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  1. The US will apply a travel ban on all Non US citizens from South Africa due to Covid -19 effective next Saturday January 30, 2021. Biden to introduce travel bans on South Africa, UK, and others: Report (washingtonexaminer.com)
  2. There is a change to the Green Card renewal process as from 1/12/2021. Looks like they are not replacing the original green card but just issuing a sticker - Form I-797 The Extension will be valid for a year. Here is the link: USCIS to Replace Sticker That Extends Validity of Green Cards | USCIS Starting in January, we will replace the sticker that is currently issued to lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to extend the validity of their Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card (PRC or “Green Card”), with a revised Form I-797, Notice of Action. LPRs file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, when their Green Cards expire or are about to expire. The revised Form I-797 notice will serve as a receipt notice for the Form I-90. When presented together with the Green Card, the revised Form I-797 notice will extend the Green Card’s validity for 12 months from the date on the front of the Green Card and will serve as temporary proof of the LPR’s status. This change ensures that LPRs with a recently expired Green Card will have documentation of identity, employment authorization, and authorization to return to the United States following temporary foreign travel. Form I-90 applicants who have not been issued a notice for a biometrics appointment and are in possession of their Green Card, will no longer have to visit an application support center to obtain temporary evidence of LPR status. Applicants who have already been scheduled for a biometrics appointment will not receive a revised notice and will be issued an extension sticker at their biometrics appointment. Starting in January, applicants who file Form I-90 to replace an expiring Green Card will receive the revised receipt notice in the mail approximately 7-10 days after USCIS accepts their application. This notice will be printed on secure paper and will serve as evidence of identity and employment authorization when presented with an expired Green Card.
  3. New guidelines on keeping Covid-19 in check will be implemented soon as the amount of cases exceed 1 million. South Africa on verge of new virus rules as it hits 1M cases (sfgate.com)
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    Christmas 2020!

    I'm on insulin, so I get a little ahead of the line.
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    Christmas 2020!

    Happy Holidays Everyone! Here is a link to The Parlotones. South African group been around for a good few years. The Parlotones - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Official Music Video - YouTube Kyk Hoe Glinster Die Maan - YouTube looking forward to around Late Feb/ March 2021 to getting the Covid-19 Vaccine. I'm in Phase 1C
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    Car Break in

