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      hi ppl wondering if u can help me!!!

      So i am 37 living in Stockport Cheshire,i have a fiancee and two boys Harry aged 9 and Finlay age 5.And i am a Chef working in the hospital here in stockport and i am felling like i need to have a change a BIG one and that is where u ppl come in.
      I do not have any savings and no job at in the US but i still want to go i love the US and i so think it would help my boys a whole lot,so really need some advice from anyone.
      thanks hope to hear from you
      Ian

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      Hi Ian, Pink is the guru on America and hopefully she will be along soon to help, but to be honest America seems the hardest country to get in to. Have you thought of other places to try?

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      hi ktee thanks for responding back.I understand it is very hard to get into the US but out of Aussie and the US,the US is the place i want to go but i think unless i win the lottery and have money to do things with i do not see myself actually go now as like here it is very hard to find any employer willing to sponsor me.
      And another main thing is that i think my partner doesn't really want to go and leave her family which is sad for me as i really want to do this.
      So again thanks for getting back to me.
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      whats your trade Ian ....?

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      Not so easy. There are limited options for you unless you have family out there that can sponsor you or can enter the green card lottery ( Brits are generally excluded unless you were born abroad or have a parent born abroad which can include Ireland).

      When you say you have no savings, do you own a house??. You can get a visa if you buy a small business out there, the E-2 investor visa. Most people who do this do not have savings either, they raise the capital by selling their UK home and then renting somewhere while they look for a business. It could be something to do with cooking, maybe a cafe, or fast food type place or could be something else entirely. Your fiance would need to co own the business with you if you remained unmarried. However if you were married, one of you could own the business outright which would give the other ( known as E-2 dependent) the right to apply for work authorization and look for a job. The investment in the business has to be substantial, not defined anywhere but people have got through with around $65000. The business can be either a trading business purchased, a franchise or a start up.
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      Quote Originally Posted by ianwelshy View Post
      hi ktee thanks for responding back.I understand it is very hard to get into the US but out of Aussie and the US,the US is the place i want to go but i think unless i win the lottery and have money to do things with i do not see myself actually go now as like here it is very hard to find any employer willing to sponsor me.
      And another main thing is that i think my partner doesn't really want to go and leave her family which is sad for me as i really want to do this.
      So again thanks for getting back to me.
      Moving to any country is hard and your partner needs to want this as well otherwise it can cause problems down the line. Thankfully I didn't have a close bond with my family so the move was easy. If there is a way in, maybe like JAC has suggested why not say to her that you will both give it 2 years after which time if you don't like it you can move back

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      Quote Originally Posted by JAC View Post
      Not so easy. There are limited options for you unless you have family out there that can sponsor you or can enter the green card lottery ( Brits are generally excluded unless you were born abroad or have a parent born abroad which can include Ireland).

      When you say you have no savings, do you own a house??. You can get a visa if you buy a small business out there, the E-2 investor visa. Most people who do this do not have savings either, they raise the capital by selling their UK home and then renting somewhere while they look for a business. It could be something to do with cooking, maybe a cafe, or fast food type place or could be something else entirely. Your fiance would need to co own the business with you if you remained unmarried. However if you were married, one of you could own the business outright which would give the other ( known as E-2 dependent) the right to apply for work authorization and look for a job. The investment in the business has to be substantial, not defined anywhere but people have got through with around $65000. The business can be either a trading business purchased, a franchise or a start up.
      Thank you for this info JAC, so can you get the visa first or do you need the business then the visa? Also does the business have to earn a certain amount each year or employ ex number of staff?

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      Quote Originally Posted by tonyman View Post
      whats your trade Ian ....?
      I am a CHEF so have been looking at big Hotel companies in the US no luck yet
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      Quote Originally Posted by Ktee View Post
      Moving to any country is hard and your partner needs to want this as well otherwise it can cause problems down the line. Thankfully I didn't have a close bond with my family so the move was easy. If there is a way in, maybe like JAC has suggested why not say to her that you will both give it 2 years after which time if you don't like it you can move back
      Usually you will sign a contract to buy the business with a clause in it stating the purchase is subject to E-2 visa approval and the purchase money is placed in escrow with a US escrow attorney who will give it to the seller if you get the E-2 or back to you if you dont. Some chose to buy their business before getting the visa but it is very risky to do so and generally do so on the advice of greedy business brokers who push!! At the moment, E-2 is processing through the London US embassy in around 28 days so there is no reason at all to do this. You are likely to get a 3 year visa for a smaller business or a 5 year visa for a bigger business initially and then you can renew usually in 5 year periods. E-2 does lead to green card but is perpetually renewable as long as the business keeps profitably trading.

      Investment has to be substantial, which isnt defined anywhere. Some immigration attorney websites say $100,000 but I have known of people to get through with $65,000 providing the business is OK or if they are purchasing a franchise ( which can work also). It helps to have US employees on initial application, even one, but you can get through without providing the business looks good in other respects, you will need US employees to renew though. The important thing is that the business must be making sufficient to pay you a living wage ( $60,000 plus) and to also cover all costs including employee wages. If the business is put 100 percent in one spouses name, their partner gets the right to work outside of the business, though their wages do not count towards the living wage as above, which must come wholly from the business. Many people do attain green cards however by a working spouse being sponsored for one by their employer even if they cannot apply themselves directly from E-2.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Ktee View Post
      Thank you for this info JAC, so can you get the visa first or do you need the business then the visa? Also does the business have to earn a certain amount each year or employ ex number of staff?
      You would only be able to get the work visa (H-1B) provided you have a degree or 12 years experience in your trade. It is considerable expense and hassle for an employer to sponsor you, likely they will only do so if you have skills that they cannot find elsewhere in the US so they have to "import" that skill, for example someone running a Mongolian restaurant may be willing to sponsor a Mongolian chef from abroad if none available, however general cooking you are going to struggle with. You may be better off trying British restaurants who may need someone who can do steak and kidney pie or fish and chips. But I think you are really going to struggle with this route. Once you have a work authorization, things are very different, then anyone will employ you. Your easiest way is to for your wife ( got to be wife) to buy a business there on E-2 visa as above, you then get work authorization and can go and work in any hotel in the US that will employ you. If is all about being there and having the right paperwork.
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