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  2. Hi all Can anyone shed some light on the process to add a dependent child(6 weeks old) to an Approved F2A application? Interview in Jhb Consulate is in 4 weeks. Have been trying to contact the IV department for past few weeks, without any reply / success. Phoning the number doesn't help either as they say that the IV department has no direct contact line As far as I can search, the DS260 form needs to be 'unlocked' and the dependent child's details added. The beneficiary needs to make his medical appointment in Jhb, and the 6 week old will probably also then undergo a medical? Does anyone have a contact at the IV department maybe?
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  4. Here is the link to the Non stop flight to Cape Town : https://www.cntraveler.com/story/united-returns-to-africa-with-a-direct-flight-to-cape-town Just a tip to passengers currently flying out of Johannesburg to USA - The only way to take water or sodas with you on the flight, is to purchase water at the Duty Free liquor store. The water and whatever else you buy is sealed in a plastic bag and delivered to your gate. Don't purchase any last minute water at the shops, as you will have to either drink it or throw it away at the Security Check at the gate.
  5. So nice to have another direct to CPT option from overseas. We'll probably replace our current SFO-CPT route to go via NY than LHR when this takes effect, assuming prices are reasonable vs the BA route.
  6. United Airlines plan on flying non stop from Newark Liberty International Airport (New York) to Cape Town from December 15, 2019. There will be three flights a week on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Flying time 14 hours on the way to Cape Town and the return flight will take 16 hours due to headwinds. This is still to be approved by the US Department of Transportation. But great news, and a little competition for SAA
  7. Shaun

    DV-2019

    Very true statement - it is that stupid <1% you need to watch for and they exist everywhere, not just the US. The worst part of that encounter is that my dog was super kid friendly and wanted to say hello to his about 7 year old son (Who was totally excited about that fact) but the father freaked, adding "to the "keep your viscous dog away from me" with Can't you see my son is terrified?". I am assuming that my laughter and sarcastic comment which was something about grown men being babies while his kid was cool was the reason he stormed off in a huff dragging his poor son with him. 👼 At least that is what my wife tells me!!!
  8. FranetteM

    DV-2019

    That is hilarious!! 😂
  9. SJ272

    DV-2019

    Sure, but it’s the people whose dogs are being attacked that are the ones reporting the aggressor - it’s not up to them to get help for that dog’s behavioral issues, it’s up to the owner. People do feel they have the right to walk their own dogs without being attacked, and of course it increases the possibility of a human being bitten if you’re trying to protect your dog. This is a different situation to shaun’s “Don’t pat my dog” scenario. I have seen some people walking their dogs with a muzzle. 99% of the time everything is fine, but it’s the 1% that’s the problem. Hope you get everything sorted out with your doggie. Despite all the warnings above, the US is generally very dog friendly.
  10. oscar

    DV-2019

    Thanks Malamute, I lost my login some time ago. I have reset it and can now view the full dashboard.
  11. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    😂
  12. Shaun

    DV-2019

    Bear in mind that law suits can be all too common from those looking for a quick payday (Think Eagles song "Get Over It") and IF your dog is not on a leash or behind a fence and bites somebody then you could face either a law suit or, if the area you live has some regulations about fences / leashes / under control dogs, you could also face charges from the local authorities. This is not to say that you should not have dogs or be constantly concerned about law suits but simply apply a dose of common sense and logic as to how you proceed is all. The US is no different from the rest of the First World in "Protecting the stupid" as it appears taking responsibility for ones own actions is an increasingly scarce occurrence in many countries so, if I get bitten because I patted your dog after you said I should not, then clearly that is not MY fault now is it?? 99.99% of the time you will not have any problem but be aware of that 0.01% of the idiots out there. When we lived in Florida my roughly 10 Lb Maltese cross Jack Russell (Very friendly) wagged her tail and tried to greet a stranger while we were on a walk (Full grown 6 ft male) who shied away and shrieked that I should keep my "viscous dog" under control before it attacks him??
  13. FranetteM

