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Out of the Blue

Well, we've certainly been getting our share of the joys of home ownership lately, as our furnace seems to have stopped working. We're not sure what's wrong (I've expended my own meager ability to troubleshoot this), so we have the plumber coming to look at it on Monday. The good news is that this waited until the weather turned, so at least we're not freezing as a result of this.

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27. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 19, 2013, 18:57 Creston
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 19, 2013, 16:54:
I haven't been turned down because I haven't applied...yet. However, I know a ton of people who have and none have been accepted - unless going the marriage route.

Admittedly that's how I got in, however I was also basically through the process to receive a work Visa at the time, but this was right around the turn of the century when they were dying for experienced IT people, so it may have changed a lot.

Being from Holland, the only immigration "law" that I've been used to was "You want to move here? Sure! Come on in! Here, have a house and $2000 a month on the government, courtesy of the Dutch taxpayer!" so it's actually surprising to see a country be a little more smart and diligent about it.

That said, they really need to put some sense in the process. When I first moved here, my wife had to sign an Affidavit of Support that stated that until I had worked 13 quarters (ie 3 years and 3 months), I was not eligible for Social Security. This was in an effort to stop me from abusing the system... I came from Holland, fellas. If I wanted to sit on my ass and collect Social Security, I'd have never fucking left Holland.

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