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  1. Yeah. Or the Irish family where a kid had diabetes (I think? Something relatively benign if expensive to treat) and they were denied extension of their residency based on it.
  2. Not to mention the fees involved are paltry compared to some. Australia has basically only one option for parent visas and it costs over $47,000 per parent PLUS a $10,000 bond (which in fairness is theoretically refundable) against the fact that the parent will not make any future welfare claims. Theoretically there are others, but they have such strict criteria and limited numbers allocated that they aren't worth mentioning.
  3. This. I wouldn't believe a single thing that WHO says - they said the outbreak in China was under control. They also said that (per information from China) that human to human transmission wasn't a threat. Anything the WHO says should be treated as CCP propaganda until it is confirmed by a study performed by a third party.
  4. That doesn't mean that the regular flights are opening back up, it simply means that the government has decided "enough is enough, anyone who hasn't managed to get back by now can make do for themselves" and ceased subsidising and/or allowing repatriation flights to land. If other airports in the Phillipines are operating, then perhaps it's worth looking into seeing if there's an overland way of getting there and getting a flight if they're operating.
  5. I got my Discover card without my Green Card and without help from my spouse (including no boost from his credit score via joint account) - you just have to be both able and willing to put down a deposit and to be employed. $500 deposit with Discover in July 2019. Responsible use (ie: spend about 50% of it and pay off in full the same day the bill comes every month) Deposit refunded & my limit more than tripled by Discover (I didn't ask them about it at all - they just sent me a letter saying that's what they were doing) in February 2020. All 3 major credit reporting agencies are showing my credit score as between 700 and 730. Basically - everyone should search for "Credit building" credit cards and finding the one that suits them best.
  6. I love how you read between the lines in articles on this topic that they're blaming the failure of the airline on the Australian Government for not giving them a bailout. Not giving an airline owned PRIMARILY by foreign interests (UAE Government, Singapore Airlines, China's HNA group and Richard Branson's group of companies) money sourced from the Australian tax system... how do the people blaming a lack of bailout think that it was ever going to be an option? On the actual topic - while I doubt that the petition will do anything, I happily signed it. Others have said it and I agree - it's not even the visa issuance that's the major issue. Travel will be next to impossible for many months to come. Many countries have closed borders and issued "Do Not Travel" orders to their citizens. Prices are going to go up because demand is not there and companies will still need to at least break even on their operating costs before they decide to run a flight - there's zero point in an airline running a flight that may cost them $10k in costs if they only have 8 passengers paying $500 each. More importantly, travel needs to be done safely and anyone who does manage it absolutely needs to be community minded and commit to properly and strictly self-isolating when they arrive to ensure that if they ARE sick they don't spread it through their new community. I feel so bad for the folks still waiting to be back with their loved ones who now have months longer to wait, and I hope that you're able to use the isolation time to be together as much as possible online.
  7. I managed to renew my Australian drivers license because I thought it was cheaper to hire cars when in Australia with an Aussie license, but I asked last time I rented one and was told that it's the same cost as long as I'm over 25. I don't see that there's no need for one - if you live in the US you need a US drivers license if you intend to drive. If you need it for proof of identity you can get an ID card in most states. Plus how are you going to get it? The motor vehicle department from your state will post it to your "Australian" address where you don't live, and you'd be lying to them about where you reside. IMO an unnecessary expense and difficulty for zero net gain
  8. Exactly. That or they'll start doing what Australia does and charge OBSCENE amounts to process a visa if you're allowed access to things like Centrelink and Medicare right away - it's over $7,000 for an Australian partner visa. I believe that if you're trying to get a visa to bring an elderly parent (who won't ever work) to the country it's well over $40,000 per person as a "contributary fee" since they're pre-paying into the system.
