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Anyone? Advice? Tips?
due to them not giving UK citizens visas. Think you need to be Iranian or something.
we just can't enter the green card lottery.
basically, you need to have a job there.
You need to get a job and repeatedly prove no one else from there can do it. Maks it pretty tricky. I have a friend who did that, with an employer who was happy to keep saying it, and married an american and still got hassled every year about it.
Unless you intend to study there. Or have a job there already (sponsor). Marry an American (Which I don't even think works anymore). Try and find a UK company that has offices in the US, work for them for two years, then see if you can get transferred.
I'm pretty sure you'd get deported. Which is almost the same as emmigrating.
The 'Special Relationship' means bugger all, actually Brits are disdvantaged in that the Americans massively reduced the numbers they were willing to allow to settle as a result of the fact that the UK will let any old Tom, Dick or BLATANT SUICIDE BOMBER into the country. Due to this, their position (not unreasonably) is that they simply don't know what they're getting anymore when Brits apply.
Conversely, the Irish get the same allocation as the UK in spite of having about 1/15th of the population. My friend recently applied for (and received) an Irish passport for the specific purpose of easing her move to the US.
I looked into this a couple of years back. There are a few possible ways:
A) Immigrant Visas
1) Get a job offer from a US firm. Not easy, as they have to foot a large legal bill to get you in. It's not true that you have to prove that you can do a job that no American can do, but you do have to have a relevant degree / professional qualification as well as several (3+) years' work experience.
2) Intra-company transfer. Get a job in Britain with a firm with an office in the US. After 1 year, you're eligible for an intra-company transfer visa, where you can move to the states to work for that company. Note that if you stop working for that company, your visa is void. After a 'few' years, you're eligible to apply for residency. When you get this, you are more free to move jobs.
3) Marry a US citizen. You need to apply for a fiancee visa (lots of interviews at the embassy, lots of proof required) to get out the the states. Then you need to marry within 6 (i think) months. After 2(?) years, you can apply for a green card. After a few years (5+ atm i think), you can apply for citizenship. During this time, the immigration office will check up on you roughly every 6 months.
B) Non-immigrant visas (much easier to get):
4) 6-month tourist visa. Not allowed to work
5) Student visa. Can work PT to support studies. Need to be registered at a recognised US school/college
6) Internship visas. Can work for up to 18 months at an internship. Can be unpaid or paid a stipend/living expenses. You will need to go through a recognised host, and will cost you about £1,000 to set up. These guys do arts internships: http://www.usartstraining.org/
7) 90-day visa waiver. This is the standard little green card you get when you go to the states. It isn't a visa.
This is the book I used, I recommend getting a copy: http://www.amazon.com/U-S-Immigration-Made-Easy-Ilona/dp/1413306527
Best of luck! Oh, and I chose to wait and choose between options 1 & 2 in a couple of years' time ;)