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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan
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Hello All

Me and my Wife got the Immigrant Visa and now we are getting ready to move to the US in March 2009. Currently we are in Pakistan.

I have only one problem. HOW? WHAT? WHERE? :):):):)

what do you guys suggest i should do?

Where should we go as i will be new in US and dont know many people over there. Which City as my parent company is in New York but i have the flexibility to stay anywhere and with New York so expensive i might think of Not going there atleast in the begenning.

Please tell me what to do here?

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Chicago is one of the best cities in the US, has the benefits of available jobs (better than rural areas of the US I mean) and is much cheaper to live in than NY. I suggest you try New Jersey as well, but my vote is for Chicago. I have lived here for 14 years and have loved every minute of it.

I hope you have a wonderful journey here. Welcome to America, and I God bless.

Tam


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US Entry: Nov 13, Alhamdulillah.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan
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Hello All

Me and my Wife got the Immigrant Visa and now we are getting ready to move to the US in March 2009. Currently we are in Pakistan.

I have only one problem. HOW? WHAT? WHERE? :):):):)

what do you guys suggest i should do?

Where should we go as i will be new in US and dont know many people over there. Which City as my parent company is in New York but i have the flexibility to stay anywhere and with New York so expensive i might think of Not going there atleast in the begenning.

Please tell me what to do here?

Thank You Tammy....

One of my concern is also that as i will be new to US, once i come out of the Airport, what should i do and where should i go? How to look for a place to stay? Hiw to look for the Apt?

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Morocco
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Hey try out San Antonio Texas, it is beautiful, scenic, not too big and not too small and full of wonderful, great people. Yes the situation in the US is not too good economic wise yet there are many construction jobs available in Texas. Both outside and inside the offices. Check out Roger's Obrien Construction, they always have jobs available for engineers, superintendants, project managers, office personnel as such. Also check out Zachary Construction as well.


Oct 28,2006 Met online in Yahoo messenger
Dec 2,2007 Traveled to Morocco and decided to stay
Jan 7,2008 Got married in Zaio
Mar 2,2008 Got my Moroccan residency
Oct 23,2008 Direct Consular filed at consulate
Oct 31,2008 Got interview call for Dec 22nd
Nov 11,2008 Medical exam done
Dec 22,2008 Interview and got approved
Dec 23,2008 Visa issued, thanks to God
Jan 20,2009 Flew home to Texas.
Jan 21,2009 Living and working in Los Fresnos, Texas
Oct 30,2010 Filed I-751 Lifting of Conditions
Nov 2, 2010 NOA1
Dec 10,2010 Biometrics
Mar 23,2011 Approved Lifting of Conditions
Oct 28,2011 Filed N-400 Naturalization
Nov 02,2011 NOA 1
Nov 28,2011 Recd text/email placed inline for interview schedule
Dec 01,2011 Recd text/email interview scheduled,pending letter
Jan 10,2012 Interview Date
Jan 10,2012 Interview Cancelled and will be rescheduled per
USCIS as Farid can only interview after Jan 20th
Feb 23,2012 Citizenship Interview Date-Farid passed. Wohoo
July 6,2012 Oath Ceremony-McAllen Texas

March 20,2013 Petitioned for Momma

March 9, 2015 Momma arrives in Texas to live with us.

January 30, 2016 Momma leaves back to Morocco for a visit.

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Hello All

Me and my Wife got the Immigrant Visa and now we are getting ready to move to the US in March 2009. Currently we are in Pakistan.

I have only one problem. HOW? WHAT? WHERE? :):):):)

what do you guys suggest i should do?

Where should we go as i will be new in US and dont know many people over there. Which City as my parent company is in New York but i have the flexibility to stay anywhere and with New York so expensive i might think of Not going there atleast in the begenning.

