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WELCOME TO THE USA
After coming to the USA last November (2013) me and Raven decided it was time to legalize me, i.e. get me a green card. Time was running out as my B2 visa only allowed me to stay until the 7th of May this year (2014) and it was already late March so it was time to get the skates on.
At first look the immigration docs look a formidable undertaking but we decided to do them ourselves. They are actually not too daunting when you get down to it, and it’s a lot cheaper than hiring an immigration attorney, but it does require you to get lots of copies of your docs such as birth certificates, proof of being together etc. etc. I therefore thoroughly recommend that you buy a cheap printer if you don’t possess one already. It will be a lot lot cheaper in the long run than paying a document copying service. This is also mainly because USCIS (US Citizenship & Immigration Service) require all your initial docs to be sent in as copies. DO NOT send your originals.
I found this site to be invaluable at the time http://greencardez.net/. It guided me through all the forms and processes I needed although I did occasionally need to use Google to clarify a few points. Greencardez is also free advice and good advice. Use it and again save a fortune on an immigration attorney.
If you are using my blog as a guide then here are my details. See if they apply to you first. I am a UK citizen and my wife is a US citizen. When we applied we had been married just over 2 years which does make a difference. (If you are married for less than 2 years you will get a conditional green card instead of a full one.)
Here we go then;
The forms we needed to complete were these and note that I haven’t posted links for the docs as they can change. They are all easily available/downloadable on either USCIS OR GreencardEZ’ sites
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative. This is filled in by the US Citizen of the partnership (Raven in this case).
I-485 Application to register permanent residence or adjust status. This was filled in by me. It is my application for a Green Card.
I-693 Report of medical examination and vaccination record. (You will need to have a medical for this form and that will be your first job. More on that in a bit.
I-864ez – Affidavit of support. This is completed by the US citizen to prove that they are earning enough to support you initially. If you have a large amount of cash in the bank you can use that towards it too. I didn’t…lol. You will need to supply tax returns/letters from employers etc. to back up your figures so lots more copying. The I-864ez is the quick form by the way for straight forward applications. If your income/circumstances are a little more complicated you will need to file the I-864 instead which is much bigger.
G-325 Biographic info. You need to complete 2 of these. One for each of you. These are to prove you are who you are and are the basis of your Biometrics interview when you will be photographed, finger-printed and retinal scanned. Although you both fill them in only the non US citizen will have their biometrics taken. More on that soon.
G-1145 – E-notification of application. This is an easy form and is for your own benefit. Add this in with your docs and USCIS will email/text you when they receive your docs. It is your receipt that they’ve had them. It takes about a week and usually comes late at night. All you need for this form is your email address and cellphone number.
I-131 – Application for travel document.
If you think you may need to travel abroad while your case is ongoing then you need to file this. It is free if filed while your case is ongoing so it doesn’t hurt to file it. If you don’t get it and leave the USA then your application will be counted as abandoned. Expensive…lol
I-765 Application for employment authorization.
Again this is free to file along with your other forms. It will allow you to work for up to a year and you will get an Employment Authorization Card which allows you to get a conditional Social Security card. Please note this is only a temporary work permit and is not your permanent Green Card. I got mine but didn’t really need it as my Green Card came through shortly after but if your application for the GC is delayed at least you can work if you want to if you have one.
ALSO IT IS WORTH POINTING OUT THAT YOU WILL NEED SEVERAL VERY RECENT PHOTOGRAPHS FOR VARIOUS FORMS. You can do these yourself which again is where the printer is very useful (a lot cheaper than Walgreen’s) but make sure you follow the guidelines as to size/backgrounds etc.
AND HERE IS MY PROCESS DIARY (Dates are approx. but close)
The first job to do was to get the medical required for the I-693. USCIS’ site will give you a list of Doctors/facilities that can carry out the medical. I think I paid $80 for the medical. They take blood tests etc. to screen for nasty diseases like Syphilis/ Hepatitis etc. My first problem was foreseen and was this. In the UK we have a Tuberculosis vaccination called a BCG which can show up as a false positive for the disease even though in my case I had had mine 40 years ago.
The test involves a scratch to your arm and you have to return to the docs within 2 days for them to check it. If the injection swelling is over a certain size you will need to have a chest x-ray.
