Me, too! :) 20 hours ago
The September/October timeframe was just a really hard time between my husband and I, but it semes like since my stepfather got sick and eventually died, 3 trips to Vegas, the funeral, being with my mom more and my family, this has really drawn both G and I closer and more together on things.
A number of people have been praying and though G won’t go to church anymore, he has done a lot of things with my family, so I am grateful for at least that.
We have been showing each other more love, kindness and understanding, which is needed in every marriage, in every relationship.
Both my parents had to step in to help us, as some things were getting out of control. My parents really want to see the success of our marriage.
Hopefully when one of us, at least, gets a good job with good benefits, that will help even better. My mom had shared that if you have a lot of money, but poor health and relationships, that is not good, but even if you have a good relationship and health, but the money is really lacking, than that can also cause conflicts.
We are working on our communication with each other, which that’s been the biggest thing between us, not even the money. Anyway, there is a lightness between us and I’m loving it.
I see him as the man who gave up everything to be with me, risking it all for love. I love him. 1 day ago
How I did it: There is quite a bit to this process and I am only sharing the process for those immigrants who are going through this process via marrying a U.S. citizen.
- Application Fees were about $1500 for the 3 major applications. There are more than 3 applications to fill out, but three charge fees. This is to get the Work Card, Change in status to permanent residence, and Green Card. If you did these applications separately instead of turning them in all together, it will cost even more, like around $2000+.
- Medical Exam - ours cost about $275 or $300. I can't remember. That is on the low end and I searched within 50 miles of where we lived for the least expensive. Most were in the $400+ range. Immigration has a list of approved doctors that you can use, so your family doctor won't be good for this.
- Lawyer Fees - This can be quite expensive, with a good Immigration Lawyer costing $300+/hr. Guessing you could spend $2K or more here.
- Translating non-English documents to English - I have no idea the cost, but I'm guessing probably $100+ per document.
- Copying Costs - You should make copies of everything you send.
- Mailing Costs - This is probably the thing that costs the least.
- Passport Photos - This cost us about $30, but you can do this with a digital camera with a white background and just do them to the size of a passport photo. Cost to print out this way would be less than $2.
- Certified Copies - This can be costly. You will need originals of birth certificates and for your marriage & divorces, you will need certified copies.
- Photos of you and your spouse throughout your relationship. We had about 170 photos in 2 small photo albums with us traveling together, with my family and friends throughout our time together, including courtship.
- A Notary - for our translated documents. If you bank at a bank or credit union, this is usually included in your account membership
- I-485 (immigrant) - change of status for immigrant
- G-325A (immigrant) - biographical info
- I-765 (immigrant) - employment authorization
- I-864 (spouse) & federal tax return, financials
- I-130 (spouse) - establish relationship
- G-325A (spouse)
- G-1145 (to get email notifications)
My husband got his Green Card in the mail today. Yay! Totally great. One week ago we just finished the interview and now we have the card in hand. He can now destroy the work card.
No more immigration stuff now for about 2 yrs!!!
Praise God! 2 days ago
Okay, my husband really wants a good job with great benefits. In fact, we both do, where we wouldn’t have to work any really weird hours, but more or less 1st shift hours and no need to work on the weekends or holidays, with generous paid vacation time, sick time, personal time, great health benefits, retirement, educational funding, close to home (less than 1/2 hr drive in moderate traffic) etc, and even flexibility with time.
It’s been a challenge to have so little money, even though we have made it work by the grace and generosity of God. It would be nice to not have to be so tight all the time with money.
I would love to have a lot more money to trade with. When trading small accounts, you have more restrictions that the SECC puts on you for good reason. $25K is really the point at which give you a lot more freedom to trade.
And, I would like more surveys and other opportunities to get free trades.
And, while I’m at it, I really do need a new laptop. My Sony Vaio is 7.5 yrs old with XP and even though I love XP, I do need a system that can do more, is faster, etc. My transcribing job is requiring that I have Windows 7 or higher and I cannot upgrade my Vaio to Win7 because it won’t take it.
So, for now, until I can get another computer, I will have to use my husband’s laptop that does have Win7 on it, but everything is in Spanish. So, tomorrow I have to have my transcribing job place upgrade that computer with the transcribing software so I can be in compliance with their security stuff.
One of my friend’s may give me his laptop as it’s too big (17” laptop) and he’ll get another smaller laptop. It’s at least a year old with Win7. It probably doesn’t have the speed or HD that I want, but it’s way better and newer than mine.
He said I can give him stock tips as I have been doing over the past couple months for the next year in exchange for his laptop. Hope he can find another laptop with Win7 on it in the next week.
If I have to get a new one, though I wanted a Sony Vaio or a Toshiba, both had awful reviews and in the same things, so I’ll pass on those two, even though I am a staunch Sony supporter. The Dell I wanted had great reviews and no really bad ones, so that is what I’ll consider.
