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RubyShoes last won the day on December 6 2016

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  1. RubyShoes

    Passport Renewal

    Hi Oscar I have just gone through this process getting my kids passports. We actually went to the prison in Raleigh! They had a fingerprinting service there and the lady doing them was actually used to South Africans and the form used - thank goodness. It took just over 6 months from the time we sent it in.
  2. RubyShoes

    Florida July 2018

    Welcome Althia I hope by now that you have your visa and are making plans to come over! You have chosen a nice place to live. Best of luck with the move and don't forget if you have any specific questions the people on this forum are always ready to give advice.
  3. RubyShoes

    N400 Application and Continuous Residence

    My husband sent his N400 in middle of September, which was the 90 days before. So it was just over 5 months until the interview and apparently he will get sworn in at the end of March, we are still waiting for that invitation in the mail. So all in all it will have taken 6 and a half months. We did send a self addressed and stamped envelope for our retention of citizenship. If I remember correctly it took about 6 weeks to get that back.
  4. RubyShoes

    N400 Application and Continuous Residence

    Hi Malamute - thanks yes we are almost there. Sorry, I didn't read properly, I thought you were talking about paying for the US N400 application, we paid for the N400 with a credit card not the retention of citizenship.
  5. RubyShoes

    N400 Application and Continuous Residence

    So it is just my husband getting sworn in, my daughter is 17 so she will get automatically through descent. My son and I were out the country longer than the 6 months after our initial visit so we will apply in May. My son is 19. By the way Malamute we actually paid with our credit card which was convenient. I have just looked and also seen that you can now apply online for the N400 which is also brand new and easier.
  6. RubyShoes

    N400 Application and Continuous Residence

    JumpingJasonFlash Just an update for you. My husband went for his interview yesterday. He was in the room for 10 minutes, he was never even asked about his absence of 5 months in the beginning still with a SA address. So no need to worry about that. I think they only need an explanation if you are out longer than 6 months. Now just waiting for the swearing in ceremony.
  7. RubyShoes

    N400 Application and Continuous Residence

    My husband has the same situation as you, also only came back for a week, during that 6 month period. He has applied for naturalization, has had his biometrics and is now waiting for his interview notification the wait from applying to interview seems to be 5 - 6 months here in Raleigh. I am anticipating he will get an interview end of Feb beginning of March. I remember Superkruz on this forum was out the country for two - five month periods in his first year and he didn't have an issue, so I am sure it will be fine. I will update you after my husbands interview. In other news - I applied for my kids SA passports 6 months ago and I am still waiting .....
  8. RubyShoes

    EB4 Petition

    Good luck with the rest of the process and thanks for sharing your experiences, it will help someone along the line.
  9. RubyShoes

    2017 Draw Results

    Congratulations on deciding where to settle! We did not bring a container over but we did ship several boxes over, we used 7 seas shipping. It was definitely worth it for us to bring over things like good knives, various household objects and personal things. I would look into bringing a few boxes over of your special things that would cost a lot to replace. Good luck with the planning!
  10. RubyShoes

    Sa Id Documents For Kids

    Thanks Malamute, I suppose I will do the same and hope for the best!
  11. RubyShoes

    Sa Id Documents For Kids

    One more question about these passport renewals! I like to know that I am doing the right thing - so on the website the photo requirements are 2' by 2' but I remember the SA passport photos being rectangular and even the spaces on the forms for the photos are rectangular - but it definitely said 2' by 2' . Also anyone done this before did you stick two of the photos on the forms before you sent them, or did you just send them loose? Thanks
  12. RubyShoes

    Sa Id Documents For Kids

    Ok great, glad to hear that, thanks SJ272
  13. RubyShoes

    Sa Id Documents For Kids

    My children have not become US citizens yet, but there has been some confusion around them getting passports once they are 16 because of the fingerprints
  14. RubyShoes

    Sa Id Documents For Kids

    Has anyone recently applied for new passports for kids that didnt have ID books as they were under 16 when we left? I am busy filling in the forms, and I see they want finger prints done at the consulate ( if they were minors when they left SA) as they do not have a set of fingerprints back in SA to compare. I am just going to go ahead and get a notary to do it here and send it in, but I was just wondering if anyone has experience in this. My kids are now 18 and 16 - so no longer minors when it comes to passports. When I phoned the consulate they said it was fine, but it wouldnt be the first time I was given incorrect advice. Hoping I can just have the fingerprints done here in Raleigh.
  15. RubyShoes

    Notarized Copies Of Passport, Id Etc

    Ravens, my husband will be eligible in December this year and my son and I will be eligible next year in August. My son and I were out the country for longer than 6 months so we had to reset our count down. My husband came in for a quick visit without us so he wasn't out the country longer than the 6 months. My daughter is under 18 so she will automatically get it. ilsem, it would be great to actually go in and do it personally and you can at any of the embassies but most people don't have one in their city, like us and you have to do it all by mail.