After a 2 1/2 year patient wait, we were summoned to the Charleston USCIS office (formerly INS) for my Adjustment of Status interview. Armed with my ream of paperwork (still ended up forgetting a couple of things), we headed off to their new location off Highway 7. A much nicer setting than their previous location on Meeting St, although not nearly as nice a view. Actually no view at all.
After a short wait (30 minutes or so), we met with the USCIS officer, told him our story, gave him the requested documentation, answered his questions and at the end I was rewarded with a stamp in my passport giving me permanent resident status (more colloquially known as the "green card")! I'm told the actual card should be coming in 2-6 months. Hopefully it doesn't get lost in the mail when we move.
Now I can live and work here without having to remember to renew this or that every year. Big weight taken off now that I don't have to worry about it.
Now if I can only get this house thing wrapped up...but that's a story for another post.