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What misconceptions and prejudices do you experience from people about your homecountry after you arrived in the US?

I am always amazed how people assume that I must be sooooo happy to be finally in the US, if in reality, the only reason why I am here and wanted to come here is to be with my husband.

I even got asked one time how we communicated while we were apart and when said per email, phone, text messages,...I earned a surprised look, like they couldn't believe we have that kind of technology...in GERMANY??????!!!! :lol:


Nadine & Kenneth

Our K-1 journey

02/06/2006 filed 129F

07/01/2007 recieved visa via "Deutsche Post"

08/27/2006 POE Dallas

->view my complete timeline

AOS, EAD and AP

12/6/2006 filed for AOS & EAD

1/05/2007 AOS transfered to California Service Center

2/26/2007 EAD recieved!

7/20/2007 filed for AP

8/20/2007 AP recieved

01/16/2008 letter to Congressman

03/20/2008 card production ordered---no interview!!!

03/24/2008 Welcome letter arrived

03/27/2008 my GREENCARD arrived!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!! No more USCIS for about two years!:-))

Removal of Conditions

02/02/2010 filed I-751

02/19/2010 check cashed

02/22/2010 NOA1

05/15/2010 touched

06/10/2010 online update:card production ordered

06/17/2010 approval letter in mail

07/01/20010 Greencard arrived

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What misconceptions and prejudices do you experience from people about your homecountry after you arrived in the US?

I am always amazed how people assume that I must be sooooo happy to be finally in the US, if in reality, the only reason why I am here and wanted to come here is to be with my husband.

I even got asked one time how we communicated while we were apart and when said per email, phone, text messages,...I earned a surprised look, like they couldn't believe we have that kind of technology...in GERMANY??????!!!! :lol:

That's bizarre; you must be meeting some real idiots. :lol:

I would assume you get the usual cr@p about the Nazis and Hitler, yes?


24 June 2007: Leaving day/flying to Dallas-Fort Worth

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When I was in school I told my friends that I was going to Colombia for summer vacation and one of them had this puzzled look on her face and then asked "How are you going to land?". She thought Colombia was all jungle. IDIOT! :rolleyes:


CR-1

02/05/07 - I-130 sent to NSC

05/03/07 - NOA2

05/10/07 - NVC receives petition, case # assigned

08/08/07 - Case Complete

09/27/07 - Interview, visa granted

10/02/07 - POE

11/16/07 - Received green card and Welcome to America letter in the mail

Removing Conditions

07/06/09 - I-751 sent to CSC

08/14/09 - Biometrics

09/27/09 - Approved

10/01/09 - Received 10 year green card

U.S. Citizenship

03/30/11 - N-400 sent via Priority Mail w/ delivery confirmation

05/12/11 - Biometrics

07/20/11 - Interview - passed

07/20/11 - Oath ceremony - same day as interview

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What misconceptions and prejudices do you experience from people about your homecountry after you arrived in the US?

I am always amazed how people assume that I must be sooooo happy to be finally in the US, if in reality, the only reason why I am here and wanted to come here is to be with my husband.

I even got asked one time how we communicated while we were apart and when said per email, phone, text messages,...I earned a surprised look, like they couldn't believe we have that kind of technology...in GERMANY??????!!!! :lol:

Oh you know the usual, we are still sucking off the British teet.. that we have nothing intellegent to say politically or globally, that we are doing nothing to support "the war on terror" and that we are all hippy tree hugging socialists (well the last bit is certainly true I guess) :wacko:


AOS:

2007-02-22: Sent AOS /EAD

2007-03-06 : NOA1 AOS /EAD

2007-03-28: Transferred to CSC

2007-05-17: EAD Card Production Ordered

2007-05-21: I485 Approved

2007-05-24: EAD Card Received

2007-06-01: Green Card Received!!