And so I had to have an x-ray. (I was told this would be another 80 bucks but they forgot to charge me… lol) But that was all clear and so I got my completed I-693 returned a few days later. A warning here. It is sealed. Do not open it or it will be invalid, meaning another medical. You do get a copy anyway if you ask for it.
APRIL 1 MEDICAL TAKEN
APRIL 4 RETURNED TO MEDICAL CENTER. TB TEST FAILED AS EXPECTED SO X-RAY DONE
APRIL 8 MEDICAL PASSED AND I-693 PICKED UP FROM MEDICAL CENTER
In the mean time I had been busy filling in the other forms and photocopying any supporting documents that were required and so;
APRIL 19 FORMS FILED
Sent to the Chicago Lockbox.
I received my texts telling me they had been received and then in the post two days later I received;
APRIL 27 I-797 RECEIPTS RECEIVED NOTICES OF ACTION
For i-765, i-485, i-130. These are paper copies confirming that USCIS has received your paperwork and they are OK to start the application process. Yippeeee time.
MAY 1 – APPOINTMENT FOR BIOMETRICS IN COLUMBUS OHIO ON MAY 22ND
This came through very quickly but we could not make May 22nd due to Raven’s work commitments. You can return the form requesting a different date. We did that and within a couple of days we received a new appointment for June 2nd. This was fine.
JUNE 2ND BIOMETRICS TAKEN
Fairly straightforward. I think we were there less than an hour. Just a matter of my picture taken, fingerprints and retina scan. Simple.
RECEIVE INTERVIEW LETTER.
This arrived a week or so later and it was for JULY 21
JULY 21 INTERVIEW IN COLUMBUS OHIO.
This was fairly painless. Raven and I were actually seen separately. The interview is videotaped by the way. I was asked a few questions about Raven’s family/birthday etc. All easy stuff but we had a couple of hiccups. They wanted to see old divorce paperwork from my first marriage which ended in 1985. I received a letter two days later (RFE or Request for Further Evidence) confirming this. It was the only problem and I had to contact Cambridge Court in the UK for a copy which cost me £45 as I could not remember the date or case number. But it duly arrived and was dispatched to USCIS.
JULY 22 EAD RECEIVED
Funnily enough my EAD (temp work permit) arrived the day after the interview and I was able to obtain a Social Security Card. The number will stay with you but it says on the SS CARD that it is only an interim one. If you work you will need to show your employer this and your EAD card also. When your Green Card arrives you will need to re-visit your Social Security office again to update your Social Security card (the number will stay the same)
AUGUST 21 GREEN CARD APPROVED
I received my Welcome to America letter. My Green Card is approved. Told to allow a few weeks for the actual card to come.
AUGUST 28 GREEN CARD ARRIVED
I am now a Legal Permanent Resident of the USA.
The whole process from sending off my application to receiving my acceptance letter took 124 days which I think was pretty good even allowing for losing time for our biometrics date and obtaining my divorce papers from the UK.
Filing fees were $1490 dollars.
Medical was $80
Cost of divorce docs from UK $70
Printer/ paper/postage etc. About another $70
Total of about $1700
We probably saved about $1000 by doing it ourselves rather than using an attorney.
ONCE AGAIN. Do not be afraid to apply yourself. It is not as hard as you may think if your case is straightforward. The site I recommended (GreencardEZ) is brilliant. They explain it all in simple language. Also Google is your best friend if you are not sure of anything.
© 2014 Stan M Rogers. All rights reserved.
I don’t often put YouTube videos up but this one is kind of fascinating. I bet it smells nice and minty too. :)
MOVING ON TO REBUILDING COILS.
Now I am very happy with my Aspire Vivi Nova bottom double coil setup. As I have said in my other posts it is easy to use, maintain, and it holds plenty of juice. It also beats other products I have tried in taste and oomph. Kangers in particular seem to lack that, especially oomph as my Protank 3, now gathering dust in my bottom drawer proves. I notice that Aspire are moving to the new BVC’s now (that’s bottom vertical coils) which I see people raving about with the new Nautilus. Apparently these BVC’s are backwards compatible too. I was tempted but …
… I now want to move on and experiment a little. I want to try out a rebuildable tank of some kind as I am led to believe that these will give me more taste and more clouds (as us old experienced vapers call steam lol). As the coils are rebuildable that also translates as cheaper. The two main consumables in vaping are ejuice and coils and the coils work out about $10 for 5 of whichever brand you use (I am not including the new BVC’s which seem to be retailing for about 15 bucks for 5). Making your own coils costs mere pennies which sounds good to me.