Yes, I could take it out of my trading funds, but I don’t want to cripple myself anymore there than I have to with further reducing my funds to grade with. 5 days ago
I have 6 more trades on the table, but so far the trades I’ve closed with real money in the past 2 months, 93.33% have been profitable, so I praise God. Hopefully the 6 trades that I have on the table, I’d like to close all of them profitably, but 2 of them may be fairly unlikely.
So that will drop me into probably around 85-90% range for profitable trades. We’ll see. I’ll still give it some more time and see that even if I have to take costs for those, to see if I can minimize them.
Somehow I wish $25K would magically appear to me to trade with then I could daytrade to my heart’s content, but for now, I will have to just continue to make strides with each trade towards that. 5 days ago
I’m finally going to be close to being on time for someone’s birthday!
May you have a wonderful year filled with joy and beauty that will last for decades to come. Have a fantastic birthday tomorrow, Spatz! 5 days ago
I hope you had a wonderful birthday and sorry I missed it. So bad with birthdays! May you be incredibly blessed this year beyond belief.
Happy Birthday, OSW! 5 days ago
Sorry I’m late, Ally! I hope that your year everything that is supposed to be on time is and that you have a fabulous year! Happy Belated Birthday! 5 days ago
Last night my brother’s daughter, AB, asked if we could go with them to the Vegas Strip to watch the Volcano and the Fountain show, so we went. Though, we were a bit tired from Mt. Charleston.
My brother, his wife, their 2 daughters, and my mom drove in one car while my husband, our 2 kids and I were in another vehicle. We got separated in the Treasure Island parking garage. They ended up taking the tram from there to the Mirage while we walked. They saw the volcano show and we didn’t, which I was really ticked, as he didn’t give us instructions on how to get there or they were doing the tram.
It was precarious to walk and we nearly got hit by cars just walking from the Treasure Island self-parking to where the Volcano was, which we didn’t know where that was and was going the wrong direction until I asked someone for directions. We got there the last 15 seconds of the show.
Then, my brother called and said meet them at the Bellagio for the Fountain Show. The actual walk isn’t too bad when there aren’t a zillion other people walking the same strip area. It took us probably 45 min. to walk there, but we made it in time for one of the Fountain Shows.
Long story short. We finally caught up with my brother & his family in the Conservatory at the Bellagio. We brought extra jackets and were really warm from all the hurried walking.
After we watched the Fountain Show with my brother & his family the third time, we hurried back to the Mirage area to see if we could catch the 11:00 pm showing, which we got there in 20 min. time instead of the 45 min. we thought it would take us.
The reduced walking time was because after 10:30 PM on a Saturday night, there were FAR fewer people than at 8:30 PM. It was so crowded at 8:30 PM, crazy crowded.
My SIL said probably if we stood near where the taxis lined up at the Mirage, we’d get the best view, which we did. I got to record this on video and it’s about 4 minutes long.
If you do go see this, it’s better to see it later in the evening, like the 11 PM showing rather than the earlier times due to the crowds. For me, with the crowds, it wasn’t worth it, but without the crowds, it is. 5 days ago
We’ve driven by when the Fountain Show at the Bellagio was going on, but never stopped. Last night, we saw this 3 different times and it was beautiful. The last two times were better than the first, as we were on the street and there were too many people then.
The latter two times, we were up near the Bellagio Hotel and it was good. We heard 3 different songs and the 3rd time, there were sparklets of water on my camera. I think it’s still fine, though.
I videotaped 2 of the three times we saw it. 5 days ago
My brother who lives in Vegas lent us his sled that he uses for his kids. We accidentally cracked it. Drat. But, he said that was okay. My husband loves the snow and cold and couldn’t wait to see and touch snow again, which we did. The excitement built as we were on 156 and saw the snow in the mountains as we approached it.
We originally were near the Trail Canyon Loop or the Mary Jane Falls area, which is where we stopped so the kids could go sledding. They had a lot of fun, until our daughter injured her right foot/ankle when she ran into a log. Not good. That halted us from doing more there and soon after, we left the area.
But, it was still pretty early so we then went to Lee something, which was another turn off from 156 or maybe we were on 157. I don’t know. This area led us to the ski slopes, which we were on the Upper portion of the Lee area. That’s where we stopped the second time for sledding.
By this time, our daughter’s ankle/foot were better and both the kids were having a blast sledding. This area was much more wide opened and less precarious to go sledding. The kids built their first snowman ever, but had to put a frowny face on it as the smile wouldn’t stay. But, nonetheless, it was fun.
It was really cold for us, about 28 F and eventually we had to leave because I couldn’t take the cold any longer.
We need 3 more pairs of waterproof gloves, 4 pairs of waterproof boots, waterproof pants for all of us, and 3 more waterproof jackets. We need to collect these things. I do have 1 waterproof jacket and a pair of gloves. Somewhere packed in a box somewhere, I have a ski bib, goggles, and more gloves, but who knows where.
