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Hey everyone. I am nearly finished my immigration journey. My interview is February 28th and my oath should be soon after. That being said, I may not be done with immigration worldwide yet.

I was offered a job in Nottingham with a start date of May 1. It's an opened ended assignment, so I could end up there for long enough to apply for residence. It's a 30% pay cut, but the thing is I have been wanting an excuse to go to Europe for years. I have an application on my desk for a 1 year visa to France, just because they offer Canadians the opportunity to work/visit to take in the culture.

So I know this is something I have wanted to do for a long time, but for some reason I have this insane fear of doing it. When I came to the states I was a lot younger (19) and perhaps foolish. I just jumped in and didn't even think of consequences. This time maybe I am apprehensive because I am older and know the drills and systems. That being said, I am excited about the opportunity but I am just full of fear. That's not my style, because I consider myself somewhat of a Buddhist so I should just roll with the punches.

I made a pros and cons list and it's pretty clearly something I should go and do. I've always loved the idea of England and Europe in general and what better way to explore it than be in the thick of it?

So my question to you guys is - would you take off on another adventure? I am 26, have no assets, no family where I am, no friends (zero). I am looking for a fresh start anyway. This is my opportunity to really get that new life feeling. So why am I so scared? Shouldn't I be packing already?

Sorry for the unconnected thoughts and stuff... I really am torn on this!


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Hey everyone. I am nearly finished my immigration journey. My interview is February 28th and my oath should be soon after. That being said, I may not be done with immigration worldwide yet.

I was offered a job in Nottingham with a start date of May 1. It's an opened ended assignment, so I could end up there for long enough to apply for residence. It's a 30% pay cut, but the thing is I have been wanting an excuse to go to Europe for years. I have an application on my desk for a 1 year visa to France, just because they offer Canadians the opportunity to work/visit to take in the culture.

So I know this is something I have wanted to do for a long time, but for some reason I have this insane fear of doing it. When I came to the states I was a lot younger (19) and perhaps foolish. I just jumped in and didn't even think of consequences. This time maybe I am apprehensive because I am older and know the drills and systems. That being said, I am excited about the opportunity but I am just full of fear. That's not my style, because I consider myself somewhat of a Buddhist so I should just roll with the punches.

I made a pros and cons list and it's pretty clearly something I should go and do. I've always loved the idea of England and Europe in general and what better way to explore it than be in the thick of it?

So my question to you guys is - would you take off on another adventure? I am 26, have no assets, no family where I am, no friends (zero). I am looking for a fresh start anyway. This is my opportunity to really get that new life feeling. So why am I so scared? Shouldn't I be packing already?

Sorry for the unconnected thoughts and stuff... I really am torn on this!

I think its a wonderful opportunity, and though it may be a pay cut, its a cultural experience that would be amazing for you. As long as you've gone through the pro's and cons and come up with more pro's than cons to go over, I see no reason why you shouldn't allow yourself to have this unique experience. It will be a lot different than your change in moving to the US, but that doesn't mean it will be bad. You're probably torn because its a big overwhelming step to go through, but you're only 26, like me, and we're both still young. What a better time to go than when you are young and full of life and can jump right into the scene in a new place? Even if you don't stay over there long term, I think you'd have a lot of fun exploring everything.


~*~*~Steph and Wes~*~*~
Married: 2010-01-20

ROC: (for the complete timeline click on my timeline button, the signature was getting too long!)
I-751 Sent: 2015-05-22
NOA1 Notice Date: 2015-05-27
NOA1 Received: 2015-06-06
Biometrics Notice Date: 2015-06-27
Biometrics Date: 2015-07-17

Interview Notice Date: 2015-07-28

Interview Date: ​2015-09-01
Approval Date:
Approval Notice Date:


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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I think its a wonderful opportunity, and though it may be a pay cut, its a cultural experience that would be amazing for you. As long as you've gone through the pro's and cons and come up with more pro's than cons to go over, I see no reason why you shouldn't allow yourself to have this unique experience. It will be a lot different than your change in moving to the US, but that doesn't mean it will be bad. You're probably torn because its a big overwhelming step to go through, but you're only 26, like me, and we're both still young. What a better time to go than when you are young and full of life and can jump right into the scene in a new place? Even if you don't stay over there long term, I think you'd have a lot of fun exploring everything.

