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Today my step son, that came to America with his mother in 2004 from Vietnam and today he graduating from LaSalle High School in Cincinnati which is one of the better schools in the area. Needless to say I am very happy for him to have accomplished so much: learn a new language along with a new culture and style of living. We are not sure what is next after high school(but how many of us did), but I am sure he will accomplish much. Please join me in congratulating him for his accomplishment.
 

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Congrats to all of you.
 

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That's Nice Congrats to your Son .. I hope he likes to compute and change his brakes in Cincinnatti .
 

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Coincidence? 2004 was the year I brought a 14 year old girl here from Venezuela, with her mother of course. Sure you also had to deal with the NVC and the USCIS. Was quite the challenge to teach her English, can't say our school was much help, but did manage to graduate from high school with honors. Was a major job for me weekdays and weekends.

She didn't know what she wanted to do either, but working minimum wage jobs didn't appeal to her. So finally decided to follow her stepdad's advice and entered our university system. She did graduate with honors majoring in psychology and specializing with autistic children. Now she is working on her masters, so like you, very proud of her. She also has a good paying job and loves her work, and being bilingual is a very strong plus.

Did run into some prejudice problems against her in high school, took care of this in very short order. High school is kind of like a different world.

Congratulations to your son. Did he and his mother apply for US citizenship? Our AOS took 13 months, but if it took 12 months, she would have become a US citizen with her mom with the three year. But had to wait another two years, she barely turned 18 years of age. For me was another 1350 miles of driving and another 650 bucks, but was great to be finally free of the USCIS.
 

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Coincidence? 2004 was the year I brought a 14 year old girl here from Venezuela, with her mother of course. Sure you also had to deal with the NVC and the USCIS. Was quite the challenge to teach her English, can't say our school was much help, but did manage to graduate from high school with honors. Was a major job for me weekdays and weekends.

She didn't know what she wanted to do either, but working minimum wage jobs didn't appeal to her. So finally decided to follow her stepdad's advice and entered our university system. She did graduate with honors majoring in psychology and specializing with autistic children. Now she is working on her masters, so like you, very proud of her. She also has a good paying job and loves her work, and being bilingual is a very strong plus.

Did run into some prejudice problems against her in high school, took care of this in very short order. High school is kind of like a different world.

Congratulations to your son. Did he and his mother apply for US citizenship? Our AOS took 13 months, but if it took 12 months, she would have become a US citizen with her mom with the three year. But had to wait another two years, she barely turned 18 years of age. For me was another 1350 miles of driving and another 650 bucks, but was great to be finally free of the USCIS.
Thanks Nick(we living the same life here?). Well yes dealing with the USCIS is definitely a challenge and I was surely happy when I was done with all of that. I brought my wife and step son(Andrew) over from Vietnam. My wife came over as my fiance so we played that little "immigration dance". Andrew at the time was 7 years old(and still under 18 now) so everything that she was granted immigration wise was given to him. After 2 years of marriage, she was given a 10 yr visa but eligible for Citizenship after 3 years so they are already citizens.

I didn't spend a lot of time teaching English In Cinti we have some ESL schools which Andrew started in and after a few years transferred to the parochial school system so I didn't spend a lot of time teaching him English as much as my wife. Looking back to some degree somehow I get a feeling I should/could have done more, but Andrew has always been a good student when it comes to grades etc. My wife went to nail school where she learned to do nails(which is a Vietnamese dominated industry) and she picked up English from me and from co workers and dealing with English speaking clients.

I am thinking Andrew will be the same as your daughter: working minimum wage jobs won't appeal to him. So finally decided to follow her stepdad's advice and entered our university system. He just wasn't ready to make a commitment at this point but I am sure that will change. First he needs to get his drivers license and get a car to get out to find what he wants to do. I have been teaching him how to drive and he is not quite up to driving my Cruze (bc the 6 speed) but enjoys driving mom's Malibu that is an automatic. As some of my older relatives say: Time will have it's way of getting things on course.
 

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Wife was the executive assistant to the general manager at J&J, the bandaid people and did all of the written English/Spanish translations for them, so was very good at this. But really suffered from verbal pronunciation, so this took quite a bit of work. Now she is a certified medical translator, both written and verbal. And has a very strong stomach as part of her job.

Taught my stepdaughter how to drive in my old 92 DeVille without a center console, so could take over if need be. I would sure hate to teach a kid how to drive with a center console type car. Kind of helpless.

Used a dead portion of our airport at first, then county roads, then, the city, and even the interstate. At 15 years of age, a big deal down there, people go into deep debt just to have a 3 day party. I found her a nice clean 98 Ford ZX2 to drive and installed a first rate audio system in it. That car turned to rust, so she got our 04 Cavalier, we got a new Cruze. Was also stick, after 20 minutes with her she was doing very well, but at this time, already had about 50K miles under her belt. Now she has around 90K miles.

Ha, thought she would never hit 16 years of age, now sick of driving.

Still have a stepson stuck in Venezuela, a constant worry for us. Socialism just doesn't work. And J&J that employed over 600 people is now history. They imported over 6,000 different medical supplies. Today, Venezuela doesn't have any medications. Our petition that had to be done by my wife is already seven years old, he was barely over 21 years old, still a dependent, but I could not petition for him.
 
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