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Sol1 last won the day on May 1 2019

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About Sol1

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  • Birthday 11/10/1970

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    Jupiter, Florida
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  1. keep trying - we won it on our 9th try!
  2. yes he is done with Matric and got into Keiser University on a golf scholarship!
  3. yes back in Florida - Jupiter!
  4. Hi everyone --- some of you may remember me from posts back in 2013 ! After having to leave USA after only 2 months back then --- I'm very pleased to say that we finally made our way back and just arrived (AGAIN!) 4 weeks ago! I'm thrilled that my hubby decided to come back and holding thumbs that all goes well this time!
  5. Congratulations! i cant wait for that feeling one day!
  6. Finally moving back to the USA in August ! cant wait to get there - Jupiter Florida here we come!

  7. Sol1

    We Want To Go Back

    I can understand someone wanting to come back to SA - missing family, firends and your culture. We came back to SA -- the worst decision we could ever have made! Although we have Woolworths and other nice things -- depending on where you live -- all the "nice things" about living in SA quickly dont mean much when you see how they are burning our Universities down and you worry where you children will be safe and be able to study peacefully one day. Getting jobs here in SA are tough -- we are white and most jobs are given preference to darker colour skins. My son-in-law is a coloured guy and he cant find a job! He has been out of a job for 6 months! Food here and cost of living has become so expensive! the service in our hospitals is still good -- but on the decline ---- we are wondering who on earth will look after us when we get old one day! Medical aid fees have gone through the roof and our Rand is worthless -- tough to travel overseas, As for us --- when my eldest son finishes school at the end of next year -- we are setting our sights to go back to the USA. One thing you have on your side -- your USA Citizenship! You have the luxury of climbing on a plane if you dont like SA and go back to the USA -- so why not try it! Good luck with it all!!
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    Re-Entry Permit.

    Thanks for the advice - right now we are residents in Maryland but its unlikely he will want to go to university there -- too much snow in winter for golf! Have you got an idea of where you will want to settle when you go back?
  9. We looked into this option before you won our green card. its complicated and the only thing is that the money that you put into a EB5 visa is alot and its quite complicated, We once chatted to a guy in Miami -- by the name of Clifford from Mirzam Investments -- he came and did a few seminars in SA on the matter with an immigration lawyer (Grant Kaplan) --- they all ex-SA guys. they coudl help. look them up
  10. Sol1

    Re-Entry Permit.

    Hi Adventurer1! Are you guys still back in SA (in midstream?) ? When do you plan on going back again? Thanks for the info about needing to live in-state for 12 months prior. My son plans on studying a PGA degree - only 6 universities in the US offer that degree (with different majors in each program) -- so will need to see which university offers the one that will suit him best ---- and then maybe we should by an apartment asap for him :-)
  11. Sol1

    2017 Draw Results

    Now thats a loong story -- its all here somewhere in this forum (i think in homesick forum?). We won the DV2013 -- arrived in June 2014 and stayed only 2 and half months before my hubby suddenly decided to come back to SA due to his business here. the move i think is the worst for the men i think -- they are used to a good lifestyle in SA, a credit history that was built over many years -- all goes to nothing in the USA and you need to start all over. Luckily we didnt need to lve on credit in the USA - but did manage to get a car financed pretty easily due to the fact that we had a good credit balance at our bank (but the interest rate was high but would come down later once we were living there longer). So if you coming to the USA with a fair amount of cash in the bank -- then settling in and getting things done is pretty easy. Right now we living in Knysna - best place in SA to live for lifestyle and crime! ;-) busy with our re-entry permits -- which we shld get in the next few weeks -- so have another 2 years to go back (my son is in Grade 11 and he wants to finish high school here in SA)
  12. Sol1

    Re-Entry Permit.

    Thanks SJ -- yip looks like we may come back to the USA in early 2018 when my son has finished Matric here!
  13. Sol1

    2017 Draw Results

    Hi Suzy - Congratulations!! Its a wonderful feeling isnt it??!!
  14. Sol1

    Re-Entry Permit.

    Hi Everyone! As some of you may know my story -- we returned to SA about a year and a half ago and did not apply for our re-entry visa's before we left. We made sure we kept our ties going in the USA ( a business, bank accounts, credit rating etc) and made sure we returned every year before 12 months were up. I know that when you look up the info on the re-entry permits - they tell you you need to apply when you are in the USA and may leave when your bio-metrics have been taken (and then when you get the re-entry permits they can send to your nearest consulate in SA). I just wanted to let you know that we just applied for our re-entry permits a few weeks ago when my hubby and I were in the USA but could not stay long enough to wait to have our biometrics taken - so we returned to SA. We have now gotten our I-797C forms to appear in Baltimore for our bio-metrics appointment at USCIS. I called USCIS in Johannesburg and explained that due to my husbands work commitments and kids schooling we needed to leave the US before bio-metrics were taken. They said no problem -- in such cases (they say they don"t do it as a norm but do help in circumstances like ours) they can take your biometrics in JHB. So we are off to get our fingerprints taken next monday. I must say, i have never found the US authorities unreasonable and I find them very happy to try help people where ever they can. My advice to anyone is always tell the truth, just be honest and explain your situation -- and you wont pick up any hassles. Hopefully we will be back in the USA sometime within the next two years!
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