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About JumpingJasonFlash

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  • Birthday 05/17/1977

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    AZ
  • First Name
    Jason
  • Last Name
    Palmer
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    Jun 2013
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    JHB & DBN
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  1. JumpingJasonFlash

    One last step!

    Thanks, everyone! Quick update: Our notification letters came through the online portal at the end of last week, scheduling our Oath Ceremony before the end of the month! Which is incredible, considering even conservative estimates had the process taking us all the way up until the end of the year! No complaints from us! That’s for sure!
  2. JumpingJasonFlash

    Made it back to the USA!

    Yaaaay! Congratulations and welcome back! Hope everything works out nicely this time and that everything falls into place for you guys. I trust that your son finished up his Matric and that you are all ready to start a new and exciting chapter?
  3. JumpingJasonFlash

    Retention of SA citizenship

    Yay! Good luck! Will be interesting to see if they’ve picked up the pace or whether our application was just an outlier.
  4. JumpingJasonFlash

    One last step!

    It took 4 months at LA Consulate. I think we were just unlucky, though. My wife’s passport took 5 months, but our friend in Texas took basically a full year to get his and his two kids’ passports!!!
  5. JumpingJasonFlash

    One last step!

    Thanks! We definitely intend to apply for our US Passports at the ceremony. The SA consulate FINALLY came through for us and we got our retention of SA citizenship certificates a week after we filled our N-400 applications. My wife also got her new SA passport in June. We’ve both applied this side, so we know the process is anything but quick ‘n’ easy. Thankfully, my new one only expires in about 8 years, so we shouldn’t have to deal with that or DHA for quite a while now 😁
  6. JumpingJasonFlash

    One last step!

    Seven years and one month ago, on a lazy Saturday (much like today), our life took a complete change of course when my wife and I logged in to the EDV page and saw that crazy notification letter that I had been selected for DV2012. This week we both had our Naturalization interviews and have been recommended for US Citizenship! What a long, crazy, and uncertain journey it has been. So much has changed since that sunny but wintery Saturday morning in Johannesburg. We have travelled lots. We have made many new and fabulous friends. We have three happy little doggies, one of which is our 13-year-old dachshund who has shared this entire incredible journey with us. We also have a tiny all American ‘threenager’ full of personality and sass, who, in all likelihood we may never have decided to bring into this world had we not had such good fortune and incredible luck all these years. One last step remains. One last “hurry up and wait”. With just a little more patience and perseverance, our Oath Ceremony notification letters should arrive in the coming weeks and we’ll be sworn in shortly thereafter. The finish line is soooo close now! Thanks to all here who have shared this long journey with us, and thanks for the help, advice, and words of encouragement these last seven years! Jason.
  7. JumpingJasonFlash

    Retention of SA citizenship

    It’s an 11hr drive for us. Would be a good excuse to get out that way and visit my friend up in Santa Barbara, but still darn annoying every time you need to do something. Thankfully, after my wife’s passport, we shouldn’t need anything for another 8 years. I hope! We mailed in our apps separately with, two separate checks and two return envelopes. Funny thing is they sent our certificates back in one envelope, addressed to the both of us 🤔
  8. JumpingJasonFlash

    Retention of SA citizenship

    http://www.southafrica-newyork.net/homeaffairs/citizenship.htm Exemptions issued in terms of the South African Citizenship Act (No. 88) of 1995 Everything required for the application is listed under that section.
  9. JumpingJasonFlash

    Retention of SA citizenship

    Yeah, LA Consulate. As a side note, I see that the NYC Consulate is now saying that all applicatants need to appear in person when lodging applications! 😳 If the others go this route, it’s not going to be pretty for many of us...
  10. JumpingJasonFlash

    Retention of SA citizenship

    Malamute is spot on! As usual 😁 We got our retention letters just this week. Took almost exactly 4 months! Not sure what’s up with DHA or the Consulates, but everything seems to be taking an unusually long time. A friend in Texas has been waiting over 10 months for her husband’s and their two children’s passports! Which concerns us because my wife has a new passport application in since Feb... that puts us in to 2019 territory, messing with our travel plans for next year. The uncertainty is such a rash!
  11. JumpingJasonFlash

    Florida July 2018

    As usual excellent advice from everyone. My two cents... 1. Change of address: Expect things like accommodation to be fluid for the first few weeks, months or even years after you arrive, you’ll more than likely move between rentals and accommodation before finally settling in to something more permanent. How ever that may, or may not, work out for you, be aware that non-us citizens MUST report any change of address (AR-11j to the USCIS within 10 days of moving. Thankfully, this can easily be done online. It’s a silly little thing that can easily be overlooked during the first crazy weeks and months, but has the potential to cause issues later down the line if/when you file for Naturalization and you have to note all the places you have lived within the last 5 years. 2. South African affairs: Sort out, cancel and tie up as much as you can before boarding your flight to the US. Be it closing bank accounts, cashing out policies, canceling cellphone contracts, terminating your SABC TV license, getting a SARS Tax Clearnce Certificate, or just making sure you have a small supply of notarized copies and duplicates of your Birth certificates, Marriage certificates, ID book/card, and even Passports. The number one rash for all of us living abroad is trying to deal with anyone or anything back in South Africa. Cancelling certain things can either go really smoothly, or be a living hell! Between the red tape, the bureaucracy, the difference in time zones, the pain and expense of phoning during SA business hours, and anything that involves the Dept of Home Affairs, you’ll be very glad you did as much as possible back in SA when you could.
  12. JumpingJasonFlash

