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    Default Europeans who managed to stay in Miami

    This place really grew on my during my short trip, I wouldn't mind staying in Miami for a few years. An employment visa comes to mind but I'm wondering if any of you EU citizens have other experiences?

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    Default Re: Europeans who managed to stay in Miami

    My suggestion is a student visa (lasts for one year only), a work visa (hard to obtain), or marriage... I wouldn't go down that route unless you want a wife.

    My friend came on a student visa and worked at the Raleigh as part of her tourism degree. However, she couldn't leave the country for that year, and she did have to return when the visa expired.

    Another person I know (someone I know, not a friend, as I don't think this is advisable behavior...) paid a girl 10k to get married for a green card.

    Lastly, I know people here on work visas, but they can take a while to obtain, and you must have a skill.

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    Yeah I know the marriage route is the easiest if you actually want to get married. Was the person who paid 10k a EU national as well?

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    Yes, she's French.

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    Default Re: Europeans who managed to stay in Miami

    I know that the student visa is becoming more and more popular as an option to stay in the States. Maybe talking to an Embassy would help you figure out some other options, or give you some suggestions.

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    Other way is to participate in the diversity visa, though you don't have a big chance to win it.

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    Yes, she's French.
    And it worked?

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    The UK as a country is not eligible for the diversity visa.

    Yes, the French girl is still here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by twofiveone View Post
    This place really grew on my during my short trip, I wouldn't mind staying in Miami for a few years. An employment visa comes to mind but I'm wondering if any of you EU citizens have other experiences?
    A short (read a few days) trip while on vacations or some other reason is nothing like actually living in Miami.
    I imagine your short trip was spent in South Beach or close. Depending on your age and as long as you don't move into the mainland, a year or so there could actually be fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jess View Post
    Another person I know (someone I know, not a friend, as I don't think this is advisable behavior...) paid a girl 10k to get married for a green card.
    Quote Originally Posted by twofiveone View Post
    Was the person who paid 10k a EU national as well?
    Quote Originally Posted by Jess View Post
    Yes, she's French.
    Quote Originally Posted by twofiveone View Post
    And it worked?
    Quote Originally Posted by Jess View Post
    Yes, the French girl is still here!
    I think twofiveone meant to ask if the person who payed the girl was an EU national, and I think Jess thought he meant if the girl who got payed was an EU national and answered him according to that assumption, or else this means a french girl payed some other girl to marry her here in the US.

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    Um... I'm lost. But my American male friend married a French girl cos she paid him, and she is still living here, and he is slightly richer.

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    Default Re: Europeans who managed to stay in Miami

    I understand that a French girl payed an American guy 10K for him to marry her but the way you wrote this
    Quote Originally Posted by Jess View Post
    Another person I know (someone I know, not a friend, as I don't think this is advisable behavior...) paid a girl 10k to get married for a green card.
    implies that someone, a man I would assume, paid a girl for her to marry him for the green card and not the other way around, no? Maybe my reading skills are failing me or maybe you meant to write "someone I know got payed 10k by a girl" or something like that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Largo View Post
    A short (read a few days) trip while on vacations or some other reason is nothing like actually living in Miami.
    I imagine your short trip was spent in South Beach or close. Depending on your age and as long as you don't move into the mainland, a year or so there could actually be fun.
    I actually stayed on the mainland and took the bus to South Beach. Of course living there is something else than visiting but it's a great experience to live in such a place for a few years. Am currently back in Europe and the first thing that came to my attention is the amount of old people. Didn't see many of them in Miami.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jess View Post
    Um... I'm lost. But my American male friend married a French girl cos she paid him, and she is still living here, and he is slightly richer.
    was she Geraldine De Pardeaux must be a film in there somewhere !

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    Quote Originally Posted by twofiveone View Post
    Am currently back in Europe and the first thing that came to my attention is the amount of old people. Didn't see many of them in Miami.
    Uche uche uche what?! Man, this is Florida. Miami Beach may be some kind of exception, but still, the median age here is, what, 40?
    http://zipatlas.com/us/fl/miami/zip-...median-age.htm



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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoppie View Post
    Uche uche uche what?! Man, this is Florida. Miami Beach may be some kind of exception, but still, the median age here is, what, 40?
    http://zipatlas.com/us/fl/miami/zip-...median-age.htm



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    I meant to say elderly people!

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    I too know people who have participated in the "pay to stay" (married a citizen) program. It is risky. If the party is discovered the citizen faces fines and up to 10 years in federal prison. While the alien can receive a fixed deportation and status and restriction of ever achieving citizenship in the US.

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    Pay to stay.... Haha

    and yes, it's nothing I agree with, or think is right, and it is very risky.

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    Default Re: Europeans who managed to stay in Miami

    We discussed this at some length last year. See these threads:

    How do people from Europe manage to live in Miami?

    Would like to find a job in Miami!!

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    Default Re: Europeans who managed to stay in Miami

    Just to attach to a semi-related topic.

    For my tax return, I needed ITINs for my (H4) family which is not entitled to SSNs. With a large anti-fraud campaign going on, the only way to get ITINs is to queue up at the Miami downtown Taxpayers Assistance Center with your complete 2012 tax return and your passport, so that they can copy your passport. That's it. They need to copy your passport (themselves).

    It took six hours of waiting. The official advice now is to line up at 05:00AM in front of the building and then you have a good chance of making it into the queue ticket system by 01:30PM which is their cut-off time for the day. They work until all tickets are handled, but they close the door for new people at 01:30PM. Which is announced exactly nowhere.

    Now THAT is hard to believe for Europeans.

    Next ... wait 18 weeks for the processing ... also hard to believe.

    Is this a Miami Special, a Florida Deal, or just common USA in sequestrization mode?


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    ^Oh, trust me, I have a lot of experience with things like that. Lived in South America for a long time and it's not uncommon to experience things like that. At least in Miami, the electricity doesn't go out twice a week while your shampooing your hair

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