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Friday, October 08, 2004

Now that I've managed to catch eight hours of sleep in a night, I'll elucidate my last entry.

This week, the BCIS (Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, formerly known as the INS) sent a letter to our old address. This is annoying given that we notified them of our change of address - and received confirmation of our notice - over a year ago. Luckily, our old address is Matt's parents' house, so the letter was passed onto us.

The letter itself, however, is even more perplexing. Instead of being address to Matthew and Melissa Dunphy, it is addressed to Joseph Shong and Melissa Dunphy. Joseph Shong is my mother's husband. He is listed as my father on the forms we submitted. The BCIS apparently thinks I have married my father.

Here is the letter:



I am flabbergasted. What is wrong with these people? Is it so difficult to read information we correctly entered on a form they created?

We tried to call the customer service number, but we were only able to leave a message. Last year, when we were trying to sort out my Employment Authorization, Congressman Tod Platts office left messages at the Philadelphia BCIS that were never returned. I don't really expect our message to be returned either.

My worry is that when we arrive at the BCIS on November 3, they will turn Matt away because his name is not on the interview invitation. I hope this will not be the case, but you never know. I've heard worse horror stories arising from trivial administrative errors like this.
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