Please tell me what to do here?

never pick new york,

its filthy and expensive and it smells and has trash all over the place.

pick suburbs in any state

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Where is your wife's family at? I'd start there... that way you have somewhere to stay, people to help you get established, etc

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POE Timeline

08/24/2008 POE Seattle

08/29/2008 SSN assigned

09/08/2008 SSN (Card) received

09/29/2008 Green Card received

I-90 Timeline (USCIS error)

11/10/2008 Send I-90 to Texas service center

12/xx/2008 NOA1

01/07/2009 Card production ordered

01/14/2009 Card mailed

01/xx/2009 Card received

I-751 Timeline

06/02/2010 Send I-751 to California service center

06/04/2010 Received at CSC

06/07/2010 NOA1

06/09/2010 Check cashed

07/27/2010 Biometrics

07/28/2010 Touch

09/02/2010 Approved

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Texas is cheap, but there's not the network of public transportation of northern areas of the US, especially if you get out in the suburbs. You would need a car pretty quickly, but you could rent one at the airport to get started.

Here's a great cost of living calculator you can play around with. I used $50,000 income just to try it out. http://cgi.money.cnn.com/tools/costoflivin...stofliving.html

You get information like:

If you move from New York (Queens), to Chicago

Groceries will cost: 11%less

Housing will cost: 43%less

Utilities will cost: 17%less

Transportation will cost: 0%more

Healthcare will cost: 2%more

If you move from New York (Queens) to Houston

Groceries will cost: 29%less

Housing will cost: 67%less

Utilities will cost: 24%less

Transportation will cost: 10%less

Healthcare will cost: 7%less

If you move from Chicago, to Houston

Groceries will cost: 20%less

Housing will cost: 42%less

Utilities will cost: 9%less

Transportation will cost: 11%less

Healthcare will cost: 9%less

Get on the internet and find a place that's for short term stays in the city you decide on. It's like a motel but it comes furnished and they give you weekly rates rather than per day. For example (since I'm only familiar with Houston) I googled Houston short term stay and came up with http://maps.google.com/maps?sourceid=navcl...esults&cd=1

You could do that for any city.

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K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Pakistan
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Sir g, Aoa

First of, Congratulations, secondly, a lot of people are going to tell you different cities to move into, which may make it confusing for you to decide and get sidetracked with a lot of ish.. My suggestion to you is, research about cheap appartments etc online on google search, ya phir try www.craigslist.com, if your parents company is in new york, i would suggest you move to a state that is't too far from new york so if you have to go back and forth to the state, you would'nt have to worry about it. Try searching apartments in New Jersey, Virginia etc. also dont just search for apartments, you'll be new here, apartments are expensive, you should search for house owners that want to rent their basements etc. baki any sawall feel free to ask yaro... allah hafiz

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: India
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One thing is, you will have to decide of an address before you decide your POE. With the custom form you fill up, you will have to give an address where they will send you yours Welcome letter. So choose before you make your trip to US, rather than thinking about getting a hotel room for a few days.

Welcome letter can take any where from 1 week to 1 month's time.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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Google Sperling's Places Rated for some in depth profiles of all U.S. towns cities; as well as, comments from people.


David & Lalai

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Greencard Received Date: July 3, 2009

Lifting of Conditions : March 18, 2011

I-751 Application Sent: April 23, 2011

Biometrics: June 9, 2011

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Hello All

Me and my Wife got the Immigrant Visa and now we are getting ready to move to the US in March 2009. Currently we are in Pakistan.

I have only one problem. HOW? WHAT? WHERE? :):):):)

what do you guys suggest i should do?

Where should we go as i will be new in US and dont know many people over there. Which City as my parent company is in New York but i have the flexibility to stay anywhere and with New York so expensive i might think of Not going there atleast in the begenning.

Please tell me what to do here?

What we did, as we both moved at the same time - was to pick a place, and in particular a place in Florida (nice weather).

We were in the same boat - we needed to find a place to stay, we didn't want to just stay in a hotel for instance - so I found a place online (through a rentals site) that rented out apartments in the area with everything included - right down to the knives and forks.

I note there are many rentals like this available on Craigs list - look in the short term - temporary area.

This way we could rent, without paying hotel prices and look around the area, at jobs etc.

One thing though - we specifically did not give them any money until we arrived. The agent (who is a licensed agent) also sent me a copy of his real estate license and his driver's license.

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