30 years after the fall of the Berlin wall, impressions of a kid born in the Soviet Union.

30 Years ago, today, 5 year old me, living in Soviet Union, had no idea how the world around me was about to change. It took several years for the former Soviet Block to start its dissolution after this historical event. I just have this vivid memory of a life before and after, something in the air felt differently. Because…

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About my Estimate Completion Date

Last week, I checked my case status online via my Account on USCIS’ website . I went to processing time tab, then selected the form I applied for, in my case it’s form N-400 Application for Naturalization in office service of Brooklyn, NY. You have a long dropdown menu available, and you can basically select…

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Five-year anniversary as a green card holder

This month marks the 5-year anniversary of obtaining my green card. I can’t express how amazing it felt, in April 2014, when I received this little whitish-green plastic card in the mail. I remember exactly where I was: back then I was living in the Gloucester building, Upper West Side, and my doorman handed the…

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From Haiti to the United States

I am so happy that Reginald agreed to share his story on today’s post. Interestingly, Reggie and I virtually met when I used to Livestream on Periscope. We became friends since, and I have to admit, should meet in person way more often. How was life in Haiti like?   The best part about living in…

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From the French Riviera to the Canadian Grand North.

I am very excited to introduce you to my long time friend Gérard whom I met in High School, back when we both lived and studied in France. He is now living and working in the Yukon, a territory in northwest Canada. On my side, I am still living and working in New York City.…

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Case status after Biometrics

I just had my biometrics done yesterday morning and everything seems to have gone just fine. It’s the second time I have to go through the process, first time being for my I-485, aka my Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. Starting now, no one can really tell how long it is going to…

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Biometrics Appointment Scheduled

On January 19, 2019, the USCIS scheduled my biometrics appointment and mailed me an appointment notice. That notice finally showed up electronically on my account around January 23rd but I am still waiting for the letter in the mail. The digital one, accessible in my online account, is easily downloadable and printable. With that notice,…

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Becoming a United States Citizen

January 15th, at midnight I finally hit the button “Submit” and filed my N-400 on USCIS’ website. If you’re not familiar with this jargon, they are chances that you’re not trying to go through the lengthy and tedious process of naturalization. If you are about to embark on this journey yourself, or are curious about…

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The Journey Begins

Thanks for starting this Journey with me. I realize that processing life-changing events via writing does a lot of good. This is why I decided to start this blog focusing on thoughts, inspiration and the process of change in life as I expect it to happen to me in the near future. I believe that…

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