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  2. Malamute

    DV-2019

    I do know that when I had my interview (which was the days before you sent the documents beforehand) - they were very specific about it being unabridged, and the machine printed one. I had, some years earlier, obtained an unabridged certificate, but it was filled in by hand by Home Affairs - and I had to get another - and now, of course, they are all machine printed. But yes, my understanding is that it must be the unabridged version. I would suggest applying for that asap - but keep your interview appointment, and take what you have. They could put you in administrative processing - i.e. approve everything, but not approve/issue the visa until that outstanding document is supplied. As your visa must be issued by 30 September, or you lose it, get the application in immediately. You could find that they are lenient and grant the visa on the basis of what you have, but unlikely....but you may be lucky.
  3. Kallas

    DV-2019

    I've just received a letter from the JHB consulate with a list of what documents are required for the interview. The only concern I have is that they clearly stipulate a non-abridged birth certificate (with both parent's names on) - I've got this for my wife and kids, but mine is still the old original birth certificate which doesn't have my parent's names on. The original document request from the KCC only mentioned "birth certificate", hence I thought mine would be fine. They also never mentioned anything when I sent them the scanned copy. I'm worried now, since applying for an unabridged birth certificate would take at least a month, and my interview is in two weeks. Does anyone have any kind of experience regarding abridged/unabridged birth certificates??
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  5. Thanks Brit Simon! Interesting changes for DV lottery. Suggest anyone planning on entering this year apply for your SA passport as soon as possible. DV 2021 entry period is from the first week of October 2019 to the first week of November 2019.
  6. This will affect the next entry period in October. The change will catch a lot of people out - especially in Africa - so please get the word out! https://youtu.be/8icUoo0Ke_Y
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  8. FranetteM

    DV-2019

    Ah Heidi - congratulations! Now you're all set!! I receive notifications from skyscanner every day/every time flight prices change. I have set it up for single, as well as return, and yes return seems to be better priced. Emirates had a R8/9k single fare, but SAA charges R17k for a single trip 😵 and R13.5 or so for return (but then it is a direct flight to JFK with SAA).
  9. SJ272

    DV-2019

    Randomly, cvs does home delivery here now, both prescriptions and general stuff from the store. I don’t know if it’s a state by state thing..
  10. oscar

    DV-2019

    Thanks, Adventurer, SJ272 and Malamute, We went up to Mystic CT for a overnight getaway. Mystic is an interesting town on the coast, lots of little shops and restaurants. Its where the movie Mystic Pizza was filmed. The traffic was heavy all the way. New York has a lot to see and do. We enjoyed hiring a boat in Central Park and rowing around in the lake. Management took us to Daniels Restaurant this was a really expensive place Dinner ran over $300.00 a person. Here is a link if you have a chunk of change to spare. https://www.danielnyc.com/about Interestingly we found out that most pharmacies do home deliveries in Manhattan unlike other states.
  11. Malamute

    DV-2019

    Congratulations, Oscar - and enjoy the change. I'm so glad I've moved around a bit in the States - I know of quite a few South Africans who moved to the States - and to a random city/state because that is where they got their first job etc, and just stayed there. Atlanta, the San Francisco Bay Area, and now Colorado have all been very different, and it is quite liberating to reinvent your life in a new place - it is for me, anyhow. New York is a great springboard to get anywhere in the world - including hopping on the direct flight to SA - especially now that United will be starting direct to Cape Town too.
  12. SJ272

    DV-2019

    Sounds great, Oscar! We will probably retire to NYC (I understand this is opposite to what many do!) My older kid starts college there in the fall and we have family there, and spend a lot of time there anyway and now we will spend more, haha. Other than midsummer humidity, I love it.
  13. adventurer1

    DV-2019

    Congrats on the promotion and welcome to the North East NY has so much to offer, such an energy and melting pot. We are 50 min out from GC on the Metro North. Most people in our town commute daily to the city for work. Best of both worlds
  14. oscar

    DV-2019

    I got a nice promotion at work so we had to move to be in the Head Office in NYC. This also works out well with the kids going to College in the fall. We have a nice condo on the 15th floor .With pool and garden on 30th floor. Been here for three weeks, and becoming a real city slicker commuting on the bus and metro. The car is in the basement gathering dust.
  15. SJ272

    DV-2019

    [at]oscar, did you move? [at]Heidi556, you’d be amazed what you can get here. The only things I never seem to be able to find are jelly tots, though you may have to look at a variety of stores to find what you need (world market, various online stores, special local delis - the British shop in Santa Monica has a whole SA section, we have someone local who makes wors and melktert and yes real biltong, another one who sells bunny chow, etc. ) let us know when you’ve booked your ticket! So exciting!
  16. oscar

    DV-2019

    You can get biltong, wors and even boerewors from https://www.ayoba-yo.com/ Their biltong is available in some whole foods stores and also on Amazon
  17. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    I got my passport with visa in it 😁, it is a reality now. I also see the next visa bulletin is out, all regions are current with no exceptions. But that is irrelevant as we were all current two months ago. Kallas and Franette, have you guys looked at flights? I found a $900 = R13.5k return flight to JFK on Qatar airways. Returns are much cheaper per flight than one way. Thinking of making the return flight flexible option (like $100 more) so i can shift the date later on. No biltong 😬
  18. One thing that we hadn’t encountered in SA but saw a lot here, is the use of software as a first filter on job applications. Today on LinkedIn I saw this article that gives some tips around this, and thought it might be useful for those of you entering the job market here - https://www.linkedin.com/feed/news/how-to-defeat-resume-sorting-robots-4680164/
  19. SJ272