You're exactly right and that's the advice I have been getting across the board. It just sounds like a lot of fun. Worse comes to worse... it doesn't work and I can pick if I want to go to the US or Canada, and what I want to do when I get there. I am lucky in that my parents offered me my old room (haha) as a fall back in life if things just didn't work out and I needed to regroup. So what have I got to lose?

Thanks Danu


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I would go for it. You sound really passionate about wanting to go and still being young you have the opportunity without anything holding you back. You might never get this chance again. Take it!


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Touch: 7/24/2012

Biometrics: 8/24/2012

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I agree, take the jump! My best friend was offered a job in South Korea late last year. She spent a long time weighing the pros and cons, and was terrified to go, but in the end she took the leap and she is so thankfully she did it. She's having an amazing time absorbing a new culture. Worst case scenario, you hate it, and like you said, you can just come back home again. An opportunity like this comes by once in a lifetime.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Go for it!! Were soon departing the USA (not going to Canada) and can't wait to leave!! I'm sure you will have a blast! And if it doesn't work out, its only for a short period. Some places (used to at least) have the citizenship interview and oath the same day. Best of luck


Canadians Visiting the USA while undergoing the visa process, my free advice:

1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

8) Have a plan in case u do get denied (be polite) It wont harm ur visa application if ur denied,that is if ur polite and didn't lie! Refer to #1

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Dude - go, go go! You've got your citizenship under you're belt by then and if you're not tied down with a signnificant other or kids, I say live it up...you won't have the same flexibility after those come along...trust all of us old married people :)

I like Huggles advice - worst case is you don't like it and then you come back home and you've still had a little adventure.


Wiz(USC) and Udella(Cdn & USC!)

Naturalization

02/22/11 - Filed

02/28/11 - NOA

03/28/11 - FP

06/17/11 - status change - scheduled for interview

06/20?/11 - received physical interview letter

07/13/11 - Interview in Fairfax,VA - easiest 10 minutes of my life

07/19/11 - Oath ceremony in Fairfax, VA

******************

Removal of Conditions

12/1/09 - received at VSC

12/2/09 - NOA's for self and daughter

01/12/10 - Biometrics completed

03/15/10 - 10 Green Card Received - self and daughter

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I agree with everyone else ... go for it! It will be a great experience and something you've always wanted to do, and it's not like you can't come back. Best of luck!


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Package sent to Chicago Lockbox: 06/16/2010

Chicago Lockbox received: 06/18/2010

Received e-mail notification from Chicago Lockbox: 06/24/2010

Hard copy NOA1 received: 06/28/2010

Touch!: 06/28/2010

Received biometrics letter in the mail: 07/16/2010

Attempted walk-in biometrics @ Salt Lake City office -- DENIED: 07/16/2010

2nd attempt at walk-in biometrics @ Salt Lake City office -- SUCCESS!: 07/28/2010

EAD card production ordered!: 08/09/2010

AP approved!: 08/09/2010

2nd EAD card production ordered e-mail: 08/12/2010

AP arrived!: 08/16/2010

3rd EAD card production ordered e-mail: 08/16/2010

EAD arrived!: 08/19/2010

Received interview letter in the mail: 09/13/2010

Green card interview -- APPROVED!: 10/15/2010

Green card received: 10/25/2010

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Thank you to everyone for your encouragement and shared spirited sense of adventure. I am going to accept the offer. My parents have said I always can fall back on them until I get on my feet - so at least I never need to worry about not having warm food and a roof over my head.

You only live once. Make the most of it. And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.


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Thank you to everyone for your encouragement and shared spirited sense of adventure. I am going to accept the offer. My parents have said I always can fall back on them until I get on my feet - so at least I never need to worry about not having warm food and a roof over my head.

