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It's been five months to the day hubby arrived and we unpacked boxes.

It has been a wild ride. We all had to adjust, even the cat and dog. It wasn't easy at first, and there were some disagreements. In the long run, we're happy.

I started a new job in August, and it's not quite working out to what I expected, so I'm job hunting again. We agreed at first hubby could get our house into shape (we needed some major repairs) and we figured with my income, his EI and what we had saved we would be alright for a while. Well, we were... until I got sick, my 8 year old daughter was hospitalized, our dog about died, and our only vehicle started having issues. Needless to say the savings is almost gone.

Hubby started job hunting. We thought he'd find something pretty quick, considering his experience and education. WRONG! Some places tell him he's 'over qualified'. We aren't expecting the pay grade he made in Calgary, he's realist. The cost of living is cheap where we live, and being paid $15.00 an hour would be fine with him.

He's also run into something I never, ever, ever figured would happen; it seems in the south there are still some backwards rednecks that have a phobia over hiring an immigrant- legal or not. He ran into this situation at a locally owned company in our town. He was basically told "I ain't givin' you a job when there's American citizens that can't pay their bills" Hubby was shocked, I was speechless when he told me. (that doesn't happen often)

What's a person to do? Who do you even complain to? And will it do any good?

We'll just keep on truckin' and hopefully something will come up soon, but the stress is getting to me. I sometimes wonder if we were just better off in Calgary.


USCIS- 260 Days

6/8/11~ Mailed I-130 Application, withdrew Canadian PR application
6/16/11~ NOA1 email and text message Case routed to CSC (Priority Date)
7/12/11~ The 'Money Order' Incident/Returned to Tennessee
8/03/11~ TOUCHED!
3/2/12~ APPROVED! NOA2!

NVC Electronic Processing- Montreal- 19 Days

3/21/12~ Received case number & IIN 20 Days after NOA2
3/21/12~ Sent in opt-in email
3/22/12~ Opt-in accepted
3/23/12~ DS-261 Submitted, never accepted
3/29/12~ AOS bill invoiced and paid
3/30/12~ AOS shows PAID- AOS Package emailed/received, DS-3032 emailed/accepted
4/2/12~ IV bill invoiced and paid
4/3/12~ AOS Checklist documents emailed(first time)
4/4/12~ IV shows PAID- DS-260 submitted/ IV Package emailed/received
4/4/12~ AOS Checklist documents sent again for CYA (second time)
4/5/12~ IV package accepted! No Checklists!
4/6/12~ AOS Checklist emailed(third time)
4/9/12~ AOS packet accepted (finally)
CASE COMPLETE!!

Interview 354 days from NOA1/ 362 days from initial filing date
5/29/12~ Medical@ Medisys, Montreal
6/4/12~ Interview APPROVED!!!
08/07/2012~ POE Emerson, MB/Pembina, ND by land
08/09/2012~ HOME!! 424 days from initial filing date!
08/14/2012~ SSN Received
09/10/2012~ Received Green Card

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When I started my job in 2009 I found out I was the first immigrant they have ever hired, and the company had been around for 52 years. It was a small business, only 15 employees, so I didn't think much of it. Last year the company was purchased by a larger one that employees 250+ nationwide. After filling out the necessary paperwork, the head of HR called me and asked me what my green card was for... I was their first immigrant employee as well. It's so shocking to me that there seems to be such a negative attitude about hiring people who are non-citizens. Unfortunately they get away with this. It's discrimination but what can we do?

Good luck on the job search, I'm sure something will turn up!

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It will be 5 years this May that we been here, and I gave up looking for work when I found out I was pregnant(about 2 yrs after we got here). What was the point no one would want an immigrant to begin with never mind a pregnant one. I decided I will be going back to school here soon, not sure if I will go this fall or next fall. Start over completely. My older two boys have had no luck finding jobs other then the ball park through the summer, it really sucks that they get away with this discrimination. My father in law seems to think it is illegal for them to do that, but even if it is how do you prove something like that. You can't so your stuck.

I wonder at times too if we would be better off back in Canada. I know we would not be able to live in Sault Ste. Marie because my husbands work. But college for my daughter would be double there(she has a disability and I'm told by others that she won't get the help she would need here. I know she would back home).

I complain mostly to my husband(poor man). Recently I removed all his family from my face book :devil: , I can now complain on fb again. Getting it out of my system helps.


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Venting does help! VJ is a God send.

Makes me feel a tad bit better we're not the only ones facing the issue. But it's a sad situation to be in. Hubby is like any other immigrant, just here to be happy and productive.

Luckily we have great families and I don't get any grief from anyone. I get it from the ex-jerks current wife, but she can bite me.

Today we're heading to Knoxville, it's 45 minutes away, but hopefully we'll have some luck finding jobs.


USCIS- 260 Days

6/8/11~ Mailed I-130 Application, withdrew Canadian PR application
6/16/11~ NOA1 email and text message Case routed to CSC (Priority Date)
7/12/11~ The 'Money Order' Incident/Returned to Tennessee
8/03/11~ TOUCHED!
3/2/12~ APPROVED! NOA2!

NVC Electronic Processing- Montreal- 19 Days

3/21/12~ Received case number & IIN 20 Days after NOA2
3/21/12~ Sent in opt-in email
3/22/12~ Opt-in accepted
3/23/12~ DS-261 Submitted, never accepted
3/29/12~ AOS bill invoiced and paid
3/30/12~ AOS shows PAID- AOS Package emailed/received, DS-3032 emailed/accepted
4/2/12~ IV bill invoiced and paid
4/3/12~ AOS Checklist documents emailed(first time)
4/4/12~ IV shows PAID- DS-260 submitted/ IV Package emailed/received
4/4/12~ AOS Checklist documents sent again for CYA (second time)
4/5/12~ IV package accepted! No Checklists!
4/6/12~ AOS Checklist emailed(third time)
4/9/12~ AOS packet accepted (finally)
CASE COMPLETE!!

Interview 354 days from NOA1/ 362 days from initial filing date
5/29/12~ Medical@ Medisys, Montreal
6/4/12~ Interview APPROVED!!!
08/07/2012~ POE Emerson, MB/Pembina, ND by land
08/09/2012~ HOME!! 424 days from initial filing date!
08/14/2012~ SSN Received
09/10/2012~ Received Green Card

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