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Advice for moving to the USA

Old Mar 22nd 2012, 6:44 am
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I've always loved the USA, and have wanted to move there for years now. I'm only 15 currently, so obviously I can't go but was wondering if it would be possible to move there within the next 6-7 years. I don't have any relations there, or a Job (yet).
If I applied on a Student Visa, would That permit me to work for a limited amount of time, and could I apply for a Green Card on that visa? I've soured the web for answers but cannot find any relating to me.

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Old Mar 22nd 2012, 8:40 am
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Hi George, and welcome to BE.

Can I suggest you have a read of the BE wiki on ways to live in the US:

http://britishexpats.com/wiki/Pulask...ork_in_the_USA

Or the simplified version here:

http://britishexpats.com/wiki/Pulaski_Simplified

Essentially, if you can answer yes to any of those questions you might have a way in. Or if you can see a path that would allow you to answer yes in a few years.

Work visas are an option, but require both the position and the individual to be quite specialised. You'll definitely need a degree. An advanced degree would be even better but it'll be around 10 years before you can finish one. You also need to find a company willing to wait a long time and spend thousands of dollars to hire you. When the time comes, you might be better off finding a good position with a company in the UK that has a US presence and seeking a transfer.

The different types of non-immigrant visas, including student, are listed here:

http://london.usembassy.gov/nonimmigrant-visas.html

That page should answer all of your questions.

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If I applied on a Student Visa, would That permit me to work for a limited amount of time...
You would be allowed to work up to 20 hrs/week on campus... but not in your first year of study.


... could I apply for a Green Card on that visa?
No.

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Old Mar 22nd 2012, 1:50 pm
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Hi,
I have several friends who moved to the US after graduating to work as an INtern. I think this comes under the J1 visa but I'm not 100% sure. I think you need to do it within 5 years of graduating. Maybe something you could consider for the future. One of my friends who did it is still living here 16 years later.
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One of my friends who did it is still living here 16 years later.
Not on a J-1, he isn't. He's found some other method of staying in the US.

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Originally Posted by SynergyMelter View Post
Hi there
I've always loved the USA, and have wanted to move there for years now. I'm only 15 currently, so obviously I can't go but was wondering if it would be possible to move there within the next 6-7 years. I don't have any relations there, or a Job (yet).
If I applied on a Student Visa, would That permit me to work for a limited amount of time, and could I apply for a Green Card on that visa? I've soured the web for answers but cannot find any relating to me.

Regards,
George
Are you rich? If not, you have three basic routes:

1.) Become a brilliant world-class (ie famous) athlete, musician or artist.
2.) Go to university in the US
3.) Go to university in the UK, get a very good degree in an applied and useful subject, and get hired by a US company.

Option 2 will get you there quickest but will be very, very expensive.

The third options is the safest, easiest and cheapest. If you are a full time student in the UK, you can work in the US during summers, not to mention do an exchange program to the US for one year in the middle of your studies.
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1.) Become a brilliant world-class (ie famous) athlete, musician or artist.
2.) Go to university in the US
3.) Go to university in the UK, get a very good degree in an applied and useful subject, and get hired by a US company.
4.) Marry a U.S. citizen of the opposite sex.

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Of course I considered that.

For a 15 year old, I would suggest a focus on the academic route to be a better life choice.

While marriage is the easiest path to a visa, it requires life to deal you the right cards.

If you are judicious with your educational choices, and suitably motivated and talented, you can to some extent be the master of your own destiny when it comes to moving to the US.
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To add to what's posted above by CJ, consider a university in the EU, some German uni's are free for EU nationals and they offer English speaking courses. There are a bunch of decent universities across the Netherlands that do the same, but they cost 1500squid a year.

I'm sure there are other universities in the EU offering similar programs to attract UK students.

You will have to after in the cost of travelling to them between term time etc, but those costs should be much less than studying in the US or England.
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Originally Posted by SynergyMelter View Post
Hi there
I've always loved the USA, and have wanted to move there for years now.

Regards,
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Perhaps you can think about what you love so about the USA and how you can incorporate that into your future career. Is it a particular part of the country that you have visited that you want to move to (there are immense differences from state to state), is there a profession you want to follow here? As others have said, life in the US is a goal for you to work towards.
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The great thing about doing a degree in the UK and doing short exchanges to the US is you can approach it in a 'try-before-you-buy' manner, and even try out a few different areas, all by the time you are 21.

A long time ago on here I proposed writing an anecdotal article on how to get to the US through the education route, starting from high school. I wrote a fair bit before I forgot about it. Might be time to go back and finish the job.
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The great thing about doing a degree in the UK and doing short exchanges to the US is you can approach it in a 'try-before-you-buy' manner, and even try out a few different areas, all by the time you are 21.
You don't need to limit yourself to studying in the UK though, most uni's in the EU have links out to various parts of the US too, some obviously better than others, so yes, worth looking into if that is a consideration.
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Try to enter the Green Card lottery. I have met many people who have actually won. I think you can apply directly, so that you do not have to waste money with many of the services that will do it for you.
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Try to enter the Green Card lottery. I have met many people who have actually won. I think you can apply directly, so that you do not have to waste money with many of the services that will do it for you.
Not applicable if the OP was born in the UK.
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Have a look on Yummyjobs.com. It's a site for students to live and work in the USA on student visas. My son did this several years ago and worked in Epcot in Florida for 12 months. Whilst he was there he did a bit of networking and was offered an 18 month business training course with Disney. I had to fork out for another visa for that but he is now living and working full time in Florida and has his green card................so it is possible. Good Luck !!!!!
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