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About Ketsuban

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  1. Exactly. This can only go on for so long. People don't get raises every year to keep up with the rising costs.
  2. I'm in that awkward place where I'm getting too poor to afford the premiums but too rich to get help. I mean, I'm an immigrant anyway so not entitled to Medicaid, but even if I were a citizen, I can't get any help. Thankfully, emergency care is heavily discounted where I live. Just doesn't help for any chronic, non-emergent issues. I'm surprised hospitals aren't going bankrupt from the amount of patients who can't pay and insurance companies aren't going bankrupt from people opting out every year. Where do they get their money from?
  3. So I'm not sure if Southwest General are uber generous or if this is a common feature amongst hospital networks in general, but I went to the ER without insurance last year. They have a programme whereby if the total cost of your stay equals or is more than a certain percentage of your income, they waive it all. It was a pretty generous %, I just don't remember what it was. Lower percentages still came with a pretty generous discount. In my case, my household earned over 400% of the poverty line, yet they waived a lot of my bill. It went down from $7,000ish to about $450 and I had the option to pay that back gradually, though I was able to pay it all in one go. My point being, before filing for bankruptcy or ending up in the ER again due to a panic attack, if the hospital didn't give you financial assistance info while you were there, call them up and work something out. That being said, you want insurance. It allows you more than emergency care and gets you those discounts from the get-go. Helps if you have chronic, non-life-threatening issues. I had some pretty routine surgery this year that came to, idk, $15,000? And I owe $4,500 thanks to insurance that I pay back gradually per month. I know the prices are inflated because of insurance in the first place but it is what it is nowadays. Hopefully things change for the better.
  4. Surely if couples with kids were prioritized then it would just become part of the fraud packet. Innocent kids being forced into existence to facilitate the parents' American dream then dumped at an orphanage/sold to traffickers.
  5. I met up with my husband about a year after we got married for a couple of weeks, then a few months later moved here on the CR-1. We both didn't have much spare money, he only had 5 days of PTO per year vs my 25, and I was also worried about being seen as visiting too often by CBP. I remember before my visit to the US, I wrote on the British Expats forum about whether it would be okay to visit the US with a pending immigrant visa since he couldn't visit the UK and the advice I received from a senior member was for him to try not being poor. Never thought of that idea 😮 But yeah, the visit actually went quite well and that time apart is a time I barely remember now. I've been here for over 4 years and it feels like I've been here forever.
  6. I couldn't get on any utilities either so we didn't bother with those. We used our lease, and driver's licenses to show we live in the same place. And I suppose our bank/health insurance statements also had the same address. I also included my W2s and some pay stubs to show I had that same address registered for my income and taxes.
  7. Sorry to hear Hypnos, that is some bollocks right there. Either you become eligible 90 days prior or you don't, that shouldn't be open to interpretation by a computer or a confused officer. I hope they put this right.
  8. OP, you did not do your research very well. If I can pick the right visa at 22 years of age living with mum and dad then I would imagine an international business owner would fare the same if not better. Also, posting the same question every few months hoping for a different answer won't resolve your issues.
  9. Honestly I think given the circumstances that it may be better for your daughter to remain in Italy for now.
  10. I entered on the VWP while my case was at NVC. I got a really nice border officer who was really excited by our situation and she was only too happy to let me in. They're definitely not all like that though, most of them are borderline rude. I guess it depends on how they view Turks.
  11. If you don't have your green card yet then use the stamped page next to your visa on your passport. If they won't take it, ask to speak to the supervisor. If the supervisor won't take it, go to another DMV. If even they won't take it, inquire with whoever governs the DMV or see if you can find out from USCIS if your card will be dispatched soon. The DMV should not reject the stamped CR-1 visa because it is a I-551 in and of itself.
  12. I remember there was a shutdown around the time my husband mailed the I-130 to whichever lockbox it was in 2013 and there were no hiccups with it or our application. As for the Christmas holidays, it's frustrating when you're waiting a long indeterminate amount of time and then there's two more days on top of that. I do sympathise having been through it before. However, as others have said, USCIS employees have families and have days off like most office staff so it makes sense and is a good thing to let them have this time. Overworked employees leads to crappy work production.
  13. I don't get why people would do that unless they never intended to work (e.g. stay at home mum). You save a few hundred bucks if you skip it but miss out on thousands in income from not being able to work 😐
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