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Someting that my mom said came to my mind the other day. As I am driving the kids home, the tire broke and here I am, stuck in the middle of the icy road. It's freezing in the car with no heat, and it's still snowing No need to wait more, we must get out and get someone to move the car as fast as possible.

So I walk with the kids towards a garage that I know, a few blocks away.

The kids, especially, have a hard time walking with me on the sidewalk, because it is filled with ice and obstructed by feet of snow... Anyway, as we struggle to get by, cars and cars pass us by. Nobody stops. Finally, this van stopped in front of me and the conductor waives at me.

"Where r you going? Too cold to walk out there! Come in and I'll drive you."

At first I am confused, but I look at him and instinctively, I feel I can trust him.

"You see, nobody stops to help you in this country! If not me come, nobody!!!"

He is Palestianian (Christian), an old man who immigrated to the US 25 years ago.

So anyway, this just to tell a simple story. Since I have been here in the US, I have always found help when I least expected it, and when I needed it the most, by my fellow foreigners. Perhaps it is a mysterious sign from above...

I just to want to say Thank You to all of you, friends, acquaintances, strangers, who came to my rescue so many times along the way with your genuine and free kindness . You were my blessings in America.


Sometimes I think I know everything, and I regain consciousness. Seen it all, done it all, forgot most of it....

So much plenitude, yet so much emptiness


The Journey, Part I: I-129F (K-3)

I 129F sent to Chicago 11/14/05

NOA1 12/14/05, received by snail mail 12/23/05

NOA2 01/17/06, received by snail mail 01/20/05

Received Packet "3" 02/17/06

Medicals done in Nairobi 03/22/06

VISA APPROVED in Nairobi 03/30/06

Husband arrives ni USA!

The Journey, Part II: EAD and AOS

EAD mailed to Chicago 05/17/06


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Morocco

Thank you for sharing that! It touched my heart!

Blessings to you!


Tho' lovers be lost, love shall not... and death shall have NO dominion!



The will of God will never take you,

to where the grace of God will not protect you.

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Filed: IR-5 Country: Philippines

Awww... that was sweet :)

Sheila (F)

IV IR-5 Timeline for Parents



08/02/2016 - sent I-130 application for my parents via USPS Priority Mail

08/05/2016 - Priority Date

08/08/2016 - NOA1s Notice date

08/09/2016 - NOA1s text message and email received

08/10/2016 - money orders: cashed

08/13/2016 - received NOA1s in the mail

08/24/2016 - touched

12/27/2016 - Cases Approved! (148 days or 4 months and 26 days total)



01/12/2017 - NVC Welcome Letters Received (Case Number + Invoice Number)

01/13/2017 - Completed DS-261

01/25/2017 - Received IV Fee

01/26/2017 - Paid AOS fee

01/30/2017 - Paid IV Fees

02/03/2017 - Completed IV and AR Application

02/23/2017 - sent NVC packets via USPS Priority Mail (note: I have to wait for my mom's police certificate, so there was a bit of a delay before I can send the package)

02/27/2017 - packets received at 11:30 am signed by N Visa Center

03/01/2017 - Scan Date

05/06/2017 - Case Completed

05/12/2017 - NVC scheduled the interview!

06/02/2017 - Medical (06/14 to 06/15 - Dad's Sputum Test)

06/16/2017 - Mom's Interview Date (Approved!)


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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Canada

Thanks for the great story. It's good to see the kindness of others. :yes:

Heading Home!


Feb 28/2011 - sent paperwork

Mar 3/11 - received text & email notification - they have it!

Mar 15/11 - text, email, and notice sent - biometrics booked

April 12/11 - biometrics done - I start studying

May - get the letter

June 27 - Interview and oath ceremony - same day

Lifting Conditions

Feb 5/08 - Sent paperwork by USPS - priority

Feb 14/08 - NOA issued

Feb 28/08 - Biometrics letter received for The Bronx Office - have to reschedule

Mar 22/08 - Biometrics rescheduled - LOVE the Saturday appointment!

Feb ?/09 - done!


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

I know its so hard to get help when you are stranded. I will stop to help an elderly couple but when it comes to younger I am skeptical. My brother stopped to help a guy he thought was hurt laying in the road and when he got out of his car to go to the guy 3 more came out of the bushes right for him so he jumped back into his car and boogied. They had something planned to hurt my brother or steal his car we are not sure which one. But it just goes to show you cannot trust everyone. I am the type that loves to help people but these days less are getting help from me :( I only have one life and I want to live it :lol: Definitely go with your gut instinct when helping someone out.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Australia

Glad the old guy helped you... most people don't have any regard for others any more :(

Karen - Melbourne, Australia/John - Florida, USA

- Proposal (20 August 2000) to marriage (19 December 2004) - 4 years, 3 months, 25 days (1,578 days)

STAGE 1 - Applying for K1 (15 September 2003) to K1 Approval (13 July 2004) - 9 months, 29 days (303 days)

STAGE 2A - Arriving in US (4 Nov 2004) to AOS Application (16 April 2005) - 5 months, 13 days (164 days)

STAGE 2B - Applying for AOS to GC Approval - 9 months, 4 days (279 days)

STAGE 3 - Lifting Conditions. Filing (19 Dec 2007) to Approval (December 11 2008)

STAGE 4 - CITIZENSHIP (filing under 5-year rule - residency start date on green card Jan 11th, 2006)

*N400 filed December 15, 2011

*Interview March 12, 2012

*Oath Ceremony March 23, 2012.

ALL DONE!!!!!!!!

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