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  2. SJ272

    Dv-2018

    I do recall one person who was asked for it - I can’t remember her name exactly now, I think it was a variation of Tammy, but her and her husband didn’t have enough to satisfy the consul. She was asked to provide a I134 and got one from her brother. As I recall just about everyone else has been asked to show some proof of finances at interview (myself included) and that has generally been fine. Moral of the story is certainly that it’s not worth fussing for unless and until asked for. And I can’t see the consul having an issue with $50k available.
  3. oscar

    Passport Renewal

    Thanks Malamute and RubyShoes, its such a slow process.
  4. Malamute

    Dv-2018

    Britsimon popped up briefly on this forum in 2015 about this exact issue - in fact at the time SJ272 (then SJ27) was going through the process. Pretty much insisting that sponsorship was important - a number of folks - including myself weighed in that we did not need this - in fact no-one weighed in that they HAD in fact been asked for it.
  5. SJ272

    Dv-2018

    Sorry but firstly I think the idea of you transferring the money to her account is crazy and secondly that’s not how sponsorship works anyway. It has to be on her income, and it has to be much more than the poverty line (I think 3 times) if you’re using assets like a savings account. Agree with malamute, they are very accommodating in Jhb of your assets in terms of house, RA/unit trust/shares etc. I’m not sure who you are referring to on britsimon’s blog but I think it is highly unlikely it is a bunch of South Africans interviewing in Jhb? I think they are more strict with 3rd country nationals who interview there though. Some consulates rely a lot on sponsorship and others don’t.
  6. RubyShoes

    Passport Renewal

    Hi Oscar I have just gone through this process getting my kids passports. We actually went to the prison in Raleigh! They had a fingerprinting service there and the lady doing them was actually used to South Africans and the form used - thank goodness. It took just over 6 months from the time we sent it in.
  7. dreamland

    Dv-2018

    At least $10k ,and she can keep ot for us for the uknown..,Is that not fair enough?
  8. dreamland

    Dv-2018

    Yes we are DV applicants ,we have neen following interview stories on Brit Simon's blog,sponsor is the safest route.
  9. Malamute

    Dv-2018

    Excuse the question - but who told you that someone needs to be your sponsor? What visa are you on? DV? If you have $50k ready to bring - highly unlikely that the consulate will require you to have a sponsor. Most DV applicants do not. If the consulate has told you that you need a sponsor, then I understand, different story.
  10. Gieds

    Dv-2018

    You can pay the $50k into her account if you can trust her in the way that she needs to trust you to be your sponsor?
  11. dreamland

    Dv-2018

    Hi folks So my husband kept his ex colleaugue a a friend and have been chatting.on.and off on social networks for the past 12 yrs.We needed a sponsor and she agreed,she would gladly sponsor us.We sent her the I34 and she said she needs to speak to a lawyer first.I feel hopeless,is there anyway that I can assure her that we do have $50k we bringing to US? How do I assure her that.we will be able to look after ourselves? I looked through that form I understood why she.was feeling like she needs to speak to someone.Its really overwhelming.I need an advise cos people who have recently been interviewed in JHB are advising we get sponsors,money is no.longer that important but sponsor is.
  12. Malamute

    Passport Renewal

    Hi Oscar - I did this last year through the LA Consulate - which would also be the consulate dealing with your renewal in CA. I agree - the single most complicated thing was finding an organization who could/would do the ink fingerprints - as the police here in Colorado don't do it either. I did eventually find a company in Denver that did the ink ones - it took an HOUR to get it all done, but I was just so grateful to actually find a place to do it. Once I submitted all the documents that you mention etc, it took just short of 7 months. I had not sent a self addressed envelope, but once the passport was back with the consulate - they sent me an email, and I sent the envelope. Sorry I can't be more helpful on the fingerprinting.
  13. oscar

    Passport Renewal

    Has anyone renewed their South African Passport Recently. I was advised by the SA Consulate that it takes six months to get a new one. They also sent me a Passport application as well as a new ID application which requires you to get all your fingerprints. They also require a copy of the letter you received when you applied for Dual Citizenship. its the Certificate of Exemption in terms of Section 6 (2) of the South African Citizen Act. The only problem is getting the forms fingerprinted and notarized. I called the police and they refuse to take your fingerprints, I also called a few places advertising that they do fingerprinting but its only electronic digital fingerprinting that cannot be transferred to the ID document and the passport application. So it looks like the only way to get this done is go to the SA Consulate. Has anyone had similar experience in getting fingerprinted and how long did the process take ?
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  15. SJ272

    Dv-2018

    I don’t think I’ve seen any DV regressions since the first few years of the program, when I assumed that was largely because they were wtill figuring it all out. It’s really unfortunate. I wonder how many people it’s affected. Overall draw was 87610 this year vs 115968 last year so SA’s proportion actually up a bit - interesting.
  16. Malamute

    Dv-2018

    Interesting - first time I have seen that happen in the last month - must be devastating for some who thought they were home and clear, and now..... Overall, the entries and draw very similar to last year - also just over 14 million entries, and last year 500 South Africans drawn. By the number of derivatives (in past years too) - seems the majority are 1 person/individual entries with no derivatives (or perhaps they just entered that way).
  17. SJ272

