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Hello everyone ...

I've been out of the US for over 7yrs now. I lived in MI and CA. So it's like I'm immigrating to the US too right along with my husband. We have some distance relatives in CA ... but other then that nothing to tie us to one place. So I'm wondering what are the good or best places to live in the US now?As far as jobs, being family friendly and possibly near a Muslim community?

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Hello everyone ...

I've been out of the US for over 7yrs now. I lived in MI and CA. So it's like I'm immigrating to the US too right along with my husband. We have some distance relatives in CA ... but other then that nothing to tie us to one place. So I'm wondering what are the good or best places to live in the US now?As far as jobs, being family friendly and possibly near a Muslim community?

Oh good idea for a thread! I'd also like to know what some people consider as the "best places to live".


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What kind of jobs do you and your husband do?


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Each person has a different perfect place. A lot depends on what is important to you. Weather , do you like it hot or cold, wet or dry ? Are you a rural lover or a city lover ? Are there jobs that you can do there ? Do you have children so that school quality is important ? Is crime rate a driving factor ? There are several online tools to help you pick.


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I like Irving TX. You can do your own research about it.


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Portland,OR


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Exactly 3 months from the day we got married till the day I had both SSN and GREENCARD in hand !

Day 1 01/22/2013 AOS package sent

Day 8 01/28/2013 NOA 1 received

Day 15 02/04/2013Biometrics appt letter for 2/25/2013

Day 16 02/05/2013 Succesful walk in biometrics 20 days early

Day 25 02/14/2013 USCIS status changed to Testing and Interview ready for interview scheduling

Day 31 02/20/2013 Email notification that my interview is scheduled for March 21st

Day 57 03/19/2013 EAD/AP card ordered

Day 59 03/21/2013 Interview at 10.30 am Seattle Approved

Day 67 03/29/ 2013 Greencard Arrived . Applied for SSN

Day 68 03/30/2013 EAD arrived

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Each person has a different perfect place. A lot depends on what is important to you. Weather , do you like it hot or cold, wet or dry ? Are you a rural lover or a city lover ? Are there jobs that you can do there ? Do you have children so that school quality is important ? Is crime rate a driving factor ? There are several online tools to help you pick.

Would you mind telling me which online tools you are referring too?

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Would you mind telling me which online tools you are referring too?

http://www.findyourspot.com/ is a great resource for narrowing down options based on preferences. From there, you can take the list of recommendations and do a search such as "[Name of Recommended City] + Crime Statistics," for example.

And yes, Portland is a great place to live, but don't move here. :D


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The Washington, DC area has one of the strongest economies you can find, has lots of family-friendly areas in suburban MD and VA, and is very culturally diverse, so I'm sure you'd be able to find a large Muslim community.


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05/27/2010 K-1 NOA2

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10/01/2010 Wedding

10/27/2010 AOS/EAD/AP NOA1s

12/22/2010 EAD/AP Approved

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04/09/2011 Green Card received

01/24/2013 ROC NOA1

06/28/2013 ROC Approved - no interview

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12/06/2014 N-400 Interview

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You can find lots of info on the city-data.com website.

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17-Aug-2011 Our Wedding Day in Kosovo heart9.gif
07-Nov-2011 Filed I-130
21-Nov-2011 NOA1
23-Aug-2012 NOA2 Approved 276 days
10-Jan-2013 Case complete via email

28-Feb-2013 Interview, result AP
11-Apr-2013 Embassy appointment - VISA APPROVED and issued in 4 hours
30-Apr-2013 POE Chicago O'Hare - He's home!

04-Sep-2014 Moved to northern California

12-Mar-2015 Filed ROC
16-Mar-2015 Documents delivered
18-Mar-2015 Check cashed
19-Mar-2015 NOA1 dated 03/16/2015 received in mail
13-Apr-2015 Biometrics completed
02-Feb-2016 Contacted USCIS about case, was told it's on hold because of security checks (email)
04-Mar-2016 Moved to Wisconsin
12-Aug-2016 New Biometrics appointment
14-Sep-2016 Contacted USCIS again about case (email said we should hear from them by Oct 6)
22-Sep-2016 Letter from USCIS dated 9/20 explaining the Service Request is currently being reviewed by an officer.
22-Sep-2016 Letter from USCIS dated 9/20 with Interview appointment for both of us for 28-Sep-2016
28-Sep-2016 Interview, both of us, separated, not hard, 10 min. each, result---said hubby will get GC in about 10 days
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10-Nov-2016 Card is Delivered!!!! YAY

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