Now to use rebuildables you need to have a little experience of vaping and how to use a multimeter for Ohms (resistance reading). I did practice replacing wicks/coils on an old CE5 a while back. That worked great for a day till it went bang and destroyed my battery. I didn’t have a multimeter then so I thought to buy one for 5 bucks on eBay, although I thought I’d wait to get a proper rebuildable tank before using it. (See my last post on my misfortune here.) And then I found out I may not need the multimeter after all.
As usual I have done a bit of research and I don’t want to spend too much cash. I have just ordered an Innokin iTaste mvp v2 which comes with an on-board ohmmeter and circuit protection amongst many other things. I also got a $16 voucher so that helped too. I will keep the multimeter for pre-testing though.
Obviously I also want a good CHEAP rebuildable tank (I don’t want to drip) to go with it. I want a minimum dual coil type. I stress that it must be an EASY to rebuild tank and cheap although reliable. I also do not want to mess about drilling holes etc. in the near future.
I spent hours looking for tanks and reading reviews and watching You Tube vids and all very confusing it was too. I looked at Foggers, Genesis, Perseus, Smoktech and so many others but I eventually went for a Kayfun Lite + Plus Svoemesto Russian 91% Clone RBA RDA Vape Atomizer Tank. It looks good, it looks simple to build and I hear people raving about how good these Kayfuns are so I’ll give them a go.
All I have to do now is to wait for the postman to call with the goodies which will hopefully happen mid-week. I want to get building….lol
More reviews soon when they arrive. :)
© 2014 Stan M Rogers. All rights reserved.
Hi there Folks.
This here’s ya old buddy Billy Bob. Y’all know me. Ah’m the one that took up with that danged vaping and ah hear people bin wonderin’ how the heck ah’m doing.
Well ah am steel enjoying ma steam and heah is a pic of ma latest tank and mod. Y’all can’t see the power source as ah have it wired into the local mains elek-tri-citi grid. Ah’m still using grandmaws old still connected to some old sewer pipe ah dug up somewhere. That’s ma uncle Billy Bob takin’ a heck of a good suck on my latest e-juice concoction of 50% nic-o-teen and 50% battery acid. Hell that do pack one helluva punch.
Now ah was living in Nohope, Kentucky with ma sister Mary Sue n ar baby Billy Bob an here’s ar latest pic. As y’all can see Mary Sue is specting again. We are not sure but grandmaw reckons this time it’ll be a boy or a gal. We sure hope so only old Barack (he’s ma dawg ) has got awful keen on humpin Mary Sue’s leg lately and we don’t need no more puppies.
Ah just got three new coon hounds and that is the danged limit as them n Barack are eatin us outta the trailer.
We have had ta leave Nohope, Kentucky now and we are livin’ with kinfolk in Mississippipipi. This is due to that danged sewer pipe I found and this is the story.
I was talking to grandpaw one day. Barack was a humpin’ his leg but the old feller didn’t seem to mind none, and we started a talkin’ about metal dee-tek-tors. Ah said ah’d like to do a little bit of treasure hunting and grandpaw said he had one of those danged dee-tek-tor thingamy jigs in his trailer.
So we plum went and dug it out. It looked ta be a fine peece of macheenery so we tried it out some.
We soon found some treasure. We found us a few nickles, lotsa beercans and we found three sets of grandmaws old teeth that she lorst yeahs ago. She was overjoyed, gave em a quick spit n polish and tried em out. They fitted jes great still. She was so grateful that she even gave Barack a set of em.
Don’t he jest look so purdy.
But ah digress some. We carried on dee-tetoring with grandpaws macheen an all of sudden that dang thing starts a squeekin’ an a squawkin like that danged duck of grandpaws did jes last month when his dawg Bo tried ta hump it.
Anyways we got our grandpaws backhoe and dug that dang thing up.
It turns out that it was a lovely long piece of alu- min-na-mumumum pipe and ah thought “Dang that’d sure make a mean peece a tubing for ma vape pipe an if nobody else needs it ah’ll halp maself.”
And ah did. But …
Turns out that danged pipe belonged to the Town of Nohope, Kentuckys’ water department. It was one of thar danged sewer pipes.
