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Moving to the USA - Information Required

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Postby Noah » Tue 15 Mar 2005 19:03 GMT

Hello All,

My wife and I have visited the USA several times and now want to move there. We are both qualified and in our early 30's. We have been looking on line and there seems to be a huge amount of information which seems to confuse rather than clarify. We would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to let us know how you moved, or what route you would recommend.

Thank you in advance for your help,

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Postby Linda Raspel » Wed 16 Mar 2005 16:29 GMT

Hallo Noah - my husband and I were the same as you - many holidays in the States, and then decided to move over - I still love England, but not the weather! We also found that property prices are about half of that in the UK. If you don't want to work - you can stay on a visitors visa for a few months, but if you plan to settle here and work, you will eventually need a green card. My recommendation would be that you get a lawyer to help you out with the paperwork - we did. As my husband was born in Austria (but lived most of his adult life in the UK) - we were able to get ours within 6 months of applying, so everything went relatively smoothly with our move - and we got jobs within days of arriving here (and we both wanted a year to settle - but it didn't work out like that!!) We live in Miramar, Florida - which is a very nice area just 10 miles from the beach, 10 miles from Miami and 10 miles from the outskirts of Fort Lauderdale. Good luck with your plans, and let me know if I can help further.

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Postby Noah » Wed 16 Mar 2005 19:46 GMT

Linda,

Thank you so much for your post. I feel the same about the England and you are so right about the weather we got back from San Francisco a few days back and it was 73 degrees when we left and 4 degrees and raining in London when we landed. We want to make a permanent move to the US and start working and settle there. I would be really grateful if you could give me some more information about the points which I have listed below,

• Was the lawyer you contacted based in the UK or the US ?
• Would you mind giving me the details of the lawyer that you used ? I would like to use someone that comes as a recommendation with this being a high credence service.

Thank you again for all you help,

All the best
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Postby Linda Raspel » Wed 16 Mar 2005 20:42 GMT

Hallo again Noah!

I'm afraid we don't have the lawyers name that we used when we went through all our paperwork - but he was American, based in the USA. Here are some websites that may be of help to you

www.travelstate.gov (this is a government site, but quite useful)

thiglaw.com
greencard1.com
myimmigrationlawyer.net

These are USA law firms that specialise in immigration.

Green cards are difficult to obtain if either of you are born in the UK - if any of your parents were born outside the UK (incl. Ireland) - then you can apply through the "normal" route. The lawyer will help you with all the necessary info. ........ but if you need any more info. about living in the USA (especially Florida) ........ just e-mail me.

Good luck.

Linda
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Postby Noah » Thu 17 Mar 2005 00:52 GMT

Linda,

I really appreciate all your help. I will give go through the websites and see what they lead to. Florida seems a fantastic option ( I hear the winters are not that cold :D ). Will keep you posted, wish me luck.

All the best
Noah
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Just moved to Colorado and love it !

Postby AMANDACASTLE » Thu 28 Apr 2005 17:38 GMT

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Hi Noah,

Are you still looking to move to the usa ? We moved to Colorado on an E2 visa last year and we just love it ! The climate here is fantastic ...snow in the winter so the skiing is awesome...hot summers and more sunshine year round then san diego or miami ! I highly recommend it. The e2 visa was our only option as we have no family connections here...you need to buy a small business then apply to the american embassy. We used a lady called Lesley Sillitto to process our application for us..she was fantastic. It took us 9 months from thinking up the idea to arriving. Good Luck with everything..let me know if i can be of further help.
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Postby munchkins » Thu 28 Apr 2005 18:45 GMT

Hello

we are also moving to Florida, Jacksonville area, please check out other sites because if you are both UK born it is not easy. There are many different types of visa (buy a business)or through immediate family. We are going as immediate family, my daughter lives in jacksonville and is taking citizenship, our wait will not be as long as others but it will still take ages. There are other forums to go on, please scroll through them and check on replys to messages like yours. So many people would love to move to the states after holidays not realising how hard it can be, and be careful of some "immigration " lawyers, again check out sites.
It is not easy to get into the states. If you go on the USA Embassy site in London you will get a lot of information regarding different visa etc.
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Postby karmagirls » Fri 6 May 2005 12:25 GMT

The e2 visa was our only option as we have no family connections here...you need to buy a small business then apply to the american embassy. We used a lady called Lesley Sillitto to process our application for us..she was fantastic. It took us 9 months from thinking up the idea to arriving.


