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Nov 10th 2019, 1:50 am
Replies: 16
Views: 639
Posted By retzie

Re: Cancelling my I-751 and then ESTA and GE

Yup, it was at JFK. I managed to do it on my way to catch a (domestic) flight. I was worried this was a terrible idea, so gave myself a whole extra hour. In the end it was super-quick, so I ended up...
Nov 9th 2019, 3:34 am
Replies: 16
Views: 639
Posted By retzie

Re: Cancelling my I-751 and then ESTA and GE

I tried to make an appointment to update mine and they wouldn't let me. I was told to just show up, which I did (very sceptically) and it took all of about 5 mins for them to scan my US passport as...
Forum: USA
Oct 26th 2019, 11:32 pm
Replies: 172
Views: 38,331
Posted By retzie

Re: Divorce and UK pre-marriage assets... Help!

Oh love, I'm sorry to hear that things are so rough. But you HAVE made progress! You were in the 'totally unknown' phase of the divorce before. Yes, now it's messy and awful and spiteful, but you're...
Forum: USA
Oct 25th 2019, 3:41 am
Replies: 172
Views: 38,331
Posted By retzie

Re: Divorce and UK pre-marriage assets... Help!

Hey G00dByeGirl , I don't know if you are still around these parts, but I thought of this thread the other day and wondered how you were doing. I hope you are getting back on your feet in Blighty.
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Oct 22nd 2019, 1:14 pm
Replies: 22
Views: 1,780
Posted By retzie

Re: Thank you everyone!!!!

Ah, inside information! I just saw "Manhattan" as her location. Still, relevant if she works in the city and plans to nip out during her lunch break.
Oct 20th 2019, 9:53 pm
Replies: 22
Views: 1,780
Posted By retzie

Re: Thank you everyone!!!!

There is only one form: SS-5-FS (https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5fs.pdf). You use it to apply for a new card, replace an existing card, or change the information on your SS record. For reasons known...
Oct 20th 2019, 6:18 pm
Replies: 22
Views: 1,780
Posted By retzie

Re: Thank you everyone!!!!

Congratulations!! Things have sped up a lot around here -- I filed mine last year and it took almost a year. In case you are not aware (I wasn't), NY has some of the longest lead-times to vote, so...
Oct 6th 2019, 11:02 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 1,510
Posted By retzie

Re: L1 to Green card

Ah, so you're just hesitant to put the shackles back on!

It sounds like it's the new position driving the move, so I don't see any reason not to stick with the L-1 for your initial stretch. If it...
Oct 6th 2019, 9:55 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 1,510
Posted By retzie

Re: L1 to Green card

I think you are only worrying about this because you have the luxury to do so ;)

This is the nature of non-immigrant work visas. At best, people manage to negotiate a guaranteed start to the...
Oct 5th 2019, 9:23 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 1,510
Posted By retzie

Re: L1 to Green card

Is there some compelling reason to get a green card ASAP? Your L-1 will be just fine for getting set up in the US. You could just wait until your wife finishes up in the UK, then apply once she moves...
Sep 29th 2019, 7:43 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 795
Posted By retzie

Re: Moving to Houston from the UK

I don't really know what this means. Are your qualifications in education and/or subject-matter? Almost all employment-based visas need a degree, which needs to be relevant to the job. Even if you...
Sep 29th 2019, 4:31 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 795
Posted By retzie

Re: Moving to Houston from the UK

What's that? Are you a postdoc/sessional staff/something else? Do you have a PhD? What field (general idea is fine)?

