Our Green Card Timeline

Illegal immigration is not the cause of the problem but a mere symptom.
Legal immigration is the problem. Here is what it looks like in general:

Here is what it looked like for us:

June 2009
Our first attorney charged $50 to refer us to a colleague of hers.

July-October 2009
According to the USCIS visa bulletin there were no green cards available in our category

August 22 2009
Phoebe Katharina Haas was born and automatically had dual citizenship

November 2009
Green cards got available for our category

December 2009
our attorney submitted our packages

April 2010
USCIS lost our application packages

December 2010
our attorney resubmitted our packages

May 2011
Senator Orin Hatch pursued a congressional inquiry about our case

June 5 2011
Benjamin Maximilian Haas was born and automatically had dual citizenship

July 2011
USCIS lost our application packages again

December 2011
USCIS found parts of both lost packages,
an immigration officer came for a workplace visit
and the green card application got approved

January 2012
Had to redo our physicals because they expire after one year
and USCIS invited us to fingerprinting appointments in their local field office

Employment Authorization came in the mail with wrong birthdays and names

May 2012
USCIS requested additional evidence

June 2012
Green Cards came in the mail

Total time: 3 years
Total cost: $9,039.56
USCIS fees: $5,565
attorney fees: $2,934.56
medical exams: $540
US citizens born into our family: 2


You know you’re German when

You know you’re German when is a pretty fun and educational tumblr that showcases German curiosities. Today a submission of mine got published:



Good bye Posterous! Hello Youtube!

For almost two years I have used Posterous to host my weekly sermon podcasts. After many ups and downs I have decided it is finally time to throw in the towel and make the move:

Good bye Posterous! Hello Youtube!

Over time I will convert as many podcasts as I can into Youtube videos. Also I will leave this posterous archive up.

Please make sure to subscribe to my new channel

If you have been following on or you will continue to receive your weekly sermon link.


Fathering – A Topical Summer Sermon Podcast

What kind of child are you?
How much do you trust your father?
What was it like when you left your comfort zone?
As part of our topical summer sermon series today, June 17th 2012, we will hear about “Fathering”:


Time to move

I am sorry this blog could not be reached for most of the day. My ISP updated their servers so now everything is running with top of the line specs ;-)

Also the church blog will be moving soon. Our current ISP won’t upgrade so we are leaving for the free non-profit hosting with DreamHost.

And last but not least: We bought a house in Provo. So are are moving physically as well: