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  1. I know that this isn't a political forum, but that's a really obtuse thing to say. Partisan opinions aside, but the current US president is nothing short of Jacob Zuma. They're both accidents that should have never happened.
  2. Further to [at]Malamute's point, it's a bit worrying how this proclamation will affect people who've already submitted their DS-260 forms/were in the process of interviewing. This will likely make it more challenging to prove ties to your home country when applying for a NIV. It's one of the reasons I haven't bothered submitting my DS-260 until I'm certain that no further EO's will be imposed on immigration. And of course the lockdown.
  3. Thanks SJ! That makes a lot of sense. I haven't paid much attention to the immigration numbers lately. I'll claim ignorance on my part. Strange enough, I know at least seven people who immigrated last year. None to the US though. We'll see how this (DV21) pans out. I know DV20 selectees in other forums are the most anxious right now. The fiscal year is drawing to a close and not much has been happening.
  4. 😄 That doesn't seem so far off. "Year 2020" already sounds like the worst chapter in a modern history textbook. Thank you, JumpingJasonFlash. I think the universe timed this perfectly for me because I'm turning 27 soon. It's like I was not meant for the Selective Service System. 😅 Yeah, at the rate things are going, I can't be certain. But given past DV bulletins, it seems like my case should go current around May. Of course I can never be sure, espicially with COVID-19.
  5. Thanks, Oscar! It seems like there hasn’t been much activity on this forum. Makes me wonder if people have sought out different approaches.
  6. I haven't frequented this forum much, I've been using a different one. But I finally got selected today. The website was surprisingly easier to access than other years. My case [previously wrote “confirmation”] number is 24xxx. It will be interesting to see how DV21 will look like during the pandemic, and the new orders. Good luck to everyone else.
  7. Delo

    President Trump

    I think you're missing the point that everyone is addressing here. By the way, I qouted that because I found it ironic. Religious laws (which usually infringe on other people's rights) shouldn't form part of any constitution. This applies even if 97% of the population is religious. "Irreligious" laws have never stopped anyone in believing what they believe in. Whereas religious laws have done the opposite. If abortion is legal, religious and "irreligious" people have a choice. As SJ27 said, the burden of choice lies with the person rather than having the laws choose for you (which goes against the whole idea of freedom). The same argument can be applied to many things religion has ostracized. The freedom to marry any sex of one's choosing and the freedom to attend any public academic institutions regardless of religion. "Irreligious" laws accommodate both parties' views, whereas religious laws are one sided. By your logic, if 97% of the people at a dinner table hate the smell of seafood, then that means the 3% that love/don't mind seafood (or the smell) shouldn't dare order it. Ask yourself who's the fascist in this situation.
  8. Delo

    President Trump

    I couldn't have said it any better.
  9. Delo

    President Trump

    Oh wow. Honestly, I think every person in this world should be very fearful of Trump's Philosophy, especially people who went as immigrants (legal or not) to other countries. That lack of empathy is quite saddening, honestly. ...and building a wall? It's not any different to the Berlin Wall. Look how that turned out. Hilary and Trump were neither great candidates for presidency. But Trump's thinking is dangerous to society (the US and the rest of the world). Low taxes and affordable medical insurance won't matter when people are being blown to bits in war.
  10. Disclaimer: I only plan to use my tourism visa for tourism purposes only (although I'll keep applying for the DV lottery, in hopes of finally getting selected and migrating legally/properly).
  11. Reading this thread a little too late. For anyone wondering about a tourist visa, here's my experience. Went for my tourist visa today and the interview process felt like a mere formality. The whole process lasted about 4 minutes after checking in through security. I have never traveled outside of SA. I don't have any relatives/friends in USA. I'm 23 and have only been employed for a few months since graduating. I own NO property. I had a few negatives against me but nonetheless the VO said the visa was approved (took my empty passport) and I'll receive an SMS. I recieved a blue slip stating how I should collect my passport (and a sticker on the back of my passport) before I'd even interviewed... (found that very weird). They took my fingerprints then they scanned a picture I'd taken myself with an iPhone (I know). Questions: -Tell me about your trip to the US. -Why those dates specifically? -Who are you traveling with? -Do you have any relatives or family in the US? -What do you work as? -What do you do in said profession? -How long have you worked there? -[All in one question] Do you own property, have a family or kids? -Your Visa has been approved. No documents were asked (to be honest I didn't even bring anything other than my bank statement so phew to that). It feels like 90% of the decision is made before the interview. The other 10% is to verify that you really exist and are telling the truth in your application form (just an opinion). So I think having really specific and short travel plans helped my case. Also, don't lie... I could see that she was examining my every expression and body language (I didn't realise that I was leaning forward on the counter throughout the whole process).
  12. Delo