Removal of Conditions:

2009-02-27: Sent I-751

2009-03-07: NOA I-751

2009-03-31: Biometrics Appt. Hartford

2009-07-21: Touched (first time since biometrics) Perhaps address change?

2009-07-28: Approved at VSC

2009-08-25: Received card in the mail

Naturalization

2012-08-20: Submitted N-400

2013-01-18: Became Citizen

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People think we speak spanish. That's pretty much it.




* K1 Timeline *
* 04/07/06: I-129F Sent to NSC
* 10/02/06: Interview date - APPROVED!
* 10/10/06: POE Houston
* 11/25/06: Wedding day!!!

* AOS/EAD/AP Timeline *
*01/05/07: AOS/EAD/AP sent
*02/19/08: AOS approved
*02/27/08: Permanent Resident Card received

* LOC Timeline *
*12/31/09: Applied Lifting of Condition
*01/04/10: NOA
*02/12/10: Biometrics
*03/03/10: LOC approved
*03/11/10: 10 years green card received

* Naturalization Timeline *
*12/17/10: package sent
*12/29/10: NOA date
*01/19/11: biometrics
*04/12/11: interview
*04/15/11: approval letter
*05/13/11: Oath Ceremony - Officially done with Immigration.

Complete Timeline

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To be fair, I came with misconceptions and prejudices about the US as well.. so I have to be truthful about that one :):thumbs:


AOS:

2007-02-22: Sent AOS /EAD

2007-03-06 : NOA1 AOS /EAD

2007-03-28: Transferred to CSC

2007-05-17: EAD Card Production Ordered

2007-05-21: I485 Approved

2007-05-24: EAD Card Received

2007-06-01: Green Card Received!!

Removal of Conditions:

2009-02-27: Sent I-751

2009-03-07: NOA I-751

2009-03-31: Biometrics Appt. Hartford

2009-07-21: Touched (first time since biometrics) Perhaps address change?

2009-07-28: Approved at VSC

2009-08-25: Received card in the mail

Naturalization

2012-08-20: Submitted N-400

2013-01-18: Became Citizen

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What misconceptions and prejudices do you experience from people about your homecountry after you arrived in the US?

I am always amazed how people assume that I must be sooooo happy to be finally in the US, if in reality, the only reason why I am here and wanted to come here is to be with my husband.

I even got asked one time how we communicated while we were apart and when said per email, phone, text messages,...I earned a surprised look, like they couldn't believe we have that kind of technology...in GERMANY??????!!!! :lol:

That's bizarre; you must be meeting some real idiots. :lol:

I would assume you get the usual cr@p about the Nazis and Hitler, yes?

Oh gosh, people seriously asked me if the Nazi party still excists!!! Can you believe that? I am really amazed about the ignorance some people have when it comes to achive some knowledge about other countries and cultures...lol

And yes, it's like I have knowd Hitler in person, ya know?

And when I state that I probably don't want to give up my german citizenship (for many reasons), I earn looks like I'm insane. How can NOT want to be american? Why in the world can I be happy to be german?

It's almost ridiculous what you have to listen to when you are german....


Nadine & Kenneth

Our K-1 journey

02/06/2006 filed 129F

07/01/2007 recieved visa via "Deutsche Post"

08/27/2006 POE Dallas

->view my complete timeline

AOS, EAD and AP

12/6/2006 filed for AOS & EAD

1/05/2007 AOS transfered to California Service Center

2/26/2007 EAD recieved!

7/20/2007 filed for AP

8/20/2007 AP recieved

01/16/2008 letter to Congressman

03/20/2008 card production ordered---no interview!!!

03/24/2008 Welcome letter arrived

03/27/2008 my GREENCARD arrived!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!! No more USCIS for about two years!:-))

Removal of Conditions

02/02/2010 filed I-751

02/19/2010 check cashed

02/22/2010 NOA1

05/15/2010 touched

06/10/2010 online update:card production ordered

06/17/2010 approval letter in mail

07/01/20010 Greencard arrived

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To be fair, I came with misconceptions and prejudices about the US as well.. so I have to be truthful about that one :):thumbs:

My misconception about the US was, that I thought people were prouder about where they live and who they are, but I might just be at a bad place here.


