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  2. SJ272

    New Arrival Proceedure SA Customs JHNB

    Thanks for the update, Oscar.
  3. As from 28 November 2018 there has been some changes on arrival with SA Customs. After you have collected your luggage from the carousel you then proceed to customs. When going through Customs all suitcases go through a X-Ray machine . This is causing in some instances long delays. Passengers are missing their connecting flights to other centers. On Friday last week there were a lot of disgruntled passengers trying to get through the process. also make sure you read the new information booklet from SARS : http://www.sars.gov.za/ClientSegments/Customs-Excise/Travellers/Pages/Arrival-in-SA.aspx http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/OpsDocs/Guides/Customs-G001 - Travellers Guide new - External Guide.pdf although they say only some bags may be X-rayed they were making all passengers go through the X- ray process. With this new procedure, it appears when planning connecting flights from Johannesburg allow for extra time or take a later flight. The current 45 minute to 1 hour window period between flights looks like its going to be a challenge.
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  5. SJ272

    Passport Renewal

    No, in the queue for N400. Filed in October, 5-year GC anniversary is only end of this month, estimated completion Oct 2019....
  6. oscar

    Passport Renewal

    Don't you guys have US Passports yet ? then you can do Europe without any problem.
  7. SJ272

    Passport Renewal

    The thought had actually crossed my mind, but we need both parents at home affairs for under 18, and then we can’t leave the little one behind, so it’s not just $$ for all 4 but taking everyone out of school and work for 2 weeks... not very practical ..
  8. oscar

    Passport Renewal

    Well if you have a lot of $$$ take a quick 15 day trip to Cape Town and you can get it issued in two weeks. .... otherwise its a very long and painful wait. I'm speculating and hoping it arrives in January !
  9. SJ272

    Passport Renewal

    Ugh. Kid wants to do a Europe tour with school in June. Her passport expires October but a couple countries require 6 month’s validity left to enter so she'll need a new one. And payment has to be made by Feb. all cuttIng it very fine,including getting the visa ...
  10. oscar

    Passport Renewal

    Still waiting! application was submitted on September 1, 2018 it takes six months, so will probably receive it around March 2019
  11. SJ272

    Passport Renewal

    Any recent updates on time it takes to get passports renewed from LA consulate? has anyone gone in in person to get it done?
  12. Shaun

    Thanksgiving

    Did that first time and was not taken with (And still not) the over powering cinnamon that things tend to get coated with and simply cannot get into pumpkin pie!! Now there are other things though ...... Apple pie being one ❤️
  13. SJ272

    Thanksgiving

    Happy thanksgiving Shaun and everyone! yes, we’d had no idea just how big a holiday Thanksgiving was until we got here. This is the holiday more Americans go home for than any other apparently. We happened to spend our first one with friends on the slopes learning to ski .... we did a big traditional TG dinner in our rented cabin but it was all deli bought!
  14. Shaun

    Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving to all. A special "Happy" to all the first timers who have arrived in the US in the past 12 months. A strange experience for those. Ours was a great one where a couple we had met a month before invited us for Thanksgiving Dinner with their whole family.
  15. Sol1

    Made it back to the USA!

    yes he is done with Matric and got into Keiser University on a golf scholarship!
  16. Sol1

    Made it back to the USA!

    yes back in Florida - Jupiter!
  17. oscar

    Passport Renewal

    Just an update on my passport renewal and application for a new computerized unabridged birth certificate. The Consulate called to say that my unabridged birth certificate has arrived - the process took 12 weeks, but that was expected. Still waiting for the passport to arrive possibly in January or February 2019. I was impressed that the SA Consulate had called to let me know about the unabridged Birth Certificate had arrived. Thank you guys!
  18. SJ272

    Retention of SA citizenship

    For now..I just realized that if I don’t get my oath before my older kid turns 18, which on their timeline I won’t, we will actually still have to do one for her... lol. First world problems!!!
  19. JumpingJasonFlash

    Retention of SA citizenship

    Congrats! One less thing to worry about now ?
  20. SJ272

    Retention of SA citizenship

    Our certificates arrived back today, with a note that the children don’t need them because they automatically retain citizenship if they’re under 18. So just about 2 months from when we sent them in, probably would have been a couple of weeks faster if we hadn’t missed that we needed to send those affidavits plus copies of green cards in. By the way we had sent everything in one envelope with one money order and one return envelope, all worked out fine.
  21. For those of you who are required to file FBAR and have been tardy... today is the last day of the automatic 6-month extension.
  22. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    New bulletin for December 2018 interviews (DV2019) for Africa is 9800 (Except Egypt 6200).
  23. Woekes

    DV 2010 (3Oct - 6Nov)

    I will definitely be trying again - maybe 12th time lucky!
  24. JumpingJasonFlash

    One last step!

    Yaaaay! Personally, I’d take that estimate with a grain of salt. My original estimate was something like 9-13 months. In fact I logged in to the portal last week to print out one of the notification letters on file and my estimate was still 4 Months! Hahahahahaha!
  25. SJ272

    One last step!

    Not sure about the “almost” with my FO estimating 12-15.5 months processing!!!! , but hoping I’ll be as lucky as some of the others here and get it done sooner.
  26. bushbabyPTA

    DV 2010 (3Oct - 6Nov)

    Who will try again? The Diversity Visa program is open for entry from Oct 3 – Nov 6. dvlottery.state.gov
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