    We Want To Go Back

    Wow. I had to read that very unfortunate post more than once to try figure out why the interviewer was being so unreasonably rude. I had no idea that having relatives with a GC (while applying for a non-immigrant visa) could result in that. Sounds a bit too weird - though I understand why (too many people not migrating the right/legal way). My Jamaican friend says that most Jamaicans get a tourist visa and never return home. As someone who's around your daughter's age (23) and also planning to leave SA (love the country but I could say I'm trans"national") I'd suggest that she seeks other countries to migrate to in the mean time. She could also, as Malamute suggested, apply for the GC lottery. Other prospects for her are to enroll at a university here or elsewhere and just keep studying. Extremely educated people possessing rare skills (Science, Medicine, Technology, Engineering) are sought after. The weak rand will make it easier for you to cover her tuiton if you earn dollars (considering that she enrolls at a University in SA). I don't know what her qualifications are but with an honors degree in something very sought after, she could make immigration prospects much easier. There's Australia, Canada and European countries. It might not be something she wants but if leaving South Africa ASAP is her 20-something goal, then those are temporary options too. I hope that she finds her feet and gets better. Struggles are only temporary if you're willing to fight back. All the best.
  13. Haha, I almost read that twice. That's a great sign, the session timed out aspect. I think it's possible that those cases are indeed the winners. A problem may have occurred (keeps reoccurring) while trying to retrieve the HTML file that contains the "winning" information. I sincerely hope that your husband's error results in your selection. "Not selected" will probably still be "not selected." I'm almost positive, but the "session timed out" looks fruitful so hopefully that turns out well. Have you ever checked the source code? That might have some code that explains what went wrong.
  14. "@TravelGov: [at]pierre_vannier No glitch! Several thousand have confirmed selection thru the site. As w/ any lottery, only small % of entries are selected." This is a statement from their official Twitter account, so hopefully that answers everything.
  15. Hi, hope this helps. (Not experienced just and idea) I think you shouldn't limit your choices to just 3. They have 52 states or something? Gradually adjusting to their economy is a safer option, especially with children. Look at states with a lower cost of living (for now) and pick one that goes according to your interests. After a year or two then you could perhaps consider moving to bigger and "better" cities. Earning 500k per annum in SA is like 50k there; that's going from quite wealthy to lower middle class (depending on the state you pick, but I know in New York City that's very little for a family of 4) www.bestplaces.net This site gives a guide on where the best places to live are. You can search for places, based on: real estate, schools for your children (which I'd imagine is one of the reasons for your move; better life for the children), climates, crime (another reason probably, haha) and the cost of living. OH and it includes places where there aren't many/any natural disasters (you don't want to end up posting videos to Extreme makeover: home edition). This is a decision you really have to think through by yourself (and your husband); we all have opinions based on personal taste and often go for the known cities (like how most people here go for JHB, CPT, DBN) when there are cool places like PMB, Stellenbosch and Centurion. Rather browse the web for places because we are South Africans who only know about publicized cities like NYC, LA and W, DC; nothing about other cities that are just as good. You are quite lucky to have family affairs sorted, so I would imagine you would like a place to settle and raise your children; while also having a bit of fun yourself? I hope this helps and hope everything works out well for your family. Do share your decision ,if you do not mind , and how you experience(d) the place you picked. Take care.
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