Saturday, April 5, 2008

Have you seen the movie, "Green Card"?

The other day the Feds. came looking for me. No really. I'm serious. The Brazilian Federal Police showed up at our door checking in on me. It was a seen straight out of the movie Green Card. The Federal Police take care of all immigration here in Brazil. They don't have a separate agency just for immigration like the U.S.

When Renato and I moved here we got all the paperwork ready for me to file an application for a Brazilian Green Card, or Permanent Resisdent Visa. It was sooooooo much easier then the U.S., and a LOT cheaper, and a LOT faster too. (I know this since we're in the same process in the U.S. with Renato.)

Back to this past week when the Feds showed up. They told us they'd come, but it had been a long time, so we thought maybe they wouldn't show. 2 men came (not in uniform, that would have been a little scary!).

This is what they checked out. They checked out our closets to see all of our clothes and that they were together. They checked out the bathroom for all the toiletries, like toothbrushes and such. They asked to see our shoes, which I thought was a little funny. Then they asked to see our dirty laundry! I'm so not kidding! I almost busted out laughing at that one, and then did when Renato opened the bin and my underwear were right on top!!! He had to point out a clothing item of his, mine, then Camden's. The last thing they did was interview a neighbor, which happens to be Renato's aunt, so hopefully that went well.

They didn't ask us any questions though, which I was a little sad about. At the end my mother-in-law served them Cafe Zinha (a tiny cup of really strong and really sweet coffee), so hopefully that sweetened them up a bit. They were very nice about the whole thing, and I have to say, I felt as though I passed the test. (The test being that I married Renato for love and not for a Brazilian Green Card.) :) I guess we'll find out soon!

I'm praying that my immigration process here continues to go well. Please pray for Renato's immigration process in the U.S. It is not an easy process at all. Pray for favor with all forms and sppointments with added grace thrown into every aspect. Thanks for your prayers!

6 comments:

Susan said...

Ha! I guess is must happen that Americans are flying down there for a green card:) They didn't give a rip in Germany. I could automatically can work since day one, no questions asked. I think because I was an American. They probably do not have a problem with Americans marrying Germans for Green Cards. But they are tough on other countries.

dumptrucksandteacups said...

How funny that they looked at your dirty laundry...

Praying that the process continues to go smooth!

Blessings, Carrie

Stacey said...

I thought that was funny the they looked at your dirty laundry, but I guess in some REALLY WEIRD way it makes sense!! :o) I pray for you guys to both end up with the green cards that you need.

hope_atz said...

Hi! So nice to feel a connection! I am looking at getting a green card now in Brazil and my son's father is Brazilian. We just left Brazil and are back in America now. How much did it cost and how long has it taken? I am just curious. I would really like to chat with you about other questions I have..Thank you! I have skype...

hope_atz said...

I am curious how everything went for you and are you still living in Brazil? Do you still love it?

Michele said...

Hope....Hello! It does sound like we have a lot in common. We are living in CO right now. Brazil was great, but the USA is just so much easier, especially with 2 little boys. I did get my green card, it took quite awhile, but wasn't expensive at all....not anything close to how expensive a US Green Card is anyway. If you'd like, you can email me at cheled77@hotmail.com if you have any more questions for me. :)