Go Back  British Expats > Living & Moving Abroad > USA
Reload this Page >

Moving to the US with partner on a secondment

Moving to the US with partner on a secondment

Old Mar 3rd 2011, 1:17 pm
  #1  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 1
charlie86 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Moving to the US with partner on a secondment

Hello All,

My partner has been offered a great job with our company based in the states. To begin, it would be a 2 year secondment. We are very excited about the opportunity but I wanted to know my chances of getting a working visa as we are unmarried? My partner is willing to support me until I find work

If this is not possible, is there a non working visa that will allow me to stay in the country? Are there opportunities for voluntary work without a working visa?

Any advice would be gratefully received.
charlie86 is offline  
Old Mar 3rd 2011, 1:28 pm
  #2  
BE Forum Addict
 
lisa67's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Toasty in Texas
Posts: 4,240
lisa67 has a reputation beyond reputelisa67 has a reputation beyond reputelisa67 has a reputation beyond reputelisa67 has a reputation beyond reputelisa67 has a reputation beyond reputelisa67 has a reputation beyond reputelisa67 has a reputation beyond reputelisa67 has a reputation beyond reputelisa67 has a reputation beyond reputelisa67 has a reputation beyond reputelisa67 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving to the US with partner on a secondment

Originally Posted by charlie86 View Post
Hello All,

My partner has been offered a great job with our company based in the states. To begin, it would be a 2 year secondment. We are very excited about the opportunity but I wanted to know my chances of getting a working visa as we are unmarried? My partner is willing to support me until I find work

If this is not possible, is there a non working visa that will allow me to stay in the country? Are there opportunities for voluntary work without a working visa?

Any advice would be gratefully received.

Whether you can work or not depends on which visa your husband will be coming over on.

Sorry, just re read your post and you said partner not spouse/ husband.
That puts a completely different slant on it.
lisa67 is offline  
Old Mar 3rd 2011, 1:43 pm
  #3  
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Duncan Roberts's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2003
Location: Avon Lake, OH
Posts: 5,270
Duncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving to the US with partner on a secondment

You might be able to get a B-2 cohabiting visa but it wouldn't allow you to stay for the full amount of time or work. The only volunteer work you could do without a work authorized visa would be 'proper' volunteer work, for instance working in a soup kitchen, and not something like helping out in your husbands office for free.

If 'partner' means same sex partner then your options become severely limited.
Duncan Roberts is offline  
Old Mar 3rd 2011, 3:43 pm
  #4  
Account Closed
 
Joined: Aug 2002
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 38,867
ian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond reputeian-mstm has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving to the US with partner on a secondment

Originally Posted by charlie86 View Post
We are very excited about the opportunity but I wanted to know my chances of getting a working visa as we are unmarried?
As the others have noted, whether or not you'll be allowed to work will depend on the visa your partner gets, and whether or not you're married. If you're unmarried, you can try for a B-2 cohabiting visa. It's not a given that you'll get it, but it'll allow you to enter the US and remain while your partner completes his secondment. You will not be allowed to work at all or go to school, but you can volunteer. Oh... you also can't "work for free".

Note: The B-2 cohabiting visa is different from a B-2 visitor visa.

If you're married, your options increase tenfold unless your spouse gets an H-1B visa. In that case, you still won't be allowed to work.

First up though... find out what visa his company is sponsoring.

Ian
ian-mstm is offline  
Old Mar 3rd 2011, 3:56 pm
  #5  
BE Enthusiast
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: Boston / Guipúzcoa
Posts: 691
Eric S has a reputation beyond reputeEric S has a reputation beyond reputeEric S has a reputation beyond reputeEric S has a reputation beyond reputeEric S has a reputation beyond reputeEric S has a reputation beyond reputeEric S has a reputation beyond reputeEric S has a reputation beyond reputeEric S has a reputation beyond reputeEric S has a reputation beyond reputeEric S has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving to the US with partner on a secondment

Originally Posted by Duncan Roberts View Post
You might be able to get a B-2 cohabiting visa but it wouldn't allow you to stay for the full amount of time or work.
Untrue. The B-2 cohabitating visa allows the partner to accompany the visa holder during the entire stay. You generally get a stay of 6 months when you first enter, but you can keep extending it.

See here for more info: http://travel.state.gov/visa/laws/te...rams_1414.html

If 'partner' means same sex partner then your options become severely limited.
Well, it limits you as far as getting a spousal visa. But same-sex partners are also able to get the B-2 cohabitating visa.

- Eric S.
Eric S is offline  
Old Mar 3rd 2011, 4:06 pm
  #6  
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Duncan Roberts's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2003
Location: Avon Lake, OH
Posts: 5,270
Duncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond reputeDuncan Roberts has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving to the US with partner on a secondment

Originally Posted by Eric S View Post
Untrue. The B-2 cohabitating visa allows the partner to accompany the visa holder during the entire stay. You generally get a stay of 6 months when you first enter, but you can keep extending it.
Right, but it's not guaranteed to be renewed so it's not issued for the entire length of the other visa holders stay. Maybe I should have worded it differently.
Duncan Roberts is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.