Moving Overseas? 8 Packing Tips You’ll Thank Me For!

When it comes to emigrating overseas, one thing to consider is how do you plan on getting your belongings from A to B.  There are 2 choices.  Do you ship your items or just move with what you can carry?  I was in a position where I was able to keep a lot of my things in storage at my parents house in the UK, so when I moved I maxed out my luggage allowance with the airline I flew with (3 suitcases and 2 cabin bags!).  Here are my 7 packing tips you’ll be thanking me for!  Organisation will definitely make life easier when you arrive in your new country!

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What to Include in the i864EZ Affidavit of Support (AOS) Package

The LONGEST wait during the CR1 USA visa process is the gap between sending off the i130 evidence pack and then waiting to receive the NVC case number.  My wait time was just over 5 months.  If you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to know what’s coming up next so you can be prepared and send the next load of evidence off ASAP!  Here’s a rough guide on what you will need to make up the i864EZ AOS pack.

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The CR1 USA Visa or the K1?

As part of an international couple (Brit/American), we had 2 choices in visas for us to be able to live together in America.  We were already engaged so we could have opted for the K1 Fiancé Visa OR if we got married outside of America, we had the CR1 option.  We chose the CR1 visa for several reasons.

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When a Child Emigrates – The Effect on the Family Left Behind

Emigrating is a selfish decision.  Yep I’m allowed to say it, I’m the one who emigrated after all.  I made my decision knowing that leaving would upset a lot of people and it made me feel like a horrible, awful person.  So I done a Q&A with my Mum, to find out the true effect on the family that’s left behind.  Hopefully this will be a useful insight for other parents/’grown up’ children who are in the same situation!

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It’s Official, my USA Green Card has Arrived!

As soon as I opened my mail box I knew what the envelope inside held.  It wasn’t even a government envelope or anything special, it just had the words PRIORITY MAIL printed in big red letters on the outside.  I gave it a little bend and it confirmed my guess, that yes, there was a card inside.  It arrived almost 1 year to the day since I first applied for my USA permanent resident visa.  Hello Green Card!

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USA Point of Entry Procedure for CR1 Visa

So I’ve arrived in the USA!  The whole entry process was pretty painless considering all the paperwork and waiting there had been!  My ‘Point of Entry’ was Chicago Ohare Airport.  I double checked with a worker to ensure I was joining the correct line.  ‘Visas and First Time ESTAS’.  I was travelling with my family, they went down the returning ESTA channel and I ended up being put behind them in the line anyway!  This was helpful as it solved any ‘strange’ security questions, I was told I could just go up to the desk with them.

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Time With Grandparents Is Precious, Don’t Waste It

One of the hardest things about emigrating is that I can’t help but feel I’m losing out on the precious time I should be spending with my Grandparents (and Parents).  I’m in my late 20’s and I feel lucky to still have 2 out of 4 living, they were able to see their oldest Grandchild get married, they even witnessed the proposal (even though it did nearly give my Grandad a heart attack!) and I’m proud to have been able to let them have that experience.  They’ve watched me grow up, but have you ever wondered what it was like when they were growing up?  ASK them!  LEARN from them!  It’s amazing and you won’t regret it.

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Total Cost of the CR1 USA Visa Process

There are a few nasty surprises when it comes to the CR1 visa process.  You see the cost of the first I-130 form and think, brilliant that’s not too bad…but it’s certainly not the end.  Today I share just how much the total CR1 USA visa process costs: the form fees, evidence fees and all the hidden extras that soon mount up!

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