Are you looking for academic work in the US? If so, you need to be aware that...
Sep 25th 2019, 3:45 am
Replies: 13
Views: 581
Posted By retzie

Re: J1 to EB-2

It's not their appetite for sponsorship you need to worry about; it's whether they have a permanent job to offer you! An EB-2 requires an ongoing position, which any kind of postdoc/contract position...
Sep 24th 2019, 4:48 am
Replies: 99
Views: 9,157
Posted By retzie

Re: Public healthcare in US

Thanks. It's not so much a surprise that lobbying was behind it. But that there was so much MORE lobbying than all the rest (and I really don't think very highly of the rest). Boggles the mind.
Sep 24th 2019, 4:44 am
Replies: 13
Views: 581
Posted By retzie

Re: J1 to EB-2

I was H-1B to EB-2; also an academic.

Do you have a permanent job that is willing to sponsor you? Or are you talking about the EB-2 National Interest Waiver? If the latter, I would search the...
Sep 22nd 2019, 6:45 pm
Replies: 99
Views: 9,157
Posted By retzie

Re: Public healthcare in US

How??

Despite living here for 11+ years, I still can't get my head around any part of the health industry in this country. The "I'm alright, Jack" mentality doesn't even hold any water, when you...
Forum: USA
Sep 19th 2019, 3:22 am
Replies: 36
Views: 7,423
Posted By retzie

Re: Welsh & moving to NYC in Jan 2020 - advice?

I had already been in the US for 5+ years at that point and had a green card. However, it was my first attempt to switch out of academia, so I did feel like I was on the back foot.

Mind you, all...
Forum: USA
Sep 15th 2019, 8:42 pm
Replies: 36
Views: 7,423
Posted By retzie

Re: Welsh & moving to NYC in Jan 2020 - advice?

I wish people wouldn't throw around numbers like $200K or the preposterous $350K. How are new posters supposed to take anything they read on BE seriously if these kind of fantasy land numbers keep...
Forum: USA
Sep 15th 2019, 4:41 am
Replies: 36
Views: 7,423
Posted By retzie

Re: Welsh & moving to NYC in Jan 2020 - advice?

OP, you should know that $55K is close to, if not below, minimum wage in NYC (it depends on size of company). I would not call it doable for two, tbh. And I am not a high falutin expat. When I moved...
Forum: USA
Sep 8th 2019, 9:32 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 2,563
Posted By retzie

Re: Possible move to Portland, Oregon, advice on schools and places to live...

I couldn't get an unsecured card even with an SSN when I arrived. It's a credit history thing; nothing to do with SSN/ITIN.

The point of getting a secured card is that it lets you build up a...
Forum: USA
Sep 1st 2019, 5:39 am
Replies: 42
Views: 5,084
Posted By retzie

Re: Advice on Chicago suburbs please

Oak Park is the neighborhood of choice for a large proportion of UIC faculty and medical professionals, almost all of whom commute on the Blue line. I second everything that LiW said. Plus, as a...
Forum: USA
Aug 29th 2019, 5:23 am
Replies: 28
Views: 3,144
Posted By retzie

Re: Considering Super Commuting US>UK

Right?! They forget to tell you that mobility will actually be required and you will not get to choose where it will take you. It was this fact really sinking in as a postdoc that turned me away from...
Forum: USA
Aug 28th 2019, 3:15 am
Replies: 28
Views: 3,144
Posted By retzie

Re: Considering Super Commuting US>UK

In my observations of hiring committees, it is almost impossible to overcome the assumption that you will be expecting to be hired with tenure. You can write that you won't until you are blue in the...
Forum: USA
Aug 27th 2019, 1:20 pm
Replies: 28
Views: 3,144
Posted By retzie

Re: Considering Super Commuting US>UK

Oof, why would you do this to yourself?? Is there some compelling reason to move to the US right away? If you are tenured and looking for a tenured job, I wouldn't bank on securing anything in less...
Forum: USA
Aug 21st 2019, 3:58 am
Replies: 172
Views: 38,331
Posted By retzie

Re: Divorce and UK pre-marriage assets... Help!

Here are two for you to try out: "abusive spouse" and from the sounds of it, possibly "a textbook narcissist". Have a read around here to see if anything catches your eye: Out of the Fog...
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