  9. You child is a US citizen, that's true. She's also a citizen of the Philippines. You can take the mother to court in the US all you like - they cannot enforce their own rulings within the country, let alone outside it. Feel free to take yourself to the Philippines and try to get custody there; however being the custodian doesn't automatically give you the legal right to remove the child from a country, so you may just find yourself with custody of a child and no ability to leave the country. That's IF you win FULL custody, rather than just partial custody - other posters have pointed out that you'll have an uphill battle and need to show extensive evidence that her mother is an unfit parent - just asking you for money to help raise your daughter and keep her healthy does not make her an unfit mother - if anything it proves she cares enough to ensure her health and continued wellbeing.
  10. There's not a lot you CAN do, as far as I'm aware. You can obtain a lawyer who is well versed in both US and Phillipines law (especially when it comes to custody) and see if there's a way of petitioning for joint custody - then there is the question of if that court can and indeed WILL legally force the mother to allow the child to leave the country - this question has been asked multiple ways on this forum but so far to my knowledge we haven't had anyone come back with a success story of a foreign court forcing one of their citizens to permit foreign travel and/or relocation against the wishes of the current primary custodian/caregiver. That said, what's the point of it? Are you planning on keeping the child in the USA - in that case, when does the mother get to see her child? Or is the idea that your child will visit on school vacation, etc? Personally I would try mediation before involving lawyers - it gets expensive and ugly very quickly when going "nuclear" as the first option.
  11. Anecdotally, the Minneapolis office have been doing this quite a bit; however from what I can tell it's not a hardcore full on Stokes interview. In my case (Minneapolis office); they called my husband (USC) in first, chatted with him for about 5 minutes, and then called me in & sent him out - I was in there probably about a half an hour in total. I know about 10 different couples interviewed since November and all of them have had the same thing - seperation with a quick informal chat with the USC first and then a longer (still relatively informal) chat with the immigrant. Husband said they asked him very basic question - first confirmed his USC status, asked his birthday, my birthday, our anniversary, how/when we decided to marry, if I'd met his family and if he'd met mine. The interviewer went over my i485; looked at updated information we brought in our folder, asked me the same questions as hubby, then asked a few more things like where I worked (and if I enjoyed it), when the last time I'd been home to visit was and then we chatted about travelling a little as he walked me out (after explaining what happens next). More like a catch up with a very casual acquaintance than an interview designed to trip you up or see if you're lying.
  12. I'd also suggest that part of the issue may be that the Petitioner is 65 and is/was petitioning for 4 people (fiancee & 3 kids) - is it possible that the CO looked at petitioner's age and realised that being so close to retirement (if not already retired) that there's a higher risk of any of them being a Public Charge.
  13. Pretty much the title. I didn't want to change my last name, because it seemed silly. I've finally given way to social pressure (not pressure I guess, but presumption). Everyone assumes my Maiden name is my married name and when I correct people about my husband's last name they default to using that even when I say otherwise so l'm just going to change it because its just really not that big a deal to me. But I already got my conditional Green Card. So IS it that easy to change? Can I just change it socially and then not bother changing it legally, or should I change it when it's time to remove conditions? I feel like this is probably a less common question since most people seem to change right away or not at all, rather than almost a year later.
  14. My guess would be it's the sum of the circumstances. Job hopping isn't uncommon and wouldn't be an issue so long as employment is consistent (rather than the job) and income exceeds the minimum requirement. Job hopping + a huge age gap + other factors that don't match up (ie: beneficiary claims to not be working as they "must" look after an ill parent despite applying for an immigrant visa would would take them away from said parent that needs so much nursing that beneficiary can't work?) + Petitioner being almost at retirement age = a group of circumstances that would make most CO's do a major double-take.
  15. It depends. I was in an established career in my mid-30s. However having said that, as an adult whose parents were both dead (my mother when I was young and father a few years ago) when I was visiting and we were told my MIL had stage 2 cancer, I can 100% guarentee that being with husband during that time - for treatment and after (in the case that it didn't work) was worth so much more than a job and an apartment and materialistic "stuff" that was in it. (It was all fine, for the record - surgery + chemo & radiation therapy over the last 12 months & she's cancer free and finally starting to get her feet back under her again
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