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About Trellick

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    London to DC

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    Removing Conditions (approved)
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    Vermont Service Center
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    United Kingdom
  • Our Story
    British journalist - moved from London to Washington, DC. Living in a log cabin in Virginia - growing organic vegetables and taking care of my new family. My immigration path: I-130 sent to VSC: 6th Oct 2007 NOA1 received: 10th Jan 2008 (96 days) Sent to CSC by USCIS!: 6th August 2008 Approved NOA2: 21st August 2008 NVC received: 3rd Sept 2008 Case complete: 28th Oct 2008 Medical: 21st November 2008 IV: 5th December 2008 - approved POE: 15th December 2008 Conditions removed from Greencard: Feb 2011

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  1. Trellick

    Eager to work - K1 visa

    Things you can do if you are in a new home, in a new country and not allowed to work: - relax and rest That immigration journey was pretty grueling wasn't it, plus a huge international flight, all that packing and emotional goodbyes. Maybe a week chilling and catching up on sleep - spend time together alone After all that time and anguish apart - plan some quality time together. Not just trips to the SS office or DMV. - house/home projects If you've budgeted for this it can be a great way to feel at home - decorate and organize as a couple finally. I spent over three hours a day for the first two months decluttering all the old junk (ie. my husband's stuff) in the house. - explore walk, drive, cycle, shop, museums, art galleries, - if you think your partner would not enjoy this alone, try to organize some vacation from work, or draft a team of helpers - friends, family etc If the USC works in a city or town and you can't drive yet, go into the town/city with them once or twice a week - hang out in the library, or coffee shop, take a laptop, or go shopping, meet them for lunch, read a book in the park. Get out of the house. - meet wider family and friends Plan parties and visits and fun things to do to introduce your partner into your wider world and community. My mother-in-law took me out in the car every week for the first few months and it was a fun bonding experience. - driving Whether it's practice, lessons, studying the guide getting the license sorted etc - finding work Even if you can't actually work yet there are hours of stuff you can do to prepare before the EAD/Greencard comes. Update your resume, update all online options like LinkedIn etc, get business cards printed, go to networking events, organize informational interviews at the types of places you'd like to work, see if you can shadow someone at a company you'd like to work. Find out if you need to acquire more skills etc - study Learn something new - either useful or fun. Use local community resources or do an online course. - volunteer - hobbies Music, art, creating/making, gardening, reading, writing, blogging, sports, play poker online - I don't know whatever thrills you. When was the last time you had enforced leisure time - try to enjoy it.
  2. Trellick

    Having children in US british citizen mother

    She doesn't need a UK birth certificate for the application - just her regular American one is fine showing both parents. The UK parents will need to include their long-form birth cert and/or passport (we were also asked for our marriage cert - although it wasn't on the list of documents needed) Just do the application - as long as the UK spouse didn't acquire their citizenship by descent then it should be fine. Your daughter will only be able to pass on her British citizenship if she gives birth in the UK (long way away I know!)
  3. Trellick

    Having children in US british citizen mother

    You need the instructions for the UK: https://www.gov.uk/check-british-citizen It depends on how the UK citizen acquired their citizenship, and where and when the child is born. If the British Citizen was born in the UK then usually their child can also claim UK citizenship. But for example, my daughter who was born to a British mother (me) in the US and became a British Citizen through me cannot automatically pass on her citizenship to her own children if she gives birth to them outside the UK. If your daughter is eligible then simply apply for her UK passport.
  4. The weird thing about this article is neither of the cases they use as examples seem like VAWA cases. The 'military guy' said she disappeared 'the next day' after they got married. Doesn't seem as though it would have been long enough to establish any evidence for a VAWA claim.
  5. Trellick

    I made it!

    - declutter and rearrange, redecorate the house to your liking! (Get ready to have a yard sale with all the old stuff of your spouse's that you don't like!) - start networking online ahead of going back to work - do all the resume updating - getting new business cards if needed etc - take online courses to learn new skills for work - start learning a musical instrument - lots of online course options - are you crafty in any way? You could start making things and create your own Etsy shop to go live as soon as you have your EAD - start your own online business - use this time to do all the prep work ready to go live once you have your EAD - do all the fun activities you never have time for when working full time - yoga, swimming, meditation
  6. Trellick

    6 month stay not guaranteed

    But the people coming to the US are usually working in countries with much better vacation options. In the UK my company gave everyone five weeks paid leave, plus 9 public holidays which you could 'bank' if you worked them. Plus you could carry up to two weeks over each year. As most of us worked four day weeks (ten hour shifts) that meant it was entirely possible to have up to nine weeks available one year. After ten years you got another half a week added on. And that was paid vacation - the management was also very open to people taking a couple of weeks to months unpaid for special circumstances. They were also open to people actually using their leave in big chunks if they wanted to. You had to ask well ahead of time of course so that cover could be arranged. It was one of the biggest shocks and disappointments to me how poor the US leave policy was in most companies. And the maternity leave - six months paid, six months unpaid added on if you wanted it, guaranteed job safety and the option of returning with part-time flexible schedules.
  7. Trellick

