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Eliab

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Eliab last won the day on May 8 2013

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About Eliab

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  • Birthday July 14

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Annapolis MD
  • Interests
    Love the Gym, cycling,travelling, running/walking, loads of reading and socialising
  • First Name
    Angel
  • Last Name
    Elihandra
  • Landed
    Oct 2010
  • SA Location
    JHB
  • Language
    Afrikaans
  1. Oscar, you are a life saver. I think since we only talk more about coming over and less about the stresses involved when all is settled and dealing with regular life. As human we like struggle. I will definitely start looking at either a new job or volunteering some more getting used to normal life. Instead of adventure and worry all the time. Its interesting reading other peoples experience.
  2. Hi All, Hopefully someone can share some light and more experience. I moved to the US mainly because of the opportunity it provided, not running away from crime or something or other. I have been busy for almost 4 years straight since moving here, but lately I hit a bit of a lull. I am well settled completed certifications and now all the great opportunities are coming my way. But somehow I still miss home, I have visited twice this year and inspired to help make south Africa better. Is this the idealist in me or does every immigrant go through the 4 year itch. In my case about 3.8 yrs. I am afraid I will pack go back to SA and regret it. Everything is working just right and friends are good (nice close nit community), its just this nagging feeling of wanting to do more, and lets say I've always liked travelling and the new experience. One option is looking for work that will allow me to travel more. Please share your experiences. Its just driving me mad. I don't feel like starting over.
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    Things Are Looking Up

    Thank you Shaun, that was really good advice. I had to learn to say no and remember marketing basics. Because from when you land someone is already selling you something.I agree that it is all relative, I pay almost $3k in property taxes a year and why because the area has good schools. That's close to what my sister pays for 1 child for private school in SA. I don't live in a fancy house. So you have give some to gain somewhere else. I found I spent more money on health care the first two years because I was getting sick (adjusting), and settling is not cheap. Now year 3 I can say I am slowly reaping the benefits. Car insurance has gone down and utilities have gone down. Over time results are positive. This came with a high price almost all my savings are gone and I had to start from scratch. Its not easy but you work harder.
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    Things Are Looking Up

    Oscar I thought I was the only one, buying clothes back in SA and moving with them to the US. I have found that for good quality clothes that can last more than few machine washes at a minimum I need to spend $75 an article. All my woolies clothes I came with or bought in SA last year look way better than the clothes I bought at Kohl's/Old navy/Macy's when I moved here. Even some of the clothes I bought at M&S in the UK still look good and I bought those items in 2005. Even winter coats if you are not willing spend $250 or more, you end up with coat that's not pure wool. Yes some electronics on the other hand are very cheap. I think you learn with trial an error. I am still getting use to the fact that fresh vegies, fruits and good cuts of meat are expensive. But other than that things are slowly working out.
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    Things Are Looking Up

    Oscar I thought I was the only one, buying clothes back in SA and moving with them to the US. I have found that for good quality clothes that can last more than few machine washes at a minimum I need to spend $75 an article. All my woolies clothes I came with or bought in SA last year look way better than the clothes I bought at Kohl's/Old navy/Macy's when I moved here. Even some of the clothes I bought at M&S in the UK still look good and I bought those items in 2005. Even winter coats if you are not willing spend $250 or more, you end up with coat that's not pure wool. Yes some electronics on the other hand are very cheap. I think you learn with trial an error. I am still getting use to the fact that fresh vegies, fruits and good cuts of meat are expensive. But other than that things are slowly working out.
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    South Africa Launches New Smart Card Id

    Now I hope the government has proper centralised database including finger prints so they can catch all the criminals that are roaming around. Make the country safer. The other day I read an article on why the UK took away our visa requirement. Apparently 6,000 illegal chinese immigrants were caught with South African Passports trying to enter the UK and they had never been to SA. I was really surprised on 1 the number of people who would try to perpetrate such fraud and reallt six thousand of them and never been to SA. I knew of other African countries using SA passports illegally in the UK, because UK border agency would catch the individuals by asking something stupid like whats the Capital city of SA or how do you spell Jo'burg, numebr of official languages in SA etc. I am glad they are making some headway SA citizen have more priveleges than most countries globally. I didn't know that until I moved UK and US on how freely we can uproot and travel around. Have access to embassies and easily get your id and passport. Provided you follow the law.
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    Narrowing Search Options

