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  1. adventurer1

    DV-2019

    [at]Kallas. Just confirmed- you have to keep to your right when entering the arrivals hall's border security. Go to the end.(furthers point from where you entered ) p You will be at a normal counter (not the APC machines and their counters) if there's any further processing etc, they will take you to an office from there.
  2. adventurer1

    DV-2019

    [at]SJ272, at JFK Terminal 4 there's always been a ESTA line (together with 'other' visas - not B1/B2). Different line from Citizen and LPR's. It might have changed with the new APC systems in place. I remember when we activated our GC's back in 2014, we went to a small office to your left, as you entered passport control. But the same office is currently being used as the Global Entry enrollment office (along with the Global Entry kiosks outside of it)- just came through it.
  3. adventurer1

    DV-2019

    [at]Kallas, SAA flies into Terminal 4 at JFK. usually arrives around 6:40am- but including taxi-ing to the gate you will only get off the plane after 7am. it usually takes about an hour to clear customs at JFK- give or take if you arrive with another flight (shortest we've had was 40min but once it took over an hour and a half). For first time entry with immigration that might actually be shorter, as you won't line up with the rest from passport control- you will most likely go through the ESTA etc line? (this was recently changed) and again it will depend on any other flights arriving at the same time. This again can differ- our son in law had to go to a second counter/ office as the first officer wasn't able to click on a button (jip) to activate his GC and he had to line up at another office, where he waited for more than an hour- just to have a supervisor click the icon. you will have to pick up all your luggage and clear through customs before you can take your connection flight. You can make use of the Sky Train on the 3rd floor to connect to all the other terminals. Its less than 15 min ride. There's a Delta connection flight desk right outside the entry into the arrivals hall (to your left). I am not 100% sure if this is for all airline use or only Delta? I've hear of people using it for other airlines too Just a note: On Saturday I arrived back from SA from a short trip- and ALL the passengers from the SA 203 flight was pulled over for luggage checks from customs. There was a whole lot of customs police and everyone's bags were searched and some where even x-rayed. Wrappings were cut off etc. If its a normal day with normal circumstances you should be ok with 3 hours, but its no guarantee Good luck, All exciting. Its also great if the company is willing to fly you in for an in-person interview- this is usually a great sign as US companies will have 2-4 telephone interviews before they invite a candidate for face to face / in person interview
  4. adventurer1

    DV-2019

    [at]Kallas, Congrats. Good luck with the move and every other aspect coming with that [at]FranetteM, good luck on the final steps to your process. All worth it in the end, though you might some days think differently. Keep going
  5. adventurer1

    DV-2019

    Kallas, everyone's interview time slot for that day will be 8:30. It is not individual slots. If I can suggest, be there early, as you are allowed IN from your position in the line outside. If 'interviewees' before you take longer than expected, it will sure delay you as well. Good Luck
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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
  11. 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?
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Congrats, must be an awesome feeling
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Great I would have never considered any off these, Big thumbs up to you all
  19. Thanks Will check if we have some spare days then- good to know, somethings should not be rushed
  20. 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 $$ to at least spend one night IN NYC. Different story for everyday life. Big Sur; Monetery/ Carmel are all on the list now. Napa Valley might have to wait for another trip (or is it worth a day trip from SF?- or should one rather do a whole wine tasting trip on its own? Is the wineries like in the Cape - where its worth to do a few days with different stop?)
  21. Thanks for the head up!, will most likely be on the to do list. I have several reminders on my calendar for ''stuff'' that need to be booked in advance but that not ''open'' yet. Will add this one
  22. Something funky went on with my quoting extractions now Thanks Oscar, Will definitely look into the Hilton in San Ramon- don't mind using public transport in cities and hate traffic Did not realize the whole Fisherman's Wharf / Union Square issue is related to MJ;) - nice heads up thnx.
  23. Thanks Ladies I knew I could count on you;) Much much appreciated
  24. Hi thanks. Yes thinking of a 10-14 day trip (14 if we have to detour to Vegas- Have just suggested to roadies that we skip Vegas: in my opinion not the best place for teenage boys with their parents;)) This will most likely then exclude Grand Canyon and Red Rock state park (or we will do this as a separate break/ weekend) Plan to do coastal drive from San F down to San D. (some 'Harry Pottering' and Studio Lot exploring will be done in LA, and the usual touristy places.)- Anyone been to both Disney World Orlando and Disney Land California? (worth going to Disney Cal instead?)- our guests are also opting to do less off the West Coast road trip and spend some time and $$$ in Orlando. (PS. I'm bias as I can't stand the magnitude of hysteric masses and chaos in the Parks (Orlando)- so its a easy choice for me) The trip will take place probably last week of June into first week of July. (keeping in mind that we would like to celebrate the 4th somewhere maybe on a beach and fireworks) How is the weather that time off the year down there? Dry or Rainy? I know her up North East, its touch and go for summer (we still had horrible cold days late June) Every tip is greatly appreciated and I'm plotting it down Thanks
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