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  1. 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.
  2. SJ272

    One last step!

    FYI I got an error message the day I was eligible, telling me I couldn’t file before that day (!), but I filled it in and just tried to submit the next day and it worked fine. So it seems there is a tiny glitch with the 90 days before filing online, but you can do it 89 days before
  3. SJ272

    Immigrating to USA as a teacher

    The entry period will be 3 October- 6 November and the draw will be in May (if it is as per usual, the first working day of May - I don’t think exact draw date has yet been announced).
  4. SJ272

    One last step!

    I’ve seem a number of people filing online 90 days before so I think it’s fixed. I know it doesn’t allow you to start the process if you are not exactly within that 90 days.... but I’ll come back and report by the end of this week what happened our FO says 12-15 months Congrats on your citizenship too!!
  5. SJ272

    One last step!

    I didn’t even think about the fact that different applications might just take longer to process. I hope you’re right! question, did you file N400 online, and if so did you “frontload” with tax transcripts etc or did all those wait till the interview?
  6. SJ272

    Immigrating to USA as a teacher

    Firstly, she’d need a work visa, and any route to immigration in the US would not be certain via a work visa. That would require her employer to sponsor her in due course for a geeen card, which is a complex process involving labor certification etc. but if you are ok with coming over on a work visa recognizing the risk that you may have to return home at some point this can be a route to go. For work visas you need someone to sponsor you, for teacher that would usually be a H1 visa. (An H visa is “dual intent” and allows for a possible conversion to green card, subject to the employer filing for it and various criteria being met.) It will probably be quite difficult for a H1 to happen as a teacher (I presume you mean school teacher, it’s easier for university academic staff members) because the sponsoring organization has to show it is unable to find local people to do the job being sponsored, and because each state requires that teachers in its state be licensed there. She might have more luck with a J visa, see https://j1visa.state.gov/programs/teacher/ ,but this is a non-immigrant visa with a 3-year limit and requires that you spend 2 years out the US before being able to repeat it. (Also note that a bachelor degree equivalent usually means 4 years for the US, so assumes an SA honours degree if it was a 3-year B-degree in SA; I know some of the older education B degrees in SA were 4 years long but not sure if that’s still the case?) My understanding is that it is easier to get into Australia or Canada using this kind of route, work visas in the US tend to be much harder to get. in the meanwhile long shot as it is, suggest you enter the DV lottery in its next round (should be open October), it’s how a number of us here got into the US.
  7. SJ272

    One last step!

    I’m eligible to file my application next week!!! i would be thrilled if it only takes 4 months, but from another forum which has a thread for local filers, it has unfortunately been taking around a year here.
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    One last step!

  9. SJ272

    Looking for Saffers In North West Indiana?

    Hey - can’t help directly, but have you checked Facebook? That tends to be where most of the SA local social pages are.
  10. SJ272

    F2A (Family Based Second Preference)

    If I understand it correctly, with AOS you can send in your file before your priority date is current (using 2nd table) but no-one can actually get a visa or green card before their date is current. That doesn’t mean you get the visa or green card as soon as the date is current though, this is where the issue of processing time comes in - it can take some time after you’re current to complete the process. The difference in procsssing times depends on a bunch of factors like backlogs at uscis offices, how busy the embassy is, etc. usually the backlog is more in the USCIS offices so AOS is slower. it’s a moot point for F2A unless the person is already in the US on a work or student visa anyway.
  11. SJ272

    F2A (Family Based Second Preference)

    Last action date, if that’s table A in the visa bulletin - this is the priority date that determines if a visa is available . No idea about timeline, sorry. i travelled to the US a few times on my B visa while I had a F3 petition underway - never had a problem or even anyone asking. I think the bigger issue is to get the visa with a petition filed, if you can do that you’re (they, whoever) probably ok, but I’d make sure to bring with proof of reasons to go back to SA just in case (letter from employer etc).
  12. SJ272

    Made it back to the USA!

    Hey hi!! How funny, I was thinking about you guys the other day and wondering what had happened... yay for making it back! Best of luck with everything ....
  13. SJ272

    California Road Trip

    [at]Oscar what about stuff down your part of the world? What are your recommendations for what to see road tripping around there?
  14. SJ272

    California Road Trip

    Calistoga is cute, but I don’t think Napa is all that special after the cape winelands tbh. Sonoma is also an option for wine lands and Sonoma town is also very cute, with one of the original missions (though the mission in Carmel is much more impressive). Coming from SA would be more inclined to see the redwoods than wine farm country. If you go towards Sonoma and want to spend a night away, further on there is Armstrong redwood forest up that way which is much less crowded than Muir Woods, near Guerneville on the Russian river - really beautiful part of the country imo. The kids can do stuff in the river, kind of arty bohemian town, another town Sebastopol near there too so either of those are accommodation options. You can do it as a day trip if you push, it’s about 2 hours drive away.
  15. SJ272

    California Road Trip

    Oh adventurer - if you guys want to do the ferry to Alcatraz, be sure to book well in advance, especially for summer. We had friends who tried to book a month in advance and couldn’t get on ...