We loved going here. 5 days ago
I’ve been to Red Rock in Sedona countless times, but never Red Rock Canyon in Nevada. I didn’t know a place existed until my mom said so. It’s fairly close to her house about a 15 min. drive.
It had a bunch of different sceneries. We paid the $7 for our car to do the 13- mile paved scenic drive. No time to do any hiking. It was a nice day, but there were quite a few people also on the road there, too.
One cyclist was whizzing by all the cars without any protective gear, which I thought was really unwise. We stopped along the way to take pictures and he beat us through the 13-mile route. 5 days ago
Yes, it was a lot of work and money, but so glad this part is over. Now to find great jobs for both of us that pay well and have great benefits. :) 1 week ago
We are very excited! Happy Thanksgiving to you! 1 week ago
Today we had the interview for permanent residency at 8 AM. It lasted more than an hour, maybe close to 1.5 hrs. The Immigration Officer was very friendly, an older guy. Very talkative.
Neither G nor I had gotten a lot of sleep, I got more than him, but still, it wasn’t a lot. Stayed up late getting everything done. G said I had too many pictures, but every picture got looked at, all the letters got written.
All the questions he asked were easy because we actually are married, living together and really am around each other almost all the time for now, since neither of us have jobs outside the home.
The Officer was very nice and also told us a lot about himself. Anyway, he seemed so excited to tell us that we were approved, stamping on our form that G was now a permanent residence.
He told us some next steps for the 2nd interview that will be in two years and how to maybe even get the interview waived with the information that we will need to send in. Very cool.
I think normally they don’t tell you or are that excited to approve you. We totally had God’s favor and I am so grateful.
We went to Window #8 initially and our Officer’s office was 138. Lots of 8’s, which mean new beginnings to me. Yay! I wore a purple (lavendar) dress and the Officer wore a beautiful purple shirt. Really, how cool is that and what are the odds of that?
I am ecstatic and now can check this off.
Well, we still have to wait to get the Green Card in the mail, so I guess since I’ve waited this long, I can wait the next 15-20 days for G to get the actual Green Card.
God is so good! 1 week ago
We appreciate it! 1 week ago
Tomorrow morning first thing, we have G’s interview for permanent residency!
- Process of making an extra copy of everything on our home copier.
- Have original birth certificates
- Have certified copies of the I am making some more copies of things.
- Printed out at Costco a lot of pictures of us through the past 12 months.
- Have 5 letters regarding our marriage from 5 different people.
- Have my 2 divorce decrees, certified copies.
- Have marriage licensed, certified copy.
- Passport, visa, work card, driver’s license, social security card, debit card.
- Legal financial documentation of us together.
- Nice dressed ironed.
- Nice slacks and button down shirt ironed.
- Nice shoes for both of us.
- All paperwork together.
Need to wake up early to do my hair. Feeling nervous. I know, nothing to be nervous about. 1 week ago
I love this picture, K! It’s gorgeous. 2 weeks ago
I agree with Teoae.
This is a hard thing especially when it looks like someone is desperate and desperate people do desperate things, sometimes.
The first thought that popped into my head was, I will pay for what he took. Even if I didn’t have the money, I would make payments for this.
I’m not advocating I would pay for what others steal, nor am I advocating that’s it’s alright to steal either.
As a Christian, Christ paid the penalty for us with His life and I definitely don’t deserve to be saved by God’s perfect standards, but out of His great Love, Christ paid the penalty for my wrongdoings.
I bet it’s really cold outside in most parts of the U.S. at night. I wouldn’t want to be homeless and I’m grateful that I’ve had family to help me during my years of need.
I would report to the shop that the guy stole, maybe even take a pic on my cell phone of the guy. I would go to the store to pay for what he stole, even if it was $100 item. I don’t have the $100 to pay for it, so I would come back and make payments.
And the picture to me would be a reminder to pray for the man, that God would provide for him and help him not to steal. I wouldn’t confront him as you don’t know what his condition is, but knowing that I could help someone out consciously that needed it, even if they will never know, God and I know as well as the shop keeper.
Love is sacrificial. Here was something you could do to make a difference, even if your money is super tight. God will help you and bless you, and you secretly would’ve blessed this man.
It’s hard to get involved, I know. It’s easier to say it’s not my problem. A lot of people do that because it’s the easiest route and they do not want to be inconvenienced. And, I’m not saying we have to be in everyone’s business all the time, but maybe this once.
I’ve had a number of people help me and they didn’t have to step in to care. I cannot tell you how grateful I am and this story just moves me to tears because I think of the kindness that has been shown to me and though I can’t pay forward monetarily right now with much, I can pay it forward through other acts, especially praying for others and showing love and support to them.
That’s just my opinion and only that.
Hope that helps. 2 weeks ago