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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Germany
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Hey guys I was wondering what you (the beneficiaries) do for a living now after moving to the U.S. to be with your husbands/wife's ? I feel like it's kinda hard to find something coming from a different country with different diplomas and stuff ? Did you apply for jobs in advance or did you start your job search as soon as you had the work permit ?

Thank you and good luck to everyone who's still waiting for approval

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Spain
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I would be interested on reading what people are doing too.

I'm just waiting for my EAD to be aproved , I haven't applied for anything because I'm kind of lost on what I will do and what my options are.( I would like to go to school in the future )


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---------------------------------- Pre I-130 ----------------------------------------

Feb- 25- 2009 - Met in Barcelona Spain thanks to a friend in common ???

11 visits in the next 5 years........ ????????????

Apr - 23 - 2014 - My last entry in the US to visit ✈️

Jul - 18 - 2014 - finally proposes and ask me to stay forever!!!! ❤️??

Jul- 20 - 2014 - I don't get in the flight back to Spain ( that means my ESTA will expire the next day )

Jul - 22 - 2014 - wedding ❤️??

---------------------------I-130, I-485, EAD, AP ----------------------------------

Sep- 12- 2014 - AOS sent to Chicago ?? ( delivered sept 15 )

Sep - 18 - 2014 - AOS texts/ emails received with case number ??

Sep- 19 - 2014 - checks cashed ?

Sep - 21 - 2014- hard copies of NOA received in the mail!!! ??

Sep - 26 - 2014- biometrics letter received!! Appointment for Oct 7

Sep - 30 - 2014 - succesful early walk in biometrics ??

Nov - 22 - 2014 - EAD/AP approved ?? ( 71 days )

Nov - 24 - 2014 - card in production

Dec - 1 - 2014 - card mailed ??

Dec - 3 - 2014 - Combo card received ??

Dec - 15 - 2014 - email received with interview date for Jan 15 2015! ??

Jan - 15 - 2015 - Approved!! ???? Here is our interview experience --> http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/531853-aos-interview-from-esta-approved/

Jan - 24 - 2015 - Green card received

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Germany
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I have not had any problems with diplomas. University degrees nowadays are pretty much the same between Germany and the U.S., and for all other degrees I just found appropriate translations describing what kind of degree it was.

I started applying as soon as I had my EAD in hands and did not have any problems finding a job (probably depends on where you live and what your qualifications are, though). I think I sent about 10 applications, got two interviews, and got offers for both jobs that I was interviewed for. I am now working at a tax accountant firm, managing the office and processing tax returns.

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K1 Visa
Feb. 29, 2012: I-129F sent
March 8, 2012: NOA1 (VSC)
August 30, 2012: NOA2
Oct. 1, 2012: Packet 3 received
Nov. 3, 2012: Packet 4 received
Nov. 15, 2012: Interview - approved!
Jan. 18, 2013: POE New York Seaport
Feb. 2, 2013: Wedding

AOS
March 6, 2013: AOS Package sent
March 12, 2013: I-485, I-765, I-131 NOA's
March 29, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

May 10, 2013: EAD/AP approved
Sept. 5, 2013: "Potential Interview Waiver Case" letter received
Nov. 2, 2013: AOS approved (no interview)

ROC
Aug. 4, 2015: I-751 sent
Aug. 6, 2015: NOA1 (CSC)
Sept. 4, 2015: Biometrics Appointment
Feb. 10, 2016: ROC approved

 

Dual Citizenship
Aug. 26, 2016: BBG application sent (permit to retain German citizenship)
Nov. 21, 2016: BBG approval notice received (p/u at German Honorary Consulate, OKC: Feb. 6, 2017)
Dec. 8, 2016: N-400 sent
Dec. 12, 2016: Priority Date (NBC)

Jan. 9, 2017: Biometrics Appointment

Aug. 31, 2017: In-Line for Interview

Sept. 6, 2017: Interview Scheduled

Oct. 16, 2017: Interview

Oct. 25, 2017: Oath Appointment Letter received

Nov. 1, 2017: Oath Ceremony

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I believe you can pay to have your qualifications professionally "translated" into an American equivalent which may be useful to submit with job applications. You could also explain in cover letters what your qualifications equate to in american terms. Hope this is somewhat helpful!

Good luck!


Immigration Timeline

 

June 2013: Met whilst working at a summer camp in Michigan 

K1

November 1st 2014: I-129f submitted for K1 visa

February 24th 2015: Visa in hand!

February 26th 2015: POE at Las Vegas airport, then onwards to Oregon! 

