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Panda & Bear

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  1. Actually it’s not totally wrong: there are different jobs within LS or HM rates which require US citizenship (when you work with classified information or salaries for sailors for example), these jobs aren’t available for LPRs but some of them are (like basic accounting or mail delivery). At least this is what I’ve been told. By the way, do you know that in order to get benefits from the military (citizenship, GI Bill, tricare, etc.) you don’t have to be active duty, being a reservist allow you to get all these perks (but it’s not gonna be full medical coverage, just health and vision). Still a good option if you don’t want to commit to a full time military life 😃 Yeah dude, no problem! So nice to have people, and all this information available, so you know what to expect. Ask whatever whenever, I’ll be happy to help 😃
  2. This is from the Navy website about qualifications for Seabees: ”A high-school diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the Navy Construction Battalion. Those seeking a position with the Seabees must be U.S. citizens.” Maybe asking a recruiter would be the best for you, but I’m sure these rates weren’t on the job list available for me (I can tell you exactly what rates were on that list since my recruiter told me all the rates for LPRs are open for me). That’s ok, you don’t have to have degrees to join. However, during your enlistment you can apply for different courses, and actually get a degree and/or tuition assistance for it, and you can save your GI Bill for later 😃
  3. I’m sorry to say that but for LPRs Seabee rates aren’t available (you need to be a US citizen). my thoughts to you is to prepare for ASVAB test in advance, and take into consideration a PICAT version of it (they might even let you do it at home), the only trick with PICAT is that you will need to go to MEPS for a conformation test but it’s super easy (I did it). After your test your recruiter can tell you exactly what rates will be available for you (keep in mind the higher ASVAB score, the more rates). Kinda good that most of the rates for LPRs don’t require high score but if you’re planning to stay in the Navy longer, you’ll have a chance to change your rate (especially after getting your US citizenship), so they can use your test score for this too. Also if you have any degree (not only high school diploma), try to get an evaluation of it because the Navy might recognize it, and enlist you with a higher rank (not E-1 but E-2 or E-3) which means more money 😃 and they also offer bonuses for higher education (up to $8,000). Geez, I just realized I sound like a Navy recruiter, they need to pay me for their promotion 😃 Dude, that’s awesome! What a nice military family tradition you have! Good for you 😃 I love military community, so many great people there, can’t wait to be a part of it.
  4. You’re absolutely right! Support is really important especially if you have lots of sea duty. All my family is Marines, so I had pretty much no choice but to join the military 😃 But they understand how hard it is, and they’re extremely supportive!
  5. Navy is a good choice, especially if you like to travel. The availability of jobs for you is determined by your ASVAB score (the higher score opens more jobs), and being a permanent resident is also reducing the amount of jobs significantly (my score is pretty high, technically I was qualified for every job in the Navy but only 20 of them were available for me, mostly technical or electrical fields). When I went to MEPS, before they did my medical exam, a Navy chief asked me about my job preferences, and after the medical I talked to a person who gave me 3 job options (based on ASVAB score and my medical results), one of them was the job I wanted. From what I saw they have tons of different jobs available currently (he showed me), he even asked when I would like to go so he can look what jobs were available for that particular time/month. I was surprised that guy didn’t try to push me to choose a job they really need people for (he suggested me to be an electrician’s mate, and go to boot camp in 2 weeks after signing a contract but I wasn’t interested). So, I’m gonna be a logistics specialist.
  6. Hey, I recently joined the Navy, currently waiting for boot camp ship date. From the moment I brought my docs to my recruiter to the moment of signing the contract, it took me 28 days. It wasn’t really hard for me (except getting ready for ASVAB test, took me about a month), but I can tell that it was difficult for my recruiter because of paperwork (filling out all those forms with weird foreign names is no joke!). All military branches are suffering now, not so many people want to join, so they try their best to push people through as fast as they can, they even close their eyes on lots of stuff that can be kinda disqualifying but nothing serious.
  7. You know this system is a big joke, nothing is working in a way it’s supposed to, so why do we even bother to understand it? It doesn’t make any sense at all anyway! Seems like the USCIS motto is “let the force of powerful random decide” 😃 No worries, we’ll get our updates (better) sooner or later, don’t think about others, it’ll make you even more frustrated and depressed, we don’t need it in our lives. Let’s hope for the best!
  8. Hey, sorry about your RFIE, I know how you feel. I got my RFIE in February (affidavit of support related issues), and after 60 days of submitting the response I called USCIS, and was told their processing time for it is about 90 days now, and I’m within this timeframe. It was frustrating. But I was shocked when next day my status changed, and I got to know they sent me the second RFIE (yeah, yeah...). Turned out they sent me the exact same letter as the first time, just changed the dates, and this time they give me less time to respond. I wonder is it because I called them or just “being lucky”? Anyway wish you all the best, hope you’ll hear from them soon 😃
  9. Unfortunately yes, some people waited about 20 days for their checks being cashed. They will get to your case soon, no worries!
  10. 1. I paid with a check, so not sure about how it works with credit cards. 2. Yes, put C9 in the first two slots, leave the third blank. 3. Many people suggest to attach tax return for the last 3 years but it’s optionsl. I included just the recent one (which is 2017), cuz we applied for 2018 tax return today. USCIS will accept 2017 tax return papers till April 15, after that you have to attach 2018 tax return papers.
  11. I don’t have a USCIS account number, so I left it blank on the forms. As far as I know if you registered on their website, and use your login and password to monitor your cases, you definitely have an account number. Sorry I’m not sure where to look for it.
  12. Hey! You don’t have to worry about getting this police certificate if you have no criminal records in the past. They ask for these docs only if you’ve been in troubles before, so they know what kind of person you are. So if you’re a law abiding citizen, you have nothing to worry about 😃
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