    Hi SJ27, I hope this helps try looking at international agencies that have offices in SA i.e. Robert Walters, RobertHalf (I am in the Accounting field hence the options). Then contact their international recruiting division they might have an individual there who can pass on the information. Use career junction to get agency names and look at their websites. Another option is Indeed.com but its hard to look for employment while you have a SA address. But then you just have to keep on applying I would say instead of having a just two places as options expand your net US has other beautiful places with available jobs. The company he works for in SA is it international? then he might start looking there as well. Sometimes manufacturing/productions based jobs are in middle america. Expand a little and keep the faith. Eli
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    What Is Up With Home Affairs??

    Hi Gillchan, Its probably because SA is trying to comply with international law/local law because the one parent can kidnap their children and then you can turn around and sue the goverment for not following due process. Probably it has happened thats why they are being so particular in your case. Single parents is a case of if father/mother is unknown then chances of being sued are less. Just my two cents, because with the world becoming such a small place (meaning the ability to marry citizens from other countries) kidnapping by former spouses/families of former spouses is happening more and more. Eli
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    Dv 2014 South African Selectee's?

    Thanks Malamute, now that makes sense about the visas. To answer your second question about the matrik certificate, she lost her original certificate and only has the transcript. So when she went to the department of education, they said no they will not reprint because of the lower standard grade. She decided that she will do what they ask her to do which take two subjects to replace the lower standard grade subjects. Then hopefully before the interview nexy year March/April she will have the reprint matrik certificate. Will keep you guys updated on the whole process.
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    Dv 2014 South African Selectee's?

    Hi All, One of my family members won (I did not think in million years we would be lucky twice) me and then her, and the letter said 125,000 people were selected for further processing. Which is a first because when I won in 2009 they only selected 55,000 applicants for further processing unless I read my letter wrong. Which happens. Fortunately her case number is in the mid 30,000 which is way lower than mine which was around 50,000. But I made it I am here. My question is since the department of education does not want to issue her the green colored matric certificate because some of the subjects she had in high school were lower grade, they told her she needs sub two of the subjects this year. Then in January following year they will give her the green certificate if she passes the subjects based on the current requirements. Will this affect her application in some way? because she does have a national diploma and proof that she attended the local community college. She holds a steady job (past 10 yrs) and can show proof of funds etc. Its just the green certificate thats giving our family nightmares. Comments will be appreciated. Eli
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    Medicals

    Glad to hear that the medical aids in SA are still reimbursing some of the costs. Getting something back is better than getting nothing. Worse thing you can ever do is not submitting the expenses in my opinion. Cheers!! Eli
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    Sa Immigrants That Have 'made It' In The Usa

    Thank you for the article Malamute, I needed a bit of a push. I sat for the first part of the CPA exam and failed by 2 points (got 73) and was a bit down. This article does prove that hard work and dedication can result into something worth having. Back to my books before I go to work. I can do this. Eli
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    Advice Needed Please Forum Mate...

    I had chickenpox when I was around 5 and had chicken pox vaccine later on (probably around 12/13, there was an outbreak). This year I went for some blood work and my RN said I need to have the chickenpox vaccine again because she said they couldnt find the virus in my body. Submitted paper work of my medical history and went for a second test they just couldnt find the virus. So I had to go for a first and second short (booster)side effects are terrible not as bad as the chickenpox (tiredness, nausea etc.). Because I would have had to sign a waiver saying I cant sue them if something went wrong with the procedure I was having done. Getting back to the story she said a certain number of people (including me)vaccines wear off after a while. So I musnt be surprised if I get chickenpox. I was like are you kidding now you tell me. By the way does anyone know why they check if you are male or female. I found that test a bit odd? Now I messed up the thread sorry everyone. I just had to tell my story. Eli
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    Dv 2014 Draw Dates

    My thinking is as soon as know that you are a winner, contact KCC and submit the birth certificate all other documents they need as proof. Then I think you should be okay. Good luck. Eli
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    Uscis Fee

    Hi Tami, If they dont accept paypal then just use your credit card because if anything goes bad then your card insurance will cover it and stop any unauthorised future payments. Banking details are a big no no unless you trust the site. Since this a new fee caution!! is the best way to go. Sorry your link doesn't work. Its says something about the page not existing. Eli
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