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Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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Get involved in the local Filipino community. You can start by doing a Google search. Also consider going to local Filipino restaurants and markets. You are certain to meet others from the Philippines, and build a community network of acquaintances / friends from there. The more people you meet, the more opportunities become available (lunch dates / shopping / day trips / jobs). You might also consider volunteering at a local charity on occasion. The most important thing to consider (if you are having difficulty adjusting) is to GET INVOLVED. There are plenty of Filipino clubs, events and resources near you. It is very important that you keep close to your roots. The Filipino community will help you adjust to your new life here while making you feel like you still have a little piece of home with you. You will have people to share stories with and speak in your native language with.

If you prefer to stay at home, consider taking up a hobby (crafts / design / painting / music / gardening). You can also take classes online and work toward a certification or degree. Many classes are free. You just have to research. COURSERA offers FREE computer classes in many areas of study. If you are a reader, go to the local library for thousands of free books and other great resources. Maybe join a health club and start a regular exercise routine. Many local clubs offer classes in yoga, exercise, aerobics and more,

Finally, if all else fails, you can submerse yourself in Netflix.

Edited by Gregory&Dyn

MEETING

12 March 2012: Met Dyn at a coffee shop in Kuwait

Summer 2012: I returned home to the U.S. to prepare a way for Dyn

Fall 2014: Dyn returns home to Philippines after seven years in Kuwait

ANNULMENT

February 2014: Engaged while I visited Philippines

March 2014: Officially hired attorney and filed for Dyn's annulment in Bohol, Philippines

December 2015: Bohol District Court issues decision in our favor

December 2015: Judge sends transcript of his decision to OSG for processing

February 05 2016: OSG returned receipt and approval to district court in Bohol. CoF to be issued end of second week in February

February 09 2016: Dyn is presented with the Entry of Judgment and her Certificate of Finality via the local court.

February 15 2016: LCR issues annotated marriage certificate, and necessary documents are forwarded to the NSO / PSA visa LBC

April 19 2016: Received CENOMAR and Annotated MC from PSA via private courier. DONE! COMPLETE! FINISHED! OFFICIAL!

I-129F / K1 VISA APPLICATION PROCESS

April 04 2016: I-129F sent to Texas Lockbox via USPS Priority Mail

April 12 2016: Email from USCIS acceptance confirmation

April 17 2016: Official NOA1 hard copy received

July 12 2016: NOA2 Approval hard copy received

July 14 2016: Post Decision Activity email from USCIS

THE LONG WAIT (USCIS misplaced approved petition)

September 16 2016: NVC received approved I-129F petition and assigns case number

INTERVIEW / MEDICAL PROCESS

October 04 2016: Day 1 of medical at SLEC in Manila

October 05 2016: Psychiatric evaluation off-site due to psychological incapacity annulment (10 hour eval with 800 question profile test)

October 13 2016: CFO Seminar completed successfully and certificate awarded (CFO stamp not issued until visa is presented).

October 20 2016: Return to SLEC complete psychological evaluation with resident psychologist (less than ten minutes)

October 21 2016: Vaccination day at SLEC (medical finally complete)

October 25 2016: Visa interview at USEM in Manila (APPROVED)

HOMECOMING

November 19 2016: Dyn's arrival at POE Dulles IAD in Washington DC

December 01 2016: Married

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Thank you so much for taking time to reply...Maybe I'm just really adjusting and used to being workaholic before but I cannot work unless the work permit will benon hand :)

Get involved in the local Filipino community. You can start by doing a Google search. Also consider going to local Filipino restaurants and markets. You are certain to meet others from the Philippines, and build a community network of acquaintances / friends from there. The more people you meet, the more opportunities become available (lunch dates / shopping / day trips / jobs). You might also consider volunteering at a local charity on occasion. The most important thing to consider (if you are having difficulty adjusting) is to GET INVOLVED. There are plenty of Filipino clubs, events and resources near you. It is very important that you keep close to your roots. The Filipino community will help you adjust to your new life here while making you feel like you still have a little piece of home with you. You will have people to share stories with and speak in your native language with.

If you prefer to stay at home, consider taking up a hobby (crafts / design / painting / music / gardening). You can also take classes online and work toward a certification or degree. Many classes are free. You just have to research. COURSERA offers FREE computer classes in many areas of study. If you are a reader, go to the local library for thousands of free books and other great resources. Maybe join a health club and start a regular exercise routine. Many local clubs offer classes in yoga, exercise, aerobics and more,

Finally, if all else fails, you can submerse yourself in Netflix.

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When Chinook arrived in the U.S., she stayed busy studying for the NCLEX-RN and learning how to drive. Also, at every opportunity, we explored the local area so that Chinook could learn her way around. She enjoyed walking around our neighborhood and taking the bus downtown. She did volunteer work at a hospital until she got her first job.

If you have a local Filipino community center, you can meet kababayan there, and also volunteer. Church is another good place to meet kababayan. It's never too early to start networking to find a job.

Edited by Tahoma

Tahoma and Chinook's K1 story --->> http://www.visajourney.com/forums/user/57425-tahoma/

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When Chinook arrived in the U.S., she stayed busy studying for the NCLEX-RN and learning how to drive. Also, at every opportunity, we explored the local area so that Chinook could learn her way around. She enjoyed walking around our neighborhood and taking the bus downtown. She did volunteer work at a hospital until she got her first job.

