I never thought this day would come…
Today at 3:45 pm I received an email from “The American Dream”. It said, I won at the GreenCard lottery. “Sure” I thought… Ever since 2004 I applied every year and of course I always hoped for a message like this. But who didn’t hear about the people who got some spam that made them think, they actually won? So I was rather skeptic.
When I scrolled down and found all my contact info, my heart stopped for a beat or two. Could this email be real??? My first thought was facebook. I went to the page of “The American Dream” and asked on their wall if it’s possible that this is not a fake. I was totally out of my mind, of course a call would make more sense and that’s exactly what I did 2 minutes later.
After a short verification of my data, the nice guy on the phone confirmed that I really won the GreenCard. Or at least the option to get one. First I will receive the paperwork that I have to fill out. Between fall 2011 and 2012 there will be an interview at the consulate. I have to get a checkup, to make sure I won’t introduce any diseases into the country, which makes total sense. And then I’ll be ready to go.
Anyway I have a lot of time now. The procedure can take up to one year. Now I have to gather information, make plans and scrape together some money…
I’m waiting for the things to come. First of all a big envelope with hopefully more answers than questions.
Oh, by the way…
I’m happy!!! :)
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Hey Kathrin, so how are you enjoying living in the U.S.? Where is home base for you? What are some of your observations traveling through the U.S. vs Europe?
Hey Mike, I live in Tennessee. I really think, in the US it’s easier to travel. You hit the road and just go for hours and hours. The rest stops are much better and customer oriented than in Germany. Driving there sometimes seems like a race (if you’ve ever been on the german Autobahn, you’ll know what I mean).
In the US there is better parking, at least outside of the big cities (SF for example is horrible at that point).
I guess you can say, there always will be pro’s and con’s where ever you go in the world.
Hi Kathrin, Thanks for the add in twitter..wow congrats to your green card..do you live in the US now? I have been to the US twice but I still love Deutschland esp. Bayern! who knows one day, we will meet along the road…good luck and safe travels to you!