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Old Jul 16th 2023, 8:30 am
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My Husband got a job offer in LA on O1 which gives me O3.
They are starting application for Green card straight away
We are family of 4 (4 Year old and 10month old) and his salary is $220k (that includes healthcare for the whole family paid fully) plus sign bonus plus relocation ect
i know the salary is big but looking at the LA prices- it seems like just a number as it’s so expensive there. Is it worth to do it? Would we be able to save and have a nice lifestyle? We thinking public school and start with 2 bed apartment as kids are still little and they can share the room. I am planning to work as soon as I get the green card too….
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Originally Posted by Xxmgxx
My Husband got a job offer in LA on O1 which gives me O3.
They are starting application for Green card straight away
We are family of 4 (4 Year old and 10month old) and his salary is $220k (that includes healthcare for the whole family paid fully) plus sign bonus plus relocation ect
i know the salary is big but looking at the LA prices- it seems like just a number as it’s so expensive there. Is it worth to do it? Would we be able to save and have a nice lifestyle? We thinking public school and start with 2 bed apartment as kids are still little and they can share the room. I am planning to work as soon as I get the green card too….
Congrats! I don’t think a lot of workers in LA make more than $220k, those who do, fall in the very minority. Pasadena is nice. Does your husband need to go into the office daily?
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Thanks, still bit scary especially moving in your 40s…. His office is in Culver city and he can probably do a few days from home
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Where in LA is your husband going to work?
220K will be perfectly manageable in a 2 bed apartment depending where in LA you are going to live.
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IMO it all depends on the lifestyle you are accustomed to in the UK. $220K pa may be a fortune to some, but not to others.
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Which Green Card type are they sponsoring for? O1 might suggest EB1A, which he could apply for himself now if wanted?
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Which Green Card type are they sponsoring for? O1 might suggest EB1A, which he could apply for himself now if wanted?
I’m not sure. But I hope we will get it ASAP! I cannot imagine not being able to work!
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I’m not sure. But I hope we will get it ASAP! I cannot imagine not being able to work!
You should find this out now.

If it's EB2 or below, then it'll be at least 18 months before Green Cards in your hands...

Also, you need to be careful on intent, as an O1 is a non-immigrant non-dual-intent-visa, so if CBP think you want a Green Card (e.g. you've had an I-140 applied for you), you may not be allowed in to the USA...
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Originally Posted by LT1
You should find this out now.

If it's EB2 or below, then it'll be at least 18 months before Green Cards in your hands...

Also, you need to be careful on intent, as an O1 is a non-immigrant non-dual-intent-visa, so if CBP think you want a Green Card (e.g. you've had an I-140 applied for you), you may not be allowed in to the USA...
good point. we will find out tomorrow. His company do it all the time- they just finished another green card which has taken 12 months so I’m hoping their attorneys are aware…. 🤞
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Which Green Card type are they sponsoring for? O1 might suggest EB1A, which he could apply for himself now if wanted?
just reading EB1a takes 4-7 months?
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just reading EB1a takes 4-7 months?
Yes, but you wouldn't want to apply for that immediately after entering on an O1. I'd recommend giving it at least three months before applying, if not a year.

Entering on an O1 means you have no intent of becoming an immigrant (green card holder). If you then immediately apply for a Green Card on arrival, it puts into considerable doubt your intent when you entered on O1, and risks being considered immigration fraud (which is very bad).

If your husband is eligible for an EB1A, I'd do this now (instead of O1), with consular processing from the UK.
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Also, you need to be careful on intent, as an O1 is a non-immigrant non-dual-intent-visa, so if CBP think you want a Green Card (e.g. you've had an I-140 applied for you), you may not be allowed in to the USA...
We've had no problems at all. It's not dual intent, but also doesn't preclude applying for permanent residency either (we did double check this with our - very experienced - immigration lawyers). We got our O visas in February, applied for the EB1 immediately (granted 8 days later), and then entered on our O visas in April with no issues. We've since entered twice more on the O visas.

OP, 4-7 months sounds about right if you apply via consular processing. We've got our interviews for EB1A tomorrow, so will be approx 5 months from applying in February. Our O visas took 3 weeks from start to finish, and that included a delay whilst we waited for my son to return from a school trip to send passports! Good luck to you.

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Thanks, still bit scary especially moving in your 40s…. His office is in Culver city and he can probably do a few days from home
In which case you have all the ocean side towns to choose from: Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, El Segundo, Redondo beach etc..... Probably need to budget between 3K and 4K per month for renting anything nice.
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Entering on an O1 means you have no intent of becoming an immigrant (green card holder). If you then immediately apply for a Green Card on arrival, it puts into considerable doubt your intent when you entered on O1, and risks being considered immigration fraud (which is very bad).
Just checked back on the email when we asked our lawyers about this -

9 FAM 402.1305(B) (U) Effect of Filing Immigrant Visa Petition

(CT:VISA-1635; 10-13-2022)

(U) USCIS has determined that the approval of a permanent labor certification or the filing of a preference petition shall not be a basis for denying classification as an O-1 or O-3 dependent. The noncitizen may legitimately come to the United States for a temporary period as an O-1 or O-3 dependent nonimmigrant and depart voluntarily at the end of their authorized stay and, at the same time, lawfully seek to become an LPR of the United States.

HTH.

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Originally Posted by Xxmgxx
My Husband got a job offer in LA on O1 which gives me O3.
They are starting application for Green card straight away
We are family of 4 (4 Year old and 10month old) and his salary is $220k (that includes healthcare for the whole family paid fully) plus sign bonus plus relocation ect
i know the salary is big but looking at the LA prices- it seems like just a number as it’s so expensive there. Is it worth to do it? Would we be able to save and have a nice lifestyle? We thinking public school and start with 2 bed apartment as kids are still little and they can share the room. I am planning to work as soon as I get the green card too….
If you plan to work, you need to look at the cost of childcare. Given how MFJ works it may cost you more to work than not, when you look at your net income after tax…

Will you have any family or friends in LA as a support network? My wife is a USC and her family is only a 3h drive away. We needed that extra support when our children were younger…even through both were in full time daycare (which is not free here).
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