II`m thinking of immigrating to the USA though employment contract, Is it h
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jul 25, 2012 11:45 PM Last Post By: africanexplorer
Jul 24, 2012 10:54 PM
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Jul 24, 2012 11:48 PM
3Surely your 'mum and grown up siblings' have personal experience to offer. Don't you trust their advice?
FWIW my two Australian sons have both moved there and have successful careers in science and IT. But they are not on contracts, they have full-time positions and are in process of buying property and putting down roots.
Jul 25, 2012 3:58 AM
4You should have your mother or siblings sponser you -- pledge to support you if you cannot find work in the USA while you are here so that you don't rely on welfare for support.
Jul 25, 2012 4:07 AM
You'll either need an H visa to work (hard to get, and with an annual quota with application deadline) or an L visa (inter-company transfer, which requires convincing your company to move you).
Both require a company sponsor your visa. (Though you still apply for it.)
Start your research at the State Department.
Jul 25, 2012 6:52 AM
6Immigrants to the United States.
Employment-Based Immigrant Visas Yu can't just get a contact form tan employer. They have to formally sponsor you for the visa, and that involves a lot of work. The employer usually needs an immigration attorney to get the paperwork right. There is an annual quota.
Jul 25, 2012 8:47 AM
7Thanks a lot for this enlightening information.
One thing though! A close friend of mine who is British enquired me repeatedly about this possibility for them, and I had suggested that I post their enquiry for them ( for initial tips) using my username for the sake of saving them time, as they are not registered on this forum. I have an American citizenship, among a few others, but have very limited knowledge on this matter as I have been living quite far from the States for ages and never known anyone who has gone through this process personally.
Jul 25, 2012 9:34 AM
Jul 25, 2012 11:43 AM
9I assume you posted this to get your friend to stop bugging you about it.
There are non-immigrant employment visas that can allow people to stay in the US for years. Setting aside things like visas for diplomats or religious workers, the most common are H2B (for jobs requiring a university degree) and L1 (a company based outside the US sends you to work in their US office. Lots of conditions.) There are also things like visiting university scholars and trainee programs.
Whether an immigrant of non-immigrant visa, the process is more or less the same. It is cumbersome and expensive enough, that the employer has to really, really, really want you.
The company offers you a job. (There is a good chance that it will not be a contract; most jobs in the US are not.)
The company petitions for you to be granted a visa. They have to prove certain labor conditions, such as they won't fire anybody just so that they can hire you and that they will pay you the same as others in similar jobs (they aren't hiring you so they can save money by paying slave labor wages.) Depending on the visa, they may have to prove that they were unable to find someone who is already able to legally work, so they had to recruit elsewhere.
The company proves that you qualify for the job and the visa due to eduction & experience.
The company pays a hefty fee.
Many of these visas have annual quotas. In some years, there are so many H2B petitions that a lottery system is used.
The petition is granted.
Depending on the visa, this can take months to years.
You then apply for the visa. The visa is not automatic, just because the petition was granted. For example, if you have a criminal record or once overstayed a visit to the US, you will have serious problems.
For non-immigtant visas, you are tied to the employer that petitioned for you. If you want to change jobs, you have to find an employer to do a new petition. I'm not sure how it works for immigrant visas.
Jul 25, 2012 11:45 PM
10Thanks Nutrax for the all information that you`ve provided to help me out helping someone else. I did appreciate your efforts.
Nevertheless, I have realised that I shouldn`t have posted this enquiry for my friend in the first place, as I can only provide very little info on him and his life, and I`m not intending to ask him for details of his private life. Anyway, we were willing to read personal experiences, so he might have spotted some similarities to his case, However, I advised him to also approach an immigration lawyer who is especialised in this type of procedure once he gets back to the UK in a month`s time, as we are both now in Beirut.
This was my first enquiry so far, despite the number of my posts. I have been just contributing to help others.
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