On The Cost of Getting a Green Card

@garysixpack Same situation with citizenship, I think it's 5 years. And you can work and everything during the five years, it's just the uncertainty that if your marriage doesn't work out you can't get permanent residency at the end.

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 1:28 pm 0

On The Cost of Getting a Green Card

@garysixpack No I understand that - the thing I was pointing out is that in the US the process is "get married --> apply for green card" whereas in the UK it's "get married --> apply for 5 year (previously 2 year) visa --> apply for permanent residency IF you're still together after that point".

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm 0

On The Cost of Getting a Green Card

@Aconite Ah I didn't realise that! My friends actually got married when it was still 2 year spouse visa --> straight to indefinite leave to remain, before they changed it to five years. My boyfriend and I have looked into various possibilities when my work visa expires in 2016 (I'm eligible for permanent residency then, but don't earn enough money anymore to qualify for the route I was on). I think I'll get a family visa then and then FINALLY ILR in 2017 when I'll have been here for 10 freaking years already.

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 7:09 am 0

On The Cost of Getting a Green Card

This is really interesting, because I'm only really familiar with people marrying to get residency in the UK, where I live. The way it works here is that you can get a spousal visa valid for five years, and then if you're still married at the end of that time, you can apply for permanent residency. So the first visa is a little bit easier to get (no interviews or medical checks, from what I remember about my friends) and costs £885 ($1493, so exactly the same!). But then you have to apply again for permanent residency five years later which I think costs about the same. I'm not sure if this process is better or worse? I think it costs more over time, but requiring people to still be married after a few years in order to get permanent residency kind of makes sense to make it more difficult to have a sham marriage.

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 6:00 am 0

On What Did Your First Job Pay Then and What Does It Pay Now?

This is super interesting. I notice that all of the respondents are women, was this intentional or not?

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 11:01 am 0

On The Billfold Book Club: Suze Orman's 'The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke'

@Beans The only person I know is my now exboyfriend's exwife. She left a closet full of clothes when they got divorced, which he still had when he and I got together. So we (well, I, actually) sold it all on eBay and made £200-300 which was fun!

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 11:08 am 0

On The Privileged Question of Whether Money Buys Happiness

Sometimes I feel stressed because I'm in a lot of student debt and my income is variable and I often feel like I don't quite have my head above water. But I'm a happy person because I have good friends, am in a great relationship and feel very satisfied and happy about the work I do. Would more money make me more happy? Probably not, it would just keep me from stressing out every once in awhile. But then I guess my definition of "no money" meaning "lots of debt" is different than "not sure if I can afford food today"

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 11:14 am 0

On Lessons About Money From Our Twenties

@cmcm Political Science.

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 5:17 am 0

On Lessons About Money From Our Twenties

@TrotskyHoldsMyiPod Ugh. I *know* that all of these things are true, but I'm currently a part time PhD student paying my own tuition by working part time and running a business whilst also trying to pay off my student loans from undergrad and my masters... Soooo... retirement savings isn't an option anyway.

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 11:22 am 1

On Lessons About Money From Our Twenties

1. How bad is it that I'm 30 and have no retirement savings?? 2. How bad is it that it doesn't bother me, because the thought of retiring is actually unappealing?

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 10:12 am 0