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Kris & Crystal

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  • Location Inverness, UK

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  1. This just seems like people pushing a political agenda via complaining about immigration. The Travel bans are for countries that refuse to share information making it difficult to work out if someone is who they claim to be. The US is allowed to let whoever they choose into their country, or no one at all for that matter. There's no obligation on them one way or the other. I also have to ask, but why are people immigrating to a foreign country if they need to claim benefits and welfare in order to survive.
  2. Your Visa is valid for 6 months and I'm guessing you got your medical in February? At least wait it out a bit. Even worst case predictions are talking about July. As an aside you wouldn't have to start the entire process over again. They're teling people not to travel between houses. I just wouldn't feel right if I was the one who got my spouse sick and they a bad reaction or even if I infected an older person or an immunocompromised individual not related to me.. I'm sure these people going to the seaside or parks during this whole thing have a justification for it in their own head.
  3. So they're complaining about the health and safety of the application process... while wanting to import ostensibly temporary workers -- though we all know they won't be temporary -- are these workers then going to violate social distancing, travel to the US, work in an office, etc. Seems just a tad hypocritical to me.
  4. I'm not his biggest fan, but again this is more a case of Trump wanting to enforce a rule that has been on the books for a while. I'm a recent immigrant to the US (21st of November). You can't expect US Citizens or the Government to support every person especially not every immigrant who wants to live in the US. Sure if we lived in a post-scarcity society, but we don't. Immigrants should have factored in the cost of living before moving there.
  5. I know you dont want to hear this, but please don't travel. Wait it out, you're only putting yourself and your family at risk.
  6. I know some people dont want to hear this, but stop travelling or trying to travel. Wait it out, you're only putting yourself and your family at risk.
  7. It's a serious situation so I'm not minimising it, but I doubt it will last that long. Even some of the worst case scenario predictions I'm seeing are talking about things starting to go back to normal in July.
  8. I know some people dont want to hear this, but stop travelling or trying to travel. You're only putting yourself and others at risk, including your family.
  9. Here's my Green Card/Permanent Resident Card timeline: 2019-11-21 - Entered the US. 2019-11-26 - Accepted for Processing. 2019-12-04 - Processing. 2020-02-28 - Processing Again... wondering if my California Real ID document check helped things. 2020-03-18 - Green Card/Permanent Resident Card Printed. 2020-03-21 - Received Green Card/Permanent Resident Card.
  10. I have to ask, why be a Green Card Holder/Permanent Resident if you're going to spend that long outside of the US? Seems counterintuitive to me. I see lot of people doing this or posting about it elsewhere and I just don't understand it.
  11. For reference I received my California Real ID yesterday. Last update on the Green Card was on the 4th of December. I've been in the US for about 99 days so far. The bureaucracy I dealt with in Scotland/UK was different, or it felt different. Faster, more accepting of electronic and online stuff, etc.
  12. Part of me thought the US would have the more modern, dynamic and efficent bureaucracy and civil service, especially when compared to the UK. It's weird that it's the other way around.
  13. Hi All, I travelled to the US on the 21st of November 2019 and activated my CR-1 visa, so I thought I'd give a list of my experiences and issues thus far. Paid the immigrant fee a month before I travelled. The CBP officer at LAX didn't know what type of visa CR-1/IR-1 was -- guessing he was new -- he flipped through a little book/guide, called a few people but no luck. He had to get someone up from secondary. I chatted with the guy for about 30 to 40 minutes holding up the line until the secondary guy arrived. Went to secondary with him for 10 minutes and everything was good. Had to explain to the secondary guy that I didn't have a physical packet and that it was all digital. Social Security Card was printed on the 25th of November and I received it in the mail a couple of days later. Only issue was the address omitted the Apartment number, despite it being correct on my DS-260. I went to the social security office to try and get this fixed and create an online account but I was told to come back with a Green Card or a California licence or ID. So apparently what I had was sufficent to get a social security card, but not sufficent to change the address or create an online account for whatever odd reason. My wife was with me also to get the name on her card changed, they were a bit sniffy and obstructionist with the Scottish Marriage Certificate she used as the name change document but eventually accepted it after a bit of pushing from me. Went to the DMV to try and get a Real ID, after a few attempts I got someone who would accept the MRIV with a stamp as an identity document. Not received the Real ID yet so there could still be issues. Also they scutinised the Scottish Marriage certificate again when my wife was changing the name on her licence. I have a conditional job offer from the State of California, when filling out USCIS Form I-9 they were initially a bit reluctant to accept the temporary I-551 printed notation on a machine-readable immigrant visa (MRIV) in the passport. I was able to deal with this by linking to the USCIS site. Then I also had to explain that the 'IV Expires On' date field on the visa wasn't the visa expiry date. Still waiting on the Green Card, the last action taken was on the 4th of December 2019 with a status of 'In Process' I wish things were a bit more joined up. That the bureaucracies and civil servants and administrators were more knowledgable and shared information: They really don't seem to like Temporary Green Cards. A few people got K1 mixed up with CR-1/IR-1 and seemed to think I also needed an I-94. It might be worth changing the 'IV Expires On' date field to something more descriptive.
  14. There's lots of luggage storage locations as an option also, that's what I did with mine but I did have a laptop with me which you aren't allowed.
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