March 6th 2015: Marriage (with a "real" wedding to follow next year on 7/6/2016)

March 9th 2015: AOS, EAD & AP submitted

September 22nd 2015: Interview

January 14th 2016: Two year Green card received -phew!

ROC

August 8th 2017: 90 day window begins! ROC time!

September 28th 2017: Biometric Appointment in Portland, OR

March 5th 2018: Case received by local office

August 18th 2018: 18 month extension letter mailed

December 2018: Case moved to another office

February 2019: I was emailed that I was approved and my card was in production the same day of my N400 interview 😂

N400

August 8th 2018: Window opens to submit naturalization application

August 13th 2018: N400 Application submitted online 

August 14th 2018: NOA1

September 6th 2018: Biometrics

February 6th 2019: Interview Date! APPROVED!

February 6th 2019: I was asked to return later the same day for my Oath Ceremony! :dance:

 

❤️ Our Visa Journey is finally complete ❤️

 

I am the Beneficiary

 

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Germany
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Thanks for all the replies so far. Well I learned a profession in Germany and became a chemist/pharmacist with a diploma full of A's but I'm pretty hopeless because I think other than working at Walgreens or cvs I don't have a lot of options with that :/ I was thinking about going to school as well and maybe do something that deals with children in the future but I find it quite difficult to find out about the options being so unfamiliar with the school/work system in the US. I try to read a lot on the Internet to inform myself but another problem that I am facing is definitely the costs of education in the US. I'm only 25 and financially not as stable yet which bothers me a lot. I started university back in Germany but going to drop out of it because I lost track of the things I had to learn since I spent a lot of time in the U.S. with my fiancé. He works two jobs to support himself and partly me and as much as I look forward to finally start a life with him it does scare me to think that we might struggle financially you know ? I really want to educate myself and provide for our future life but On the other hand I really don't know how to pay for a college or university in the U.S.. Maybe there are people here who had the same issues and have some advice ? Thank you guys

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Germany
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I would be interested on reading what people are doing too.

I'm just waiting for my EAD to be aproved , I haven't applied for anything because I'm kind of lost on what I will do and what my options are.( I would like to go to school in the future )

I feel you ! I feel the same way... I think talking to other people here and hear how they go about this could help us :) hang in there

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Might be worth having a look/asking in the "life in the US" forum and see what other people have done :)

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/forum/15-moving-to-the-us-and-your-new-life-in-america/


Immigration Timeline

 

June 2013: Met whilst working at a summer camp in Michigan 

K1

November 1st 2014: I-129f submitted for K1 visa

February 24th 2015: Visa in hand!

February 26th 2015: POE at Las Vegas airport, then onwards to Oregon! 

March 6th 2015: Marriage (with a "real" wedding to follow next year on 7/6/2016)

March 9th 2015: AOS, EAD & AP submitted

September 22nd 2015: Interview

January 14th 2016: Two year Green card received -phew!

ROC

August 8th 2017: 90 day window begins! ROC time!

September 28th 2017: Biometric Appointment in Portland, OR

March 5th 2018: Case received by local office

August 18th 2018: 18 month extension letter mailed

December 2018: Case moved to another office

February 2019: I was emailed that I was approved and my card was in production the same day of my N400 interview 😂

N400

August 8th 2018: Window opens to submit naturalization application

August 13th 2018: N400 Application submitted online 

August 14th 2018: NOA1

September 6th 2018: Biometrics

February 6th 2019: Interview Date! APPROVED!

February 6th 2019: I was asked to return later the same day for my Oath Ceremony! :dance:

 

❤️ Our Visa Journey is finally complete ❤️

 

I am the Beneficiary

 

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Germany
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I have not had any problems with diplomas. University degrees nowadays are pretty much the same between Germany and the U.S., and for all other degrees I just found appropriate translations describing what kind of degree it was.

I started applying as soon as I had my EAD in hands and did not have any problems finding a job (probably depends on where you live and what your qualifications are, though). I think I sent about 10 applications, got two interviews, and got offers for both jobs that I was interviewed for. I am now working at a tax accountant firm, managing the office and processing tax returns.

Hey that sounds interesting :) I suppose you have a bachelors or masters degree ? I did a so called ausbildung in Germany and feel like this is just not enough for he US :/ where from germany are you ? I'm from a small city near cologne

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Germany
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Might be worth having a look/asking in the "life in the US" forum and see what other people have done :)

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/forum/15-moving-to-the-us-and-your-new-life-in-america/

Thank you so much :) I will deff visit that website

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Thank you so much :) I will deff visit that website

hope it helps! Let us know if you find anything enlightening as I will be in the same boat in a few months time!


