One of the main reasons for our trip back to the US was to pick up all of our documents needed for residency. Once we arrived back, we met with ARCR who will handle the process. We had most of the documents we needed except for a letter from Social Security and fingerprinting. So last Monday we were in San Jose to finish up some of the paperwork for residency. First thing in the morning we went to the US Embassy to get a letter from Social Security confirming my monthly amount (to meet the requirements of the new law). We got there around 8:20 AM and were on our way to Casa Canada by 8:50 AM. Once we got there and presented them with our letter, we then left to go get finger printed for an Interpol search on us to make sure we are not wanted by any other country. We got there around 930 AM and were headed back to Casa Canada by 10:30 AM.
Once there, we met with our lawyer who had us sign our application and pronounced us done with all of the paperwork. He will submit our application (as soon as the documents are translated into Spanish) and once Immigration has received our documents, they will provide us with a File Number which will enable us to stay in country (without having to leave every 90 days to renew our visa). After reading all the horror stories from other people who have gone through the process I was expecting it to be more of a hassle.
The only thing left to do is get my driver’s license (maybe next month).