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    1. #1
      star

      moving to us

      hello,

      am new to the site and wondering if anyone has any tips on moving to the us - is the best/only way to find a job first while still in the uk and if so any tips on best way to go about doing that - eg good websites etc?

      thanks!:spinny:

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    3. #2
      traveller
      Hi Star,

      Here's another site that might be useful

      http://www.unitedstatesvisas.gov/

      I'm guessing that you'll be looking at getting sponsorship from a US employer so you'll need a visa??

      How it worked for us was to come here under a H1B and H4 visas and then the application for our green cards was submitted - we've currently got about another year before we find out if the green card application is processed so it's gonna be a long wait to find if it's been successful.

      I haven't met anyone from the UK yet who got a green card before coming here unless it was through marriage and I don't think UK citizens are currently eligible for the green card lottery.

      It really depends on what qualifications and experience you have but if you're looking for a job can you make any contacts with US employers through anyone in the UK??

    4. #3
      yelnats69
      Quote Originally Posted by star View Post
      hello,

      am new to the site and wondering if anyone has any tips on moving to the us - is the best/only way to find a job first while still in the uk and if so any tips on best way to go about doing that - eg good websites etc?

      thanks!:spinny:
      Hello,
      The best and almost the only way is to get job in the USA that carries a L1 visa then convert to a green card. Or marry an American of course. You can try visiting and applying for jobs, but be carefull if you overstay your visa you will have trouble.
      Believe me the cost of living and the lifestyle makes it all worth while.

    5. #4
      Hope
      yelnats69,
      Thank-you for posting that last sentence.. made me smile BIG time!
      I know the wait will be worth it.. in more ways than one! ;)

    6. #5
      Nadypops

      Tired of London life

      I really want a fresh start I've wanted to go to the states for so long but can't seem to find the right avenue I tried applying to nanny agency but think it might be bit of a bad choice please help!

    7. #6
      traveller
      Hi Nadypops,

      You say you've applied to a nanny agency - if they specialise in placements in the US what makes you think it's a bad choice?

      Have you looked through the links in this thread?

      It's not an easy process for most of us but from my experience it's definitely worth it.

    8. #7
      Florida Redhead
      Quote Originally Posted by traveller View Post
      I haven't met anyone from the UK yet who got a green card before coming here unless it was through marriage and I don't think UK citizens are currently eligible for the green card lottery.
      There are 50,000 "green cards" given to qualified applicants every year, in the "Diversity Visa" Program.
      Only those born in certain countries are eligible.
      It depends on how many immigrants have come from that country in previous years.
      The UK does not qualify as they always exceed their quota, with the exception of Northern Ireland,
      which does qualify, along with the Republic of Ireland.
      A friend of mine in Ireland won a green card. She used to visit two of her sons, one in Orlando the other in Little Rock.
      When she won her green card, she was delighted! She could then spend half the year at home in Ireland,
      then when it got cold she would come over, stay with her son in Orlando, and get a retail job.

      http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/usc...0045f3d6a1RCRD

      Here's a link, the last 3 pages list the countries eligible:
      http://www.travel.state.gov/pdf/T1026V-DV-2010bulletin(3).pdf
      Last edited by Florida Redhead; 21-03-2009 at 05:15 PM.

    9. #8
      purple
      Just to be realistic about it, it's pretty unlikely that a nanny agency would be able to offer the kind of job that will meet the criteria for the kind of sponsorship to allow an AOS to permanent resident status in the US.