Friday, February 8, 2019

I Am A Bono Fide American Citizen

Hi Dear Folk,



Today started off cloudy and raining, but now late afternoon we have blue skies and sun.  I spent a good part of my day at Social Security.  The government can work quite quickly when it wants to.  So yesterday I filed on line Medicare just the initial process, there are many more steps to go through.

Remember I mentioned about having to find the date that I became a naturalized citizen.  Well first thing this morning I received a phone call from my local Social Security office, would I please come in and prove proof of citizenship, either my naturalization papers or passport.  Since I haven't found the papers yet, I took in my passport.  Of course the place is packed, I sat for half an hour and figured out I had at least another hour to go, so decided to leave go and pick my shoes up from the shoe mender, go home get a coffee and come back, which I did, and I still had two in front of me.  While there I asked some other questions because why not, since it's taken me all this time to get to see someone.

Now I have been married to an American for thirty-seven years and living in the States for more than forty, first on a Green Card and then became a citizen. For over forty years I've paid my taxes and SS, when I was sending money to the government, not once did they ask for proof of citizenship, now I'm trying to collect on that, and only medicare, not SS, they want to know if I'm a citizen.

I do understand because where money is concerned people do take advantage, but still, all par the course.  One has to laugh.

Have a lovely weekend.

Christine

9 comments:

  1. Red-tape, it's hard to get through sometimes. I have problems with the spelling of my first name so I often have to prove who I am just because someone somewhere decided to add an e when they did the data entry.

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    1. I know what you mean, I run into that problem with my middle names.

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  2. I don't think I could laugh. Sorry you have to go through all this.

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    1. That is sweet of you to say that Nan. I appreciate ones like yourself and always enjoy your comments.

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  3. I think our current government is adding to all these hassles. Glad you got it sorted. Have a wonderful week.

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  4. Yup. You've gotta laugh or you'd cry~! So sorry you have to deal with all the red tape. It will be worth it in the end but till then, frustrating!

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  5. I've not become a citizen. I'm not sure I want to though I've been here for many years. I'm still on a green card. I've rarely been asked to see my green card. It always amazes me - especially with all the immigrant hoopla - that I've never once been sent a notice to find out if I'm still where I said I was or told me when my card needed to be renewed! I'm not sure I want to get any older. I don't know what will happen then.

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  6. Hope its all sorted for you now chuck x

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