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I saw a great movie on DVD last night, The Terminal, starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones, directed by Steven Spielberg. I think it will resonate with many VJers - the premise is a person coming to the USA who falls into an immigration 'black hole' due to circumstances beyond anyone's control. At the POE (JFK) the CBP finds that they can't admit him, they can't detain him, and they can't return him, so he spends the next 9 months living at Gate 67 in the terminal building. Many aspects of CBP trying to figure out what to do with him mirror experiences some of us have had with the various immigration agencies.

One scene involved an issue that some VJers would do well keep in mind - sometimes it's better to just give them what they ask for so that they can say 'yes' than to question why they want it. But it's a very short step from that to another issue brought out in another scene - when they offer you enough rope to hang yourself, don't do it.

Watch the movie but don't question the issue of law that the movie is based on too closely. Just enjoy the human reactions and relationships that develop as a result.

Yodrak

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I saw a great movie on DVD last night, The Terminal, starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones, directed by Steven Spielberg. I think it will resonate with many VJers - the premise is a person coming to the USA who falls into an immigration 'black hole' due to circumstances beyond anyone's control. At the POE (JFK) the CBP finds that they can't admit him, they can't detain him, and they can't return him, so he spends the next 9 months living at Gate 67 in the terminal building. Many aspects of CBP trying to figure out what to do with him mirror experiences some of us have had with the various immigration agencies.

One scene involved an issue that some VJers would do well keep in mind - sometimes it's better to just give them what they ask for so that they can say 'yes' than to question why they want it. But it's a very short step from that to another issue brought out in another scene - when they offer you enough rope to hang yourself, don't do it.

Watch the movie but don't question the issue of law that the movie is based on too closely. Just enjoy the human reactions and relationships that develop as a result.

Yodrak

IIRC it's (very loosely) based on a true story of someone who lived at Charles de Gaulle airport in France for the same reason.


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It was a very interesting movie.. I liked it .. I liked the cart returning.. I always wanted to do that as a kid.


May 1, 2006 - Submitted I-129F (Overnight) NSC

May 2, 2006 - NOA1

June 1, 2006 - Transferred to CSC

June 14, 2006 - Notice from CSC it was transferred

June 30, 2006 - Received IMBRA RFE (CSC)

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sparkofcreation,

Thank you for inspiring me to investigate more about the movie. I understand that there is speculation to the effect that an Iranian refugee at de Gaulle was the inspiration for the story, but there's no indication by the writers or any one else associated with the movie that it's the case.

Yodrak

IIRC it's (very loosely) based on a true story of someone who lived at Charles de Gaulle airport in France for the same reason.

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i liked it too


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But when we turn to the Hebrew literature, we do not find such jokes about the donkey. Rather the animal is known for its strength and its loyalty to its master (Genesis 49:14; Numbers 22:30).

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i enjoyed some chuckles throughout this movie as well!!!

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I love that movie!


(Puerto Rico) Luis & Laura (Brazil) K1 JOURNEY
04/11/2006 - Filed I-129F.
09/29/2006 - Visa in hand!

10/15/2006 - POE San Juan
11/15/2006 - MARRIAGE

AOS JOURNEY
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03/26/2007 - Green Card in hand!

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS JOURNEY
01/26/2009 - Filed I-751.
06/22/2009 - Green Card in hand!

NATURALIZATION JOURNEY
06/26/2014 - N-400 sent to Nebraska
07/02/2014 - NOA
07/24/2014 - Biometrics
10/24/2014 - Interview (approved)

01/16/2015 - Oath Ceremony


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Seriously? I watched the first 15-20 minutes of the movie and I was so frustrated and annoyed by it that I turned it off and never finished it. I just couldn't take it!

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Yep, great movie! We own the DVD :thumbs:


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That's one of our favorite movies. :D One of the main themes in the movie is "waiting", be it for a visa, a way home, a love, and ect. Vipul and I could relate to that.

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I am hard pressed to think of a bad movie with Tom Hanks, but anytime Hanks works with Spielberg special things happen. This one is one of his best!!

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IIRC it's (very loosely) based on a true story of someone who lived at Charles de Gaulle airport in France for the same reason.

The guy at CDG could have left anytime he wanted to after 1999, though. They're saying now he's not quite right in the head.


24 June 2007: Leaving day/flying to Dallas-Fort Worth

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I love that movie.... :luv:


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Latest steps:

10/26/2006- Consulate receives case (seriously, one month to receive the case?? BS!), and packet 3 that I sent even before they had received the case.

01/02/2007- Interview!!!!!!!!!!!!! Got a 221(g)

01/23/2007- Second Interview. VISA granted!!!

01/29/2007- VISA arrived.... no envelope though. I'm gonna contact them and see what happened this time!

01/31/2007- I'll have to send them one last financial support evidence.

02/01/2007- Evidence sent

02/02/2007- Evidence received by Consulate

02/06/2007- Consulate sends envelope!

02/07/2007- Envelope received!!!

02/10/2007- Flew to the USA!!!!!!

04/17/2007- Wedding day!!!

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