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  1. When I lived in UK and got my UK Citizenship (nearly 10 years ago), I got a letter from the UK authorities saying I had not acquired UK citizenship. I paid my (then) £8 for the Retention of Citizenship. Perhaps something has changed since I got my US Citizenship nearly 2½ years ago, when I did apply for retention again (yes...you DO have to apply for EACH citizenship acquired), but I don't ever remember getting a letter from USA authorities saying that I had not acquired US citizenship. If I remember correctly, the retention requirements were a notarised copy of my Green Card. As Eileen has posted, I think that would suffice. Hope this helps! PS - Scan your Green card both sides. Once you become a citizen, it is gone. It would've been nice to have it as a souvenir.
  2. The online status doesn't seem to be very accurate. I have been a US Citizen for 2½ years now and my status still shows: "Testing and interview". Sigh!
  3. Hi SA/USA folks I was running my friend's website (folscher.com) for a while and they no longer have any desire for it. I own the domain name and have been paying for it for a few years. It's about to expire and I told them they shouldn't let it go as surname domains are hard to come by. Anyone want to buy it, shoot me a PM. I'm not expecting 1000s of $, but hope I can make a few extra dollars. (Maybe I can persuade them to keep it, who knows....) Just thought I'd let you all know.
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    You Magazine

    Thanks gmdbn I already looked it up in a search and found all .za as well..athat but was wondering if anyone had sent it recently and perhaps had found any cheaper options than you.co.za? I found mysubs.co.za as well.
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    You Magazine

    Can anyone recommend where I can buy a year subscription of You Magazine for my mom? I want to buy it as a surprise so need to buy online with USA credit/debit card using a USA billing address but have it sent to Cape Town. Has anyone done this recently and can give current info? Having a coupon/promotion code would be great as well. Thanks
  6. The hard drives in Apple computers are not large at all. Six or seven years ago, I had 500GB space in my Dell desktop! Keep the current hard drives in your iMac (or MacBook) and buy a nice cheap big external HDD. Backup everything to the new (much larger) drive. Take it with you to the States! That way, when you sell your Apple product, it will have the original hardware that came with the machine.
  7. Saw this website and thought it would be fun and informative: http://www.ifitweremyhome.com/compare/ZA/US
  8. If your computers are old, see if you can sell them otherwise bring 'em over. Again, as I said previously, check on Freecycle (even in South Africa) and ask if anyone has US adapters for your Apple products. Depending on the furniture you want, it can be pricey or it can be relatively affordable. I guess, you have to figure out how much the container will cost you and how much you can actually get for your personal belongings. Some things are worthwhile to ship, others not. I have moved eight times in six years (gasp! - that includes UK to USA) and it is amazing when I go through all the moving boxes, to see stuff I really wouldn't miss. When are you planning on moving Stateside and do you know where you will start out? Feel free to ask us SAUSA posters for tips, ideas and what-not. We all started in the same boat, and you never know, an idea gleaned from here might just help you get started even better!
  9. Alwyn, I went to UK in 2001 as a single guy with ½ a backpack full of stuff and ended up in USA, seven years later with a small household of stuff, a wife and two kids! We didn't ship any furniture but sold it/gave it away in UK, but took a small TV, 3-in-1 microwave (nice one, I might add!), laminating machine and other small electronics. It seemed silly to leave them behind as we were told it wasn't by weight but volume. Looking back, I could've sold the TV and other small electronics and made a few extra £ instead of bringing them. I ended up offering them on Freecycle as they were no good here in USA. Even if we decided to move back to UK or SA, they wouldn't be worth what it would cost to ship them back. Technology changes rapidly. (My 17" telly was about £300. Now...I wouldn't get a fraction of that for it!) My advice: sell what you can and get as much R so that you can get things here. Decluttering will help you see what you need more clearly. In USA (and UK), it is quite amazing at what people give away/leave on their sidewalk. You will need to weigh up the sentimental value versus the monetary value of the items you want to ship. If you have kids, consider minimalising their clothes/toys as you will no doubt get so many nice things here. It is not easy to start afresh, especially when you consider the exchange rate, but...in my opinion, having a few extra $ in your pocket, is better than having 20 extra DVDs that you no longer watch. Just my 3½¢ to add to the thinking pot. Check out Freecycle as I previously stated. You can join now in the area you hope to move to.
