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  1. 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 !
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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 !
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. A new prediction on Covid-19 Deaths (from the same source that has been fairly accurate so far on CNN) Predicts that Covid-19 deaths will reach 3000 people a day by December. I certainly wont be going to the movies. Take Extra Care everyone!
  14. Our offices thorough the USA will remain closed for the rest of 2020 due to Covid -19 Indications are that we will only open up once there is a vaccine available. We have been working remotely from a Cottage in New Harbor, Maine for the past few months. The Cottage is in Cove with really nice views. As the office is closed we have extended our stay until November.
  15. The Official retirement age is 60 or earlier in South Africa. Some folk who have been working for over 20 or 25 years at the same job have a retirement age of 65 in their employment contracts. There are also people that have contracts who have been working at the same job for many years to age 62 . The ANC has subsequently reduced the age to 60. But companies are still honoring the retirement dates on long service employees. But bear in mind, that there are not many people in South Africa that are still working over age 60. Unlike the USA where you can work as long as you like. There is an employee in my team that is age 76 and still working, and she is quick and fast and does a better job than the youngsters. Update : The return to work is a request by the SA Gov President Zuma requiring 50 % of the work force to be at work one week and the following week work from home.
  16. Business and Hospitals are opening up from September 1, 2020. Hospitals are open for any type of surgical procedures. Companies are requesting their staff to return to work as well. Staff will be screened daily and provided with masks and Protective shields. Staff over age 60 with medical conditions, need to get a letter from their doctor and submit to their HR department to continue working from home.
  17. Here is a link to the US Post office mail suspensions to various Countries. https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/international/welcome.htm?_gl=1*1jrezdl*_gcl_dc*R0NMLjE1OTg2MTYyNTYuNDM3ZWQ1ZGM2YzEyMWFkN2YyOWQ4YTk0OWVhNGNjNGQ
  18. Just to add to this The US Post offices are not accepting any mail for South Africa. They do offer Fed Ex to South Africa starting price of $67.00 minimum depending on the weight.
  19. Currently there is over 13,000 empty properties available for rent in Manhattan, New York, the highest number in 14 years . The average rental is $3,620 most landlords are offering 1.5 months rent free. Long Term property leases are also out of favor as tenants, want to have the option of moving out with 30 days notice, as lots of people are still losing their jobs or offered positions in other states. People also don't know if their jobs are coming back. Pre Pandemic there were long leases but not any more. Property owners are offering more flexible agreements.
  20. oscar

    Cape Town online

    Here is a link to a Cape Town online newspaper. The good news its Free. https://www.capetownetc.com/
  21. You live in a very blue state, so your vote wont make a difference. If you don't like the change you can always consider moving back to Orania
  22. South African Airways creditors have approved a restructuring plan today. At least with the rampant pandemic it will give them a few months to develop some new strategies. I hope this works for SAA! https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/south-african-airways-creditors-approve-restructuring-plan-2020-07-14
  23. Trump vowed yesterday to issue a new executive order on immigration. Appears this will deal with DACA (Dreamers) -Road to Citizenship - Ted Cruz has already said that Trump does not have the power to do this. Appears he also wants to tinker with some other issues. like the Diversity lottery and certain visa categories. Trump has largely shut down the issuance of green card visas and new work visas until January 2021 due to Covid -19 pandemic. The HIB visa program will also be restructured. As we are a few months away from the election in November, its all about winning votes. Lets see what happens in the next three to four weeks.
  24. Here is a update for American Jobless filings 49.8 Million Americans filed jobless claims in sixteen weeks. The airline industry is planning a major round of Layoffs and Furloughs at United Airlines, as they plan om laying off 45 % of their staff. This is only the start as other airlines are also planning job cuts from October 1
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