You only live once. Make the most of it. And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

A very awesome way to think :D I'm glad you've decided to go for it, you'll have to make a blog or something to keep us up to date with your shinannigans!


~*~*~Steph and Wes~*~*~
Married: 2010-01-20

ROC: (for the complete timeline click on my timeline button, the signature was getting too long!)
I-751 Sent: 2015-05-22
NOA1 Notice Date: 2015-05-27
NOA1 Received: 2015-06-06
Biometrics Notice Date: 2015-06-27
Biometrics Date: 2015-07-17

Interview Notice Date: 2015-07-28

Interview Date: ​2015-09-01
Approval Date:
Approval Notice Date:


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I'm sure you won't regret it!! You would probably regret it more if you didn't go!! Best of luck


Canadians Visiting the USA while undergoing the visa process, my free advice:

1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

8) Have a plan in case u do get denied (be polite) It wont harm ur visa application if ur denied,that is if ur polite and didn't lie! Refer to #1

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Feel free to send pictures so all the old married people can live vicariously through you! Enjoy


Wiz(USC) and Udella(Cdn & USC!)

Naturalization

02/22/11 - Filed

02/28/11 - NOA

03/28/11 - FP

06/17/11 - status change - scheduled for interview

06/20?/11 - received physical interview letter

07/13/11 - Interview in Fairfax,VA - easiest 10 minutes of my life

07/19/11 - Oath ceremony in Fairfax, VA

******************

Removal of Conditions

12/1/09 - received at VSC

12/2/09 - NOA's for self and daughter

01/12/10 - Biometrics completed

03/15/10 - 10 Green Card Received - self and daughter

******************

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What an awesome opportunity. Go for it and enjoy!!


USCIS

NOA1 08/19/08

NOA2 01/20/09

NVC

Received 01/26/09

Completed 02/13/09 (19 Days)

Interview Assigned 03/27/09 (6 weeks after NVC completion)

Medical

04/14/09 (Toronto)

Interview

Montreal 05/12/09 (88 days after NVC completion) **APPROVED**

POE

06/16/09 Buffalo

07/02/09 Welcome Letter Received

07/07/09 Applied for SSN

07/10/09 "Card production ordered" email received

07/13/09 SSN received

07/14/09 "Approval notice sent" email received

07/17/09 GREEN CARD received

Removal of Conditions

03/21/11 I-751 mailed to VSC

03/23/11 I-751 received at VSC

03/29/11 Cheque Cashed

03/30/11 NOA1 received (3/24/11)

04/11/11 Biometrics appointment notice received

05/05/11 Biometric appointment

12/13/11 **Approval date** (5 days short of 9 months!)

12/19/11 Approval letter and green card received

Naturalization

05/16/2019 Filed online (estimated completion February 2020)

05/18/2019 Biometrics scheduled

05/21/2019 Receipt notice and biometrics notices posted to online account.05/23/2019 Hard copy of NOA1 received

05/24/2019 Hard copy of biometrics appointment received

06/07/2019 Biometrics appointment (estimated completion January 2020)

12/31/2019 Email received "Interview scheduled"

01/01/2020 Interview date notice posted to online account (02/19/2020)

01/05/2019 Hard copy of interview appointment received

02/19/2020 Interview (**Approved**) and same day Oath Ceremony. 

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Feel free to send pictures so all the old married people can live vicariously through you! Enjoy

Feel free to sen pictures for the young married parent people as well lol :) I want to live vicariously too


~~~Marriage : 2009-07-10~~~

~~~I-130 Sent : 2009-11-24~~~

~~~ Medical : 2010-09-28~~~ ~~~ MTL Interview : 2010-10-20~~~ ~~~ APPROVED~~~

~~~POE Date :2010-10-31~~~ ~~~Received SSN's 2010-11-08~~

~~~Welcome Letter/Notice Receipt :2010-11-30~~~ ~~~Received Our Green Cards 2010-12-06~~~

~~~ ROC :2012-08-20~~~ ~~~NOA1 :2012-08-28~~~ ~~~BIO :2012-09-25~~~~

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