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About QueenOfBlades

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    Anxious Nugget
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    South Carolina

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  • Immigration Status
    Removing Conditions (approved)
  • Place benefits filed at
    California Service Center
  • Local Office
    Charleston SC
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Our Story
    Met online in 2008, best friends for years while I was with someone else but always had feelings for each other, both went through very difficult times and comforted each other and brought us even closer together, I ended my relationship and began one with Chris. We've been inseparable even through all our years anyway. He lived with me for 3 months and I went to visit him for 2 weeks in SC. During that time, and after such a long history together, I was certain that I wanted to spend my life with him. I asked his mom for permission and she agreed, and she suggested I do it at his dad's grave so both his parents could be there. I am pretty much the "male" and the dominant one of the relationship, so we both always knew it'd be down to me to propose when I felt ready (he always said he was ready whenever I was). I proposed and he stood there in shock, before saying OF COURSE and falling to his knees to kiss and hold me.

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  1. I understand the comments about being clear regarding federal elections and whatnot, but... ..... no. No way. Consequences way too severe to risk it. I refuse to deposit the signed ballots of my USC best friend and wife or touch the ballot box. Don’t even want to go near the elections office. When my USC best friend went to register to vote and I drove him there with my USC wife, she took him in and helped him do it and I wouldn’t go into the Elections building. Call me paranoid, but... noooooo.
  2. No it doesn’t count. The public charge rule doesn’t apply once the person is already a permanent resident, and health insurance under ACA is not considered a public charge per the USCIS policy manual. https://www.uscis.gov/policy-manual/volume-8-part-g-chapter-10 B. Public Benefits Not Considered 1. Unenumerated Public Benefits Other benefits not considered public benefits in the public charge inadmissibility determination include, but are not limited to:.... Health Insurance through the Affordable Care Act;
  3. Your I-551 is your green card. It’s just not the physical green card yet but doesn’t mean it’s less valid or that you can’t work. There’s no reason you can’t find work with it. Employers just need to check you’re legal to work. I got a job in the legal industry using my EAD and then updated my HR department when my green card came in, and my subsequent employer had my second GC on file years later with removed conditions. And yes, it’s unfortunate, but coronavirus doesn’t excuse their obligations. I know it’s a tough spot to be in. My sponsor will be off the hook if/when I naturalize (I’m eligible now - or work so many quarters I believe) but situations can change quickly. My sponsor went from a steady income, investments and a paid off house to being in a nursing facility. We all signed legal papers, and we have to adhere to them. I haven’t personally heard of someone taking their I-864 to court to enforce it but I’m sure it’s happened. Though if you did claim means tested benefits, to my knowledge, the government can seek reimbursement from your sponsor.
  4. That would be absolutely absurd for Harry to move here and expect the US taxpayer to foot the bill for their security. They got enough of my tax money when I lived in the U.K. They’ve got plenty of money and don’t need to worry about having to beg for scraps anytime soon. Entitled gits.
  5. Still pretty damning, though. I don’t imagine it would be beyond the capability of USCIS to find out.
  6. Some countries definitely get an easier time of it than others. I’m from England, so the London interview for my K1 was fine. I don’t remember exactly what the financial requirements were back in 2013 for the I-864, but at the K1 *and* AOS stage, neither me or my husband had a job. His mom was our sponsor and she had a good bit in investments, owned her own home and was providing all our expenses until I found work. I’m not even sure if I could’ve moved over here with this new public charge rule. The IO at the London embassy was a bit disgruntled with neither of us having jobs when I would arrive in the US (I still had a job in the U.K. and had worked consistently since I was 16) but he said he would overlook it and is not as concerned due to my strong work history. I did well for myself here and I’m the one who pays to support USC family members now, not the reverse. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I guess I just find it a little sad with the new form that some people who could do really well here aren’t allowed in because it doesn’t look good on paper. But I understand the reasoning.
  7. I’m baffled about the drug use thing considering him falling out of clubs and literally it was public news that he was in rehab for weed. How could he put no for that when it’s public information?
  8. I’ve gotten to the point of being an unconditional LPR and I’ve always wanted to do my own forms. If it’s something beyond me that I couldn’t handle, like something in court, I’d lawyer up. Otherwise, I’ve seen a lot of stories of lawyers making basic mistakes like sending an outdated form. I don’t know if this is a healthy trait or not, but I have severe anxiety with anything immigration. Doing it myself allowed me to carefully examine every form, every requirement, all evidence, and scrutinize everything to the letter before sending the package off. I just didn’t trust something so significant with someone else.