    DV-2019

    [at]Kallas, they don’t list financial documents because everyone is so different - what they need from a 24-year-old IT graduate will be very different to what they need from a 65-year old retiree, for example. You will need to show you won’t be a public charge in the US ie you can support yourself. As Heidi says a I134 is one option, they almost never used to ask about this in SA but seems they do more now (I am guessing part of the reason is that the rand has fallen so much that converting SA assets is much less favorable than it used to be). But any sensible approach will work - an i134 or job offer would be solid, or bring proof of your assets in SA that you will be able to liquidate and take (House, shares etc). If you have a degree and/or work experience in a field that should be easy to get work in, that will help of course even if you don’t have a job offer yet (most people don’t get one before they move). In addition to what Oscar says about income, if you have significant assets to liquidate- I would suggest try do that before you become a green card holder. If you do it afterwards, you may also be liable for capital gains tax in the US (probably not on your house as the effective primary residence exemption is much higher in the US, but possibly on financial assets. However if you start renting out your house after you are gone, you will afaik lose the primary residence CGT exemption both in SA and US so be aware of the tax implications of that. It may be worth getting a quick tax consultation on these issues before you leave.) Note that unless your SA income is particularly high, the double tax agreement (if you have paid tax in SA) and foreign income exemption (I think it’s around $100k a year, maybe a little higher now) should usually mean you don’t have to actually pay tax on it in the US even though you have to declare it to the IRS. Be sure to investigate all the nuances of the current situation about whether or not you need to financially emigrate, given that for now you plan to keep assets/have income in SA. good luck!
  20. oscar

    DV-2019

    Good luck with all the planning and packing, Just remember to Disclose rental income on your IRS Tax return. From the date of arrival in the US. Once you become a green card holder or US citizen all income received from anywhere in the world is taxable.
  21. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Haha, those are good problems to have. That also means you can list in your finances the rental income. If you have family there, they could be willing to fill in that I-134, then it’s easy.
  22. Kallas

    DV-2019

    That's really helpful, thank you [at]Heidi556. I'm about to pull on a few strings that I have in the US regarding job opportunities, which will then help with the financial "guarantee". Just a bit difficult applying with not yet being a permanent citizen. But I'm sure I'll make a plan Wow, so you'll be out of here pretty soon!? I'm dreading (if all goes well obviously) the admin side of things - e.g. selling furniture, cars, putting house up for rent (we won't sell just yet), etc.
  23. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    During my interview, the first (South African) interviewer asked if i had I-134, i said no i am taking financial care of mysef, then i said i have these finances to support mysef. The second interviewer (US girl) asked nothing about finances. Just asked what degree, and what field i will be working in.
  24. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Thanks Kallas, ja so happy! Next step is to receive my passport via courier, it should be here in this week. I have been looking at flights, short term < month are at a premium, flights in September are better priced, around ~$1600 for a return to Honolulu. Interesting, if you fly via Abu Dhabi, there is a CPB immigration there, where you hand in your immigration docs, then Abu Dhabi to US is like a local flight with no customs. Ok, so much of the financial tips I learnt from SAUSA, and Britsimons blog. The principal is; you have to prove that you will not become a financial burden on the US. The safest way to do that is with a form I-134. It is a form completed by a US citizen or permanent resident, that say that they will be responsible for your finances if you claim financial assistance from the US. I did not, nor any South African I have heard of, did not have someone willing to complete a I-134. So in the absence of this I-134, you have to prove you will not be a financial burden to the state. This seems to be the norm at Johannesburg. I did this by summarizing my financials. My first page was a summary, and pages attached proving the finances. It included bank account savings amount and three months statements, investments, property valuation. I asked my auditors to make a persoonlike balansstaat, that’s it. The idea is to prove that you and your family will be financially ok in the US. A job lined up, degrees like yours mec eng(?) is desireable, so include that for sure, existing savings, liquid assets, saying you will sell your house for Rx. All that helps to show you have means to support you and your family in the US.
  25. Kallas

    DV-2019

    [at]Heidi556 congratulations - very exciting indeed! So what is the next step(s) for you now? Quick question regarding the financial part of the interview - I've read through the information on the web pages from both the state.gov and the Joburg embassy, but cannot seem to find any request for financial documents (e.g. the I-134 nor the bank statements). How did you know to take this along with you?
  26. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Yes, they take and keep the original police clearance.
  27. SJ272

    DV-2019

    [at]Heidi556, when we went they took the copies of all documents except the police certificate where they wanted the original - is this still the case?
  28. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    😁 Ok, so they want original documents at the interview, and one set of normal copies of the originals. I had certified copies, but it was not needed. They kept the copies. The doctor wants four SA passport sized photos, and at the interview two photos US sized (50x50mm). But this info is in the instructions. Cool, I’m glad your documents are in order. So hopefully you will receive your 2NL from 15 to 30 June, or then 15 to 31 July, or 15 to 31 Aug.
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