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    My will was written in UK when I lived there. It was typed up and I had two witnesses (not included in the will) initial each page and sign the last page next to their names. I have heard that in the USA, people hand write their wills. Can anyone shed any light on if I can write up my will the way I did in UK (and originally in SA) and have two witnesses initial each page and then sign the last page — will it be valid in USA?
  11. Hooray Griffster Glad it went well. Your IO went that little extra which was kind. Putting you at ease helps just that little bit when you need it. When you have your oath ceremony, double check which signature you are required to sign on the certificate. I was told I had to sign my full name from what I'd read, but my signature on my photo was my scribble. I ended up having to sign the scribble (same signature as photo), not the full one. It must be an American thing to sign your name like you write it. The other important thing at your ceremony to take note of is this: make sure your certificate is signed by the powers that be. I've heard stories of people leaving the ceremony and their certificate wasn't signed, and therefore not valid. At my oath ceremony, all I handed in was my Green Card and ceremony letter, nothing else. Going to Social Security was fine - just took a while. Had to wait a few days for appointment at Post Office for passport application. (You can apply online for passport and then have the form nicely printed, but still have to go in person). Was told it will take four to six weeks. It's just been about a week and a half and already have email saying passport is complete and on its way. Seems processing is a lot quicker now. Certainly don't do expedited! Let us know how it all goes.
  12. Well...it's official! I am now a US Citizen and my travels on this application road are finally at an end. For those in the San Diego area, here is a wee bit of info on how the morning went. My notification letter said the appointment was for 8am 0n 16th December. I left around 6:45am from north San Diego county and got downtown about 7:15am. Parked at Horton Plaza mall parking. Walked to the City Hall and saw a long line going around the corner. The line moved pretty quickly and we filed in without much delay. All you need at the Oath Ceremony is your Green Card and Notification Letter - nothing else! If you have family/friends coming with you, there is no need for them to wait in line with you (unless they want to), they can go to the front of the line; in a separate entrance up to the balcony area. Once in the auditorium, you choose a line and they tick your name off, give you some a packet of info and you hand in your Green Card. Do note the number circled on your notification letter or on the other paper they give you. This is the line number you need to stand in after the ceremony to pick up your Naturalisation Certificate. Most of us were finished and seated around 9am — your family/friends can actually arrive after 9am. The ceremony started about 9:30am. They played a game of whose husband/boyfriend goes with whose wife/girlfriend and then had some dancing troupe do some Polish dances. I think we were all done after the first dance, but they did about six! It was painful and unnecessary — a waste of time. Finally...at about 10am, they started calling out our countries and we stood up once we heard it. A few times they harped on about the privileges and, of course, the responsibilities of citizens. Then we all stood up, quoted the Oath of Allegiance and were then officially citizens! An interesting note: when everything started, they declared court in session. Once we were sworn in, the judge declared court was in recess. We all then filed in to our lines, handed in our notification letter and received our Naturalisation Certificates. Everything was over by about 11:15am. All in all, there were 667 adults from 71 nations sworn in.
  13. I just went down to my local Application Resource Centre and told them I had my Oath Ceremony tomorrow. There were many people in the waiting room and I thought I was going to wait a while. I sat down and maybe two minutes later, the director called me in. I asked about kids and friends attending and he said that in San Diego at Golden Hall there is a separate entrance for family and friends and yes they are all welcome to attend. Yay! I asked about times for visitors and he said that my guests can arrive ½ to 1 hour later. They don't need to be there at 8am. I will definitely take the camera. Thanks for the tips. Hopefully I can give some feedback tomorrow on how it all goes.
  14. One day to go until the Oath Ceremony Does anyone know if friends as well as family can attend the Oath Ceremony? If so, how many? My ceremony will be in San Diego. I have three little kids and have read on different sites that some say, get a babysitter and others, bring 'em along, as it's a once-in-a-lifetime event. Suggestions...?
  15. I just said that I want to pass on my South African heritage to my kids. In my world travels, it's important that I can share my Africanness with other cultures. Blah! Blah! Blah...etc.Basically you're telling them what they want to hear. I don't think there is a right/wrong answer, but you kinda want to promote SA in a positive way, I guess. Just my 3¢.
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