Immigration Timeline

 

June 2013: Met whilst working at a summer camp in Michigan 

K1

November 1st 2014: I-129f submitted for K1 visa

February 24th 2015: Visa in hand!

February 26th 2015: POE at Las Vegas airport, then onwards to Oregon! 

March 6th 2015: Marriage (with a "real" wedding to follow next year on 7/6/2016)

March 9th 2015: AOS, EAD & AP submitted

September 22nd 2015: Interview

January 14th 2016: Two year Green card received -phew!

ROC

August 8th 2017: 90 day window begins! ROC time!

September 28th 2017: Biometric Appointment in Portland, OR

March 5th 2018: Case received by local office

August 18th 2018: 18 month extension letter mailed

December 2018: Case moved to another office

February 2019: I was emailed that I was approved and my card was in production the same day of my N400 interview 😂

N400

August 8th 2018: Window opens to submit naturalization application

August 13th 2018: N400 Application submitted online 

August 14th 2018: NOA1

September 6th 2018: Biometrics

February 6th 2019: Interview Date! APPROVED!

February 6th 2019: I was asked to return later the same day for my Oath Ceremony! :dance:

 

❤️ Our Visa Journey is finally complete ❤️

 

I am the Beneficiary

 

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Spain
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I feel you ! I feel the same way... I think talking to other people here and hear how they go about this could help us :) hang in there

Thanks for all the replies so far. Well I learned a profession in Germany and became a chemist/pharmacist with a diploma full of A's but I'm pretty hopeless because I think other than working at Walgreens or cvs I don't have a lot of options with that :/ I was thinking about going to school as well and maybe do something that deals with children in the future but I find it quite difficult to find out about the options being so unfamiliar with the school/work system in the US. I try to read a lot on the Internet to inform myself but another problem that I am facing is definitely the costs of education in the US. I'm only 25 and financially not as stable yet which bothers me a lot. I started university back in Germany but going to drop out of it because I lost track of the things I had to learn since I spent a lot of time in the U.S. with my fiancé. He works two jobs to support himself and partly me and as much as I look forward to finally start a life with him it does scare me to think that we might struggle financially you know ? I really want to educate myself and provide for our future life but On the other hand I really don't know how to pay for a college or university in the U.S.. Maybe there are people here who had the same issues and have some advice ? Thank you guys

This is exactly what happened to me too!! I started dating my now husband when I was only 19 years old, Im going to be 25 this month, I haven't had a job in YEARS because I would come here all the time to spend time with him... I don't have university degree for same reasons...

I want to go to school too and have a career, but we first need money..... So it worries me now once I get EAD aproved how limited my job options may be. I had my life in hold for 5 years coming here and leaving and now once married it starts from 0, sometimes is scary.

I have tons of plans and I try to plan also ways of making those plans happens but all my plans to be succeded first involve having a job to support the household and afford school

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y59om4.png

---------------------------------- Pre I-130 ----------------------------------------

Feb- 25- 2009 - Met in Barcelona Spain thanks to a friend in common ???

11 visits in the next 5 years........ ????????????

Apr - 23 - 2014 - My last entry in the US to visit ✈️

Jul - 18 - 2014 - finally proposes and ask me to stay forever!!!! ❤️??

Jul- 20 - 2014 - I don't get in the flight back to Spain ( that means my ESTA will expire the next day )

Jul - 22 - 2014 - wedding ❤️??

---------------------------I-130, I-485, EAD, AP ----------------------------------

Sep- 12- 2014 - AOS sent to Chicago ?? ( delivered sept 15 )

Sep - 18 - 2014 - AOS texts/ emails received with case number ??

Sep- 19 - 2014 - checks cashed ?

Sep - 21 - 2014- hard copies of NOA received in the mail!!! ??

Sep - 26 - 2014- biometrics letter received!! Appointment for Oct 7

Sep - 30 - 2014 - succesful early walk in biometrics ??

Nov - 22 - 2014 - EAD/AP approved ?? ( 71 days )

Nov - 24 - 2014 - card in production

Dec - 1 - 2014 - card mailed ??

Dec - 3 - 2014 - Combo card received ??

Dec - 15 - 2014 - email received with interview date for Jan 15 2015! ??

