The United States of America

If you're considering emigrating to the United States, you're not alone. The US is one of the most attractive destinations for migrants around the world. In this guide, we'll explore everything you need to know about emigrating to the United States, to help you make an informed decision about your move.

Emigrating to the US

Immigration is a major topic of discussion in the United States of America. Throughout its history, the United States has been a melting pot of different cultures, languages, and traditions. Over the years, the country has seen waves of immigration from various parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Currently, the United States is home to millions of immigrants who have come to the country in search of a better life. Immigration has helped to shape the country’s history and culture, but also presents unique challenges and opportunities.

The current immigration climate in the United States is contentious. The country is currently facing a large number of undocumented immigrants, many of whom have been living and working in the country for years. There are also concerns about the security of the country’s borders, particularly with regard to the possibility of terrorism. The Trump Administration has taken a hardline stance on immigration, with policies aimed at reducing illegal immigration and increasing border security. This has included plans to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and increasing the number of deportations.

Immigration remains a complex issue in the United States. While the country has a long history of welcoming immigrants, the current political climate has made it more difficult for people to come to the country legally. At the same time, there are millions of undocumented immigrants already in the country who are contributing to its economy and culture. Finding a solution that balances these competing interests will be a major challenge for policymakers in the years to come.

Understanding the Visa options for emigrating to the US

If you are thinking about moving to the US, there are various ways to do so, whether it is for work, family, visit, business, or settlement. In this section, we will cover all the visa options available for emigrating to the United States. The first point to note is that the visa you apply for will depend on your circumstances and the reason for your move.

US Work Visas

If you plan to relocate to the United States for employment purposes, it will be necessary for you to seek a work visa. The predominant type of work visa in the US is the skilled worker visa, specifically designed for individuals with advanced skills who have received a job offer within the country. To meet the criteria, you must secure a job offer from a US employer who possesses a valid sponsorship license for skilled workers. Here is a compilation of visas that grant permission to work in the United States:

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa in the United States that allows employers to hire foreign professionals with specialized skills in fields such as information technology (IT), science, healthcare, and other relevant industries. 

For employees of multinational companies being transferred to the US.

For individuals with extraordinary abilities in fields like arts, athletics, or business.

For individuals participating in exchange visitor programs in fields like education, research, or training.

For investors and entrepreneurs looking to set up or operate a business in the US.

It is designed for skilled workers, professionals, and other workers who seek to permanently live and work in the U.S.

Family visa

If you have family members in the US and want to join them, you may be eligible for a family visa. A US family visa is available for partners, children, parents, and other family members of someone who is a British citizen or settled in the US. Below is a list of family visas available in the US.

For foreign nationals engaged to US citizens.

For foreign nationals married to US citizens or permanent residents.

For US citizens to sponsor their parents to live in the US.

For US citizens to sponsor their siblings to live in the US.

Business Applications

The business visa in the United States refers to a non-immigrant visa category that allows individuals to travel to the US for business-related activities. They include: 

For individuals traveling to the US for business purposes, such as attending conferences or meetings.

For individuals from countries with a treaty of commerce with the US to conduct trade.

For Australians seeking to work in specialty occupations in the US.

For individuals coming to the US for training purposes.

Visit Visa

These visas are issued to individuals seeking to visit the US for tourism or other non-business purposes. They include:

For individuals traveling to the US for vacation, medical treatment, or other personal reasons.

For citizens of countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program, allowing them to visit the US for up to 90 days without a visa.

The US Visa Application Process

When is the best time to start a visa application to the United States?

The best time to start a visa application to the United States of America largely depends on the purpose of travel and the type of visa being applied for. Typically, it is recommended to start the visa application process at least 3 to 4 months before the intended travel date to allow sufficient time for processing and any potential delays or issues that may arise. However, for certain visas like the H-1B visa, it is advisable to start the application process as early as possible due to the limited number of visas issued each year. It is always best to check with the US embassy or consulate in the applicant’s home country for specific guidelines and requirements.

US Immigration Resources

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Taking Action

If you are an expat currently in the US looking to meet fellow expats in the country, or you are outside the US looking for a job in the US, you have come to the right place.  If you are a business currently in the US or a business person looking to set up a branch or headquarters in the US, you have also come to the right place. We’ll show you everything you need to know about sponsorship in the US and guide you through your compliance. 

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Living in the US

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Healthcare

The US has a National Health Service (NHS) that provides healthcare to US residents. Private practices are also of the highest global standards.

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Travel to the US Requirements by Country

If you are traveling to the United States from any of the countries below, check out our evergreen travel guide from your country to the US:

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