    DV-2019

    Wow, that's quite hectic. My friend lives in North Carolina and she told us there are people/organisations that work with dogs to help them with this type of behavior. So we're planning on sending her for 'treatment' when we get there, otherwise will have to walk with a muzzle probably to be safe. She is so unpredictable. She just loves some dogs and seems to be aggressive towards smaller breeds (smaller than herself).
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  15. Kallas

    DV-2019

    Thanks [at]FranetteM - you were correct. I phoned the KCC (who were very helpful), and they instructed me to enter "other" on the DS-260 form for our newborn's "travel document", just so that we can have the DS-260's completed. They said that, only after all of our DS-260's have been completed, the KCC will mail me requesting a copy of the passport biodata page - at least this buys us time whilst we await our daughter's passport.
  16. FranetteM

    DV-2019

    Kallas and Heidi556 Ok, so we emailed the KCC to ask whether we should submit our documents so long and to ask whether our DS-260's have been processed, as we haven't received an email requesting the documents and we submitted our amended DS-260's in January already. We've applied for our Police Clearance Certificates, but still waiting. So they replied and said we must wait for the email asking for the documents and only submit once we've received all documents for all applicants. Regarding our question whether our DS-260's have been processed yet, they just had a 'standard' reply to say that it takes several weeks for DS-260 to be processed. Spoke to the doctor's receptionist in Cape Town. Medicals are between R4 956 and R6 500 per adult. We don't have our immunization records, so she said not to worry. They will do any if needed while doing the medical. It takes about 120 minutes per person, excluding X-rays and to arrive 45 minutes before the exam appointment to allow time for filling in forms.
  17. Malamute

    DV-2019

    Also, even 'though the email may contain only the first 5 images, you can follow the link in the email to your 'dashboard' - where you can see ALL the mail due - as well as select to view all packages due, and when previous packages arrived. It is a great service, and often think of how hopeless the SA postal service is in comparison. Also, it isn't linked to the hold of mail while you are away - also free of charge - so the Informed Delivery service can continue into perpetuity if you want.
  18. Malamute

    DV-2019

    FranetteM, as Shaun points out, landlords are entitled to place conditions on renting (including not alloweing pets at all, or certain breeds, size only etc). It is the same with aparment complexes, and insurance companies, who can place conditions, or not insure you etc. This is true for pets. There is a different ruling for service dogs, where your right to have a service animal in a home, even if the landlord does not permit 'pets' is protected under the Americans with disabilities act, and there is another ruling for emotional support animals. However these protections don't apply for most animals - i.e. pets. State law doesn't control those areas of law, but state law, county law or city law can either ban a breed (i.e. you cannot have that breed present in the state, county or city, or not. Sometimes the state doesn't have a law on it either way, but a particular county or city does. I'm sure you will be fine - people live all over with dogs of all types - and clearly you know the limitations of your own dog's sociability.
  19. SJ272

    DV-2019

    This could be a problem too depending where you are. I know where we live, dogs that are aggressive to other dogs have been reported to animal control for checks too. Fencing ...very home dependent. For example in our town, most houses don’t have real fences or walls in front (other than for privacy on main roads) but just about all have their backyards fenced in for dogs. The flip side of all the above is that the US is very dog friendly in other ways, for example, many hotels allow dogs for an extra fee, the dog run parks etc.
  20. FranetteM

