Christmas in Europe, a reasonable consolation prize

Life got interesting in the Kiwi Roamer household this week…We finalised our visa documents to start the process of getting a Green Card for the USA, and have had to make a quick and swift change to our USA holiday plans.

christmas-jena-germany-christmas-market-by-rene-s-on-wikimedia-org1You will recall we made a decision to head to the USA for my upcoming 40th birthday, and THEN “won” the Green Card Lottery.  This was a fantastic and unforeseen blessing for us, but since finalising our Green Card visa application, have been advised to seriously review our pre-planned booking to USA for my 40th – on the basis that it may appear to the USA government that we are looking to seek work prior to confirmation of any residency visa. Continue reading “Christmas in Europe, a reasonable consolation prize”

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Alien Registration complete…

Its with joy that we have completed our first step in potentially getting a Green Card.  Since winning the lottery over a month ago, we have only just finalised our application for a visa under the Diversity Visa AKA the Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application (DS-260).

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It is apparent, that despite high levels of excitement, we were not cut out for the extreme level of detail required.  Specifically, the requirement to list ALL addresses we have resided in since turning 16.  For a rather mobile society like New Zealand this was a big ask, not only to recall exactly where I was living at any one time, but also the address and duration!  Continue reading “Alien Registration complete…”