Red Tape, Good and Bad

Red Tape, Good

You do not have to be licensed in gifted education to teach gifted education in Virginia. However, there is a state endorsement available, and since Good Man and I will probably not live here forever, I figured getting the state endorsement was a good idea. If we move to a state that has reciprocity, it may count or reduce required coursework. If we move to a state that doesn’t require a GT endorsement, it will still help me get a job working with GT students.

Last month I dropped off my state endorsement paperwork at the central office. They told me it would take eight to ten weeks to get my endorsement from the state, but I got home Tuesday night to find my new license. Now I am qualified to teach Gifted and Talented in the state!

Red Tape, Bad

So, a long time ago we mailed off Good Man’s ten-year green card application.

As quick refresher, you do not immediately get citizenship when you marry a US citizen. (More than half of the people I’ve talked to about immigration matters seem to think that is the case.) If you are married less than two years when you get a green card, you get a temporary green card. Two years minus ninety days later, you apply for a ten-year green card. Three years minus ninety days after getting any sort of green card, you’re eligible to apply for citizenship through marriage. (Employment-based citizenship is a five-year wait, I think.)

So we mailed off our application in June, Good Man went for his biometrics in July and…nothing.

It’s supposed to take six months or so to get approval. It’s been over eight and we’ve heard…nothing.

According to USCIS, the Vermont Service Center is working on May 2nd cases. California, meanwhile, is routinely approving people in approximately 90 days.

And we wait.