    DV-2019

    Thanks Shaun, I understand it better now. It's almost the same as, say, I am the home owner in a security complex and the body corporate rules allow for pets, but I as the landlord don't want pets to destroy my carpets, I have the right to say to the tenant no pets allowed.
  21. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    [at]Shamus Sorry I read the thread again now, regarding probability of being selected and graphs, I have some statistics for you, and giving my interpretation of stats from my limited first year statistics module knowledge. The probability of being selected is difficult to determine because there are more selectees and derivatives than there are visas, and this differs every year, understand? Therefore we have to work with historical data. From the Diversity visa program statistics page https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/diversity-visa-program-entry/diversity-visa-program-statistics.html, I get the following for DV2018: Qualified global entries 14 692 258, Selectees approximately 115 968 (they say approx. and applicants not selectees, I’m assuming selectees), Entries chargeability South Africa received 28 775, Selectees chargeability South Africa 500. Therefore looking back, for DV2018 the probability of being selected is P(Selected) = 115 968 / 14 692 258 = 0.00789 = 0.789% = once in 126.69 years = 0.789 times in 100 years. For chargeability South Africa, the probability of a selectee being selected from the pool of South Africa chargeability entries = P(Selected | given South Africa) = 500 / 28 775 = 0.017376 = 1.7376%. That is not too bad, that is once in 57.55 years, or 1.7376 times in 100 years. If you take it further, like you said year 1 of not selected, and year 2 of not selected and so on, it becomes very complex and surprising results come out. Because bear with me, for example if you enter at any time, your probability of being selected is always still P(Selected) = 1 / (amount of global entries). That is always the case. It does not increase and is not a paradox, it is the same as ‘Gambler’s fallacy’ where a gambler thinks if he plays another hand or keeps on playing, his chances of winning per hand is higher, it is not the case, every time you gamble the chance of winning is always the same. But! If you analize it further, saying what is the probability of not being selected five times in a row it is something like this P(Notselected2020 | given Notselected2015 and Notselected2016 and Notselected2017 and Notselected2018 and Notselected2019), becomes lower that the probability (of not selected) of a single year. But this does not affect you chances of being selected at any time, it just says “the probability of not being selected for six years in a row is lower than the probability of not being selected at any time). Haha, google gambler’s fallacy, the stuff is quite interesting.
  22. Shaun

    DV-2019

    As a landlord myself I can confirm that it is my right to decide who / what gets to stay in my house regardless of state / local law. I have specified that no dogs over 20 lbs be allowed and neither are multiple dogs. If my insurance company had additional costs tagged to the policy for pit-bulls (Some do and some do not - mine does not) then I would either not allow pit-bulls or charge a premium for the additional cost that I would incur.
  23. FranetteM

    DV-2019

    Thanks SJ272 and Malamute. My husband checked and it would seem like fortunately the states we have in mind are those who are not permitted to make laws on dogs based on breed. At this stage our port of entry will probably be New York (JFK) and then we're looking to settle in either New Jersey or Pennsylvania to start off with. Although, as Malamute mentions, I have started to look for rentals in New Jersey and most of them say no pit bulls. So this is quite confusing. If the state falls in the category not allowed to make laws on banning breeds, the home owner or insurance companies can override this? Will they go as far as to check the Vet card? Our dog doesn't look like a pit bull at all. I think she has Ridgeback, Staffie and Jack Russell dna as well and the Staffie/Ridgeback features are more prominent. Unfortunately, on her Vet card, the Pitbull is listed. She is extremely friendly with humans and especially with children. She does have a 'problem' with some other dogs though and because of that we always walk her on a leash. When we go to the beach, we have a longer leash, which allows her to run and play, but we can easily reign her in if other dogs approach. She is used to living inside, as I work from home, but I am a bit worried with the lack of fencing over there. She will not be able to go out on her own at all. We always pick up pet waste anyhow, so that is not a problem at all.
  24. Malamute

    DV-2019

    As far as the ban on certain breeds of dogs - it isn't as easy as knowing a ban state by state. As you will see by the link SJ272 has posted, the ban can be by county and/or by city as well. Until about a year ago, the city I live in banned pitbulls. Denver itself still does, as do a number of other cities in the metro area. In addition to that, it is VERY hard to get an apartment lease with a pit bull in most places - or get a landlord to agree - even in areas where they are not banned - their insurance usually bans a bunch of breeds - I have had the same problem - although I don't have pit bulls. When I bought my house, I went through 6 or 7 home owner insurance companies before I found one that would accept my breed of dog. BUT - all is possible - so you will be fine - but your choices of where to stay etc may be limited to 5% of the available places. Many places have a total ban on pets, or a weight restriction - e.g. dogs under 20lbs only (this one makes no sense to me). Cats are even more restricted. SJ272 mentions that there is much more 'control' about dogs here - and it is a BIG change from how things work in SA, that a lot of people are not prepared for. Also, leash laws are a big deal here - and they ARE policed. It varies tremendously from place to place. There was almost nowhere I could walk my dog offleash in Atlanta, except for small dog parks teeming with other dogs. It was a lot better in the San Francisco area, and a sort of 'in-between' situation here in Denver. If you are used to taking long offleash walks on the beach in South Africa, for example, expect your options to do that here to be very much more limited. Picking up and bagging pet waste here is a must too. Lots of homes have no fenced in yards at all. Those that do - usually a low fence, often split rail so dogs can get through, unless you use galvanized iron. Again, will restrict your choices, but you will find something. On the upside - lots of very safe places to go walking with you dog - even on your own without any worries.
  25. SJ272

