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  1. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Thanks [at]SJ272. I am here for good, but going back December or January to sort things out. This place is unbelievably beautiful. Took the bus the wrong (clockwise) way around the island, and so glad i did, wow the mountains!!! Tip: You can get a mobile sim line to get you sorted with data and communication very easily. What I did was go to AT&T, bought a Prepaid line, i got the unlimited with hotspot $80, then you pay $80 in the store, they give you a sim, and that’s it. You then have to put a card for payments on your account online within three days. I keep my SA phone on roaming for now, and then went to Apple store and just bought a new phone. Easy peasy. Still waiting for my social security card, to open a bank account.
  2. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    I just finished my entry at LAX, all good, normal foreign passport line, and it was quick, like 10 minutes. Kallas, I am in Honolulu tonight, and renting a car tomorrow, need to go buy some stuff, what are your plans? I started a stopwatch when I got in the car in SA, have now commuted 38 hours, only semi sleep on plane, and have another 5 hours to Honolulu 😜
  3. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    [at]Kallas Awesome, yes cheaper especially from LA. I will also be in Hilo in October and November. So Hilo is on the Big Island. And on the islands, generally the North Eastern side is the windward side, with more rain and lush, whereas the South Western parts can be drier (from what I see that is what Big Island and Oahu is like). The shore is just rocky, black volcanic rock, not sandy white. But Hilo sounds so cool. [at]FranetteM Yes, I’m packing in, flying on the 23rd of this month, very excited. I’m into diving, underwater photography, and all things ocean, so taking my diving gear, two spearguns, and a big Pelican case. Called the airline to let them know of these items and no problem, they give you a better rate if you book oversize or extra luggage before hand.
  4. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    That’s great news! Are you guys excited? Keep the passports and envelope safe. Jip, well you clear customs here and my port of entry is Los Angeles, then continuing on to Honolulu. Happiness!
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    [at]FranetteM Yebo, I paid the $220 USCIS immigrant fee online, you can pay with a SA card no problem. But you need your alien registration number that is on the visa.
  6. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    That sounds ok, I’m sure you are jumping on sorting it out right? Be sure to keep a close eye on the progress, time. Your interview sounded very chilled also. I guess it is almost flight booking time.
  7. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Some Youtube videos:
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    DV-2019

    [at]Malamute Minimum wage is a number used to compare input costs. Sure it is practice to pay more, as I do in SA, and to contribute to UIF and Medi and other funds, and that it increases every year. It is a number used all over the world, no matter how harder, or labour supply, unloaded number you will find in any primary industry business plan There are actually six states with a lower unemployment rate that Hawaii, July 2019 data from Bureau of Labour Stats.
  9. Heidi556

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    [at]FranetteM How I decided on products, I first looked for a place that suits nut production, Hawaii is it. Also California for Almonds, and Texas for Pecans. Hawaii imports everything, apart from mac nuts, coffee, and maybe fish. And imported goods will already be ~20% more expensive from freight, and if imported from other countries, even more expensive from excise and freight. So it is a captive market if you produce locally. But it has down sides, farm labour is $10 an hour (compared to SA R18 an hour = 800% of SA rate), and land is a bit expensive.
  10. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    [at]FranetteM You are probably at your interview now, let us know how it went!
  11. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    [at]FranetteM Great. Yes that is the consulate in Sandton City. Cool, saw the Capital Empire, walked past it on the way, nicely done.
  12. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    [at]Kallas Ok lekker, indeed.com is a good place to scout for work, I’ve done one skype interview, and received one job offer through that site/app. Note that a US style resume is quite different to our CV, and the format is strict.
  13. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    [at]Kallas Great stuff, it’s easy hey? Glad you got through with no hangups. But it was good to have backup plans. You probably have your passports back? What is the next step for you? [at]FranetteM How’s it going? You guys must be getting ready for the medical? Make sure to confirm your appointment on the consulate website, hey? And to go to the consulate, not the embassy, I’m sure that mistake has been made in the past. Exciting times. Anything you are doubting? And have you found your flights yet? I just got back from Transkei diving the sardine run, tons of sharks and wales, and even a few orcas in the water. But back now and waiting for good news, we can have 3 out of 3 cases successful from the help of others on this site. Happiness!
  14. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Hi, yes I think you will be fine. There is also a Gautrain to the airport that will save you time. I will then make sure to be in the queue at the consulate earlier to be in front of everyone. You should be fine.
  15. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Yes! I’m flying over in September to Hawaii, going to see what Oahu and Big Island is like. I remember you said you have been, where did you go and what was it like?
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    DV-2019

