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Old Feb 2nd 2012, 9:29 am
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Im 27 and a graphic designer and I really want to up and move to the US to work and live, it always been a dream.
Is any1 able to tell me of their move over and how easy or hardit was starting a new life on their own?
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Old Feb 2nd 2012, 9:52 am
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Take a look here and see if you can qualify for any of the visas. It is not very easy to get a visa unless you can meet some of the requirements listed.

http://britishexpats.com/wiki/Pulask...ork_in_the_USA

Let us know which visa you are considering and we can give you some better advice on your chances. If there isn't a visa that you are eligible to obtain you'll have a tough time finding a way to relocate here.
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thanks for the reply, I would be looking to apply for a Dual-intent Visa, I would want to try and get a job in place before I made the move, is their any website that you would recommend for setting up work before moving?

Any help would be brilliant as this is something I really want to happen

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thanks for the reply, I would be looking to apply for a Dual-intent Visa, I would want to try and get a job in place before I made the move, is their any website that you would recommend for setting up work before moving?

Any help would be brilliant as this is something I really want to happen

Thanks to all
Read the link that penguinsix put up really carefully.
There are many different types of visa.
If you need a "work visa" then you need a job offer first and the company must be willing to pay $$$$$ to sponsor you for a visa. They apply for a visa, not you.
Can you transfer from your current company or would you be looking to get a job with a new company?
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

Unless I'm missing an option you have 2 routes I can see...

1- marry a US citizen (USC is typically how they are referred to on this forum).
2- get a job with a US company in the UK, and have them relocate you.

Option 2 is the way my wife and I made it - like you living & working in the US had been a dream for a long time.

We got here on an L1 visa, which is dual intent.

To qualify for the L1 you need to demonstrate you have skills and experience critical to your employer that no USC can match, so there is no USC that can do the job you would do in the US.

For me it was deep, specialist knowledge of my employer's sales system... My experience and qualifications were not at all unique... How I used them to understand and renovate the sales system was the 'clincher'.

You need to have worked for the US employer for at least a year before applying. In my case it was 2+ years. I came to them hating sales and with no thought of relocating. My point here being that anything can happen... If you are open to it!

Lisa67 is right about the costs... Lawyer fees, visa fees, costs of moving us - I estimate around $30,000 - but far cheaper and quicker (by several years) than recruiting somebody to do my job and train them up... And if you are single with few possessions when you do make it over, you can knock off a good $15,000 off the bill...

I suspect there are other variations on this that other BE members will share... This is just the way we made it.

Good luck!
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I agree with HtS that an intra-company transfer is your best bet, and as I've said before, it doesn't have to be a huge multinational. Lots of the ad and design agencies in London are either US owned or have a US presence, so you should consider researching and getting a job with one of them, make yourself indispensible and in a couple of years, ask for a transfer.
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I agree with HtS that an intra-company transfer is your best bet, and as I've said before, it doesn't have to be a huge multinational. Lots of the ad and design agencies in London are either US owned or have a US presence, so you should consider researching and getting a job with one of them, make yourself indispensible and in a couple of years, ask for a transfer.
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If you are really good, a new job with an H1b might be a possibility. If you are really, really, REALLY good (and by that, I mean famous), an O-1 might be an option.

The problem you face is there are plenty of graphic designers in the US already. Both of the visa options I have mentioned will be expensive for any potential employer and therefore make you less attractive in the job market.

In my experience, my friends who have done it this way have a particular niche in which they are known. For instance I have one friend who does the graphical work for ski resorts and equipment in ski/snowboard magazines. Now THAT is a cool job right there.

For what it's worth I got head-hunted in the US by my current employer after they discovered my website (note I am a scientist/engineer). If you don't already have one, I'd start working on a kick-ass website and brushing up your online portfolio right away.
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My OH got a H1b in 2009 (after 3 years of trying and failing due to quota being met). He applied for a job he saw online, he wasn't headhunted or anything, and he interviewed with them and they flew over to the UK to meet him. He spent the last 2 1/2 yrs with this company and unfortunately they were not willing to go down the GC route. So he has very recently started the process to transfer his visa to a bigger company that are willing to go for a GC for us. We are relocating to South Carolina in 3 weeks for his new job.

So, my point is, if you do find a company willing to go for a H1 or L1 visa for you, and you want to stay in the US permanently, then make sure they write into the contract the fact that they will apply for GC for you and if possible a time frame. If my OH had not gotten his new job then the chances are very high that we would have been on a plane back to the UK this Fall.

I would not bother with sites like H1Base or anything similar. All you are doing is paying for a list of companies that have in the past applied for H1 visas. Because they did it in the past does not mean they will do it now.

I agree with Caleyjag that you should have a really good online portfolio to show people. My OH is a web designer and he had an online portfolio that he sent to people that he was applying for jobs with.
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Originally Posted by ells770 View Post
I would be looking to apply for a Dual-intent Visa...
All visas are dual-intent... it's just that H and L visas don't require you to demonstrate proof of non-immigrant intent.


I would want to try and get a job in place before I made the move...
Unless you're considering a family-based immigration route or an investment-based immigration route (neither of which you are, it seems), then all that's left is an employment-based immigration route. If that's the case, you must have a job and sponsor in place before you make the move. Getting a job is easy... getting the visa is the difficult part, since the sponsor must not only want you for the position, they have to want to spend a lot of $$ to get you to the US. In the current economy with, literally, thousands of unemployed people who are already authorized to work and can start tomorrow if asked, your chances are very slim.

Do you have a university degree or 12 years experience?

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H1B or L1....realistically though, it's going to be getting a company transfer with the L1 visa and having some niche company skills.

H1 certainly is possible, but graphic design is dime a dozen over here so you'd have to be pretty special for anyone to bother with the cost and hassle of the visa...you'd also need a degree.

Good litmus test is Coroflot - http://www.coroflot.com/ If you can honestly say your portfolio pisses on anything you see in the first 10 pages, you might have a chance. Though it's all about networking.

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I would not bother with sites like H1Base or anything similar. All you are doing is paying for a list of companies that have in the past applied for H1 visas. Because they did it in the past does not mean they will do it now.
Those lists are also public domain, so can google them for free, would state the company name, sector, region, job title and salary.
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It makes me happy to hear that it's always been a dream. It remains a dream.
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It makes me happy to hear that it's always been a dream. It remains a dream.
Nice to see you back on form
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