If you have a local Filipino community center, you can meet kababayan there, and also volunteer. Church is another good place to meet kababayan. It's never too early to start networking to find a job.

Thank you Tahoma...Im kinda reading about driving...I think im going to ask if they have a volunteer work at base...

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When I first got here I was participating in family parties and volunteering to help out in school for my nieces and nephews. Now that I am working, I am learning a new language like Japanese. With great internet and platforms like youtube, it's easy to find free stuff online. It can help enhance your skill set and could later on be beneficial financially if your hobbies generate income like cooking or crafts. Try to find stuff that you used to do in the Philippines. There is bound to be a version of such here in the US. That way it won't feel like a chore also.??☃☃☔☔

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When I first got here I was participating in family parties and volunteering to help out in school for my nieces and nephews. Now that I am working, I am learning a new language like Japanese. With great internet and platforms like youtube, it's easy to find free stuff online. It can help enhance your skill set and could later on be beneficial financially if your hobbies generate income like cooking or crafts. Try to find stuff that you used to do in the Philippines. There is bound to be a version of such here in the US. That way it won't feel like a chore also.??☃☃☔☔

I will really ask about volunteering in d military base bear me...and maybe try to walk the dog here in the neighborhood

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Hello,

Volunteering will serve many purposes for you. It give back, keeps you busy, get to know others and employers love to see that on resumes. When I moved to new state I dd that it did wonders for me and I made new friends. :idea:

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After the newlywed stage goes away, its hard. But it gets easier with time specially once you get your employment authorization and a drivers license. I enrrolled into a gym and started meeting friends here and there. Once I got a job I felt like I had a life again...now I'm very busy with a baby, a full time job and persuing my masters degree on top of my marriage. It makes miss my old days doing nothibg


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After the newlywed stage goes away, its hard. But it gets easier with time specially once you get your employment authorization and a drivers license. I enrrolled into a gym and started meeting friends here and there. Once I got a job I felt like I had a life again...now I'm very busy with a baby, a full time job and persuing my masters degree on top of my marriage. It makes miss my old days doing nothibg

Kinda get what you mean...so meaning i nid to maximize my time as much as i have time bed when i start to i'll be asking for rest :)

yeah sis ur ryt maybe if ginna wrk again i will kinda complete or life back again

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I will really ask about volunteering in d military base bear me...and maybe try to walk the dog here in the neighborhood

Start with the USO and MWR on base. Both are civilian organizations run by volunteers to support military staff and troops.


MEETING

12 March 2012: Met Dyn at a coffee shop in Kuwait

Summer 2012: I returned home to the U.S. to prepare a way for Dyn

Fall 2014: Dyn returns home to Philippines after seven years in Kuwait

ANNULMENT

February 2014: Engaged while I visited Philippines

March 2014: Officially hired attorney and filed for Dyn's annulment in Bohol, Philippines

December 2015: Bohol District Court issues decision in our favor

December 2015: Judge sends transcript of his decision to OSG for processing

February 05 2016: OSG returned receipt and approval to district court in Bohol. CoF to be issued end of second week in February

February 09 2016: Dyn is presented with the Entry of Judgment and her Certificate of Finality via the local court.

February 15 2016: LCR issues annotated marriage certificate, and necessary documents are forwarded to the NSO / PSA visa LBC

April 19 2016: Received CENOMAR and Annotated MC from PSA via private courier. DONE! COMPLETE! FINISHED! OFFICIAL!

I-129F / K1 VISA APPLICATION PROCESS

April 04 2016: I-129F sent to Texas Lockbox via USPS Priority Mail

April 12 2016: Email from USCIS acceptance confirmation

April 17 2016: Official NOA1 hard copy received

July 12 2016: NOA2 Approval hard copy received

July 14 2016: Post Decision Activity email from USCIS

THE LONG WAIT (USCIS misplaced approved petition)

September 16 2016: NVC received approved I-129F petition and assigns case number

INTERVIEW / MEDICAL PROCESS

October 04 2016: Day 1 of medical at SLEC in Manila

October 05 2016: Psychiatric evaluation off-site due to psychological incapacity annulment (10 hour eval with 800 question profile test)

October 13 2016: CFO Seminar completed successfully and certificate awarded (CFO stamp not issued until visa is presented).

October 20 2016: Return to SLEC complete psychological evaluation with resident psychologist (less than ten minutes)

October 21 2016: Vaccination day at SLEC (medical finally complete)

October 25 2016: Visa interview at USEM in Manila (APPROVED)

HOMECOMING

November 19 2016: Dyn's arrival at POE Dulles IAD in Washington DC

December 01 2016: Married

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Hello,

Volunteering will serve many purposes for you. It give back, keeps you busy, get to know others and employers love to see that on resumes. When I moved to new state I dd that it did wonders for me and I made new friends. :idea:

Thnk u so much for the reply i will keep note of that :)

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don't forget gardening at the house !

plus find the garden co-ops at the churches nearby - go rent a plot there and get busy !!

is a great way to meet folk that know the local area [we all know where to get the local horse manure, it's important ! ]


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