Moving to the US from UK - Immigration help!

  • Matt36 27 Nov 2017 16:53:04 2,252 posts
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    Hi guys & girls!

    I need some help. I have decided to move to America to be with my long term partner since it makes sense financially etc. Now the help I need is with the visa process. I don't know where to start or how. I've tried Google of course, I even rang the US Embassy in London (no help at all really) I have a sponsor & job waiting thanks to her parents but!

    What forms do I need to fill in?
    How & when do I apply for interview?
    What documents do I need?
    Anything else I need to know?

    Any help will be amazing! Thank you!
  • Blurp 27 Nov 2017 16:56:42 1,436 posts
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    All you need is a gun. It's mandatory.
  • Technoishmatt 27 Nov 2017 16:59:02 3,437 posts
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    Get a lawyer to help you through it, as the process is ridiculous and you don't want to mess any steps up (e.g. you can harm your application by travelling to the US during the application, I think).

    It is not straightforward, and it costs a lot of money. And also, you don't say what kind of job, but depending on the type, there are limited numbers of visas available, and in any case I believe you have to demonstrate that they couldn't find a US citizen to do the job, so they needed to bring in somebody from abroad.

    It would be a hell of a lot easier if you were married.
  • Matt36 27 Nov 2017 17:00:15 2,252 posts
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    Lawyer it is then.

    And please don't mention marriage to her ha!
  • Technoishmatt 27 Nov 2017 17:03:15 3,437 posts
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    @Matt36 Some of my colleagues (we are on special diplomatic visas) married just to get their partners out while they were here. It's just a piece of paper if you are not so inclined.
  • disusedgenius 27 Nov 2017 17:04:35 9,837 posts
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    Yeah, just marry her. It's going to be way easier.
  • elstoof 27 Nov 2017 17:54:52 23,444 posts
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    Itís amzing isnít it, youíll up and move 5000+ miles to a live and work in another country so youíre close to your girlfriend, but donít fucking mention marriage whatever you do
  • disusedgenius 27 Nov 2017 17:57:01 9,837 posts
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    Also, put it this way: if you're working for her parents then your ability to stay in the country is 100% dependent on their goodwill. And it's America, so there ain't no job security where you're going...
  • THFourteen 27 Nov 2017 18:10:37 52,209 posts
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    1) are you brown
    If yes then return home
    If no then proceed to the land of the free and the home of the brave.
  • JamboWayOh 27 Nov 2017 18:15:52 13,617 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
    1) are you brown
    If yes then return home
    If no then proceed to the land of the free and the home of the brave.
    Don't forget to add a September eleveny kind of name for added cavity search value.
  • Khanivor 27 Nov 2017 18:24:42 44,046 posts
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    Marry her.

    Otherwise, I wouldnít bother.
  • senso-ji 27 Nov 2017 18:28:36 9,579 posts
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    The type of visa you need to fill out depends on the kind of sponsors you have for you r job; if it's a H-1B, then you'll need a university degree. If it's an O-1, then you'll need a certain number of years experience and prove that the company you're working for can't hire a US citizen instead, as your skills are rare and extraordinary.

    Both Visas cost thousands of dollars to process, and there is a yearly cap on H-1B visas, so they need to be done well in advance of your proposed move date. The alternative is a green card, but that is a literal lottery, and will take even longer to get, if successful.
  • reddevil93 27 Nov 2017 18:30:59 14,957 posts
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    And theyíre planning on pulling the green card lottery. Get a job in the states, then youíll have some chance of being able to move there.

    Itís not an open door in the slightest over there.
  • neilka 27 Nov 2017 18:32:04 22,559 posts
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    WELL FUCK OFF THEN
  • Matt36 27 Nov 2017 18:33:26 2,252 posts
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    The marriage part was a joke, a bit tongue in cheek?

    I'd marry her, but I don't want her to think we are doing it JUST so I can go over there.

    I will take all the replies and chat with her later. Thanks lads.
  • Dirtbox 27 Nov 2017 20:44:46 91,140 posts
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    Basically you need to do all this: http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1flow

    I did it, and if I can do it, any cunt can. You have to marry her, there is no hope you'll get a visa any other way aside from employment, but seeing as how you aren't there, you aren't going to have a lot of luck.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 20:47:44 27-11-2017
  • MadCaddy13 27 Nov 2017 21:04:15 3,031 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Itís amzing isnít it, youíll up and move 5000+ miles to a live and work in another country so youíre close to your girlfriend, but donít fucking mention marriage whatever you do
    Definitely this.
  • Deleted user 27 November 2017 21:13:45
    Have you been here? https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/ It's not always immediately obvious but all the information generally is there, it's just deciphering it usually.
  • Your-Mother 27 Nov 2017 21:23:54 2,821 posts
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    Just make sure to divorce her after you get the ten year green card.
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