Amanda,
This is exactly the route that we want to take and we've heard Lesley Siletto is really good previous to your post. I wondered what business you were in and whether you could perhaps pass on some advice and wisdom. I tried to PM you but it won't let me! I'd love to chat.
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Thanks Amanda

Postby Noah » Wed 18 May 2005 11:35 GMT

Amanda,

thank you so much for the post, I have been away so not been able to check in. Someone else recommended the E2 as well. Just out of curiosity how expensive was it to buy a business? do you have any contact details for Lesley Sillitto that you can pass on?

Colorado sounds fantastic, we were looking to move to San Francisco and start a business anyway. Thanks again for all your help.

Cheers
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REGARDING HOW YOU GOT YOUR GREEN CARD

Postby SC » Sun 29 May 2005 14:48 GMT

Linda Raspel wrote:Hallo Noah - my husband and I were the same as you - many holidays in the States, and then decided to move over - I still love England, but not the weather! We also found that property prices are about half of that in the UK. If you don't want to work - you can stay on a visitors visa for a few months, but if you plan to settle here and work, you will eventually need a green card. My recommendation would be that you get a lawyer to help you out with the paperwork - we did. As my husband was born in Austria (but lived most of his adult life in the UK) - we were able to get ours within 6 months of applying, so everything went relatively smoothly with our move - and we got jobs within days of arriving here (and we both wanted a year to settle - but it didn't work out like that!!) We live in Miramar, Florida - which is a very nice area just 10 miles from the beach, 10 miles from Miami and 10 miles from the outskirts of Fort Lauderdale. Good luck with your plans, and let me know if I can help further.

Linda


Hello Linda

I'm a very new member and I hope you be able to reply to this soon. Or if anyonelse out there has any info relating to this it would be good.
I just wondered, after reading your post if we would be able to apply for a green card as you did. You see we are both British Nationals and have British Passports, however we were born in Kenya,(that is my husband and myself) We have 5 children and are looking into going to the US on an E2 Visa although a green card would definately be more preferable. I have searched and searched the internet but cannot find anything relating to be able to get a green card if we were born outside the UK. So I am wondering where or how you knew you could apply for a green card since your husband was from Austria. Does anyone have any information relating to this or advice. Hope to hear from someone soon....got lots of sweeties for the first person to reply (with constructive advice...no cheating)
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Postby jonathan_yim » Mon 6 Jun 2005 07:04 GMT

Hi Linda Raspel,

I am from Singapore. Apology for intruding into your British forum.
I was recommended to this website and looking for information about the immigration.

I read about your experience to get Green Card in US and I am interested to get it too. My company is sending me to US to work via H1B and I would like to get Green Card as soon as possible so that my wife can find a job in US as well.

Can you give me a rough figure how much did you pay for the lawyer's fees? I am thinking of using one as well because 6 months is pretty short time to get Green Card, compared to some reports stating that it might take 1 to 2 years to get one.

Appreciate your help.
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Postby NigelF » Thu 16 Jun 2005 14:38 GMT

Like many I came to the US on a vacation and was surprised by just how great a country it is. I was fortunate to be working for a major US company in the UK at the time and within a couple of years had managed to get offered an opportunity to move to the US HQ. The really great thing about this route was the company paid for all the attorney fees to process green cards for myself, my family and my children. I know it's not an option open to many but all the same, don't rule it out.