    Jip, I have my passport with visa in, it took a week after the interview. Yes, I found flights, $890 for a return to Honolulu on British Airways, happy with that!
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    [at]Kallas, it seemed like they spent 30 seconds checking the financials. Yes I think a print out of that will be sufficient. Also your degree is solid, I think you will have no problem at all. And with the birth certificate, I’m sure they won’t deny you outright, at worst I think they will put you on administrative pricessing.
  18. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    And on that linked page, there are more lists, and links to lists to double check that you have all the documents. So Kallas’ interview is next week, and you guys are in a month from now, exciting times! Shoot with questions if you have, a month ago I was so stressed out, it’s an important step this, and a time that we won’t forget.
  19. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Awesome, I’m glad you have an interview date. I had to call and book an appointent at Dr Hoosen, they are crazy busy. Yes, you have to confirm the appointment, it is online where you create a profile and add your postage details for returning the visa. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Supplements/Supplements_by_Post/JHN-Johannesburg.html Regarding flights, still looking. No not too keen on Abu Dhabi, it was just an interesting customs thing.
  20. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Hi Franette, how’s it going, did you receive your interview date letter yet? Kallas, ai ja I hope you come right with the birth certificates you have. Have you applied for the new unabridged birth certificate? Even take the receipt of that Home Affairs transaction to the interview. Were medicals all good?
  21. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    I got my passport with visa in it 😁, it is a reality now. I also see the next visa bulletin is out, all regions are current with no exceptions. But that is irrelevant as we were all current two months ago. Kallas and Franette, have you guys looked at flights? I found a $900 = R13.5k return flight to JFK on Qatar airways. Returns are much cheaper per flight than one way. Thinking of making the return flight flexible option (like $100 more) so i can shift the date later on. No biltong 😬
  22. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Haha, those are good problems to have. That also means you can list in your finances the rental income. If you have family there, they could be willing to fill in that I-134, then it’s easy.
  23. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    During my interview, the first (South African) interviewer asked if i had I-134, i said no i am taking financial care of mysef, then i said i have these finances to support mysef. The second interviewer (US girl) asked nothing about finances. Just asked what degree, and what field i will be working in.
  24. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Thanks Kallas, ja so happy! Next step is to receive my passport via courier, it should be here in this week. I have been looking at flights, short term < month are at a premium, flights in September are better priced, around ~$1600 for a return to Honolulu. Interesting, if you fly via Abu Dhabi, there is a CPB immigration there, where you hand in your immigration docs, then Abu Dhabi to US is like a local flight with no customs. Ok, so much of the financial tips I learnt from SAUSA, and Britsimons blog. The principal is; you have to prove that you will not become a financial burden on the US. The safest way to do that is with a form I-134. It is a form completed by a US citizen or permanent resident, that say that they will be responsible for your finances if you claim financial assistance from the US. I did not, nor any South African I have heard of, did not have someone willing to complete a I-134. So in the absence of this I-134, you have to prove you will not be a financial burden to the state. This seems to be the norm at Johannesburg. I did this by summarizing my financials. My first page was a summary, and pages attached proving the finances. It included bank account savings amount and three months statements, investments, property valuation. I asked my auditors to make a persoonlike balansstaat, that’s it. The idea is to prove that you and your family will be financially ok in the US. A job lined up, degrees like yours mec eng(?) is desireable, so include that for sure, existing savings, liquid assets, saying you will sell your house for Rx. All that helps to show you have means to support you and your family in the US.
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