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Im wanting to move to America and live with my boyfriend, but how does that all work? I want to be able to work while I'm there and eventually hopefully become an American citizen. Everything I've read is so confusing and it seems like there a ton of different visas so I don't know which to chose from or which one that I would need. Any help on where to start would be greatly appreciated. I'm a Health Care Aide by the way, if that makes a difference.

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Unfortunately there are no visas to live with boyfriends; you would need to either get engaged and file for a fiancée visa (K-1), or get married and file for a CR-1 spousal visa.


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Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
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Well that's discouraging, how about a work visa? Can I file for a work visa, then go to the states and find a job or do I need to find a job first? I feel like a potential employee wouldn't want to go through the hassle of waiting for me to be approved. Does it take awhile usually or is it all dependant on the work someone does?

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You wouldn't - the employer would.

I understand how you feel, I always took for granted the US/Canada relationship until I tried to move here

good luck


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
May, 26, 2009


POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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Well I guess this explains the "90 day fiancé " TV show.

Thanks for the help though!

So if I apply for jobs and I get one of them, what happens? Does the employer send me forms and stuff to fill out to be approved or should I be trying to find a work visa form to get started on myself?

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If you wanna live with him, why not get engaged, move here and then get married? Gloria and I lived together for 2 years before getting engaged and our relationship now being married is just how it was as when we were dating and living together.


2014-05-08 Sent I-129f
2014-05-12 I-129f received
2014-05-15 Received NOA1 email
2014-05-19 Received NOA1 hardcopy
2014-09-10 NOA2 Approved
2014-09-30 Package Left from NVC
2014-10-06 Received by Embassy
2014-10-31 Interview, Approved.
2014-11-03 Picked up visa.
2014-12-25 POE Ft. Lauderdale

2015-01-02 Wedding

---AOS---

2015-01-09 Filed I-485, I-131 and I-765

2015-01-12 AOS package received

2015-01-14 Email received: Case accepted and routed

2015-01-15 Check cashed

2015-01-20 Received NOAs in the mail

2015-02-07 Received Biometrics letter in the mail

2015-02-19 Biometrics Appt in Raleigh office.

2015-03-13 EAD and AP approved

2015-03-19 EAD and AP sent

2015-03-21 Received EAD/AP combo card

2015-03-26 Received 2nd Biometrics appointment for Charlotte office

2015-04-08 2nd Biometrics

2015-06-15 Received NPIW dated 06-11

2015-08-01 Green Card Approved

2015-08-03 Welcome Letter Mailed

2015-08-07 Welcome Letter Received

2015-08-22 Card Mailed

2015-08-26 Card Received

2015-11-20 Enlisted in the USMC

2016-02-16 Shipping date to bootcamp

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It's all about the visa. No visa is immediate.

A work visa is petitioned for by the employer, very little for you to do except accept the job offer.

A fiancé visa may be petitioned for after the engagement by the US citizen.

I suggest you begin reading, start with the guides at the top of the page.

good luck


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
May, 26, 2009


POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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It's that easy to do? Just get engaged and they'll let me move?

Well, you'll have to apply for a k-1 visa, once you have that you can move, get married in 90 days and then apply for your work permit, advance parole and greencard.


2014-05-08 Sent I-129f
2014-05-12 I-129f received
2014-05-15 Received NOA1 email
2014-05-19 Received NOA1 hardcopy
2014-09-10 NOA2 Approved
2014-09-30 Package Left from NVC
2014-10-06 Received by Embassy
2014-10-31 Interview, Approved.
2014-11-03 Picked up visa.
2014-12-25 POE Ft. Lauderdale

2015-01-02 Wedding

---AOS---

2015-01-09 Filed I-485, I-131 and I-765

2015-01-12 AOS package received

2015-01-14 Email received: Case accepted and routed

2015-01-15 Check cashed

2015-01-20 Received NOAs in the mail

2015-02-07 Received Biometrics letter in the mail

2015-02-19 Biometrics Appt in Raleigh office.

2015-03-13 EAD and AP approved

2015-03-19 EAD and AP sent

2015-03-21 Received EAD/AP combo card

2015-03-26 Received 2nd Biometrics appointment for Charlotte office

2015-04-08 2nd Biometrics

2015-06-15 Received NPIW dated 06-11

2015-08-01 Green Card Approved

2015-08-03 Welcome Letter Mailed

2015-08-07 Welcome Letter Received

2015-08-22 Card Mailed

2015-08-26 Card Received

2015-11-20 Enlisted in the USMC

2016-02-16 Shipping date to bootcamp

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See Id rather go the work visa route so I don't have the pressure of needing to be married in 90 days. Plus we've never lived together other than the week at a time I spend when I fly out there to see him which is also becoming very expensive.

So just to quickly recap, I can just start applying for jobs and if I'm offered one the employee will do most of the paper work required? Sorry for the dumb questions, I feel like I've been reading and reading and getting to definite or clear answers. Most of the stuff I've found online has me running in circles.

