I'm starting to worry about the intelligence of our leaders.
We're in the process of submitting green card paperwork for Nathan. We have to get all that done so that we can get a SSN so that we can claim him on our taxes so that we can apply for the adoption tax credit before they kill it off entirely. (I smell a request for a tax extension coming on)
First, there's the form. I think they called it an "I-693". When you print it, the form is 6 pages and the instructions on how to fill out the form are another 20 printed pages.
When the last page of the instructions came out of the printer, my eyes fell to the bottom section that explained how this form fell under the jurisdiction of the "Paperwork Reduction Act". I guess I'm lucky that I got the "short" 26-page version of the form.
Then there's the section of questions that you have to answer. Granted, the form expects that you're not three-years old. I get that. I do.
I just happen to think it is completely ridiculous that they make you answer questions like "do you plan on committing espionage while in the United States". Seriously, how many spies answer that 'yes'. Let me rephrase that... how many "successful spies" answer that "yes"? I thought it was pretty much a given that if you were willing to SPY on someone else that HONESTY isn't high on your list of personality strengths.
They wanted to know if Nate was sympathetic to the Nazi Government of Germany between the years 1933 and 1945 . Yes, the question lists those years. Do we really still get a lot of green card submissions for former Nazi sympathizers? Let's say, hypothetically, that a person is 20 before they really figure out their personal governmental leanings. That would mean the youngest of that group is celebrating their 86th birthday this year. I'd imagine that those that happen to still be surviving don't travel much, what with the bad hips and such that come from being EIGHTY-SIX.
And then at the end of the form, they have a section for the submitter to sign. I wanted to add a post-it that says "applicant is THREE and cannot write his name", but I didn't.
At least they found a way to make things work within the laws so we can finish this process for him!