Today I had a letter from USCIS in the mail.
"Your application has been approved," it said. "Welcome to America."
To someone who has received at least a dozen letters from the government on the same letterhead, each listing a case number and an outcome, or a laundry list of missing documents, it was refreshing to get a letter where the overall tone was different.
Not only was the writer trying to convey a warm welcome while at the same time using government-approved sentences, but the bottom of the letter contained phone numbers you can call for help if you run into ANY problems, ANY at all.
All of a sudden, I am getting the VIP treatment. Now, I am almost an American.