PDA

View Full Version : O/T FAO all Millers living in America



zone3
20-02-2014, 09:12 AM
Hi All you lovely ladies and gents,

I'm wondering if some of you will be able to get in touch as I need some help and advice,

I'm currently looking at the possibility of getting a Visa and moving to America but i've got some questions that the USCIS website doesnt answer.

If you get my email address off Deano or one of the other admins and drop me a mail, If thats not possible ill post it on here.

I would really appreciate any help you all could offer on this.

Many thanks
James

John2
20-02-2014, 11:41 AM
Which visa are you looking at getting? Looking to head out with work? Not an easy time to get them.

Been through the process 4 times, LOTS of hassle, but well worth it for the experience.

zone3
20-02-2014, 06:45 PM
It is a working visa that I'm looking at John ,

I've spent hours and hours researching this or other visa's I'm eligible that can/will eventually lead to permanent residencey over there.

Cheers
James

CAMiller
20-02-2014, 11:59 PM
I'm not much use I'm afraid as I came here on an L1 Visa (inter company transfer) and the company handled the visas and green cards for me, Mrs CA and the two little CAs. I suppose trying to find a company that would do the same is the only tip I can offer.

One thing I do know, when the green cards expired after 10 years I was left to foot the bill for the renewals of $1,800 when we should probably gone for citizenship at $2,720.

sota
21-02-2014, 12:35 AM
We came on the same visa as CA, the only difference being that we owned the company involved in the transfer and it was an absolute nightmare dealing with USCIS and very expensive.

The only advice I can give is don't come on an E2 where you have to buy a US business and employ a certain number of US citizens. Most businesses for sale are crap ones and the E2 is only ever a temporary visa which can never be converted to a Green Card.

Despite this, many Brits take the chance and buy a business thinking they can live the American Dream but eventually they fail and go home broke.

Best bet if you can't do an L1 is an EB5 which leads to a Green Card but you have to invest $500,000 and it can be tied up for about 5 years.

It's extremely difficult for Europeans to get a Green Card unless they are wealthy or have a special talent that is in short supply in the US.

Hope this doesn't put you off, as it's a great place to live. Good luck.

CTMilller
21-02-2014, 01:10 AM
I'm the same as CAM and Sota in terms of coming on an L1 ('intra' not 'inter' company transfer, CAM,) and converting to a green card. In fact I've done it twice; initially in the seventies and again in the nineties.

If you're looking for views on how best to answer USCIS questions I'm happy to comment but it would not be as someone with particular inside information.

One of the US contributors on here in the past mentioned that his wife had some expertise in this area. I think his board suggested he was in the New York area - or at least somewhere on the east coast - but I can't think who it was at the moment.

One of the acknowledged expert firms on US immigration are the New York lawyers Fragomen, Del Ray, Bernson and Leowy. Detailed advice would be expensive but you may be able to get some general guidance before they put the meter on...

zone3
03-03-2014, 07:21 PM
Cheers for this everyone,

This has given me so ideas :), Im determined to make the move happen, even if it takes years

What is Seattle like for major multi national companies?..

Either that or ill just pay one of the Americans I work with to marry me ;D

CAMiller
03-03-2014, 07:52 PM
Cheers for this everyone,

This has given me so ideas :), Im determined to make the move happen, even if it takes years

What is Seattle like for major multi national companies?..

Either that or ill just pay one of the Americans I work with to marry me ;D

Either based here or with significant presence here are:-

Microsoft
Amazon
Google
Expedia
Boeing
Starbucks
Honeywell
T Mobile
Expeditors (a company you will not have heard of but they are in logistics, based here and have offices worldwide)

Mostly, but not all in the high tech sector.

CTMilller
03-03-2014, 08:34 PM
Cheers for this everyone,

This has given me so ideas :), Im determined to make the move happen, even if it takes years

What is Seattle like for major multi national companies?..

Either that or ill just pay one of the Americans I work with to marry me ;D

Either based here or with significant presence here are:-

Microsoft
Amazon
Google
Expedia
Boeing
Starbucks
Honeywell
T Mobile
Expeditors (a company you will not have heard of but they are in logistics, based here and have offices worldwide)

Mostly, but not all in the high tech sector.[/quote]

Think Nintendo are pretty big there, too.

