed! I can’t wait to be officially recognized as a citizen 1 year from now!! (hopefully I didn’t just jinx it)
But wait, let’s back up. My last post was about getting my stamped documents back from Chicago. I believe this was a completely unnecessary, totally time-wasting step. But it’s okay!
I went back to the consulate with these papers, and they told me two things:
- “You didn’t need these stamps…why did you get them?” (because you insisted last time….)*
- “Your marriage certificate doesn’t match the translation.”
Yeah…..OOPS. I had an official marriage certificate with apostille. But the copy I gave to my translator was a “souvenir copy.” It was what I had in my lockbox, and I never once thought that it was different from an official copy. (Why did the state even give me this useless document?) They look nearly the same, but the official copy has signatures and a lot more boilerplate text.
I had the correct version translated and brought that to the consulate today. And that was it. Yay!
*take home message: if something sounds out of whack, it probably is….don’t trust them! Just go back another day and speak to a different person.