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  1. oscar


    Ours took just over four weeks to arrive which was in 2005. I believe they are much quicker now. The Green cards took about 6 weeks. This was around Thanksgiving time. So we only initially stayed in the US for a week and then went back to SA for three months. For newer folks, the process is a bit quicker. I know as someone used our address and their SSN Cards arrived within a week of their arrival.
  2. Just in! Trump's plan to enforce health insurance has been blocked by the courts for now. The ruling was by a New York Judge but it applies countrywide.
  3. The upload is working well. My remaining family in SA got new photographs taken today and have successfully uploaded their information and received the confirmation email from the Department of state. It took them a while to find their passports as they had them hidden away somewhere in the house and took a few hours to find. Good luck everyone!
  4. State Department Web site for the 2021 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2021) is now open. The entry submission period for DV-2021 is from 12:00PM EDT (GMT -4) on October 2, 2019 to 12:00PM EST (GMT -5) on November 5, 2019. The entry form will only be available for submission during this period and this period only. Here is the link : https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/
  5. Interesting news on Health insurance, Trump issued a proclamation effective in 30 days' time that immigrants will not be granted future visas leading to resident green cards issued if they cannot obtain health insurance. it's not clear if this is just for H1B visas or for all immigrants. Here is a link to the news item: https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/immigrant-visas-health-insurance-health-care-costs-030252647.html
  6. oscar


    My work colleague just got back from Molokai - Had a good time but says the internet was very poor on the island. When they returned the rental car, the internet was down. Then at the airport, the internet was down again so they could not print boarding passes for the passengers. The Captain was not very happy about that. Looks like they may buy some land for $100,000
  7. oscar


    SAA and Hawaiian Airlines use Terminal 5 at JFK. You should be able to do it in three hours. I have not arrived internationally at JFK for the past few years always been through Dulles Airport at Washington DC which usually takes about an hour. You should be ok but just a little frazzled from the runaround.
  8. Thanks, Malamute I will start the process rolling in the next few days and probably also go through Rand Rescue. I have family in Cape Town, but this sounds like going through quite a few hoops and balances. Thank you, so much for explaining the whole process!
  9. Thanks, Malamute for the pearls of wisdom. I agree with your suggestion of cashing it out one time. I will leave it for my 2020 tax year. To arrange for a financial emigration with the bank how long does that process take?(I still have FICA clearance and Credit Card at Nedbank) with a Retirement Annuity can I cash the whole amount out. Again thanks for the advice. I really appreciate it.
  10. I took out a Retirement Annuity in 1980, paid the premiums for quite a few years and then maid the policy paid up. I received a letter from Momentum that the policy has matured. It actually matured 10 years ago but they continued to invest it but, they cannot go beyond the 10 year period which will be in January 2010. The cash value is around ZAR 160,000.00 I don't really need the money now and would like to reinvest it for another 20 years. What are my options here? I am a dual citizen. What sort of paperwork is required by the IRS? For SARS I have to get a tax clearance certificate. My plan was to invest the lump sum with Allan Grey in SA until I really need the money- obviously, pay the IRS their slice of the investment and SARS their share. Does anyone have any experience with maturing Retirement annuities and what the tax and paperwork requirements are?
  11. oscar


    My friends left on Saturday for a two-week fact-finding mission trip to Hawaii. Thave did a lot of research on the island of Molokai. The central part of the journey now is to find a house and some land. They will also check the schools out but already decided to start homeschooling due to the trouble they found with bullying in Maryland schools in their current neighborhood. They Flew ut on Alaskan Airlines from Reagan Airport to San Francisco and the on t Hawaii cost for two kids: three adults were over $10,000 for airfares. I will keep you all posted when they get back. Strangely enough, I was also offered a job in Honolulu, Hawaii.. I have not given it much thought yet
  12. oscar


    Woekes! I see a lot of Chinese getting in here on an LI visa I know of two who are just truck mechanics and they have been here for years. So possibly the LI visa category needs to be examined as there may well be grey areas where you can qualify to enter. after a few years, they managed to t change the LI visa to a green card.
  13. oscar


    If you have your final residence all set up and confirmed it should work out good. But just remember if yo still need to ship across the USA fom coast to coast that could cost you another $12 - $16k and from Maryland to Hawaii would cost $18k
  14. oscar


    I enjoyed this, nicely put together. Thanks for posting.😄
  15. oscar


    Talking about Hawaii A colleague of mine (He was the one that does not like the schools in his neighborhood) lived in Hawaii when his father was serving in the military many years ago. Well, he is contemplating moving to the Island of Molokai. He is taking two weeks vacation in September to look for a house or a smallholding. The first step is to take his laptop and see what it's like to work from there. Luckily as a work from home employee, he can do that. The cost of living is cheap on the island but there is not much there in the way of shopping or entertainment and very little in the way of medical doctors. There is a small hospital but for anything serious would have to go by ferry to Maui or Honolulu. He hopes to save money there.
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