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About fascinating123

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  • Location Sterling, VA, USA

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    Naturalization (approved)
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    Texas Service Center
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    Washington DC
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  • Our Story
    US Citizen, my wife is from Yemen. Met in college, reunited years later, married and living life together.

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  1. My wife had her naturalization ceremony this morning. Good luck to everyone else who is still waiting.
  2. Checked online today, oath ceremony is scheduled for 9/25/19. The end is in sight.
  3. A good credit score merely means you have a lengthy history of responsibly using credit when it has been extended to you and not applying for credit needlessly. There are some personal finance gurus (I guess that's what one can call them) like Dave Ramsey who are credit-phobic. As if having a credit card or home equity line of credit, etc. is going to instantly make you run up your credit lines and put you into thousands of dollars in debt. In point of fact, if you don't spend money you don't have, you can actually make a couple hundred dollars a year in rewards by just using your credit card instead of cash or debit (paying the balance off prior to the statement due date to avoid paying interest of course). Plenty of people can't use credit responsibly and those people should avoid credit. But the idea that all credit is bad and should be avoided like the plague is nutty.
  4. With all due respect to Mr. Ramsey, he's actually incorrect on this one.
  5. Well, I think the problem (and i don't necessarily think it started with Trump) is the amount of discretion immigration officers have when ascertaining whether they believe someone is or will be a public charge. Sure, someone who has used public benefits might be easy to spot, but what of someone sponsoring their parents (or one of them)? That person might have a hard time proving their parent(s) won't be a public charge other than not using welfare (which is a fairly low bar to clear, IMO) not because they're a lazy leach, but because it's hard to prove a negative. I think it's too early to say for certain how this rule will be implemented. But what I've learned about government is that it's always good to be suspicious of it. It's no wonder people are worried.
  6. Yes, this is correct as far as I understand. As far getting her a private plan of her own, we have looked into getting something very basic covering LTC or chronic illness (maybe as a rider to life insurance policy) but due to the non-LPR status and Yemeni citizenship it's been hard. At least with the companies I'm appointed with.
  7. Part of it might be the rules my brokerage firm has in place regarding OFAC and Patriot Act compliance. They wouldn't even open an investment account for my wife's aunt because she (the aunt) wasn't a US citizen.
  8. No. My wife has been unable to add her onto her plan (which is the plan I'm on as well) since she's not legally a dependent (which she can only be if she's a resident, or so TurboTax tells me). I broker for life and health insurance and none of the companies I'm assigned with will insure anyone who is a national of Yemen who is also not a US citizen. I suppose hypothetically one exists I just haven't found one.
  9. Yes, it's not a question to me whether or not the new rule applies, but rather whether the new rule would result in the application being denied. I wasn't necessarily looking for a concrete answer (since I don't believe any of us know how the rule will be enforced at the moment), more wondering out loud.
  10. Right, but when my wife gets her citizenship in a few months, the plan is to apply for LPR status for my mother-in-law (thus no longer making her an asylee).
  11. I'm curious as to whether this will impact my wife's ability to sponsor her mother (who currently lives with us as she waits for her asylum case). My mother-in-law hasn't worked since college and is in her late 50s. Our household income is over $100k and no one in our household has used any kind of state welfare programs ever. My wife is waiting to attend her oath ceremony which according to the website is set for sometime in October. It would certainly suck if they determined she was a risk for being a public charge and wouldn't let her have LPR status. As for the policy as a whole, I'm personally against all of the welfare programs and wish none of them existed. So I'm not morally opposed to preventing immigrants from using them, I just wish citizens were prevented from using them as well.
  12. @morgan.croft My wife passed and has been approved. We are waiting on the oath ceremony.
  13. Nope. I was hoping the letter from USCIS would be her oath invitation but unfortunately not. Hopefully we will know this week.
  14. My wife received her new green card today. Our I-751 journey is now complete. Good luck to everyone else.
  15. Less than a week after my wife got her notice that she's been approved for citizenship she received her new green card in the mail. Obviously good to have until she has her ceremony, but we would prefer just to skip right to the citizenship part.
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