United States of America

MIGRATION TO THE US

While the United States of America’s global reputation may have been tarnished over the past few years due to ongoing economic issues and some controversial foreign policies, this does not appear to be putting people off wanting to call the country home. Over one million people from all over the world arrive to live across the US’ 50 states each year, (not to mention the roughly 3.5 million who move there temporarily for work purposes,) making the country by far the world’s most popular emigration destination.

The fact is that, even accounting for the country’s much discussed financial problems, the United States still boasts the world’s largest and most technologically powerful economy and the long-term appeal of the American Dream – the idea that anyone in the country can make their fortune providing they are prepared to work hard – still just about holds.

Then there is the sheer diversity of lifestyle on offer in the country. No two states are the same and no matter what kind of surroundings you are looking to take advantage of in your new life – be it somewhere with sun-drenched beaches, a destination offering snow-capped mountains and fantastic ski opportunities or a thriving metropolis – the US will have it covered. However, in spite of the million or so people who do manage to achieve permanent residency in the United States each year, there are many, many more who fail to make the move a success and return home. Even those who do manage to successfully apply for residency can find themselves in this situation.

When it comes to thinking about emigrating, it is essential to be in the know about all aspects of the process, from learning how (and even whether) you can obtain a residency visa in the first place, to what to expect once you are living there. You will need to take into account, for example, issues such as the relatively high-cost of healthcare (especially if you’re coming from a country that boasts a universal healthcare system) and be aware that property prices and living costs can vary dramatically, depending on where in the country you choose to settle.

Therefore, to make sure you are fully prepared for your new life in the States, it is well worth taking some time to peruse the information included in this section of the website. Almost everything you will need to think about when starting a new life in the US is included here: visa information, healthcare, education, pensions and taxes, currency exchange, flights... The list goes on. To make things even more relevant to you, much of this content is delivered either by way of experts who make their living helping people achieve their American Dream or from expats who have encountered exactly what it’s like to do this first hand. What’s more, with content being added and updated regularly, you can be sure that by the time you arrive for your new life in the States, you’ll be well prepared for it.

The United States of America remains one of the most popular destinations in the world, both for tourism purposes and for potential migrants.

If you would like to move to America, or visit for a holiday, there are a number of US visa options available to you.

https://www.uscis.gov/

VISAS FOR MIGRATION TO THE US

There are many different visa options available to potential migrants to the US; each one has its own qualifying criteria and holder requirements, here is a look at some of the possible options.

Temporary Work Visa categories - https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-nonimmigrant-workers

If you intend to live and work in the US on a temporary basis, there is a range of individual visas available.

H1B Visa – Intended for foreign citizens in speciality occupations or with in demand skills.

https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/h-1b-specialty-occupations-dod-cooperative-research-and-development-project-workers-and-fashion-models

H2B Visa – Intended for temporary employment whose duration is limited by season, demand or unique circumstances

https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/h-2b-temporary-non-agricultural-workers

L1 Visa – Also known as in the Intracompany Transferee visa, this visa is for employees of international firms transferring to American based branches.

L1A Visa https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/l-1a-intracompany-transferee-executive-or-manager

L1B Visa https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/l-1b-intracompany-transferee-specialized-knowledge

Employment-based preference visas – This category allows American employers to petition the American government for permanent residency on behalf of qualifying employees.

Employment Based Preference Visa (EB-1) https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers/employment-based-immigration-first-preference-eb-1

EB-2 https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers/employment-based-immigration-second-preference-eb-2

EB-3 https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers/employment-based-immigration-third-preference-eb-3

EB – 4 https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers/employment-based-immigration-fourth-preference-eb-4

EB – 5 https://www.uscis.gov/eb-5

E3 Visa – Intended for Australian citizens employed in speciality occupations.

https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/e-3-certain-specialty-occupation-professionals-australia

Should link to the following site:

http://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/h-1b-specialty-occupations-and-fashion-models/h-1b-fiscal-year-fy-2015-cap-season

Permanent Work Visas https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers

Certain migrants are eligible to migrate permanently to the work without a qualifying American citizen as a spouse or family member. In or order to be eligible, an applicant will usually require their American based employer to petition the United States Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) on their behalf.

The applications are prioritised in five separate categories:

First Preference (EB1) – Priority workers with extraordinary abilities such as professors and multinational executives.

Free Online EB1 Visa Assessment

Second Preference (EB2) – People with advanced degrees or exceptional ability in the arts, sciences or business who can offer a significant benefit to the American economy.

Free EB2 Visa Online Assessment

Third Preference (EB3) – Skilled workers and professionals

Fourth Preference (EB4) – Speciality immigrants such as religious ministers

Fifth Preference (EB5) – People willing to invest in the American economy

Free Investor (EB5) Visa Assessment

Schedule A Workers – Health care workers with exceptional abilities e.g. surgeons.

Free Online Assessment for Schedule A Workers

LINKS:

EB-1 https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers/employment-based-immigration-first-preference-eb-1

EB-2 https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers/employment-based-immigration-second-preference-eb-2

EB-3 https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers/employment-based-immigration-third-preference-eb-3

EB – 4 https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers/employment-based-immigration-fourth-preference-eb-4

EB – 5 https://www.uscis.gov/eb-5