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      Moving to the States so far seems daunting please any advice welcome :)

      Dear All,

      I wanted to ask some questions regarding moving to the States Florida in particular. Our Background my husband is currently a Team Leader at Heathrow Airport he's 45 years old he works in construction. My self I have a Criminology degree 35years old and currently, working in mental health between us we have 3 kids 7,2, and a 5 month old baby.

      We are really keen on moving to the USA but going through so many posts all evening we just don't know where to start with all this on top of this it all seems really daunting.

      I just wanted some information on where to start really and also what are chances could be.

      Thanks in advance

      Natasha

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      Hi Natasha, welcome to the forum. We moved t Australia so I have no idea on USA. Hopefully Pink will be along soon to help
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      Quote Originally Posted by Ktee View Post
      Hi Natasha, welcome to the forum. We moved t Australia so I have no idea on USA. Hopefully Pink will be along soon to help

      awwww Bless you thanks it just seems so scary after reading all the cases and the nightmares really worries me. I am hoping Pink or others could give there advice it would help my confusion

      All the best Ktee many thanks :) for not reading and running xx
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      Hi and welcome Natasha

      There are several ways to move to the USA, non of which are simple and easy!

      Firstly there is a family visa, this includes close relatives (parents, siblings, children who are USC) and marriage/fiance visa.

      There are work visas (H1B, L1, O1 etc), most require sponsorship from a company, require a degree or equivalent.... They are pretty hard to get and require the applicant to stand out and have something to offer that a USC doesn't etc. Job transfers also come under this and are more likely than getting sponsorship from a US company.

      There are investment visas. Either invest $500K-1Mil into a specific company (it has to be a certain type in a certain area), you are likely to not get your money back but it does get you a green card. Or buy a company and run it, this will get you a visa, it can be hard to renew, you have to prove that the company is growing etc, but it sadly doesn't lead to permanent residency.

      I hate to say it but I doubt your husband's job would lead to a work visa here, yours may but it depends on if what you do is classed as specialised and in demand.

      You may need to think of it as a long term plan, rather than trying to make the visa fit you make yourself fit the visa if that makes sense.

      Another thing, why Florida?
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      Quote Originally Posted by Pink View Post
      Hi and welcome Natasha

      There are several ways to move to the USA, non of which are simple and easy!

      Firstly there is a family visa, this includes close relatives (parents, siblings, children who are USC) and marriage/fiance visa.

      There are work visas (H1B, L1, O1 etc), most require sponsorship from a company, require a degree or equivalent.... They are pretty hard to get and require the applicant to stand out and have something to offer that a USC doesn't etc. Job transfers also come under this and are more likely than getting sponsorship from a US company.

      There are investment visas. Either invest $500K-1Mil into a specific company (it has to be a certain type in a certain area), you are likely to not get your money back but it does get you a green card. Or buy a company and run it, this will get you a visa, it can be hard to renew, you have to prove that the company is growing etc, but it sadly doesn't lead to permanent residency.

      I hate to say it but I doubt your husband's job would lead to a work visa here, yours may but it depends on if what you do is classed as specialised and in demand.

      You may need to think of it as a long term plan, rather than trying to make the visa fit you make yourself fit the visa if that makes sense.

      Another thing, why Florida?


      Hi Pink,

      Thanks for the information you have already given so grateful I did think moving to the states on a permanent basis would be a challenge! God it just seems like a nightmare to me and this is something that we need to think long and hard about. I hear people have lost lots of money and wasted time only t be refused a visa... So me I find all this daunting to be honest.

      I have a distant uncle that lives there I have never met him but my mum speaks about him often.

      I can work in various sectors Probation, Prison, and Youth work I guess this does not help me in anyway by the sounds of it. So many people have said we should look into Canada as its a easier option but not sure about this as my heart was set on USA but this seems like we would be fighting a losing battle (i think that's the saying lol )

      is Florida not the best place to start then
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      Sadly the US is probably the hardest country to emigrate too. Your best bet would probably be 'networking' for the moment, try to make contacts in your area of expertise, LinkedIn is a good place to start or perhaps google 'jobs with criminology degree' to see what is available. You may find you need to change your career to fit into what is likely to lead to a job here, but that's a bit risky as obviously a job isn't guaranteed and you don't want to be doing something you don't enjoy.

      Some people have lost money trying to emigrate to the US, especially when it comes to the E2 visa, this is the one that you get if you buy a business etc. However this may be your only option, but do tread very carefully if you decide to go this route.

      As for Florida, unless you have a specific reason for wanting to live in a specific place don't limit yourself to one state. The US is huge, you are more likely to get somewhere if you look at the US as a whole, obviously there will be areas you just don't want to live, but don't reduce your chances before you have begun

      Canada is generally easier to get into.

      Maybe think about the reasons why you want to emigrate? It's something I think everyone should think very seriously about before contemplating it, if it's for the adventure then go for it, if it's for 'the grass is greener', it's usually not!
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      Is it still possible to get in through Canada ie do a few years there then apply for America?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Ktee View Post
      Is it still possible to get in through Canada ie do a few years there then apply for America?
      No they changed that a few years back, Canadian citizens have to qualify in the same way.
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      Hi Pink,

      Forgive my late reply many thanks for getting back to me. After careful consideration my husband and I have agreed that the USA will be very hard to get into on a permanent basis it just seems like it would take us years there is so much to learn as well and all this takes time and with 3 kids in tow I just don't think I have the time to do all the research just yet.

      My husband and I really wanted a new adventure if i'm honest with you. :) Just wanted to start a new life test our survival skills and all those other things that come with such a big move. Also the weather was a bonus!

      Yes I did hear that Canada was easier to get into but I don't know much about Canada and our hearts were pretty much set on the USA really..... Also I here Canada is really cold and this is what we are trying to avoid lol

      any advice with Canada????

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      Thanks Ktee..... That would have helped :((

     

     
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