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My family and I decided to settle in Texas. Although the blog is not quite up to date, you can see what fun we are having. A more recent development is that I have been employed back in Africa Kenya on a contract basis of 3 months on and 1 month home in Texas.

Anyway for those who are interested copy this into your browser. http://tramptravellers.blogspot.com/

All the best to all of you for 2010

Stu

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Hi Stu

 

Do you need to make any arrangements with immigration for contract work? I'm considering going back to contract flying for financial reasons, while my wife stays in the US. I'm worried though that immigration will not like me leaving and returning to the US so often.

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Hi Stu

 

So nice to hear that there has been some developments. We are real glad for you. Thinking of you guys daily! Take care!

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No, you don't need to make arrangements - unless you are going to be out of the USA for more than 1 year at a time. In that case, BEFORE you leave you will need to apply for a re-entry permit. This doesn't sound like it will be the case with you.

 

What you WILL need to do, is keep an accurate record of each and every date you arrived in the USA, or left the USA, no matter how frequently or for how long (even 1 day) or for what reason. You will need this info if you intend to naturalize.

 

If you intend to naturalize, there may be implications, depending on how much time you spend out of the USA. In addition to the 5 years residency, you also need 30 month of physical prescence in the USA in the 5 year period before you apply. Each day, week, month etc outside of the USA is therefore important, and too much time outside of the USA may mean you don't qualify to naturalize until much later.

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Hi there guys,

You must have been wandering when I was going to get back onto the forum for an update. I am pleased to see you are following it. It really is a great source of information and I could not have done too well without it.

I trust all is well back home. before you know it, you will be here. While I am flying in kenya, please keep in contact with Anna.

All the best

Hi Stu

 

So nice to hear that there has been some developments. We are real glad for you. Thinking of you guys daily! Take care!

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Hi Moobear,

I sent out about 150 CV's for flying positions here, I got no response except from a company who contract for asian companies and 1 from an African based company. Interesting since when I came here I thought that there would still be loads of flying positions.

I have taken the job in Africa because at the end of the day we have to support our families. I will be taking Malamutes advice and keep records of every movement in and out of the USA. My family will have to stay here though as it is contract work.

All the best

Stu

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Do you need to make any arrangements with immigration for contract work? I'm considering going back to contract flying for financial reasons, while my wife stays in the US. I'm worried though that immigration will not like me leaving and returning to the US so often.

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It's been many years since I last posted on this site. 

Life in Hawaii has been good to us. Climate is perfect Year round. My oldest 2 kids are getting close to finishing university and the youngest son entered college and my youngest daughter is still in school. My wife, at 48, is doing her nursing degree. I'm still flying an ambulance. Life's good. 

To top it all, my wife and I attended our USA Citizenship ceremony on Tuesday. We are Americans. 

"Life, Liberty & the persuit of happiness"

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Thank you.

I'm never going to get used to saying "I'm from America" 😂

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I cannot believe how quickly 2019 has passed by and the year is coming to a close. With the 2021 DV Lottery entrance applications complete, I wonder how many from our neck of the woods will be joining us in the USA. This may well be one of the last DV Lotteries. I want to share with you our progress to date. (After 8 years).

This year has been good for us here in Hawaii. We have started on another building project on an adjacent piece of land we bought and the idea is to use the place as an Airbnb. Work wise, I still fly an ambulance around Hawaii and received a few work promotions this year. I've been in this job for 6 1/2 years. 

Annalise (my wife at 50) continues getting 4.0 GPA in the nursing program and finishes in May 2020. Its  been a difficult 3 years for her, studying and running this household as a mother.

Michael (24) has his BSc. In Aviation Management and is just finishing up his Commercial pilots license in Florida. He also works as an aircraft fueler to support himself and has been a Zipline guide for 4 years. 

Siobhan (22) has 2 degrees in English and Communication this year through University of Hawaii. Yesterday she went through MEPS medical selection process to join the US Coast Guard and is hoping for an Officer selection position. She has supported herself as a tour guide & ground crew with a helicopter company and as a Life Guard. 

Dylan (19) joined an exclusive Aviation Maintenance company in Everett Washington last week and plans on doing his Commercial pilots license while qualifying as an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic. He has learnt to weld and earned an income working as a Zipline guide. 

Jessica (16) continues at school but also works at a veterinary clinic 3 times a week to fund her pilots license. She has about 10 hours of flying time. Additionally she is a Sergeant in the Civil Air Patrol. (If you don't know what this is, google it & you need to get your teens enrolled)  

looking back to 2011 when our feet hit USA ground, I never in my wildest dreams thought that this family could achieve so much in so few years. America has opened doors and possibilities for my kids certainly not available in Africa.

I write this so that you can see the abundance the USA has given us and be encouraged by it. Granted,  like many of you,  we went through the fire, but life has a way of showing you the path. Take it, you have nothing to lose. 

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it's the courage to continue that counts."

Winston Churchill 

 

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