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C & A

Posted in Personal by homeyra on December 1, 2006

A true story…

C, an American woman, met A, her future Iranian husband in a well-known US university some 35 years ago. After they got married they settled in Iran. It didn’t occur to A to apply for a green card; he reckoned he didn’t need one. Years later while they were on vacation in the States, the revolution occured in Iran, followed by the eight-year war with Iraq. Given the situation and having the luxury to choose they settled in America.

Years passed. Iranian emmigration to US was increasing and conditions kept getting harder and harder. Fake wedding was the only option for many to get a green card. In these times A realized that an Iranian passport was not the ideal travel document. He decided to apply for a green card on the grounds of having an American spouse. Their friends warned them about the tough interview: it would take hours, many trap questions would be thrown at them, and that A couldn’t count on getting a green just because he was actually married to an American for years…. unless they could convince the immigration officer that they lived together…

So… C and A prepared for the interview: they memorized the brand of the toothpaste they used, the color of their toothbrushes, the pattern of their towels and bedsheets, and anything they could think of that may pop up in the interview. They took the whole morning off from their work ready for a prolonged interrogation. When they entered the interview room in the INS building, the immigration officer’s first question was when they had gotten married.

Our protagonists responded immediately, simultaneously, but differently. Then they looked at each other. C was livid that A had once again forgotten this momentous occasion. A was equally certain that he does indeed remember and it is C who has gotten it wrong. C let A know in no uncertain terms that he has mixed up their American and Iranian wedding dates, and so on…

The heated exchange went on for a while. The immigration officer, completely ignored, was studying the couple in amazement. Finally, he declared: “That is quite enough, get the hell out of here… ” C and A froze! “we have really screwed up … A is never going to get the green card now …”, they thought.

Until the officer continued, “… I have no doubt that you are really married.” The interview took only a few minutes, A got his green card, and they were both back in their respective offices before coffee break.


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  1. C of C & A said, on December 2, 2006 at 4:51 pm

    Hi Homeyra. Can’t believe that you remembered, or perhaps I should say that I do not remember relating it to you! Anyway, you have a fantastic memory as you got all the details correct! I must tell you that the marriage anniversary is fast approaching and it will be 35 years. Will “A” remember? I doubt it. But then I don’t want to go there as we still haven’t settled on the date!

  2. homeyra said, on December 2, 2006 at 5:04 pm

    Lol C:) I will email this to A at the appropriate date:) I mean on both appropriate dates!

  3. Anna-Lise said, on December 4, 2006 at 6:04 pm

    What about throwing a party for thed 35 years and choose the date in the middle of the two dates?????

  4. homeyra said, on December 4, 2006 at 6:06 pm

    I see the practical Danish mind at work!! I am in:)

  5. Bijan said, on December 9, 2006 at 5:06 pm

    This was a very cute story. I guessed the ending as soon as you said they started to argue! I love it. 🙂

  6. homeyra said, on December 9, 2006 at 5:12 pm

    Thanx for your visit Bijan! C&A are a funny couple! I can write a few other anecdotes about them!

  7. Karen said, on April 19, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    Homeyra this is a great story!

    Please, more!

  8. homeyra said, on April 19, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    🙂 I asked many time C to write down some of the anecdotes of her life in Iran, but she seems very busy. I’ll try to blackmail her!

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