Damian P reacted to Penguin_ie in Why everyone want to become a u.s citizen?
I chose citizenship (over staying a greencard holder) for several reasons:
- Desire to be able to vote
- Desire to "be done with it"; no more USCIS, ever, and it would be very difficult for them to kick me out now.
- Desire to be able to live where-ever I want, and return to the USA; while we have no plans to move back to Europe, I want that option to be open, especially once we retire. Being a US citizen means I won;t have to justify me being out of the country for more than 6 months, or fear loosing my greencard.
- Desire to have the same citizenship as my kids
Damian P got a reaction from Lauren and Kevin in before you come here
It's funny how so many of us see it in so many different ways. From my own perspective, I've been back in England for three weeks - and I can't ###### wait to get back to Uncle Sam. I only came home in the first place to try and save my marriage *FAIL* and now, when I've no reason to stick around anymore, I see the UK for what it is, certainly compared to the U.S - a tired, sick old man "on the bones of its @rse" as my old Mum would say.
Wages here (for an ordinary working guy) are little more than slave labour, and as for having any chance of getting on the property ladder?? Forget it!!!!!!! My Mum's very modest semi in Southampton (not London, not the beautiful West Country, SOUTHAMPTON) is worth 250,000 GBP - it's farcical. Conversely, an ordinary working man Stateside can find affordable areas in which buy a house, which, by UK standards, is a dream home. Perhaps it's different if you're an educated professional, but from an ordinary blue-collar guy's perspective? The US wins out hands down. And just as soon as I've sorted my train-wreck of a life out, I'm headed back out there - and I'm NEVER coming back.
Damian P got a reaction from trublubu2 in Anybody Stateside Watching "90 Day Fiance" Stateside?
OK, well I think my next question's fairly obvious!! PM me if you must.
Damian P reacted to Nich-Nick in I'm a U.S. Citizen - The Visa Journey is Over.
I am so extra proud of you Daymo because I shared the whole journey with you here on VJ. So much happened to get to this point, that it is quite an accomplishment to reach the END of everything USCIS after almost seven years.
Thanks for posting. I have been thinking about you and excited all week knowing FINALLY you would be done this morning. Keep in touch.
Damian P reacted to JimmyHou in lost green card
No, you will NOT need a new green card first.
There are two different experiences I've read about
-At your interview they will ask you to sign a sworn statement saying that you lost your green card.
If you search the forums you'll find that several people passed their interviews after having lost their cards.
One such case was in the last couple of weeks.
-Some applicants filed a police report and took that with them to the interview. Here is such a case:
You'll see that this applicant was told he did not have to get a new green card.
You only need a new green card if the one you lost would have expired before you become a citizen.
Damian P reacted to thatangela in Citizenship depression
You know what would be awesome? If people said "yeah, that sucks, I'm sorry you feel that way" when someone expresses her sadness, anger or frustration with the system instead of criticizing her and saying "oh yeah, look how bad I have it" or "your situation isn't as bad as you think."
You don't know. You just don't freakin' know how bad it can be in someone else's head.
If you can't handle empathy, at least try sympathy.
And for real, the timeline. It doesn't help anyone worth a damn.
Canadianmama, I hope everything works out for you soon, love.
Damian P got a reaction from vbms in N-400 JUNE 2014 Filers
Finally!!!!! Got the text message/email notification that there'd been movement in my case today. Sure enough, the online status had changed to "your oath has been scheduled."
So, I still don't have the letter - but at least I know it's on its way!!!!!
Damian P reacted to Penguin_ie in Is it expensive to naturalize?
Absolutely worth it:
- Peace of mind of being done with immigration, even if I end up moving back to Ireland for a few years, I can come back anytime, they can't kick me out, they can't come to my house to check my laundry basket etc etc.
- Voting. I am interested in politics and I want to be able to vote in local and national elections.
- Jobs. Even for non-federal jobs, it is so much easier to get a job when you can say "I am a US citizen" on your resume, especially when most of your work experience is abroad.
Damian P reacted to Moaz in N-400 JUNE 2014 Filers
My interview experience :: well my interview was scheduled for 9:15 this morning and i got exactly to the office a 9:15 AM and i checked to the security then i droped my apt letter to a little window rhen i wait about 30 mns before a young guy call my name , and he asked me to follow him then he showed me his office where he asked me to put on his deak my green card and Driver lisence right in fromt of him to his desk , then he asked mw to have a seat and asked againd how i am doing?? And said i am doing fine, thanks and you??
He is a very pleasant young man, and he has me swear to tell the teuth and after that he went right to the reading test
1) what do we pay to the government ?
And he asked me to write :
2) we pay taxes !
1) when was the contitution written?
2) Name one state that borders canada.
3) what ocean is on the east coast of the United States?
4) what is freedom of religion?
You can practice any religion or not practice a religion .
5) when must all mwn register for selective service?
Bethesn 18 to 27
6) what is the economic system
I te Unitade states?
He didn't asked me about pasport or travel document, i brought lost of papers of evidences Buthe told me that everything is correct thats why he didn't ask for additional papers or evidences
And he noticed that i made lots of trips outside of US AND one of those trips lasted ove 6 monthand he dosen't
The he congratulated me and gave me form N-652 and told me tbat he would love to jave mw stay for the oth ceremony but i can due to a name change i have requested and he told my oath will have to be done in court and told me that i will have to wait in mail for
A oath ceremony and say thank you and no problem i will be waiting for tje oath ceremony and he told me that he could be probably this month or next. It was a good experience and i appreciated everything you help me with guys