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I'm new here [Jan. 14th, 2007|04:44 am]
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[Current Mood |okayokay]
[Current Music |The Killers]

Hello everyone!
My name is Tess, I'm 18 from the UK. One of my dreams is to move to the US.
I just have this great desire to start a new life someplace new (Imperfect as lives are, I don't expect some adventure or anything).
I've been to Florida, but it was merely a family holiday when I was 3.

My mothers side of the family moved to New Zealand about 10 years ago, and my fathers side live in Turkey. Some in Australia.

I'm not in a rush to move. I'm going to finish my studies here for a year or two, tie up any loose ends that I have to, then I'll be ready.

I have more than enough money for these plans, but I'm a little anxious about how to go about this. Travel, accomodation? What do I do when I get there?! What about obtaining a visa?
I'd like to do a bit of travelling before I settle down. I want to see New Orleans and New York in particular.

Any advice or experience? Thankyou x
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Where at / where from? =] [Jan. 12th, 2007|04:41 am]
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[Current Location |Manhattan Beach, CA]

Soo... Where is everyone from and living now? Glad to be there, or not?
I'm from Germany, now living in the USA but well, let's just say this isn't my first 'expat' experience and it won't be my last.
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Australian Expats [Jan. 4th, 2007|07:38 pm]
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Hi! I started this community so that Australians living abroad like myself can find each other, exchange resources and talk about any topics and issues relating to Australia, Australians and living and travelling abroad.


I created it so that we could easily find each other. I hope you decide to join!
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Looking for a prayer partner [Nov. 30th, 2006|03:40 pm]
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I'm looking for a prayer partner, preferably female since I'm a bit of a man-hater, and around my age would be great. Someone who is non-invasive, understanding, unconventional,doesn't just follow the crowd, believes that anybody can be saved thru faith in Christ & has hope for every single lost soul, knows how to persevere in prayer, welcomes discipline, seeks the truth in all things, hates lies (unless they're Rahab-like ones), and won't pretend to be something they're not - in other words, tell me a bunch of fake stories and make me pray about things that dont even exist (which I've been made to do a number of times in the past in great agony and tears. It's not something I wish to ever repeat).

But I suppose what's most important is that they are faithful in prayer and their heart is loyal to God.

Oh and I'd prefer someone who dosent already have many other prayer partners but is looking for someone who'll be their main prayer partner.

Well if neone's like that email me.
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Bonfire Night? [Oct. 24th, 2006|08:21 am]
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[Current Location |Bronxville]
[Current Mood |incendiary]
[Current Music |Tye: Dum Transisset a 5 from "Lawdes Deo" - Jordi Savall/Hespèrion XX]

Long shot: is there any British expat-organized Bonfire Night activity in New York (city or Westchester)? I'm feeling sad that there's no rockets and sparklers and parkin to be had at the end of the leaf fall.

[x-post from newyorkers, sorry if you see it twice]
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Hello! [Sep. 6th, 2006|04:31 am]
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[Current Location |Ehime, Japan]
[Current Mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

Because intercultural is defunt, I made a community for people in intercultural relationships (romantic/platonic/whatever). xcultural isn't about imaginary races or even more imaginary nationalities, but our cultures which are oh so real and often not as malleable as we'd like. xcultural is for people who recognize the difficulty associated with differing lifestyles/cultures, whose issues dwell in nurture, not nature. This is for victims of culture clash (or culture mesh if you've made it work out). If this issue appeals to you, please feel free to join so we can give each other some extra support.
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temp work visa --> common law partner --> perm residency & debts questions [Aug. 20th, 2006|03:23 pm]
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Hello, my americian boyfriend wants to immigrate to canada so we can be together for lonmger than several months at a time [i'm canadian].. We're thinking that he could get a temp work visa and then after the one year mark of living together.. we'd then be considred common-law partners yes? Thus he can then apply for perm residency and we then live happily ever after ha. I have stayed on and off with my boyfriend down in the states and we decided canada would be better than usa.

Anyhow... I am looking into temp work visas.. is it tough to find an employer that is willing to hire you while you are literally states and states and states away from Canada? My boyfriend is in Texas and we would like him to work in Vancouver BC. I was thinking, maybe one option would be for him to visit me in Vancouver and then look around for employers that way he can meet them in person and give off a better impression and then once someone says they will hire him, he can then apply for a work visa etc. I assume he has to be in the states during the work visa application process is being done yes? Or is it actually possible to do that while still visiting Canada?!? Also how long is the process of getting a work permit after sending in the application?

We looked into skilled worker visa but it seems that the process takes FOREVER.. I'd rather do what we discussed in the above paragraphs if possible.

Also, another concern of mine is that my boyfriend has a bit of debts going on.. would that interfer with his ability to recieve a work visa and eventually immigrate?

Any info & success stories & failure stories would be appreciated... so we can know how to properly work through this.

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Trespassing [Jul. 21st, 2006|06:52 pm]
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My boyfriend just graduated and is waiting on an OPT (Optical Practical Training) which international students usually get after graduation to work for a year. However, he received a Misdemeanor (for trespassing at a park after sundown). It seems like no big deal, however, could this be used against him in trying to receive his work permit? Such as moral turpitude or something? It costs too much to get a consultation from an immigration lawyer, so I was just wondering if you guys have any idea on how this might affect an immigrant. Any advice or opinion is welcome. Thanks!
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Social Security [Jul. 18th, 2006|11:39 am]
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A close friend of mine from South America has been working his ass off in jobs that suck just to make a few bucks, like many, and he's here on a traveling Visa which lasts about 2 more months. He wants to stay here, he wants to work and pay taxes and get a driver's license. He asks me to help him find a better job but the first important thing is for him to get a SS# before his Visa ends in 2 months!

My other South Americcan friend told me in order for someone in his position to obtain a Social Security number is if a boss that he works for requests a SS# for him because the boss wants him to work for him and everything (and then you also need a lawyer for that). Has any of you obtained a SS# this way? Is there any other way? He needs one ASAP. My dad owns his own business here so I'm wondering if he can request a SS# for him, but I don't know, I need more info.

Please help, I'd appreciate it! Thanks.
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(no subject) [Jun. 16th, 2006|09:52 pm]
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hey guys, I need to hire an immigration lawyer. I'm in Texas, about a hour away from Houston... I was wondering if anyone in this community has had a lawyer in houston and could pass on their lawyer's contact info? I'd prefer to work with someone that I know won't rip me off or is a moron. I've heard too many horror stories I suppose heh.
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