"People don’t like where they live currently, and think the US is some sort of Garden of Eden. There’s lots of great things about the US, but there’s lots of bad things about the US also. To focus on the former without considering the latter, is just plain silly. Living in the US is not like vacationing in the US…but, sadly, no one ever believes that until they find out for themselves that it’s true." No 10 in Ian's "Top 10 Reasons Why Immigration Becomes a Burden." Go read the other 9.
"I got married to Simon on 25 April 2009 in England; we’d actually known each other for 35 years (but that’s another story!) We were both born and grew up in England but Simon had moved to California with work in 1996. I have 2 daughters Amy 25 and Olivia who’s 23 who both live in the England and a son Jack who’s 17 and lives in the USA with us; the children are from my previous marriage. Simon was a confirmed bachelor when we got back in touch and has no kids of his own." Caroline shares her story of why she moved to the USA, and how she is settling in.
One of the questions that our law firm receives most often from our business clients is, “What constitutes a proper business activity under the visa waiver program?” This question is most often posed by the businessperson who intends to carry out employment activities on behalf of his or her foreign employer, but who is unable to identify an applicable visa category.
British expatriates move to America for a number of reasons, to pursue higher education and employment opportunities, but many soon move back home again, disillusioned with their American experience. If you are about to move to America, what should you know so that you can you settle in more quickly and easily?
"It’s seems strange to sit here typing this, about to pour your heart out and tell the story of your life so far and know that complete strangers will read it, and the people who do will never know you, or meet you, or maybe even understand half of it." In the first of a new series of articles Caroline shares her story of how she met her husband, and the subsequent immigration journey she went through in order to join him in the USA
The EB-5 regional center immigrant investor visa now makes it possible, with a $500,000 investment in an approved regional center program, to relocate, work or retire to the USA as a permanent resident with green cards for you and your immediate family. Many British citizens have used this visa to retire to Florida.
Much has been written about Hurrincane Katrina since, but the story which has not been told is the effect the storm had on the ex-pat population in New Orleans. Compared to other large cities like New York or LA the ex-pat scene in the Big Easy is small but tight-knit. Everyone knows everyone else, and many members of the community meet every weekend at Finn McCool's Irish pub to watch English and Scottish football.
I am a British Citizen who has lived in the USA for nearly four years. Recently, I’ve found myself giving a great deal of thought to what I refer to as the “Cultural Foundation” of my two children. When we were looking at relocating we loved the fact (and still do) that our children would get to experience a different culture, different ideals, and would be opening their horizons.
Disruption, it’s something I have become quite accustomed to as the father of five children. Plans change, appointments rescheduled and calendar’s rearranged; I’ve learned these last few years to expect the unexpected and to roll with the punches. However, in an immigration context some changes are not expected nor are they something you can easily get over, especially if it’s a knock on your door at 6:00am by ICE officers.
The United States Department of Homeland Security has introduced the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) under which a person traveling to the United States on the Visa Waiver Program obtains electronic travel authorization prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the United States.