My mother and father come over from London in '62. Mom was sponsored by her sister who had married a GI and my Dad (who came a few months later) got a work visa. Both are now naturalized citizens.
I met my English husband while living in Scotland and we moved back here in 2009. The paperwork was a PITA, but he has his green card!
So, if you have any relatives or a job opportunity that will sponsor you, you could get in. A fake marriage is certainly not worth it, but maybe you will meet someone for real!
[QUOTE=Neckhammer;1223432]I dunno, I'm trying to immigrate out. Maybe we can trade?[/QUOTE]
You know, that would be a fantastic idea. So, it's one the government would not possibly entertain. :(
There is a list of careers that get a trade nafta visa depending on your country of origin. I immigrated here 16 years ago from Canada without a marriage. I am a nurse. The majority of the careers are medical, but there are others. The US also hold a visa lottery every year.
If you know where you want to immigrate to (as in region of the US), it might help to contact one of the state offices of the Senators of the state. I know they know the process, and can give you real information on how it works, your options, how long it might take, what routes you should take, etc. The idea of contacting a government entity doesn't appeal to a lot of people, but working with immigrants is one of their main jobs ,and their caseworkers will know whats up! A call or letter certainly wouldn't hurt, at the very least.
Eh, don't come here. Find a better managed and less poorly lead nation like the Netherlands or something. It's a lot of work to get in and really, there are better options.
Thanks for the input everyone!
[QUOTE=eKatherine;1223454]Before you decide anything, make sure you visit an immigration lawyer to find out your options. People who make plans based on misconceptions about immigration law can seriously mess up the rest of their lives.[/QUOTE]
And a lawyer knows stuff you have no hope of knowing. For example, I remember one time we had a document due the same day as a major filing deadline for a large group of people that didn't include us. Our lawyer told us that if we filed on that day it would just get lost and for that particular day the lawyers had been told to stay away and just bring their stuff the next day when everything was calmed down and it would still count as being on time.[/QUOTE]
An immigration lawyer is a good idea. Do you think it would be better to find someone in the States or in my country of residence?
[QUOTE=Dragonfly;1223483] if you have any relatives or a job opportunity that will sponsor you, you could get in.[/QUOTE]
Thanks Df - I have someone who said they will sponsor me :) I'm not sure what the protocol is after this though... just seems too easy just to have a sponsor and be able to rock up...?
[QUOTE=fresa;1223599]If you know where you want to immigrate to (as in region of the US), it might help to contact one of the state offices of the Senators of the state. I know they know the process, and can give you real information on how it works, your options, how long it might take, what routes you should take, etc. The idea of contacting a government entity doesn't appeal to a lot of people, but working with immigrants is one of their main jobs ,and their caseworkers will know whats up! A call or letter certainly wouldn't hurt, at the very least.[/QUOTE]
That is [B]amazing[/B] advice fresa - thank you!!! Never would have thought of that. I'm in the States at the moment so it's easy for me to suss out.
[QUOTE=MEversbergII;1223953]Eh, don't come here. Find a better managed and less poorly lead nation like the Netherlands or something. It's a lot of work to get in and really, there are better options.[/QUOTE]
To respond to that would involve me telling you all the reasons I love California, and there are just too many... :) I could wager that I've travelled more than most people, and nowhere else compares to it (for me).
I want to marry into the UK or EU. It's be nice to have different employment options
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To get started, you can check the [URL="http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/immigrants_1340.html"]web site[/URL] that the US government has set up that goes over this business.
From there, you'll find all kinds of links to the different kinds of visas and what you might qualify for (or not). It isn't easy to immigrate to the US if you aren't "special" in some way (in work, or a refugee, etc). You would likely require the [URL="http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1323.html"]employment visa process[/URL] -- which can take years.
I would recommend a lawyer to facilitate the process, and calling a person in the government of the region where you want to be is not a bad idea.
Likewise, as another poster mentioned, the easiest method seems to be through NAFTA -- many people go through Canada. In fact, most of the people whom I know have gone through Canada. Of course, as mentioned, they are all specialists in medical or scientific fields, and it takes years before they have permanent residence in the US (with lots of scary visa renewals in the process -- even with jobs in medical and scientific fields in place before they immigrate).
In addition, you're going to need a lot of money. You're going to need money to pay all of the relevant processing fees (and there are a lot of them). You're going to need money to pay the lawyer who facilitates your immigration process (lawyers are insanely expensive, but in the US, you MUST have one). And you're going to need money to demonstrate that you can support yourself for a bit once you get to the US -- even if you do have a job waiting for you when you arrive.
While I do think it is worthwhile to live your dream, it is incredibly challenging to immigrate to the US. I know many people who have done it, but it certainly takes a lot of focus and dedication.
[QUOTE=MEversbergII;1223953]Eh, don't come here. Find a better managed and less poorly lead nation like the Netherlands or something. It's a lot of work to get in and really, there are better options.
Depends on the person. I have spent my life split between two countries - Germany and the US (my mom holds a green card) - and here is my take: I tell everybody who asks me "which is better - the US or Germany??" this - if you are creative and truly freedom-minded and/or an independent person, you need the US; and if you are security-minded and don't mind being told what to do in all areas of your life as a trade-off for a government security net, Germany will feel very comfortable to you.
In my mind, there is no true "better", just different. Well, okay, I would definitely say that the US is better than Mali for the foreseeable future. But I think you get my drift. Even in Europe, half of them would up stakes and move to another country as well. I think it is a [I]human[/I] thing that the grass is always greener somewhere else.
I can't speak for what it's like in Europe, but as a person who moved from the US for freedom/opportunity, I can certainly comment on the idea.
Like many European nations, New Zealand has a healthy welfare system with all the great benefits. But NZ also has a lot of freedoms that we didn't have in the US -- largely because of those welfare systems (ie, subsidized private schooling; universal health care).
It was much easier for us to start our business here, and it's much less competitive market besides. It's a culture of educated people always on the move (lots of travelling, moving to different countries, etc), as well as a hugely creative little country, too.
Personally, it's just about perfect. Unless the current government screws it up.