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Old Feb 2nd 2003, 6:08 pm
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Hi Myself and my husband have friends in the US who have a house we can have, I retire next year and we would like to immigrate to the States, can anyone give us a few tips, we have our pensions to live on etc. would it be possible, any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old Feb 2nd 2003, 9:00 pm
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In order for someone to immigrate to the US they must fulfil certain criterior. On what basis do you intend to immigrate? As far as I know (and please someone correct me if I am wrong) you can only settle in the US if:

1. You are the spouse of immediate family member of a US citizen.
2. Yiou have been granted a visa as a specialised worker (such as H1-B), fiance, inter-compnay transer employee and have had your status adjusted whilst in the US.
3. You have invested in a business in the US and employee US citizens ( and I think that investment has be several hundreds of thousands of dollars).

I know there are other categories but they tend to apply to very particular circumstances.

The US immigration process is very tight and not something that should be embarked upon lighlty. If you are really serious I would get some good legal advice.

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Old Feb 8th 2003, 4:32 pm
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Originally posted by Anfield
Hi Myself and my husband have friends in the US who have a house we can have, I retire next year and we would like to immigrate to the States, can anyone give us a few tips, we have our pensions to live on etc. would it be possible, any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Barb
Hi Barb

We're not quite at retirement age yet but are planning to go to US when we are. It depends on which state you are interested in. Florida is currently workingon how to encourage over 55's to retire to Florida - check out Florida Dept of Elder Affairs. MIght be of interest if you are going to that state.
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Originally posted by madasahatter
...... Florida is currently workingon how to encourage over 55's to retire to Florida
Yes, but those are US citizens! Even the hordes of Canadian "snow birds" that stream across the US each autumn to get to Florida have to head back again in the spring because they are only allowed to stay for 6 months on a visitor's visa.

There are basically only six ways to get an immigration visa, or for pensioners seven if you have a son or daughter who is a US citizen to sponsor you to get one. Otherwise it probably isn't going to work.

One other thing to bear in mind: the cost of private health insurance is huge even if you are below retirement age. Most employers offer a pensioners scheme to their ex-employees, but as an immigrant pensioner you'd have to budget at least $400 a month for medical insurance!

The ways to get a visa are:

(i) Marriage (or engagment in anticipation of marriage)
(ii) You have skills that are in short supply in the US e.g. IT, scientific or medical training.
(iii) You have an employer who is willing to transfer you - but even the employer has to make a good case for you - so you have to be a manager unless you fall under category (ii), above.
(iv)get a greencard in the diversity lottery (UK citizens, except N.Ireland are not eligible)
(v) You own a business (does not get you permanent resident status i.e. no greencard)
(vi) You are an "investor" i.e. you have at least US$1m in assets to bring with you.

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