    Dv-2018

    As far is I know, neither house in Congress has passed any new legislation on the DV lottery and POTUS has not signed any new immigration laws or signed any executive orders affecting the lottery. Trump would be tweeting the high heavens if he/they had. Especially if it meant the end of the DV lottery. So that means the next draw should go ahead in May as planned under Federal guidelines and law. We are also coming up on six months from the next mid-term elections, and I’m not entirely sure anyone in Congress (on either side of the aisle) is willing to risk or has the political will to tackle drastic immigration reform this close to such a hotly contested and important election. Immigration is a highly devise, hot-button issue, which politicians here prefer to talk about and campaign on before and during elections in favor of actually acting on and risking their respective seats. Cynical, I know, but history has yet to prove otherwise... thus far.
  13. JumpingJasonFlash

    Hi Everyone , just starting out this journey.

    If your sister is a US Citizen she can sponsor you for a visa in the Family Fourth Preference (F4) category. This is, unfortunately, quite low on the preference list for family-based visas and with a numerical limitation (only 65,000 visas each year) and the backlog is substantial. The latest Visa Bulletin indicates that the currently priority date for applicants is something like Sep 2004. Which puts you at the back of a seriously long queue! It might not take the full 14 years, but 7-10 or more is most likely. If you want to hedge your bets, you can apply for that Visa now and get in line, then enter the DV Lottery every year while you wait.
  14. JumpingJasonFlash

    Hi Everyone , just starting out this journey.

    Hi and welcome to the forums. As SJ272 said, if you have immediate family living in the US (brother, sister, parents etc.) then they could sponsor you and you can apply for a family-based visa. Even then, you are literally looking something like a 12-14 year waitlist, which is probably not in your 5 year plan. Employment-based visas are another option, but it’s absolutely no walk in the park, with few guarantees, and even then, we’re taking a looong and difficult path to even Permanent Residence, let alone Citizenship. If you are a seriously talented Graphic Designer, and from a Graphic Designer / Art Director myself, I’m talking top tier, next level, the absolute brass bollocks good... you may, maybe, might, possibly, just have a shot at a Visa. That is if an agency, media outlet or some business with the time, money, and resources to spend wants you enough and is willing to go out on a massive limb and sponsor you for an employment visa. But that is another huge hurdle to clear on its own. Even then, expect a long, bumpy, and rocky road with no certainty or guarantees. In all honesty, the DV Lottery is your best bet. It’s free to enter and your chances aren’t the worst either. Entries open again in October, with the corresponding draw May next year. Even then, and if you hit the jack pot, and all the stars align, the absolute soonest you’ll be looking at getting here is Q4 2019 or sometime during 2020. That timeframe moves back a full year every single time you miss out on the draw and have to re-enter for the next draw.. A lot of members here have been through the DV process (including myself) and can give you or point you to all the info you need should you decide that is the route for you and your family. Unfortunately, as you may have come to realize,, the US is a notoriously difficult place to emigrate to, with few to no quick or easy routes, especially if you have no close family or business ties. Countries with points-based immigrant programs, or certain skill shortages are often a more fertile environment for Saffers looking for the ol’ “Plan B”. Good luck and shout if you have any other questions...
  15. JumpingJasonFlash

    Financial Emigration

    I know it’s not what you wanted to hear, but I have literally, just this week, finalized my Financial Emigration through FinGlobal and I couldn't be more happy with the results! From start to finish their service has been absolutely top notch. Took about 5 months for my specific situation. It can get a bit pricy if you have lots of policies and assets to cash out, but it’s probably a mere fraction of the cost of flying back to SA and spending weeks to months sorting out the mess and jumping through the ridiculous hoops necessary to get the process moving along. I caught a really lucky break and got my payout and Forex transfer right when the Rand hit its recent high, which effectively paid for itself, as I was going by a much higher exchange rate back when I started out If your financial situation is super simple, you bank with someone who is able to process your MP336(b) without you physically walking into a branch, and you use SARSefiling, then you may be able to do it yourself. But there are a lot of regulations, moving parts and a very specific order that needs to be followed. The process also takes quite a while, even with pros doing most of the heavy lifting. One screw up or delay and you could be set back weeks... probably months.
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