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Old Jul 23rd 2005, 7:21 pm
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Pulaski’s Ways: How to Live and Work in the USA


The following is a non-legal guide to living and working in the USA by people who have already done it. It is not a definitive or even detailed guide but nevertheless shows the common starting points for the beginning of your journey. Note that it is not legal advice; if you require such advice, http://www.aila.org/ is a suitable place for a referral to a specialist US immigration lawyer. Please research fully before you ask questions on the forum.


Family
* Marriage or engagement in anticipation of marriage to a US citizen. It can lead to permanent resident status. Search in forums for: K1, K3, direct consular filing (DCF), adjustment of status (AOS).

* You have a close relative (mother, father, brother, sister and no further) who is an US citizen who would sponsor you; approx time for visa is 6 months to 12 years. It leads to permanent resident status. Search in forums for I-130 petition, adjustment of status (AOS).


Work
* You have skills that are in short supply, e.g. scientific or medical training. A degree is normally a must. Or you have superior specialist skills with at least 12 years experience. Recruitment agents will not take you seriously if you are not already in the US. Writing for jobs is often futile, and US employers have no idea what many foreign qualifications mean, so it may pay you to get your qualification translated into a US equivalent. You need a job offer before you can get the visa. Your employer will be your sponsor at a cost to them of $5k and up. They may also have to prove to the Dept of Labor there is no American to do the job if the position is to be permanent. . Your dependant spouse may not work. It may lead to permanent resident status. Search in forums for: H1B.

* You have a multinational employer who is willing to transfer you, but even then the employer has to make a good case for you. . Your dependant spouse may work. It may lead to permanent resident status. Search for: L1, intra-company transfer.

* You have extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts (including the television and motion picture industry), education, business, or athletics. Your dependant spouse may not work. It may lead to permanent resident status. Search for: O1.

* You are a foreign member of a religious denomination having a bona fide non-profit religious organization in the U.S. and entering the U.S. to carry on the activities of a minister or religious worker as a profession, occupation or vocation Search for: R1 visa.


Money
* You own or buy business as a national of a qualifying Treaty country. The business must have a minimum value of around $150k (the 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. Your dependant spouse may work. It does not lead to permanent resident status. Search for: E2

* You are an "investor" i.e. you have at least US $1m in assets to bring with you, or half that in certain areas. Your background will be investigated to the hilt. It can lead to permanent resident status. Search for: EB5


Misc.
* You participate in, are selected, and successfully process the diversity visa lottery. Note that persons born in certain countries including the UK (but excluding N. Ireland) are generally not eligible to apply unless your spouse or both parents were born abroad. It leads to permanent resident status. Search in the forums for: diversity visa.

* You are in a position to claim refugee status/political asylum.


* You assist US law enforcement to investigate and prosecute crimes and terrorist activities such as money laundering and organized crime. Search in forums for: S visa.

* You get a member of Congress to sponsor a private bill with legislation that applies just to you.



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Old Jul 23rd 2005, 8:10 pm
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Why not sticky this?
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Old Jul 23rd 2005, 8:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Wintersong
Why not sticky this?

Was hoping for input and corrections. Then we'll ask for a sticky of the final version. Sure there are errors/typos/mistakes/inaccuracies/omissions somewhere!
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Originally Posted by fatbrit
The following is a non-legal guide to living and working in the USA
Surely the easiest non-legal way would be to just swim the Rio Grande and start working
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Old Jul 23rd 2005, 8:16 pm
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Originally Posted by ScousePete
Surely the easiest non-legal way would be to just swim the Rio Grande and start working

Have you read some of the new bills they're proposing in the legislature? The days of coming and living without status are drawing to an end...
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Originally Posted by fatbrit
Have you read some of the new bills they're proposing in the legislature? The days of coming and living without status are drawing to an end...
I hope that is true.......
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And the current version to compare ..

How to Live and Work in the USA
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.

(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)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 $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.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

(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
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Originally Posted by fatbrit
Have you read some of the new bills they're proposing in the legislature? The days of coming and living without status are drawing to an end...

Could you expand on this please.....
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Originally Posted by Muswell Hill
Could you expand on this please.....

Nope! There are a couple of attempted bipartisan groups putting bills together. McCain's got his paws in one of them, the other (can't remember the w*nker's name) is even tougher. Google is your friend.
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Oh, I thought this was some sort of juicy gossip thread about Pulaski's ways and days. Oh well, nothing's perfect.
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change "dependant" to "dependent" -- fatbrit's is good because it addresses the ability of spouses to work. Ray's is good because it gives a rough guess at time to receive a visa.
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well if someone wants to make it pretty or whatever, i'll sticky it and delete the chaff...
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My suggestions-

Change diversity lottery to Diversity Lottery
Include mentioning that that the inquirier should read the appropriate pages on the USCIS pages and other relevant US government sites (e.g. Dept of Labor, Social Security Administration, etc.)




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Old Jul 24th 2005, 3:01 am
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Originally Posted by Bob
well if someone wants to make it pretty or whatever, i'll sticky it and delete the chaff...

Yup -- but hold till we've got the errors out. Couple of days.
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Probably want to mention that a type of employer that is excluded from the H1-B cap.
i.e. H-1B petitions from universities and other research and non-profit organizations are currently excluded from the cap (as of 2005). Therefore, persons who will work for a university in H-1B status need not worry about the cap.



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