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  1. Gieds

    New Beginning

    Good morning, I am new to this Forum site and I just want to commend the members for the vast amount of information and assistance on this site. I travelled to the USA in April 2014. I travelled with 6 friends. During our trip the 7 of us visited a few States and loved every moment of being in the USA. After the trip, all of us decided to enter the DV Lottery when it opened in October 2014. I was the only one who actually entered the DV Lottery in the end - my friends were lazy and forgetful. At the time I didn't think much of it because I did not know if it was real and what it would mean. After I entered I forgot about it and only checked if I was successful again in May 2015. There were some issues with the system initially and I could not view my status. I tried to check every day but with no luck. On the fourth day after the results were supposed to be available I checked again just before going to bed. I was about to forget the entire thing and just move on with my life when I saw the following message: "You have been randomly selected for further processing in the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program for the fiscal year 2016 (October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016)." I did not know about this forum therefore I had no one to help me with advise, preparation etc. When I found this forum sometime around August 2015 I was super relieved. I only had the DV Lottery website as guidance on which documents to get in place. I immediately applied for my unabridged birth certificate and police clearance (not knowing that the interview will only be scheduled much later - I applied for it again recently to ensure it is less than 6 months old). I have a very high case number AF43xxx. Therefore I truly hope that I will get the opportunity to go for an interview. It looks like the African numbers are progressing very slowly. Does anyone know of someone who also had a high case number in the past and were successful? I have a good job in SA but I do not want to give up this opportunity to go to the USA. I believe this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I studied Chemical Engineering and I have 5 years working experience. Any engineers that may have good advice as to where will be the best to apply for work??? With the low oil price I am currently just grateful to have a job in SA. But I believe the USA has ample opportunities. Will it be easy to get a job in the USA as an engineer? I would love to travel a bit in the USA before settling down to work full time again. But who knows. That is my story in short. Thanks again for this forum - it sure puts my mind at easy to see how many SA'ns are living in the USA. Kind regards, G
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