Well ah didn’t know that and boy o boy did tha shit hit the fan (well actually it hit me n grandpaw). We got in trouble with grandmaw coz we smelt so danged bad, well ah did, not grandpaw as grandmaw said he actually smelt better than he did before. And we got in trouble with the sherriff. He sed ah could keep tha pipe but ah’d have ta leave town and that’s why ah’m now living down in Hellhole. Mississippipipipi with ma kinfolk.
Heres a few pics of em’ they sure is a great family.
An’ this here is cousin Billy Bob. He wuz trrying ta use one of my vapo-rizer do dabs but he couldn’t quite git tha hang of it.
Uncle Billy Bob said ma cousin wuz a bit slow as he got dropped on his head by the nurse when he was born due to her hi intake of Uncle Billy Bob’s moonshine as a pre-natal tipple. But dang he still enjoys himself bothering Auntie Mary Sue’s sheep.
Anyways me and ma family have settled in well. Me Mary Sue and lil Billy Bob even have our own annex by their trailer and it is pretty dang fine as soon as we finally git all tha chickens out of it. The eggs will come in danged handy tho.
Anyways. Finally. We had a visit from a couple of ma other cousins the other day. They sure are fine lookin’ boys. Ah’ll have ta watch em with Mary Sue as she thinks they is danged sexy.
We had a great time on the lake barbi-cuing possum.
Then we went back to their place. They are doing purdy danged well for themselves. Hell those boys even enjoy multi-level living. Ain’t that jest doggone amazing.
And they even have one helluva sporty set a wheels. Billy Bob even fitted it with a sports spoiler all by himself.
But anyways ma cousins suggested we try that thar ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Now we dunno a lot about Al or his challenge but it sure was a hot dang day and the idea sounded purdy danged good. We looked about for a bucket but danged if we could find one. Great uncle Billy Bob was using the nearest thing we could find to a bucket for his yearly bath so that was no dang good.
So anyways we im-pro-vised with a fire hydrant and a stick of Billy Bob’s best gelignite. Ah think personally it went danged well although I believe the sherriff is talking bout gittin me and ma cousins ex-co-moon-icated or sumpin up to Ohio.
Catch you all soon folks.
© 2014 Stan M Rogers (Billy Bob). All rights reserved.
It’s been a while since my last post regarding vaping. Well I am still loving my Aspire Vivi Nova bottom double coil setup. I still don’t think you can beat them. My Kanger Protank 3 is now consigned to the bottom drawer along with my eVods and CE4/5s etc. I must admit I do occasionally stoke up a CE4 or 5 just for the fun of it, nostalgia I suppose…lol.
My next adventure will be into rebuildables and I will probably start with an Innokin iTaste mvp 2.0 to power them.
Wassat? I hear you cry. Well this is it.
It comes with oodles of features including;
- Variable Voltage: Voltage can be adjusted from 3.3 ~ 5.0 in 0.1 volt increments
- VariableWattage: Wattage can be adjusted from 6.0 ~ 11.0 in 0.5 watt increments
- Ohms Meter: Reads the resistance of your atomizer
- Puff Counter: Number of puffs taken since last time the battery was turned off.
- Protections: Short Circuit/Atomizer Protection, Over-Discharge Protection
- Battery Level Indicator
- Large battery capacity: Built-in 2600mAh polymer Li-Ion rechargeable battery
- High compatibility 510 connector: Threads fit 510 atomizers and many Ego Clearomizers, iClear10,iClear16 ,iClear30 etc
- ON/OFF battery switch
- 10 seconds cutoff
- Passthrough Functionality: Can be used while the battery is being charged
- Memory: Remembers last set voltage or wattage when the battery is turned off and then back on
- Built-in 3 digit display: Digital display shows Ohms meter, Voltage /Wattage setting, Puff count
- Portable power source: USB output port can be used to charge portable Mp3 players and cell phones.
Let me tell you first why I will using this.
Going back to last month and I decided to try rebuilding a CE5. I bought some silica wick and some Kanthal wire which you will need to rebuild a coil. Looks easy I thought and it wasn’t too hard.
After a couple of attempts … success. It fired up so I re-assembled the Clearomizer and away I went. Back to single coil vaping and it was good. I was surprised how good. Lots of lovely crackling as I puffed. Lots of vapour and taste. Marvelous I thought … until.