Having been here since 92 I have also heard one of the best alternative ways of getting in is to have business interests here. As I understand it, the key is to be an employer. Essentially if you are adding value to the economy, you are more likely to be welcomed. You could also try for a one or two year working visa to start with which will give you time to explore some options.

The firm of attorneys my company used is based in Boston but unfortunately I don't remember their name.

I've had the good fortune to travel throughout the US and Canada since moving here and I can honestly say there isn't a single place I've been that there wasn't something I liked about it. My favorites places are New England (Boston is the USA's most European city and the surrounding country makes you feel right at home. The seasonal changes are dramatic and even the cold winters are much better than the UK because the sun shines all winter long and the air is dry); Colorado (fantastic skiing in winter and warm summers); San Diego (if you like the idea of 70 degrees all year round); San Francisco (just an wonderfully eclectic city surrounded by beautiful country ... but really expensive); Seattle/Portland (feels like the UK because it always rains but the countryside is sumptious); Florida (great in the winter but hot & humid in the summer and then there's the bugs...); New Orleans (you've got to try the Beignets - a great place to vistit but avoid the summer, it's HOT); and for travelling North try Toronto (voted one of the best places in the world to live; a very cosmopolitan city with very short summers and very long winters).

Also of note - the cultures are different around the country. In general the West Coast is consdiered more laid back than the East; the middle of the country is more friendly. If you plan on working for corporate America, the business culture is very different so bone up on that too. And of course, after a few years you'll be speaking American and spelling words incorrectly just like a native! :wink:
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Postby SC » Sat 18 Jun 2005 15:29 GMT

Hiya Nigel

Thanks for your reply, unfortunately I waited so long for someone to reply to me that I ate all the sweeties I had promised. But I am very grateful for your reply anyway.

Anyway in the mean time by sheer coincidence we have been thinking of trying a route in via UK based American company. My husband was working for such a company until a few years ago due to unforseen circumstances but has since joined up again which we are really pleased about as he was very happy working for them. Fingers crossed something may turn up. Out of curiosity did you have a management position at the company you worked for in England? I was just wondering if it is easier to transfer within management, thats why I ask.

Was also wondering if you know of any such agencies that recruit from abroad such as the UK.

We have only seen South Carolina and North Carolina but were very impressed at the way of life over there. You are so lucky to have had such an opportunity hope we can have some luck too.

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Postby Ij » Fri 12 Aug 2005 11:57 GMT

Hello all,
What a huge help to find such a forum.
Basically, we are in effect preparing to move to the US. Texas to be precise in October. I have a job and have an H-1B approval, awaiting visa
at the US consulate here.
But I am so so worried about this big move.
We have 4 young children whose idea of the US is 'Recess'.
I am concerned about school.
We plan to live in the West Plano area as we have been advised and have found from our own research that it is a nice area to live.
We have visited several times and it has been fantastic.

I am concerned also about 'getting my house in order' here before leaving.
We have a house that we have decided to let, and so many other things that we need to sort out.
Can anyone find it in their heart to advice us as to the things we need to check up on?

The other problem we are concerned with is this.
I have read NigelF posting.
My husband works for a large US bank and has been for 4 years now.
He would like a transfer.
He is a little worried about bringing up this subject at work.
I wonder if Nigel or anyother person would kindly suggest to us about how to approach this problem.
Do you start from here or from there?
I shall be very grateful for any help hints, tips you can offer us.
Thank you.
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Postby Sarahnsid » Mon 22 Aug 2005 20:57 GMT

Hello,
My fiance and i have set our hearts on moving to the USA, but are not sure how eligible we are. We are both British citizens and have no relatives living in America. We get the general idea that the only way we'll be able to get a permanent residence visa is to find employment, but are unsure how qualified we need to be. Is it just a case of us both finding work so we can apply for a visa? As you can probably tell we are pretty clueless about the whole thing so any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanx v much

Sarah and Sid :?
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