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    Lower Fairfield County Connecticut
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    Surface Pattern Designer. Design, Kitchen & Bathroom design, Architecture, Travel, Volunteering, Movies
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    Ilze
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    Gauteng
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  1. adventurer1

    DV-2019

    Congrats on the promotion and welcome to the North East NY has so much to offer, such an energy and melting pot. We are 50 min out from GC on the Metro North. Most people in our town commute daily to the city for work. Best of both worlds
  2. adventurer1

    DV-2019

    Where we live, our school district requires utility bills (2) as well as your rental contract/ home owners proof for your kid to attend school. If you will be living with relatives / friends, they then have to complete affidavits of residency as well as the relation to you. (this is then qualified/ approved by the school district board before your kid can attend school) Kids entering school (any grade) also need to complete a Health Assessment done by a US Dr. This is usually covered by your medical insurance, but if you don't have, that can add up some bills (around $400-500) Nursery / day care is extremely expensive, it works out anything between $1600-2000 per month. Some school districts allow kids from parents working in that school district to attend school there- that's great if you ended up working in a great school district but doesn't necessarily live there. Towns / school zones are so strict, some streets are split up- this doesn't matter if it falls under one school district and the whole district is great, but it can happen that you physically reside in a different town than you neighbor Zillow is great in searches for homes, as it usually shows the school assigned to that specific address , but the onus is still on you to confirm that its correct An interesting fact that I've recently discovered, (which is more relevant to high school kids). When applying to colleges, you are weighed against your peers from YOUR school. Where you stand in your class "against" the kids that get the same exposure and education in the same environment as you. What this means, if you reside in a very affluent neighborhood (mostly the higher scoring schools), where parents have the means to afford extra tutoring and advance classes for their kids, you better be able to do that too, as your kid is not measured nationally, but locally. Your kid might still get that 3.5 GPA, but it means very little if the average in his class is 3,7 etc. Now this is not a big issue if your kid is planning on attending the local state college etc, but when they plan to attend a lower acceptance rated school or ivy league etc, it starts to matter. Just my 5 cents
  3. I would suggest you contact uscis.johannesburg[at]dhs.gov and ask I remember the family member originally send in the hand written marriage certificate (as they were waiting for the Printed long form one). Don't know if that makes a difference. They were also recently married.(2016) Keep us posted. Good luck.
  4. This is strange Our family member's marriage and birth certificates in the new formats were accepted. This was originally for I130 via USCIS and then NVC. (consular processing in Jhb) Are your parents doing Adjustment of Status in US or Consular processing?
  5. Hi RiaanGouws It seems to be true Both Birth and Marriage Certificates are now only the long form and states just Birth or Marriage Certificate at the top. (a Family member had this done as well) As long as their marital status before the marriage and all their details Full names and Last/ Surname as well as (Country of Birth, ID, Birth date and previous surnames) are on it, it should be fine
  6. Hi all Can anyone shed some light on the process to add a dependent child(6 weeks old) to an Approved F2A application? Interview in Jhb Consulate is in 4 weeks. Have been trying to contact the IV department for past few weeks, without any reply / success. Phoning the number doesn't help either as they say that the IV department has no direct contact line As far as I can search, the DS260 form needs to be 'unlocked' and the dependent child's details added. The beneficiary needs to make his medical appointment in Jhb, and the 6 week old will probably also then undergo a medical? Does anyone have a contact at the IV department maybe?
  7. Hi Oscar Contact Antonie Wildenboer at Reservation house. info[at]reservationhouse.co.za They do SanParks bookings, directly on the SanParks system. Tel: (011) 678 8870Fax: (011) 678 2575
  8. Remember there is just one official website, the rest is scams www.dvlottery.state.gov it costs nothing to enter. You and your spouse may each enter with the other as dependents. Make sure to list all dependent children etc Never use the same photo as before (it gets you disqualified immediately, without even knowing)- the rules states that it needs to be a recent photo (not older than 6 months). I assume they have software that dispose off the entries with duplicate photos from previous years. We've won on our 5 or 6th try Good Luck
  9. Congrats, must be an awesome feeling
  10. Hi Sol1, welcome back woop woop You guys back in Florida? Hope you settle in well and quickly adjust to the American way off life. Just give it time, its never easy the first couple off months (after the initial honeymoon is over)- but stick to it, it does get easier with time.
  11. Thanks Great- the person in question has a current valid B visa and will be able to show ties back to SA It seems that Table A moves super slow. Some months the date only moves a week up. So that means that there is no difference in Adjustment of Status and Consular processing's times lines then? Thought the latter was quicker. Hurry up and wait game
  12. Hi All (asking on behalf) Anyone here done F2A route recently? F2A (Second Preference Family base)- Spouses and unmarried children under 21 of Legal Permanent Resident Need to know the timeline - I-130 Petition has been approved, NVC has requested all supporting documents and confirmed that application has been processed and completed and send to US Consulate (jhb) for request for interview date The U.S. Embassy or Consulate General tells NVC what dates they are holding interviews, and NVC fills these appointments in a first-in, first-out manner. However, before applicants in a numerically limited (preference) visa category can receive an appointment, their priority date must also be current. You can track your priority date using the Visa Bulletin at https://usvisas.state.gov/visabulletin. NVC schedules appointments one month in advance, but we cannot predict when an interview appointment will be available. An interview appointment letter is sent to you (the applicant), as well as your petitioner (sponsor), and your agent/attorney (if applicable) to notify you and them of the date, time, and location of the interview once the embassy has an appointment available. There may be a wait of several months for an interview date to become available. Supporting documents are sent to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Once your interview appointment is scheduled, NVC sends the immigrant visa petition, visa application, and all related forms and documents which were submitted to NVC to the appropriate U.S. Embassy/Consulate. If a visa is available for your petition (or if the Department of State believes that one will be available in the next several months), the NVC will send you, the beneficiary, a letter or email directing you to begin visa pre-processing with the NVC. NVC will begin pre-processing your case by asking you to first choose an agent and then submit the appropriate fees. After the appropriate fees are paid, the NVC will request that you submit the necessary immigrant visa documents, including the Affidavit of Support (AOS), application forms, civil documents, and more. If visas are not available for your visa category, the NVC will notify you that the NVC received your petition and will hold it until a visa becomes available. Now this is where the questions comes in: 1) anyone done their interview recently or have an idea on what the current timeline is? (between receiving confirmation that NVC is sending docs vs interview date confirmation letter) 2) Which priority date do you use on VisaBulletin (Last action date or dates for filing) - this is a Consular Processing Case and not a Adjustment of Status Case 3) Anyone traveled/ entered US on B1/B2 visa (for a short trip) while waiting for interview date back in SA? - I read on other forums that customs can be difficult about granting you entry (immigration intent) Thanks in advance
  13. Great I would have never considered any off these, Big thumbs up to you all
  14. Thanks Will check if we have some spare days then- good to know, somethings should not be rushed
  15. Its true- part off the whole idea would be to stay a few nights in the city, right. Same as when we get guests I always suggests, (though we are only 46 min train from NYC GC-Terminal) its worth the $$ to at least spend one night IN NYC. Different story for everyday life. Big Sur; Monetery/ Carmel are all on the list now. Napa Valley might have to wait for another trip (or is it worth a day trip from SF?- or should one rather do a whole wine tasting trip on its own? Is the wineries like in the Cape - where its worth to do a few days with different stop?)
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