Jan - 15 - 2015 - Approved!! ???? Here is our interview experience --> http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/531853-aos-interview-from-esta-approved/

Jan - 24 - 2015 - Green card received

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: China
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Thanks for all the replies so far. Well I learned a profession in Germany and became a chemist/pharmacist with a diploma full of A's but I'm pretty hopeless because I think other than working at Walgreens or cvs I don't have a lot of options with that :/ I was thinking about going to school as well and maybe do something that deals with children in the future but I find it quite difficult to find out about the options being so unfamiliar with the school/work system in the US. I try to read a lot on the Internet to inform myself but another problem that I am facing is definitely the costs of education in the US. I'm only 25 and financially not as stable yet which bothers me a lot. I started university back in Germany but going to drop out of it because I lost track of the things I had to learn since I spent a lot of time in the U.S. with my fiancé. He works two jobs to support himself and partly me and as much as I look forward to finally start a life with him it does scare me to think that we might struggle financially you know ? I really want to educate myself and provide for our future life but On the other hand I really don't know how to pay for a college or university in the U.S.. Maybe there are people here who had the same issues and have some advice ? Thank you guys

You should look into this site on how foreign pharmacist can become

certified in US to work.

http://www.nabp.net/programs/examination/fpgec


10-04-2013 We met online
11-21-2013 We met in person in Shanghai for 2 weeks

12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

12-19-2013 USCIS NOA #1 (text and email) received

12-24-2013 USCIS assigns Alien Registration Number
12-31-2013 USCIS NOA #1 hard copy received
06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

06-xx-2014 Fiancee acquired birth, marriage, and police certificates from local police station (wrong)

06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China
06-24-2014 Received packet 3 express mail from embassy
06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

06-26-2014 Mailed packet 3 response back to Embassy

06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

07-08-2014 Received packet 4 email from Embassy

07-17-2014 Picked up Russian police certificate

07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

07-31-2014 Picked up medical exam reports

08-01-2014 Request (correct) birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service (GongZhengChu)

08-06-2014 Picked up birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service

08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

09-01-2014 Received passport, visa, & sealed envelope

09-13-2014 POE

09-17-2014 Went to CBP office to get (US entry) I-94 updated correctly

09-18-2014 Applied for Social Security Card
09-19-2014 Applied for Marriage License (via online)
09-25-2014 Received Social Security Card
09-30-2014 Picked up Marriage License
10-09-2014 Marriage by Justice of Peace
10-09-2014 Got Certified Marriage Certificate Copies
10-17-2014 Received a letter from SS office that they need the marriage license
10-09-2014 Applied to change the social security card name
10-24-2014 Went back to SS office to provide the marriage certificate documents again!!!
12-09-2014 Submitted AOS, EAD, and AP
12-16-2014 Received 16 emails and 16 text NOA messages
01-05-2015 Received Biometrics appointment letter for (01-12-2015)
01-12-2015 Had Biometrics (fingerprint & picture) - Required Marriage Certificate!!!
02-17-2015 EAD and AP is approved
02-23-2015 Received AP is approval letter
02-25-2015 Received EAD/AP combo card (expires 02/16/2016)
02-27-2015 Applied for SS card name change (they took her SS card)
02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change
03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name
03-17-2015 Started to change all her accounts to married name
03-23-2015 Received potential interview waiver letter
03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure
04-05-2015 Vision test for learner's permit
04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.
04-10-2015 Passed Driver Learner's Permit
04-22-2015 Received Driver Learner's Permit ID card (expires 02/16/2016)
08-27-2015 Green Card approved
08-31-2015 Received Green Card "Welcome Notice Was Mailed" letter
09-05-2015 Received Green card
10-26-2015 Passed Driver's License Road Test (on 3rd attempt)
11-03-2015 Received Driver's License (expires 02/16/2022)
11-06-2015 Applied to remove conditional work remark on SS card
11-23-2015 Received updated Social Security Card.
- - - - - - - - - - Pending Future Processing - - - - - - - - - -
05-27-2017 File 10 Year Green Card
08-27-2017 2 Year Green Card Expires
05-27-2018 File USC

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: England
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My job required a college degree and the hiring manager didn't mind that it was from a foreign university. However it took me 3 months to get a job and I have a top degree from a very good university so I feel like some employers probably ignored me because I didn't have US qualifications.

I agree with the poster above; pharmacists are in demand in many countries so see if you can get your qualifications validated in the US.


My blog about my visa journey and adjusting to my new life in the US http://albiontoamerica.wordpress.com/

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I made some tweaks to my LinkedIn profile, including a location update. This led to contact with US-based headhunters asking if I'm interested in one of their open positions, all within my area of expertise. However, I won't submit my resume until I have my EAD in-hand. For reference, I don't have any US qualifications, though I do have some relevant voluntary experience with an American organisation.

I suggest setting up a profile on LinkedIn and joining relevant vacancy/job/employment and professional membership groups. Start networking with the people in those groups and read up about the American market and industry developments. A quick and dirty search indicates that there are a number of pharmacy/pharmacist-related groups on LinkedIn. A Google search might also bring up a pharmacy or medical recruitment agency in your area.

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