CAMiller
03-03-2014, 08:39 PM
Cheers for this everyone,

This has given me so ideas :), Im determined to make the move happen, even if it takes years

What is Seattle like for major multi national companies?..

Either that or ill just pay one of the Americans I work with to marry me ;D

Either based here or with significant presence here are:-

Microsoft
Amazon
Google
Expedia
Boeing
Starbucks
Honeywell
T Mobile
Expeditors (a company you will not have heard of but they are in logistics, based here and have offices worldwide)

Mostly, but not all in the high tech sector.[/quote]

Think Nintendo are pretty big there, too.[/quote]

True - I knew I was missing at least one...and they are only about 1/2 mile from where I'm sitting :blue:

yorktownmiller
04-03-2014, 12:58 AM
It's my missus who is the immigration attorney. Don't mention Fragomen to her, though: she thinks they're the 'puppy mill' of immigration firms!

Your best bet for a long-term stay in the US is still the marriage route.

Failing that, you'd need to find a US company or a US subsidiary of an international firm who would be willing to sponsor you for either an L-1 or H-1B corporate visa. The H-1Bs are relatively easier to get approved for, BUT there's an annual cap on how many can be issued, much to the chagrin of the major IT firms.

Good luck!

OregonMiller
04-03-2014, 01:32 AM
Cheers for this everyone,

This has given me so ideas :), Im determined to make the move happen, even if it takes years

What is Seattle like for major multi national companies?..

Either that or ill just pay one of the Americans I work with to marry me ;D

I am sure it rains more in Seattle than it does in Manchester pal, head south if I were you.

CTMilller
04-03-2014, 03:03 AM
It's my missus who is the immigration attorney. Don't mention Fragomen to her, though: she thinks they're the 'puppy mill' of immigration firms!

Your best bet for a long-term stay in the US is still the marriage route.

Failing that, you'd need to find a US company or a US subsidiary of an international firm who would be willing to sponsor you for either an L-1 or H-1B corporate visa. The H-1Bs are relatively easier to get approved for, BUT there's an annual cap on how many can be issued, much to the chagrin of the major IT firms.

Good luck!

Thanks for replying yorktown and apologies for temporarily forgetting your posting.

Interesting comment about about Fragomen. I used them for my own second green card in 2000 and was the most senior point of contact with them as part of the job I was doing for my employer in New York at the time. They were OK but I did feel as though I was a number rather than a person. I also had

zone3
04-03-2014, 06:01 AM
Cheers for this everyone,

I'm slightly annoyed with myself as I used to work for a company called NCR in the UK who has an enormous presence in the US but I left to take a job abroad, I currently work for a British company that are a subsidiary of a company called IAP who are an American company, Im guessing that I would need to work directly for IAP before I could be considered for an L-1?

Cheers
James

zone3
04-03-2014, 06:19 AM
Cheers for this everyone,

This has given me so ideas :), Im determined to make the move happen, even if it takes years

What is Seattle like for major multi national companies?..

Either that or ill just pay one of the Americans I work with to marry me ;D

I am sure it rains more in Seattle than it does in Manchester pal, head south if I were you.[/quote]

Haha, When we went it was lovely and only rained once, I fell in love with the place, Really loved Portland aswell. Im not resticting myself to Seattle but I want to be in Washington State or Oregon and Seattle i believe is the place for most multi national companies in the 2 states, Please correct me if im wrong.

Cheers
James

CAMiller
04-03-2014, 06:36 AM
Cheers for this everyone,

This has given me so ideas :), Im determined to make the move happen, even if it takes years

What is Seattle like for major multi national companies?..

Either that or ill just pay one of the Americans I work with to marry me ;D

I am sure it rains more in Seattle than it does in Manchester pal, head south if I were you.[/quote]

True, about 4" more rain and 8 more rainy days/year than Manchester but still less than NY, Boston, Altanta, Portland, DC etc. - and no hurricanes, tornadoes or major snow/big freezes to worry about. Unfortunately about the same earthquake risk as CA but without the sunshine. Still, makes it easier to work when it's miserable outside. Recently met a teacher who'd just moved here from Honolulu where high school absentee rates are the highest in the US due to the sun and surf distractions.