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!
"Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine
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!
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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 web site 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 employment visa process -- 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.
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 human thing that the grass is always greener somewhere else.
I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC
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.