    Dv-2018

    Wow...last visa bulletin for FY2018 is out and Africa has regressed from current to 39500. I hope no SA applicants were affected by this also shows 454 selectees from SA for DV2019.
  18. dreamland

    Dv-2018

    All booked definitely.medicals is on the 6th.I am hoping for the best. Hoping to come with great news next time.Pheeeeww
  19. GymCoachDave

    SA Rugby Boardgame

    Is this the game you are looking for? It is complete except for the ball & dice which went missing years ago. I purchased it as a young boy in South Africa in 1974 iirc but can't remember where I got it from. Also, unfortunately, I don't know who made it & there are no manufacturers or other details on any item. Maybe someone will recognise the game & have further identifying details. rugby test board game.pdf
  20. SJ272

    Dv-2018

    Awesome! Glad you got it, will save a lot of headache. You’re in the final stretch now...! You’ve booked your medical I presume?
  21. dreamland

    Dv-2018

    Hi Folks Firstly thank you for all your advise it has been helpful but guess what on Thursday,day after I posted the above question,my husband decided to just just let home affairs know that we cannot get a marriage record,he was told our marriage certificate is ready we can go pick it up in Cape Town Barrack street where we applied in March.I could not believe it and I decided I will not confirm to anyone until I.got the document in my hands.I got there 11 o clock this morning and left with my marriage unabridged certificate 45 minutes later.All details correct on it. So I have learnt that you can succesfully get, your documents by following up on them. For birth unabridged certificates do application and then give it 4 weeks max then follow up with the presidential line call center and Its crucial you explain to them.you travelling very.soon.Marriage unabridged certificates you need to.call the 0800 number for Home affairs call centre but presidential number can work as well if you not getting satisfactory results with the Home affairs call centre.So I think home affairs is improving their services ,also just be patient and dont be shy to call them. So glad that im done with home affairs now I have applied for police clearance on Thursday last week and they said we should receive them in 15 days so we waiting. [at]adventurer1 I understand about your suggestion about notarization of our docs,we will check it out,Thank you so much,Will keep you all up to date folks as to what happens till the end.
  22. Finally moving back to the USA in August ! cant wait to get there - Jupiter Florida here we come!

  23. adventurer1

    Dv-2018

    Hi SJ272, no specific reason. Its a mere suggestion. Its a free service from Department of International Relations, (for countries that are part off the 1961 the Hague Convention) that not a lot off people are aware off. It doesn't expire, its a signed document with a waxed sealed ribbon on top off your certificate. - like I mentioned, its no cost to the applicant, just the time and effort to get it done. It might be good practice in a digital evolving world where authentication becomes questionable. But as you mentioned, its not a necessity
  24. SJ272

    Dv-2018

    Hi adventurer, curious as to why you say this? We never did it for anything and never needed it for anything? We’ve used SA marriage certificate and birth certificates etc here (including for teen at dmv) and never been questioned as to authenticity?
  25. SJ272

    Dv-2018

    I’d second the use of an agent (much as I don’t like them) given how long home affairs take and that your interview is scheduled already. You have a copy of the marriage certificate from the priest as well I presume? That should have a license number or something on so home affairs can track it? ( We didn’t have to show anything, ours was somewhere in the archives. ) Failing that surely the Church has a record somewhere? worst case if you don’t have it in time is you’ll be put on “administrative processing” after your interview and send it in when you have it. We had to do that as the police records department was on strike when we needed our PCC. We got our visas about a week after we’d sent it in.
  26. adventurer1

    Dv-2018

    Hi Dreamland, I assume your priest / pastor did not give you a copy or the original off the handwritten certificate then? did you ever receive an Abridged Certificate? What have you used since 2006 to ''proof'' your marriage- for bank or loans etc? If you do not have any proof that your marriage has been registered, I would make use off an agency to sort it out. if you have some sort off proof (on paper- as above), it should take too long to receive back from DHA Congrats, we had our interview August four years back. (PS. as it is so ''close'' to the end off fiscal year, the consulate sometimes request copies off all the documents to be delivered to them 2-3 weeks before the interview) As you probably know, you can only make your medical exam approx 2 weeks before your interview, but if you leave it within 7 days off your interview, it might not be back to the consulate in time (which is not a huge hassle, it just creates extra unneeded anxiety- as the visa can't and won't be issued until that is received.) Seen that you are in Cape Town, I would suggest that you do it there prior to your interview in Jhb, giving the dr enough time to send up the docs Have you applied for your Police Clearances ? This takes approx 3 weeks. It is done in Pretoria. Suggestion that I can make, you have to be in Jhb August 23rd, if possible make arrangement to extend this with a day or two, do the effort to take all your Unabridge Certificates to get Apostilled in Pretoria at the Department of International Relations. This is a seal off authenticity that they apply and never expires. http://www.dirco.gov.za/consular/legalisation.htm Its free. You can take up to 5 documents and wait for it to be done (takes about a hour) Over 5 you have to pick up the next day. Make sure that you read the link and check the office hours etc. (think you have to be there before 12) Good luck and keep us posted
  27. dreamland

    Dv-2018

    Hey Great people Can someone explain process of getting unabridged marriage certificate,we got married 2006 ,homeaffairs want us to have marriage register from the priest who married us,he says he sent it to Pretoria.What do we do now YES [at]SJ272 we received 2 nl ,interview will be on 23 aug:)
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