Nadine & Kenneth

Our K-1 journey

02/06/2006 filed 129F

07/01/2007 recieved visa via "Deutsche Post"

08/27/2006 POE Dallas

->view my complete timeline

AOS, EAD and AP

12/6/2006 filed for AOS & EAD

1/05/2007 AOS transfered to California Service Center

2/26/2007 EAD recieved!

7/20/2007 filed for AP

8/20/2007 AP recieved

01/16/2008 letter to Congressman

03/20/2008 card production ordered---no interview!!!

03/24/2008 Welcome letter arrived

03/27/2008 my GREENCARD arrived!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!! No more USCIS for about two years!:-))

Removal of Conditions

02/02/2010 filed I-751

02/19/2010 check cashed

02/22/2010 NOA1

05/15/2010 touched

06/10/2010 online update:card production ordered

06/17/2010 approval letter in mail

07/01/20010 Greencard arrived

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What misconceptions and prejudices do you experience from people about your homecountry after you arrived in the US?

I am always amazed how people assume that I must be sooooo happy to be finally in the US, if in reality, the only reason why I am here and wanted to come here is to be with my husband.

I even got asked one time how we communicated while we were apart and when said per email, phone, text messages,...I earned a surprised look, like they couldn't believe we have that kind of technology...in GERMANY??????!!!! :lol:

Oh you know the usual, we are still sucking off the British teet.. that we have nothing intellegent to say politically or globally, that we are doing nothing to support "the war on terror" and that we are all hippy tree hugging socialists (well the last bit is certainly true I guess) :wacko:

don't forget the cold weather comments!

My personal favourite question was "is this the first time you've worn sandals? Does it get warm enough in Canada to wear them?"

And H_A, I hate to break it to you, but there are LOTS of non-idiotic citizens of the United States of America who ask these kinds of questions with alarming frequency.


*Cheryl -- Nova Scotia ....... Jerry -- Oklahoma*

Jan 17, 2014 N-400 submitted

Jan 27, 2014 NOA received and cheque cashed

Feb 13, 2014 Biometrics scheduled

Nov 7, 2014 NOA received and interview scheduled


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To be fair, I came with misconceptions and prejudices about the US as well.. so I have to be truthful about that one :):thumbs:

Yes, my husband came with all kinds of misconceptions that are pretty much proven wrong daily.


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What misconceptions and prejudices do you experience from people about your homecountry after you arrived in the US?

I am always amazed how people assume that I must be sooooo happy to be finally in the US, if in reality, the only reason why I am here and wanted to come here is to be with my husband.

I even got asked one time how we communicated while we were apart and when said per email, phone, text messages,...I earned a surprised look, like they couldn't believe we have that kind of technology...in GERMANY??????!!!! :lol:

That's bizarre; you must be meeting some real idiots. :lol:

I would assume you get the usual cr@p about the Nazis and Hitler, yes?

Oh gosh, people seriously asked me if the Nazi party still excists!!! Can you believe that? I am really amazed about the ignorance some people have when it comes to achive some knowledge about other countries and cultures...lol

And yes, it's like I have knowd Hitler in person, ya know?

And when I state that I probably don't want to give up my german citizenship (for many reasons), I earn looks like I'm insane. How can NOT want to be american? Why in the world can I be happy to be german?

It's almost ridiculous what you have to listen to when you are german....

Probably similar to the cr@p I had to listen to when I was living in the UK. I got so sick of it. People there also thought I was strange for refusing to take UK citizenship; some people even told me that I shouldn't be allowed to live there if I had no interest in becoming a British citizen.