The next day I fired it up, took a puff … and bang. It shorted out leaving a rather unpleasant burning smell. It also wiped out my favorite non pass-through battery. $20 down the Swannee but as I always say even bad experiences are there to teach us something and I learned not to attempt rebuilding without an ohmmeter (which wouldn’t actually have helped in this case) and not to use an ego type battery which is not protected.
And that my friends is why I shall buy the MVP 2.0. In the specs above it mentions … Short Circuit/Atomizer Protection, Over-Discharge Protection, this means I hope that it will have survived my catastrophe with the Ego battery.
I have also acquired a cheap multimeter although the MVP 2.0 also includes a built in Ohmmeter. I am ready to go as soon as I get one and a rebuildable coil. I have not decided which one yet.
HOW BIG IS YOUR ONE?
Now I do get the feeling sometimes when I mosey around vape groups on Facebook and wherever that there is almost a little ‘penis-envy’ to hear some of these guys talk. I am talking about mods and rebuildables. There seem to be some large and fantastic contraptions that people use out there and I often wonder why people put pics of these up. Why must you spend sometimes hundreds of dollars on something like that? You see pictures of guys blowing enough steam to power a loco engine. Why?
To be honest I am perfectly happy with my Vivi Nova. It blows nice vapor and tastes great but the coils are about $2 a pop. Not a lot I know but rebuilding works out at pennies per build so I will try it and hopefully I will understand….lol.
I seem to have settled down to using Vista Vapors juices. You can choose to boost the flavor as well as altering the nicotine strength. I am on 12mg of nicotine at the moment but I am running those down to begin using the 0mg juices. For this I will need strong flavors to get some kind of throat hit and my faves so far are their Green Apple, Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Candy but I am currently trying a nice Fuzion Vapor juice. It’s called Fruit Blend #357. I quite like it and already have 2 of their 0mg nicotine flavors put away to try out. I’ll let you know how I get on with that.
And finally I mentioned vape groups on Facebook. On in particular I like is Vaping for Newbs. Great group, lots of good info. Click the link and give it a try.
© 2014 Stan M Rogers. All rights reserved.
I am currently honing my latest project with a view to patenting it. I have been working very hard on it but I must admit it hasn’t been that easy.
Let me start at the beginning. Me and my Raven were eating out the other day. I can’t remember where it was now but you must know the feeling. You are enjoying a nice bit of foodage when it starts…….
Don’t you hate it? Can’t parents control the
little bast.. sorry I mean little dears. Aren’t you sick of some wee apple of mommy’s eye going into full nuclear meltdown because he can’t get a cookie with din-dins? And so as usual my brain slipped into ‘what if?’ mode.
How can we control these miniature banshees from disturbing us while enjoying luncheon? Is it possible?
Well yes I believe it is. Obviously we need something to control the little blighters and if the parents are seemingly unable or unwilling to control them then it is up to us my friend. Yes it is in the hands of us poor souls to tame the little thugs.
We need some kind of remote tamer and so I went down to the laboratory and dug out my Bumper Boys Electronics and Exploding Devices set. It’s been a while so I re-acquainted myself with the bits and bobs and got to work.
My first idea was an exploding Teddy Bear that auto-detonated when a certain decibel level was reached. This could be handed to children as they enter the restaurant. Refusal is not an option. Take the Teddy or eat elsewhere. Imagine the pleasure of seeing the explosion when the little dears go into manic mode. But no I decided this may be counter-productive to enjoying a peaceful dinner. The prototype turned out to be a little unpredictable too.
And so onto the money-maker which I am hoping to patent. It is the Bacon-Butty Mk 1 Brat Pacifier®.
It is fully programmable and basically it is a bracelet that is issued to each kid as they enter the restaurant or maybe even a store. Again refusal is not an option.
It can be programmed thus.
1) By sound level in a similar way to the exploding Teddy Bear. The brat gets beyond a certain level of annoyingness and the bracelet sends a non-lethal pulse of electricity through the kid. The bracelet can be worn on the wrist, ankle or my personal favorite around the head.
2) It can be set off by diners in the restaurant where special buttons will be set into each table. Rather than an embarrassing set-to with the little sh*t’s parents, diners could anonymously send a wee shock to an overly loud junior. This could also be done for personal pleasure even if the kid is being quiet but you just don’t like the look of it.
3) The administering of the electric shock could be left to the restaurant management to oversee.
So anyway there it is and I hope you like the idea. Let me know what you think after I return from the patents office.
© 2014 Stan M Rogers. All rights reserved.