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Old May 2nd 2005, 5:14 pm
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Hi All

First posting on this site for hubbie and me.

Does anybody know of a reliable and trustworthy migration expert?

Whilst we've decided that the US is where we want to go, we're brand new to the whole 'getting a visa' side of things and I swear that government websites are built to put you off !! :scared:

Any advice would be most welcome.

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Old May 2nd 2005, 5:19 pm
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Hi All

First posting on this site for hubbie and me.

Does anybody know of a reliable and trustworthy migration expert?

Whilst we've decided that the US is where we want to go, we're brand new to the whole 'getting a visa' side of things and I swear that government websites are built to put you off !! :scared:

Any advice would be most welcome.

Thanks

J
Have you considered Canada or OZ or NZ? Much easier!
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Originally Posted by fatbrit
Have you considered Canada or OZ or NZ? Much easier!
We had looked at Oz but were advised that we didn't stand a hope in hells chance of getting in!
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Old May 2nd 2005, 5:23 pm
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We had looked at Oz but were advised that we didn't stand a hope in hells chance of getting in!

So how are you planning to come to the US, which is much more difficult. There's a basic choice of:
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We had looked at Oz but were advised that we didn't stand a hope in hells chance of getting in!
same for the USA then
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Originally Posted by fatbrit
So how are you planning to come to the US, which is much more difficult. There's a basic choice of:
family
work
money
This is what we need to speak to the migration expert about. The company I work for has offices in various countries including the US, and often does work placements for periods, year, two years, etc.

Guess we'll just have to see.

I've not thought about Canada though.
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This is what we need to speak to the migration expert about. The company I work for has offices in various countries including the US, and often does work placements for periods, year, two years, etc.
Ok, you'll be looking at an L series visa of some description then. But I believe it needs to be instigated by your employer, not you.
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Originally Posted by JocieJo
This is what we need to speak to the migration expert about. The company I work for has offices in various countries including the US, and often does work placements for periods, year, two years, etc.

Guess we'll just have to see.

I've not thought about Canada though.
Have you looked at the US Immigration and US Visas forums on BE? Should provide information on the possible routes for you.




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Ok, you'll be looking at an L series visa of some description then. But I believe it needs to be instigated by your employer, not you.
Thanks for that I'll have to look into it, always best to make sure you know what the hell they are talking about with these things!
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Ok, you'll be looking at an L series visa of some description then. But I believe it needs to be instigated by your employer, not you.
yep they have to instigate it and prove you have a skill that a US employee does'nt have ...if its a big company they will have a blanket agreement (we came under a blanket) but then I think you have to be of any "exceutive" level - whatever that means. Even then its still not that starightfoward - you get 3 years here with an option to apply for a 4 year extension and your family come on L2 which allows your spouse to work.

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ways in:

There are basically EIGHT ways that you can get a visa to live and work in the US:
(1) Marriage (or engagement in anticipation of marriage) to a US citizen.

(2) You have skills that are in short supply in the US e.g. scientific or medical training. A degree is normally a must. Or you have superior specialist skills with at least 12 years experience.

(3) 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 (2) above.

(4) You may get a Green card in the diversity lottery (UK citizens, except N.Ireland, are not generally eligible unless you, your spouse or parents were born abroad or held a different citizenship.

(5)You own or buy business (does not get you permanent resident status i.e. no green card)
The business must have a minimum value of around $150k (more the better) bearing in mind you will need somewhere to live and with any startup business you will need at least 2 years living money as back up. So a figure of $350k would be a nearer minimum

(6)You are an "investor" i.e. you have at least US $1m in assets to bring with you. half of that in a few areas. And your background will be investigated to the hilt.

(7)You have a close relative (mother, father, brother, sister and no further) who is an US citizen who would sponsor you, approx time this take 2-12 years…

(8.You are in a position to claim refugee status/political asylum. or You get a member of Congress to sponsor a private bill with legislation that applies just to you.

Recruitment agent will not take you seriously if you are not already in the US. Writing for jobs is really a waste of time; likewise US employers have no idea what foreign qualification are or mean (except Degrees) it may pay you to get your qualification translated into a US equivalent, there are Companies that do this ..
But if you are getting a visa under (2) above then you need a job offer before you can get the visa. Your Employer will be your sponsor this will cost them upward of $3k. So you can see you have to be offering something really special to get considered They may also have to prove to the Dept of labor that there is no American who can do the job if the position is to be permanent
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yep they have to instigate it and prove you have a skill that a US employee does'nt have ...if its a big company they will have a blanket agreement (we came under a blanket) but then I think you have to be of any "exceutive" level - whatever that means. Even then its still not that starightfoward - you get 3 years here with an option to apply for a 4 year extension and your family come on L2 which allows your spouse to work.
That's the difference between L1a/b....one's for exec levels, the other is for highly trained/skilled transfers...can't remeber which is which though....family would still be L2 though...which is is good as you said as they can get EAD's to work.
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Originally Posted by Bob
That's the difference between L1a/b....one's for exec levels, the other is for highly trained/skilled transfers...can't remeber which is which though....family would still be L2 though...which is is good as you said as they can get EAD's to work.
Bob, Thanks for the info.

Do you know where I get can get more info on point 5 in your post before this one?

Thanks

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Bob, Thanks for the info.

Do you know where I get can get more info on point 5 in your post before this one?

Thanks

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It's called an E-2.
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Originally Posted by fatbrit
It's called an E-2.
and very dodgy, it does not afford you a greencard or permanent residency.
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