    Someone broke into my car last night. No Damage to my car, I found my drivers door slightly open and the thief went through center console and glove compartment throwing everything out onto the front seats, Probably looking for the remote to open the undergrounds parking doors or any spare car or apartment keys. Luckily there was nothing there for them. So I called NYPD non emergency line: They just took down the details and gave me a case number. They will not come out to check for fingerprints due to Covid-19. I got gloves and Clorox wipes and disinfectant spray, to clean up, and threw away some of the loos stuff. Its interesting that the cops will not come out.
  7. Just a update on my check to the IRS, Well it finally cleared it took, two and a half months to be deposited.
  8. Hunter Biden married to Melissa Cohen Biden here is the link: https://www.capetownetc.com/news/south-africas-connection-to-the-biden-family/
  9. Thanks Bushbaby PTA- We are riding with Biden on this one! I received some additional information from United States Department of State DOS Visa (NVC) Its a notice of visa case creation with NVC Case numbers for each application. They sent the correspondence, to an address I gave when I Applied over seven years ago. I have since changed my address twice, since then and even informed UCIS a few years ago of my new address. They appear to have ignored my address change and just mailed it to the original address. The new occupant at my old address had not received, any of my old mail going to the old address except for these two envelopes which looked rather official. They had the curtesy to take pictures of of the envelopes on their cell phone and mail the envelopes to me. This appears to be a recurrent problem with NVC as twice of the past 15 years people who had moved out of addresses where we have stayed, have come back to ask us if we have received any mail from NVC where in one instance it had. So for anyone changing address even if you have done the address change the official way and received official notification of the new address, there is something in their process that does not correct and up date the file. It may be a good idea if yo can to maintain some sort of contact with the people at your old address for instances like this.
  10. Just a update on a possible return to work date : All our offices in USA have set a tentative return date of April 5, 2021. So its another five months of working from home.
  11. Looks like quite a few TV shows are back early, "This is US", "The Undoing" on HBO, and all the" Chicago Med, Chicago PD and Chicago", fire start up again on November 11. This is a good thing as we must have watched everything on Netflix over the past 10 months. Also its time to change the clocks on Saturday night as we fall back by a hour.
  12. Finally Delivered 😀 The small envelope of cards was delivered to my family's residence by the post office this morning at 12:30 . They had to pay a charge of ZAR 58.00 charge for parcels from overseas. - Standard charge it took 25 Days to arrive, but at least they have it.📭 The package had been opened and sealed in two different places during its journey. I assume Johannesburg and Cape Town. Nothing missing
  13. New on the small envelope I sent on October 2. Well it has arrived at a postal Facility in Cape Town today at local time 2:06:pm So far it has taken 22 Days to get where it is. My family are calling two post offices to try track down which post office has it. October 23, 2020, 2:06 pmArrival at Post OfficeSOUTH AFRICAYour item has arrived at the delivering post office in SOUTH AFRICA at 2:06 pm on October 23, 2020. October 23, 2020, 11:12 amProcessed through FacilityCAPETOWN A AIRPRIORITY MAIL LETT, SOUTH AFRICA October 23, 2020, 10:53 amProcessed through FacilityCAPETOWN A AIRPRIORITY MAIL LETT, SOUTH AFRICA October 23, 2020, 10:53 amProcessed Through FacilitySOUTH AFRICA October 16, 2020, 1:58 pmProcessed through FacilityJIMC E EMS, SOUTH AFRICA October 16, 2020, 11:20 amProcessed Through FacilitySOUTH AFRICA October 16, 2020, 11:20 amCustoms ClearanceSOUTH AFRICA October 16, 2020, 11:20 amHeld in CustomsJIMC E EMS, SOUTH AFRICA October 14, 2020, 7:23 pmDepartedJOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA October 5, 2020, 11:30 pmDepartedNEW YORK, UNITED STATES October 4, 2020, 11:43 amArrivedNEW YORK, UNITED STATES October 3, 2020, 1:11 pmProcessed Through Regional FacilityJAMAICA NY INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER October 3, 2020, 1:10 pmArrived at Regional FacilityJAMAICA NY INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER October 3, 2020, 6:45 amArrived at USPS Regional FacilityJAMAICA NY INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER
  14. DV-2022 Program: Online Registration https://dvprogram.state.gov/ DV-2022 Program: The online registration period for the DV-2022 Program begins on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5). Individuals who submit more than one entry during the registration period will be disqualified. Good Luck Everyone !
  15. When sending a couple of cards in a larger envelope, I suggest not gluing the envelopes closed, just fold them inwards. Just in case those little fingers go through your package expecting to find money or a gift card. When they find no money its more than likely to get through. If its glued close they think there is something of value inside. Regarding the Departed JFK and Arrived in JHB 14 - US Post office appears to use Emirates airlines a lot, so the mail could be floating around Dubai for a few days.
  16. The Package is making great progress: October 16, 2020, 11:20 amProcessed Through FacilitySOUTH AFRICAYour item was processed through a facility in SOUTH AFRICA on October 16, 2020 at 11:20 am. The item is currently in transit to the destination. October 16, 2020, 11:20 amHeld in CustomsJIMC E EMS, SOUTH AFRICA October 16, 2020, 11:20 amCustoms ClearanceSOUTH AFRICA Processed through customs in a minute.😀 That's amazing... Still awaiting to see if they deliver it or if it has to be picked up at a post office.
  17. I sent the IRS a check for some taxes due. The check was dated September 1, 2020 . I received a letter from the IRS charging me interest on the original amount. My original check payment was never cashed. So I asked them if I should stop payment and send them a new check? The lady said ",no don't do that" otherwise there would be a penalty. She advised that they have over Five Million unopened letters of correspondence/ checks and they will eventually get to it.
  18. Here is a update on the small envelope sent to Cape Town. on October 2. Package Arrived in Johannesburg yesterday 10/14 and it arrived in Cape Town this afternoon. 10/15 Tracking info Mailed in NYC October 2 Departed JFK October 5 Arrived in JHB October 14 Arrived in CTN October 15 it will be interesting how many days it sits in Customs and local post office. The US Post office gave misleading information as the promise was a 3-4 day delivery through a shared delivery system with Fed Ex - They charge $68.00 for a package with a max weight of 4 lbs
  19. Malamute! Thanks for the heads up and explaining the process. So, another 7 years to go. its a long process. The rand has fallen so much. Today its at R16.52 to the dollar. Imagine what it will be like in 7 years time. When I came here it was around R6.00 to the dollar.
  20. Received two I-797 Notices of Action - The petition has been approved and sent to NVC - Department of State National Visa Center. Additional correspondence to follow within 45 days on NVC processing. So I guess will have to see what additional correspondence follows Timeline: it took Seven years and six months to get to this stage. probably a few more years to go !
  21. I sponsored my brother and sister (Petition for Alien Relative) just over seven years ago. When I checked In to see what mail is coming today, US Post Office I saw two UCIS letters will be arriving this afternoon. I then went to dig out my file on my brother and sisters applications. Plugged in the receipt number and they have both been approved.😀 So I am excitedly awaiting the letters in the mail this afternoon. Quite an exciting day after over seven years of waiting.
  22. I sent a small envelope of Birthday, Halloween and Christmas cards last week for $68.00. I kept on getting updates while the package was in the USA. The last message received was departed JFK and since then there has been no further updates.
  23. Good News! According to the US post office South Africa is open to receive mail from the USA. Here is the link to yesterdays update: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/international/welcome.htm?_gl=1*1ouznjt*_gcl_dc*R0NMLjE1OTg2MTYyNTYuNDM3ZWQ1ZGM2YzEyMWFkN2YyOWQ4YTk0OWVhNGNjNGQ.
  24. Finally there is a date announced when there will be some TV shows again. It looks like new shows will coming out in April 2021. Actors will receive pay if they catch Covid 19 on set they will be paid for any days that they are off sick or in quarantine. Until then will have to keep watching Netflix! https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-coronavirus-unions-agreement-studios-film-tv-production-pandemic-20200922-hmlrb2pefbg45li4isygw335xe-story.html
  25. Here is a link for property rentals in New York https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/nyc/propertyrentals/ There are still good deals available and in some instances properties are being rented out pretty fast.
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