It is currently Thu 2 Apr 2020 19:36 GMT
Change font size

USA General Information

3 Year Plan to Emigrate- please help

Please post here if your question isn't specific to any USA region. Eg, immigrations, taxes etc.

3 Year Plan to Emigrate- please help

Postby lora.lee » Sun 21 Sep 2008 18:47 GMT

Hello everyone, I am looking for any help and information that could help me!

I am a US citizen living in UK ( Dad was British and Mum US), my parents got divorced 5 years ago and my mum remarried another British guy and moved back to the states after 18 years in UK. She took my two sisters and brother.

I did not move at the time as I had recently got serious with my partner- we have now ben together 6 years and really want to move to the US. I shouldn't be a problem but he will need a green card. We are hoping to get married in the next couple years before we move out there-I hope this will be enough?

Job wise I have been in Retail Store Management for 6 years and would like to continue with this. My partner was in the British Army for 10 years and set up his own Personal Training business 2 years ago- how hard will it be to do this over there?

We have planned to save for the next 3 years and organise everything- it all seems a bit daunting any advice on where to start?Ie how to convert my partners qualifications etc etc

any thoughts and advice would be very helpful.

Many thanks
Lora Lee
Posted by:
New Member
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun 21 Sep 2008 18:37 GMT

Postby FABMAMMA2X » Mon 15 Jun 2009 15:45 GMT

I too am a US citizen living in the UK. I am however married to a Brit; we were married in Las Vegas before I moved to the UK. Nearly 3 years on now, were are at the end of our US green card application. We went through the process on our own, nearly without an immigration lawyer, but it's been very, very aggrivating. I would strongly encourage you to hire a lawyer to guide you through the very complex process; (link removed by admin) We had to contact them for help overcoming prooving my US domicile.

You may consider marrying in the US first, before applying for his US green card. There is a 2 year differential however in which his green card will have extra conditions on them that you'll have to proove to have removed, in order to keep it. After 2 years of marriage, there are no conditions on the green card.

Speaking of domicile, have you ever lived in the US? (are you a dual citizen?) If so, you will have to re-establish your US domicile. This is not an easy thing to do, which is why you need a lawyer. There's work to be done, by you, before you start the application process: bank account (keep active), job offers, education, investments, property.

You really need to do your homework if you go through the application process on your own. I personally don't recommend it although my husband and I will get our approval on the 30th. We've had lots of stops and starts along the way and more arguments than I care to mention. It also costs quite a bit of money. Nearly every document you need send in requires a fee to be paid and special couriers to handle them. I'm not sure how much we've spent so far but I'd venture to say it nears $2500-$3000 USD, maybe more if you convert our pounds spent into dollars.

Starting a business in the US requires a TIN/SSN (taxpayer identification number) and I think there's a fee tocon pay upon application. You'll just need to research this as I've never started my own business. But as neither of you will have any establish US credit history, plan on paying her than average fees for insurances, deposits, etc. You really should walk before you run and get your feet established before trying to start up a business. Just my opinion though!

The qualifications may or may not transcend for your soon to be husband. But, as we all know, the US is land of the free and you can do what ever you set your heart out to do; anything is possible if you work hard enough - this is a HUGE cultural difference between the US and the UK, again, my opinion! I don't know where you're planning on relocating to but it would seem to me that the more sunnier and warmer climates would benefit his type of work. I'm from Phoenix, AZ and people there are very body conscious so work there is plentiful for someone like him. There's also an important military base there so he could establish himself in that 'family' for an easier time of it.

I could go on an on but email me if you'd like to chat more.
Posted by:
New Member
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon 15 Jun 2009 14:51 GMT

Return to USA General Information