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Hi, my wife & i would love to move to the US to live & work. What would be our first steps to take? We have really no idea of what forms or who to contact or speak to start getting the ball rolling. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Hi, my wife & i would love to move to the US to live & work. What would be our first steps to take? We have really no idea of what forms or who to contact or speak to start getting the ball rolling. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Hi, welcome to BE.

The US is very hard for most people to move to. If you can give people more info (what you do, your education levels, any family there, etc), then hopefully forum members can help.

You wouldn't normally get the ball rolling, most visas require an employer to sponsor you and they do everything, but again if you can give more info then people can advise on that too.

Best of luck.
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To live and work in the US the most usual ways of doing so are:

- work visa (for this you need a sponsoring employer). For the most common visa - H1B you need a degree.
- investment visa - $50K +

What do you do for a living?
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Originally Posted by SanDiegogirl
To live and work in the US the most usual ways of doing so are:

- work visa (for this you need a sponsoring employer). For the most common visa - H1B you need a degree.
- investment visa - $50K +

What do you do for a living?
thanks for that. Ok, i work on the railway, so no real wualification but a specialised skill set i guess. My wife is a business analyst manager, whose firm does have branches in the US & a transfer is possible. No family in US just close friends. Have heard from USCIS that my wife could get in on one form of visa & i could come in on another visa thanks to hers. Like i said its very early days but we'd like to do things correct & know exactly what we are facing. Thank you
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If your wife's employer will apply for an L-1 visa (work transfer), then you'll get an L-2 visa which will also allow you to work in the USA. It all starts with her employer.

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Thank you so much for that! Any idea of time scale this will take? IF we are lucky enough to get in we'd rent until we were more certain that we'd be allowed to stay.
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Thank you so much for that! Any idea of time scale this will take? IF we are lucky enough to get in we'd rent until we were more certain that we'd be allowed to stay.
Depends on how good her employer's lawyers are.... they have to present a case for her to qualify for an L1 and be transferred.
Say 6 months currently.... ?

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That we'll have to find out, but we'd be prepared to rent until it/we were properly sorted. Guessing if my wifes employers lawyers were slow it would/could take longer, but as long as it did get sorted thats the main thing. So far everything ive heard back is positive, just a process that has to be checked/passed over an unknown period of time. Thank you
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Originally Posted by Swanny73
That we'll have to find out, but we'd be prepared to rent until it/we were properly sorted. Guessing if my wifes employers lawyers were slow it would/could take longer, but as long as it did get sorted thats the main thing. So far everything ive heard back is positive, just a process that has to be checked/passed over an unknown period of time. Thank you

You have got this backwards..... you don't move to the US until your wife gets her visa.... (there is no sorting out while in the US).
Once in the US then you will be able to remain while wife has a valid visa and or until you get your green cards.
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Sorry, when i said properly sorted i did mean to legally emigrate. Someone i spoke to said that you have to obtain your visa then there is other paperwork to do to permanantly stay in the US, but hopefully one step at a time. Obviously the main & first thing is to get visas.
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Sorry, when i said properly sorted i did mean to legally emigrate. Someone i spoke to said that you have to obtain your visa then there is other paperwork to do to permanantly stay in the US, but hopefully one step at a time. Obviously the main & first thing is to get visas.
Correct.... plenty of paper work when arriving in the US.

You are NOT a permanent resident until such time as you get your green cards - which the employer (if on a work visa) has to initiate ...... so many people when moving to the US on a work visa try to negotiate a 'return to UK" package, should the job not work out.

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Ok, sort of a safety net for yourself then? Hopefully wife can get transfer, so her role/job would be exactly the same except location. Mine may have to be whatever i can find, but hopefully i can find work similar to what i do now. Thanks
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That we'll have to find out, but we'd be prepared to rent until it/we were properly sorted. Guessing if my wifes employers lawyers were slow it would/could take longer, but as long as it did get sorted thats the main thing. So far everything ive heard back is positive, just a process that has to be checked/passed over an unknown period of time. Thank you
Just to be clear, you can't move to the US until you have the visas, which will likely take six-ish months, and cost your US company at least $10-$15k.

If she's a manager/executive, she'd get an L1A which is valid for three years and can be extended twice by two years, so seven years maximum.
If she's a specialised worker, she'd get an L1B which is also valid for three years, but can only be extended once by two years, so five years maximum.
Either way, you'd get an L2 spousal visa. Both L1/L2 are "non-immigrant visas".

Once in the US, her employer could petition for a Green Card which would be permanent residency in the US. This takes approx one year or from L1A, and two to three years from L1B and typically costs the US company another $10k-15k.

Hope the above is helpful, and do ask any other Qs!
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You have already got a lot of good advice above, but as a sadly no longer active BE member who was an expert on US visas, used to say, you're about to learn a whole new language, that of the legalese of US visa applications.

And I'd put matters of housing out of your mind for now, as there are many, many things to do before you need to even think about airline tickets and renting a home.

And if I can introduce just one cloud, so you don't get an ugly shock later: if your wife's employer won't sponsor a transfer for her then, from what you have posted about your situation, relocating to the US is likely to be extremely tough, to the point where it is unlikely to happen. Ditto if your wife's employer won't sponsor her (and you) for a green card (permanent residence), you'll likely have to return home as getting a visa sponsored by another employer is improbable.

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Ok, sort of a safety net for yourself then? Hopefully wife can get transfer, so her role/job would be exactly the same except location. Mine may have to be whatever i can find, but hopefully i can find work similar to what i do now. Thanks

Bear in mind that, if it is YOU asking for the transfer, as opposed to your wife's company asking her to move on their behalf, that you are unlikely to get much of a relocation package - (if any).
While the company will have to pay lawyers and visa costs, you might find yourself paying for your flights, shipping of household goods, and all upfront costs for settling in the US - deposits for utilities, rentals etc. You probably won't get an agreement for them to pay for you to return if jobs goes south.
Don't want to sound like a Debbie Downer, but you need to be aware of these issues.
Don't forget that while her company will pay for some of the costs of their health plan, YOU also will be paying monthly premiums.
In other words most people get an uplift in salary to cover all these extra expenses
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