    DV-2019

    [at]FranetteMthis might help https://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/states-where-your-dog-might-banned.html/ interestingly some states have bans on some breeds and other states actually don’t allow bans on dog breeds. bear in mind that the US is generally much more “in control” when it comes to dogs - check your state laws - in the event that your dog bites someone, it may have to be reported to the police and/or animal control, who may take it away and euthanize it depending on the circumstances. (Any dog, not just pit bulls). Happened to friends of ours who ended up with a rogue Labrador - yes, a Lab - that bit a kid in the face bad enough for stitches.
  26. FranetteM

    DV-2019

    Hi Everybody, Thanks again for all the tips and info about the moped - so that is definitely a no-no. Heidi, I checked the Visa Bulletin about every 5 minutes on Friday and when it didn't come up I thought it will only be available on Monday, but just to be sure I checked now. What a surprise!!! I'm shaking. So excited!! Kallas, I agree with Heidi. I think they will let you add the missing passport number at the interview if you don't have it now. It is more important to get the DS-260's submitted so they can process. Best to phone and ask like you said. Good luck! Heidi, when we went to USA in August last year, we got a temporary sim card from T-mobile without having to give proof of address. It worked for USA and Mexico. The only trouble was that my husband's phone was not compatible (too old they said, even when it was just over three years old), so I put it in my (newer) iPhone and it worked fine. So we haven't sent our supporting documents to KCC yet - my husband was not satisfied with the quality of the certifications - we went to the police station twice for certifications in January and now in April and they don't have ink for their ink pads, so we're going to take some with us next time just to be sure 😁. We're still waiting for police clearance certificates. Other than that I think we're sorted, except for the fur baby. She got her microchip on Saturday, so now we have to take her back again for another Rabies shot, because apparently the chip must be done either before or together with the rabies vaccination, but the Vet said it's fine, it won't harm her to get another rabies vaccination in a few weeks. Can anyone perhaps tell me how to find out which states are pit bull friendly? Out dog is a mixed breed and unfortunately some pit bull as well and we were told some states don't allow pit bulls. Heidi, have you received your interview letter yet?
  27. oscar

    DV-2019

    Good to know that the "informed delivery daily digest" does not end. It is the most useful email of the day ! Thanks SJ277 There is the rare day when we receive a image of a mail item that is supposed to be delivered and its not delivered. We then receive the mail a couple of days later. I assume the mailman put the item in the incorrect mailbox and then it was finally returned to us.
  28. SJ272

    DV-2019

    ^ the service Oscar is talking about is called usps informed delivery. It’s great, especially when you are waiting for stuff. There is no expiry by the way Oscar. And yes,most people get amazon etc left on their front porch, no walls etc around the houses! sometimes problems around Christmas time when people come looking to steal stuff as they know high value items arriving. The level of safety & comfort vs SA takes a while to get used to. Can you imagine in SA if SARS sent refund cheques in the post with the envelope labeled what they are.... but that happens here. Credit cards too. Etc. Mail system is mostly fast and overwhelmingly trustworthy. *btw I know hardly anyone uses cheques in SA anymore but they are different here. A check is effectively a one time debit order. You can deposit it by taking a photo on your banking app on your phone. Physical copies don’t need to go back to the bank.
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