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firefly1818 in Larchmont is doing 43 things including…

get a green card

324 cheers

 

firefly1818 has written 12 entries about this goal

5/29

1) received a response from Big 4 that they opened a case for my employment verification letter; – need to sign and send them a scanned letter.

2) send a letter to University asking for a confirmation that I was hired as part of a campus recruiting program. Received a very confusing response from an Assistant Dean. People don’t seem to bother reading letters these days…I’ll try to re-send it today, may be it will be more successful.

3) toefl – need to send a request to send additional score reports in the US.

4) one of my contacts got a new job of an Auditor in the US. Need to contact him through linkedin and ask for a detailed description of responsibilities…

5) need to start a detailed cover letter, which explains support for my relevant education.

6) need to obtain an appointment for an embassy.



5/25

The immigration authority has included my other profession – auditor on a “wanted’ list, so I’m urgently starting working on a new package.
1. Sent to a request to my old contact in Big 4 asking for a verification.
2. Asked my former colleague to clarify who is a new contact.

For some reasons, it’s so much easier to work on this goal now, may be because I believe in success. For example, they could not say now that my education is irrelevant to a “wanted” profession, so the best company in the Auditing recruited me on campus :) Hah! and this is the 10 points that I’m missing.



5/20 update

1. toefl – got 111 out of 120. Maximum 30 out of 30 in Listening, 29 out of 30 in Reading and 28 out of 30 in Speaking. And only 24 for Writing because instead of listening to one text I listened to my neighbor’s typing – gosh, it was sooooo loud. Anyway, it’s fair, I haven’t done a lot of writing in the past 2 years but kept reading The Atlantic and listening to movies on a daily basis. Anyway, it’s cool and would be sufficient to get in any University in the world, including Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, etc. But not enough for Cambridge. Although I’ve got more than 109 they require, one part is below 25. GRRRRRR. But for immigration purposes they require only 73. Hah.

2. Found a contact person and agreed about finance-internship verification. But they’ve done it wrong way, so will keep working on another one. And I need to verify my responsibilities with my former supervisor.

3. Found three recruiters, who agreed to provide an expert opinion that my MBA education is relevant for a targeted profession on a greencard list…Now, I need to draft all 3 letters.



5/11 - update

5/05 – obtained internal passport
5/11 – took toefl. It was significantly harder comparing to a test I took 15 years ago but still quite bearable. Waiting for grades. Really hoping for over 100 although the immigration authority require just not less than a 72 or 73.



4/28/14 - 3 weeks later

1. TOEFL test – 10 points
So, during this time, I submitted my internal passport for renewal since I need two valid documents to take a TOEFL test. Plus I registered for TOEFL, scheduled and re-scheduled it. Now, I need to prepare for it. And writing this post is part of a preparation process since I keep losing my English.

2. Obtaining work confirmation from a second job – 10 points.
I want to write to their CFO today. I’m very scared that it would be difficult to obtain…



4/4 - got a rejection

I’ve got 8 weeks to appeal and I’m going to do it.



how can I get employment verification from my former employer???

Danish authorities require an employer declaration that I worked at such and such position, performed such and such responsibilities and that my working language was English. I prepared entire letter myself, sent it to my former employer 8 days ago…All she needs is to sign it and sent it to the address of my friends in the US…still there is no response as to whether she has received it or not, whether she plans on signing it or not, etc. I really don’t know what to do.

P.S. Done.



Masterpost for application process

1. 9/23 – scheduled an appointment in the embassy for 10/7.
2. 9/23 – found someone, who will bring employer description from NYC on 10/5.
3. 9/23 – sent a request to provide updated documents to a paralegal in Copenhagen.
4. 10/03 – got in touch with several officials at my former job (which I was really nervous about, truth to be told. The guy was on honeymoon, but should be back this week.)
5. 10/5 appointment in the Danish embassy. Made a decision to apply from home country rather than changing a visa status in Denmark.
6. 10/18—found an old passport requested by an embassy earlier.
7. 10/19—open bank account and made a deposit of funds, required for my type of visa. Basically all my savings at the moment.
8. Nov – asked my teacher of Danish for help. During 4 of our lessons of Danish, I wrote a request for verification for my former employer, called to a notary, called to an embassy, cold to my Russian University, sent an e-mail to a lawyer, counted pointed required to obtain a visa; asked my friends in the US to collect letters for me; called to DHL to clarify how I can ship from the US. Then I followed up and went to University and got a transcript; found a notary and translator, obtained bank statement and submitted it for a translation. Now I’m waiting and waiting for an employment authorization. She does not even respond to me, I don’t know what to do. I asked my friend, who communicates with her to follow up bit still have not heard from her.
12/11 – submitted request for verification to another partner, who answered immediately! arrange receipt of shipment with my American friends and DHL
12/18 – received a courier mail from DHL. Made colour copies of all documents.
12/20, 12/13 – I think I wrote at least 5 copies of visa application. Hopefully this one will work.
12/23 – submitted a set of documents to an embassy. done with fingerprinting as well.



9/19/13 - new passport

Finally got my passport, which I applied for more than a year ago. It’s valid for 10 years. Nice.



progress

5/12/2013 found the website with a forum information



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