Where do we start!!

Old Oct 28th 2005, 11:24 am
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Myself and my family have just visited Florida, and like most want to move there. My hubbie is a truck driver and we noticed loads of work available for him. We have 4 children and don't see much future for them here in Blighty. So now I need help on where to start.
We are very serious about the move so anything you may think of could really help.
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Old Oct 28th 2005, 12:56 pm
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Originally Posted by kato33
Myself and my family have just visited Florida, and like most want to move there. My hubbie is a truck driver and we noticed loads of work available for him. We have 4 children and don't see much future for them here in Blighty. So now I need help on where to start.
We are very serious about the move so anything you may think of could really help.
You can start thus: Forget the idea. He wont get a work visa being a highly qualified driver!
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Old Oct 28th 2005, 1:00 pm
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You can start thus: Forget the idea. He wont get a work visa being a highly qualified driver!
Cheers for that.
You know how to cheer someone up!!!!
Didn't expect to get in on his driving ability..........just saying there are jobs out there if only we could get there first.

Anyways not gonna give up on the idea just like that.
Can anyone else give us some info.
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Old Oct 28th 2005, 1:16 pm
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Cheers for that.
You know how to cheer someone up!!!!
Didn't expect to get in on his driving ability..........just saying there are jobs out there if only we could get there first.

Anyways not gonna give up on the idea just like that.
Can anyone else give us some info.
Just telling you how it is. Search these forums for the daily "We just got back from Florida and now we want to live there.. " brigade. Theres plenty, and we havent yet heard back from anyone who managed it.

American is about the most difficult country to get to live in. A work visa is essentially offered if you have a skill that an American doesnt.. and generally a Masters degree or Ph.d is beneficial. Remember that health insurance for your family can costs thousands and thousands of dollars a year, and the process for getting a visa takes years too.

There are plenty of jobs out here - its just you arent eligible to apply for any! An employer who sponsors you will have to pay thousands, and again, why would he choose to when he get a local to do it?

Anyways, good luck with it!
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kato33 wrote:
    > > You can start thus: Forget the idea. He wont get a work visa being a
    > > highly qualified driver!
    > Cheers for that.
    > You know how to cheer someone up!!!!
    > Didn't expect to get in on his driving ability..........just saying
    > there are jobs out there if only we could get there first.
    > Anyways not gonna give up on the idea just like that.
    > Can anyone else give us some info.

How about opening a trucking business? I heard that opening abusiness
employing 6 people, one can live legally in US. Chinese Restaurants
are one type some Chinese people do.


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kato33 wrote:
    > > You can start thus: Forget the idea. He wont get a work visa being a
    > > highly qualified driver!
    > Cheers for that.
    > You know how to cheer someone up!!!!
    > Didn't expect to get in on his driving ability..........just saying
    > there are jobs out there if only we could get there first.
    > Anyways not gonna give up on the idea just like that.
    > Can anyone else give us some info.

How about opening a trucking business? I heard that opening abusiness
employing 6 people, one can live legally in US. Chinese Restaurants
are one type some Chinese people do.


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Old Oct 28th 2005, 2:32 pm
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kato33 wrote:
    > > You can start thus: Forget the idea. He wont get a work visa being a
    > > highly qualified driver!
    > Cheers for that.
    > You know how to cheer someone up!!!!
    > Didn't expect to get in on his driving ability..........just saying
    > there are jobs out there if only we could get there first.
    > Anyways not gonna give up on the idea just like that.
    > Can anyone else give us some info.

How about opening a trucking business? I heard that opening abusiness
employing 6 people, one can live legally in US. Chinese Restaurants
are one type some Chinese people do.


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Originally Posted by kato33
Myself and my family have just visited Florida, and like most want to move there. My hubbie is a truck driver and we noticed loads of work available for him. We have 4 children and don't see much future for them here in Blighty. So now I need help on where to start.
We are very serious about the move so anything you may think of could really help.

sorry to say unless you fit anything on this article the chances of you moving to USA is as nil. This has been asked several times and the answer is always the same.

http://britishexpats.com/articles/000089.html
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Originally Posted by kato33
Myself and my family have just visited Florida, and like most want to move there. My hubbie is a truck driver and we noticed loads of work available for him. We have 4 children and don't see much future for them here in Blighty. So now I need help on where to start.
We are very serious about the move so anything you may think of could really help.

Most people do not want to live there - there are no proper big cities in Florida for example

hurricanes, horrible humidity, no real business centres, mean for me that its just a holiday destination, with the only good places being miami south beach, key west and some parts of the gulf coast

kissimee and orlando really are both a bit crap

tampa is only a bit better
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Originally Posted by kato33

Anyways not gonna give up on the idea just like that.
Can anyone else give us some info.
Best bet really is the investment visa...but that's hardly a cheap and/or easy option...but there's more to consider than just the visa, of which, in the faq in the US section, there are things to help you think about like getting credit, etc.
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Most people do not want to live there - there are no proper big cities in Florida for example
Nonsense..... Florida population 16 mill... tennessee 5 mill
Florida cities are big enough
and we dont have snow ..and we have a coastline
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Nonsense..... Florida population 16 mill... tennessee 5 mill
Florida cities are big enough
and we dont have snow ..and we have a coastline
and chavs....some how i don't see 'em migrating out to tennessee though
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Originally Posted by kato33
Myself and my family have just visited Florida, and like most want to move there. My hubbie is a truck driver and we noticed loads of work available for him. We have 4 children and don't see much future for them here in Blighty. So now I need help on where to start.
We are very serious about the move so anything you may think of could really help.
The most common route to living and working in the US is the H1-B which is a sponsorship based visa that the employing company applies for on the employees behalf, and it is usually given for technical or engineering jobs.

It is quite an undertaking for an employer (lots of paperwork and a few thousand dollars to process the application) so, although it is far from impossible, it's pretty tough to find a company willing to sponsor - particularly if you are applying from overseas.

Also, the H1-B is a temporary work visa that has a limit of six years so is not something you could make long-terms plans on. Immigration intent is permitted when applying for this visa, so if you were fortunate enough to find a company that would later sponsor you for a Green Card you could change status from H1 to a category of Green Card but again this is not something you should bank on. Whilst on an H1, the visa holder's dependants (spouse, children) are give H4 derivitive visas, which unfortunately do not permit them to work (the children may attend school if they are of that age).

To qualify for an H1-B, the applicant must possess a degree or, in the abscence of that, 12 years of related work experience (3 years for each missing degree year). Also, the H1-B is subject to yearly cap of 65,000 visas which has already been met for FY2006, so the earliest one can apply for an H1 is April 2006 for an October 2006 start date.

Another option would be an H2 but that is a seasonal workers visa so not one you would be interested in.

Yet another would be for you or your husband to get a job working for a company in your home country that has a US office. That way you could transfer over to the US on either a J or an L visa.

Hope this helps!

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The most common route to living and working in the US is the H1-B which is a sponsorship based visa that the employing company applies
The most common route to living and working in the US is marriage to a US citizen ...
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The most common route to living and working in the US is marriage to a US citizen ...
Yes, you are right, but since the OP is already married I thought this point was null and void.

However, should she get divorced I full retract my opening statement
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