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Moving to the USA from the UK

Old Mar 23rd 2008, 12:37 am
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Hi all,

I'm a little new to this but I've had the idea of moving to America for some time. I'm currently studying BA (Hons) Animation in University in Wales, UK. After I graduate I plan to gain some experience in industry to back myself up.

This may get asked a lot but what are the chances, or procedures, of moving to the USA in my position if I were looking to work there?

It's early days yet but I'd like to know a bit about the system early on.
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Hi all,

I'm a little new to this but I've had the idea of moving to America for some time. I'm currently studying BA (Hons) Animation in University in Wales, UK. After I graduate I plan to gain some experience in industry to back myself up.

This may get asked a lot but what are the chances, or procedures, of moving to the USA in my position if I were looking to work there?

It's early days yet but I'd like to know a bit about the system early on.
Hi LauraJane,

Like most things, it's not as easy as you would hope.
Something broke in our wiki article on the topic, but you can use this link to get to google's cache of the page; it will explain the various ways you can move to the US: http://tinyurl.com/246sng

If you want to come specifically for work, you need to find the employer first; they initiate the process.

But, because you're a student, look into the J exchange programs or even some F visa study programs. the J will allow you more work options.

I've also recently posted some J visa resources; here they are if they're of any use:
Here are some J-1 resources:

Designated program sponsors

http://exchanges.state.gov

Exchange Visitors
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Hi LauraJane,

Like most things, it's not as easy as you would hope.
Something broke in our wiki article on the topic, but you can use this link to get to google's cache of the page; it will explain the various ways you can move to the US: http://tinyurl.com/246sng

If you want to come specifically for work, you need to find the employer first; they initiate the process.

But, because you're a student, look into the J exchange programs or even some F visa study programs. the J will allow you more work options.

I've also recently posted some J visa resources; here they are if they're of any use:
Here are some J-1 resources:

Designated program sponsors

http://exchanges.state.gov

Exchange Visitors
Ah I didn't think it would be easy. Many of my Uni classmates are considering the same thing due to the lack of jobs for animators in the UK compared to overseas...

I'll have a chat to my tutor about it. Thank you for the links they were very helpful!
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There are basically NINE 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. (H visa)

(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. ( L visa)

(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)You must be a national of a qualifying Treaty countries
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 $450k would be a nearer minimum (E-2 visa)

(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. (EB-5 visa)

(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.The R1 visa is available to foreign members of religious denominations, having bona fide non-profit religious organizations in the U.S., for entering the U.S. to carry on the activities of a minister or religious worker as a profession, occupation or vocation (R-1 visa)

(9)THE UNUSUAL 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.
The S visa issued to persons who assist US law enforcement to investigate and prosecute crimes and terrorist activities such as money laundering and organized crime


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 $5k. 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
From an original idea..by Pulaski
Rewriter and updater.. Ray 1/1/08
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application time April 2008 for an Oct 2008 start
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