  9. Definitely list it. Without a doubt. The shipping clerk position can be spun into a positive in an interview. If he leaves the big gap, he likely won’t even get the interview to explain the gap. Employers nowadays get a ton of applications for most jobs and they have to go through them quickly to find ones that stand out. Ones with big gaps in work history have a natural disadvantage. Besides, never know where it might lead. I worked in the legal industry. I currently work for the biggest commercial property insurer in the world on the underwriting side helping with the creation of the contracts, which is definitely my alley. I didn’t get there from the legal experience. The engineering consultants who visit sites to evaluate risk needed someone on their team. I first was brought into the company because of totally irrelevant engineering experience I had in the UK about 5 years prior. I wanted legal work; but the recruiter called me saying she thinks they would really like me and to apply for it. I got it based on experience I thought was completely irrelevant to my career at that point in my life. But it got me into an amazing company that claims to have the second best retirement benefits in the country. You never know where things might take you. List the job and fluff up any possible skills or attributes associated with it that could be relevant to the role. Hard or soft skills. People have core competencies as employees that carry across any role and industry.
  10. Kind of a bit late chiming in here. I’m a UK expat with 8 GCSEs. No bachelors degree. Never got the eval done. Got a job coordinating international legal publications, then moved on to a Fortune 500 corporation in Seattle. I’m not saying it may not help with getting a job initially, it could well help for US employers to see terms they’re familiar with. Not *absolutely necessary* though. Once I had one good bout of work experience here, beyond having an idea that it’s about high school level, they saw the work experience as much more indicative of my skills and relevant to my application. Never been asked to prove my education or show that translation. Not once. Saying that, I was in a pretty bad financial spot when I moved to Seattle due to my USC spouse suddenly becoming disabled and losing her income, and it was up to me to find a way to compensate for her lost annual income of around $30,000 as best I could so we could afford to even pay rent. I did *a lot* of interviews. With recruiters, employers. At one point it felt like I was going to several a week. Never once was asked for the credential translation. It would only really be relevant imo for your first job or something specialized like engineering. If you put together a really polished, solid resume and sell yourself, an employer is unlikely to get hung up on credential translations if they like the look of you.
  11. I just read something about USCIS offices assisting LPRs abroad and they’re all closed as far as I’m aware. So yeah. Travel at your own peril.
  12. @fs2439 Don’t go. State Department put out an advisory saying you might have to remain there indefinitely with reduced or absent assistance from an embassy. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html
  13. As an update, just saw this. This applies even to citizens, so I would certainly not recommend it for anyone. If you are planning any international trips, you might want to call it off unless you’re ready to be there indefinitely. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html “The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.” ”Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice. Airlines have cancelled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips. If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe.” So basically, you might end up stranded overseas indefinitely and consular officers are being allowed home so you might not have access to an embassy for assistance. DO. NOT. TRAVEL.
  14. https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2018-03/educational-records-school-reports-and-the-common-transfer-system-the-keeping-disposal-disclosure-and-transfer-of-pupil-information.pdf Pretty much the same thing. Reaching out to the local education authority. They should have something called the Common Transfer File. This is for when students switch schools and contains their educational record. Structure is the same with the Key Stages. Years 5 and 6 would put him at Key Stage 2. Yeah, educational records like that aren’t usually necessary unless a student transfers schools. If it’s just leaving secondary school and he had done his GCSEs, he’d have had official certificates as proof issued from places like EdExcel.
  15. You got married and submitted the application within the 90 day period. I assume you have a tracking slip for when you mailed it. We are also in a global pandemic and USCIS is not exempt from their reduced inability to function right now. I’m not saying this to be patronizing. I’m just stating facts. ICE are not going to be dragging your wife away after busting down the door, no. She is married to a US Citizen with a current application in process who filed to adjust within the period of authorized stay and married within that 90 days, in compliance with the terms of her visa. Certainly don’t get into trouble with the law or leave the US, no, but ICE aren’t coming after you. No reason to.
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