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    Default How to relocate from England?

    Hi everyone, im in need of some advice. I have wanted to move to the US for many years now but cant ever seem to get that far. The main priority is for me to get a job, but how can I do this without being in the country?? Is there a special way to find employment overseas, ANY advice from anyone who has done this process would be much appreciated many thanks

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    Default Re: How to relocate from England???!

    Are there some UK companies in your field that might have offices in the US? The only other idea that comes to mind is the visa lottery. But our own local English gal Jess can give you more ideas than I can. Of course, she has dual citizenship, so she hasn't personally dealt with this issue.

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    Default Re: How to relocate from England?

    hi

    thanks for taking the time to get back to me. I will look into both of those ideas, many thanks!!

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    Default Re: How to relocate from England?

    Hi Simone! I moved here from the UK 4 years ago, here is a link to my story:

    http://www.miamibeach411.com/news/ho...i-from-england

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    Default Re: How to relocate from England?

    That's a good tip from Doug, though if you were born in the UK (except N. Ireland) then you are not eligible for the visa lottery.

    Some additional information would help, such as, what field are you in? Do you have any special skills? What age group (e.g. a student?) etc.

    This question comes up every so often, and I can recall at least two nearly identical ones in recent months. I am repeating a quote from one of them below because it may be largely relevant for your case, and you should look up up the original threads at these links for more information:

    How do people from Europe manage to live in Miami?
    Would like to find a job in Miami!!

    Good luck and feel free to post any follow up questions.

    First, please note that a "work visa" is not the same thing as a Green Card. In fact the Green Card is not a visa at all. A "Green Card" (it used to be green at one time) is an ID card issued to people who have been legally allowed to enter or stay in the USA as "immigrants". These people may stay and work in the USA indefinitely (with some limitations).

    Since you are not currently in the USA, to enter and become an immigrant you would need an "immigrant visa", of which there are three types: Family based, Employment based, or Refugee/Special. You would only qualify for the second type (Employment based) and you should certainly look around employment sites to see if there is an employer who may sponsor you for an immigrant visa. However, I can tell you that this has a very low probability of success. The country is overrun with people with Business degrees, and employers don't like the hassle of sponsoring for visas unless you have a special skill or benefit. You can read about employment based immigrant visas here: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigra...ypes_1323.html

    Still, all is not lost, because about 20 years ago our wise leaders in Washington (Ted Kennedy) invented something called the "Diversity Visa Lottery". This allows people from some countries to apply for a an immigrant visa each year, and 50,000 are selected and given an immigrant visa for no reason other than applying. Assuming you were born in Spain (UK born won't qualify) you may apply for this lottery, and entries for the 2013 lottery begin tomorrow (Oct 4), so apply soon. Chances of getting one vary by country and depend on how many others apply, but usually about 1% of applicants. You can apply each year and increase your chances. You can read about the Diversity Visa Lottery here: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigra...ypes_1322.html

    In addition, many people enter the USA each year on temporary (non-immigrant) work related visas. These visas are easier to get than immigrant visas, so large employers tend to use them in bulk to hire large groups of foreign graduates each year. These visas are issued for limited term employment (usually a couple of years) and can only be renewed for a limited time, but these are often used as a backdoor entry point by immigrants, as after the limited term visa expires, the applicant is free to apply for an immigration status adjustment based on a number of criteria. People with immigrant intent are prohibited from applying for non-immigrant visas, but this seems to be widely ignored and rarely enforced. You can read more about it here: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1271.html

    Another visa you can consider is a student visa (F-1). This allows you enroll in a US college for graduate studies for a 1 or 2 year program (in your case, probably an MBA) after which you can apply for a job and visa status adjustment to one of the above categories, with the added benefit of being here already and having local contacts/knowledge. Even though it seems indirect, a student visa is often the easiest to get, and used by many, many people to convert to immigrant status later. You can read more here: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1268.html

    The final category, which I will not talk about because I neither condone nor advise it, is illegal immigrants, i.e. those who overstay tourist visas, or enter the country without a visa etc.

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