FWIW, most of us do seem to realize that the Nazi party is a thing of the past, that Hitler died in 1945, and that Germany is a technologically-advanced nation and one of the world's largest economies. Even though Hitler's Nazi party killed dozens of members of my family I don't hold today's Germans responsible. There's no shame in being German. :thumbs:


24 June 2007: Leaving day/flying to Dallas-Fort Worth

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My personal favourite question was "is this the first time you've worn sandals? Does it get warm enough in Canada to wear them?"

I've only been to Canada once...in August 1989...and it was too cold for sandals! :whistle:

And H_A, I hate to break it to you, but there are LOTS of non-idiotic citizens of the United States of America who ask these kinds of questions with alarming frequency.

*shrug* I suppose there are...but I've honestly never met anybody that stupid. I get questions from people about the UK since I lived there for six years, but they aren't stupid questions. Mostly people want to know how Americans are perceived in the UK and how the government works.


24 June 2007: Leaving day/flying to Dallas-Fort Worth

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My personal favourite question was "is this the first time you've worn sandals? Does it get warm enough in Canada to wear them?"

I've only been to Canada once...in August 1989...and it was too cold for sandals! :whistle:

OH it's quite warm there now.. global warming has realy helped us out!!

Go Global Warming Go!! :dance:


AOS:

2007-02-22: Sent AOS /EAD

2007-03-06 : NOA1 AOS /EAD

2007-03-28: Transferred to CSC

2007-05-17: EAD Card Production Ordered

2007-05-21: I485 Approved

2007-05-24: EAD Card Received

2007-06-01: Green Card Received!!

Removal of Conditions:

2009-02-27: Sent I-751

2009-03-07: NOA I-751

2009-03-31: Biometrics Appt. Hartford

2009-07-21: Touched (first time since biometrics) Perhaps address change?

2009-07-28: Approved at VSC

2009-08-25: Received card in the mail

Naturalization

2012-08-20: Submitted N-400

2013-01-18: Became Citizen

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My personal favourite question was "is this the first time you've worn sandals? Does it get warm enough in Canada to wear them?"

I've only been to Canada once...in August 1989...and it was too cold for sandals! :whistle:

And H_A, I hate to break it to you, but there are LOTS of non-idiotic citizens of the United States of America who ask these kinds of questions with alarming frequency.

*shrug* I suppose there are...but I've honestly never met anybody that stupid. I get questions from people about the UK since I lived there for six years, but they aren't stupid questions. Mostly people want to know how Americans are perceived in the UK and how the government works.

*wonders what part of Canada you were visiting!* ;)

Perhaps I got my more than fair share of "I have to bite my tongue and be nice in my reply" kind of questions dealing with tourists for ten years, but I was surprised at the kinds of questions I would be asked very sincerely by many people. And I am still surprised at the questions I am still getting asked by friends! In my opinion, it's not a matter of stupidity for all people ('cause yes, there are dumb people out there), but a matter of lack of exposure, or self-education about the rest of the world. Many people I have met since living here have not left the state or the region in their lifetime, which blows my mind.

My personal favourite question was "is this the first time you've worn sandals? Does it get warm enough in Canada to wear them?"

I've only been to Canada once...in August 1989...and it was too cold for sandals! :whistle:

OH it's quite warm there now.. global warming has realy helped us out!!

Go Global Warming Go!! :dance:

hahahaha!


*Cheryl -- Nova Scotia ....... Jerry -- Oklahoma*

Jan 17, 2014 N-400 submitted

Jan 27, 2014 NOA received and cheque cashed

Feb 13, 2014 Biometrics scheduled

Nov 7, 2014 NOA received and interview scheduled


MAY IS NATIONAL STROKE AWARENESS MONTH
Educate Yourself on the Warning Signs of Stroke -- talk to me, I am a survivor!

"Life is as the little shadow that runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset" ---Crowfoot

The true measure of a society is how those who have treat those who don't.

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