    6 month stay not guaranteed

    I feel for you - six weeks doesn't seem very long at all to me. Especially not after such a long gap from the last trip. I hope you manage to change it - good luck.
  8. If you have great insurance then the American healthcare system is pretty amazing. We have very low deductibles and great coverage for everything. But even then a lot of the co-pays are a bit of a shock coming from the UK and the NHS system. My birth experience as great and our insurance meant no bill at all - no copays for all the prenatal treatment and nothing for the birth in a fancy birthing center which sent us home with loads of baby supplies and a special new parent gift basket with food and commemorative glasses. But - living here has really made me appreciate how lucky we are in the UK to have the NHS - it really is an amazing resource: I may just have been very lucky with my experience of the NHS but my experience spans six different counties across the whole of the UK and multiple health care centres and it has always been amazing for me and my family. None more so than when my mother was diagnosed with a fast growing terminal cancer. She had the most amazing care over the last three months of her life. Our family doctor visited twice a week and sat with my Mum and then my Dad and me for over 30 minutes talking through everything. We had nurses visiting at first once a day, the three times a day for the last month. Medical equipment and a special bed shipped to my parents' house, and bags and bags of drugs and medications - all without any charge or copay or any worry about cost. After my Mum died there was a regular check up from the local hospice for several months for my Dad to see if grief counseling was needed. It was as kind and supportive end of life care as you could ever wish for in that situation. The nurses who came to take care of my Mum would also spend time with me, and check on if I needed anything, they took time to interact with my 2-year-old daughter who was running around (as we'd come back from the US to be with my Mum until she died) - they cared for the whole family. And during this terrible experience, there was no worry about cost or bankruptcy or stress about taking loans out to cover care, or calling around to find a provider who would take us. And two years later when my Dad needed a heart bypass - his doctor told him it was advisable but not urgent and then three weeks later he got a call to say they could take him in 2 days - and then a week later he was back home recovering from the bypass operation with amazing aftercare and support - again - no worries about cost or providers. And as he's a pensioner he doesn't have to pay anything at all for his medications.
  9. Can't help with the immigration stuff but I see you are going to England - which base? If you want any info re life in general in the UK etc I'm happy to help.
  10. Trellick


    Re the gap: If you get asked and have spent your time relatively productively then you simply say something like this: "It was an involuntary period of unemployment because of the immigration process but in the end if was actually a great opportunity because I did x, y and z. In the end it worked out as a type of sabbatical which helped me improve my skills and really focus on what I wanted to achieve in my career - I'm excited to get back into the work force and bring my new skills, training and ideas to your company"
  11. Trellick


    What about online courses? You could use the free or paid options to learn a set of new skills or keep up to date with old ones. You can even get accreditation on some like https://www.coursera.org Or start learning a musical instrument - take up the guitar or ukulele. Join Meetup.com and find some local groups based around either work or hobby interests - you'll either make some new friends to hang out with or create some great business and work contacts Overhaul all your job application stuff - resume, biz cards, LinkedIn profile etc etc It's summer - do fun vacation type things!
  12. It's the blue / white / black / gold dress debate all over again but this time for the ears. Which name do you hear? Yanny or Laurel https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2018/may/16/what-do-you-hear-in-this-audio-clip-yanny-or-laurel-takes-internet-by-storm-video
  13. It wasn't the OP who suggested there was an issue with the birth certificate - it was another poster. Kings49 - what I think you are worried about is that you applied for a tourist visa with a passport which had the wrong birth date on it. And did you fill out that wrong birthday on the USA immigration forms too? Now you have applied for a spousal visa and are using the new corrected passport with your real birth date and have your real birth date on all your spousal visa forms? Your birth certificate has always been correct? But you didn't have to provide that for the tourist visa just your passport. If you wrote the wrong birth date on your USA immigration forms when you applied for the tourist visa they may well catch that and ask you why you put the wrong date down then.
  14. Trellick

    Where can I find my visa number (I-visa)

    I had an I visa before I got married and moved over permanently. I'm from the UK though so it may be different for Canadians. I had to go to the Embassy in London and be interviewed - I don't have that passport anymore but the visa was pasted into my passport.
  15. Trellick

    Wedding question for UK folks specifically.

    I am the UK bride - and we got married in the UK but this is how we split things: Bride's family - wedding dress, bridesmaid and maid of honour dresses and jewellery, all ceremony and reception costs - both day and evening including flowers, wedding cake, free bar and entertainment, photographer, the coffee and cake reception the day after the wedding for guests who stayed overnight - overnight hotel accommodation for bride's immediate family and bridesmaids (we were aiming to pay all hotel accommodation for groom's immediate family too but my mother-in-law sneakily paid for it before my father got the bill.) Groom's family - rehearsal dinner costs, groom's clothes, wedding rings, honeymoon, their own transport costs