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to live permanently in America you will need to apply for a fiance visa or spouse visa


our K1 visa journey

Signed up with RapidVisa company: June 10th 2014
Petition Filed: June 25th 2014
Received at California Service Center: July 3rd 2014
Petition approved: September 25th 2014
Received at NVC: October 5th 2014
Received at US Embassy: November 13th 2014
Delay because of Greek Police Certificate
Filled in DS-160: January 13th 2015
Received Greek Police Certificate:January 19th 2015
Got Greek Police Certificate translated: January 21st 2015
Got it licensed with Greek Embassy: January 27th 2015
Sent Readiness Form to US Embassy: January 28th 2015
Medical Exam: February 4th 2015
Visa Interview: March 3rd 2015 Approved!!
Administrative Processing : March 4th 2015
Visa Status Issued: March 5th 2015
Email from Consulate: March 9th 2015
Collected from DX courier: March 10th 2015
Flight to Minnesota: March 24th 2015
POE: Philadelphia International Airport
Destination: Minneapolis, Minnesota


Our Wedding day: April 15th 2015
Adjustment of Status Filed:
Employment Authorisation:
Advanced Parole:

My blog : https://ourstoryourfamily.wordpress.com/


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See Id rather go the work visa route so I don't have the pressure of needing to be married in 90 days. Plus we've never lived together other than the week at a time I spend when I fly out there to see him which is also becoming very expensive.

So just to quickly recap, I can just start applying for jobs and if I'm offered one the employee will do most of the paper work required? Sorry for the dumb questions, I feel like I've been reading and reading and getting to definite or clear answers. Most of the stuff I've found online has me running in circles.

I'm not sure about applying for jobs, what i DO know is that the employer needs to prove USCIS that there's nobody in the US that can do the job that you'd be applying to. Not easy but not impossible.


2014-05-08 Sent I-129f
2014-05-12 I-129f received
2014-05-15 Received NOA1 email
2014-05-19 Received NOA1 hardcopy
2014-09-10 NOA2 Approved
2014-09-30 Package Left from NVC
2014-10-06 Received by Embassy
2014-10-31 Interview, Approved.
2014-11-03 Picked up visa.
2014-12-25 POE Ft. Lauderdale

2015-01-02 Wedding

---AOS---

2015-01-09 Filed I-485, I-131 and I-765

2015-01-12 AOS package received

2015-01-14 Email received: Case accepted and routed

2015-01-15 Check cashed

2015-01-20 Received NOAs in the mail

2015-02-07 Received Biometrics letter in the mail

2015-02-19 Biometrics Appt in Raleigh office.

2015-03-13 EAD and AP approved

2015-03-19 EAD and AP sent

2015-03-21 Received EAD/AP combo card

2015-03-26 Received 2nd Biometrics appointment for Charlotte office

2015-04-08 2nd Biometrics

2015-06-15 Received NPIW dated 06-11

2015-08-01 Green Card Approved

2015-08-03 Welcome Letter Mailed

2015-08-07 Welcome Letter Received

2015-08-22 Card Mailed

2015-08-26 Card Received

2015-11-20 Enlisted in the USMC

2016-02-16 Shipping date to bootcamp

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I'm not sure about applying for jobs, what i DO know is that the employer needs to prove USCIS that there's nobody in the US that can do the job that you'd be applying to. Not easy but not impossible.

Yep the US embassy will need proof that no American can do the job you apply for and that you are specialised in the career field you choose, I have heard work visas can be hard to get.

If you don't want to feel like the 90 days to get married is too much, the fiance visa is actually good for 6 months before you even enter the US so that is one way to feel it isn't rushed.

From my knowledge short term stay in America and then leave afterwards is possible to do but the US immigration would need proof that you won't try to stay illegally.


our K1 visa journey

Signed up with RapidVisa company: June 10th 2014
Petition Filed: June 25th 2014
Received at California Service Center: July 3rd 2014
Petition approved: September 25th 2014
Received at NVC: October 5th 2014
Received at US Embassy: November 13th 2014
Delay because of Greek Police Certificate
Filled in DS-160: January 13th 2015
Received Greek Police Certificate:January 19th 2015
Got Greek Police Certificate translated: January 21st 2015
Got it licensed with Greek Embassy: January 27th 2015
Sent Readiness Form to US Embassy: January 28th 2015
Medical Exam: February 4th 2015
Visa Interview: March 3rd 2015 Approved!!
Administrative Processing : March 4th 2015
Visa Status Issued: March 5th 2015
Email from Consulate: March 9th 2015
Collected from DX courier: March 10th 2015
Flight to Minnesota: March 24th 2015
POE: Philadelphia International Airport
Destination: Minneapolis, Minnesota


Our Wedding day: April 15th 2015
Adjustment of Status Filed:
Employment Authorisation:
Advanced Parole:

My blog : https://ourstoryourfamily.wordpress.com/


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You are not going to get a visa as a Health Care Aide.

The most common visa category for Canadians is TN.

You can look up what professions qualify, you are going to have to think of this as a long term plan.

In the mean time now about him moving to Canada?


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Yup, TN Is a very common visa for Canadians, but not all jobs qualify. In health care RN qualifies, but not a care aide.

http://canada.usembassy.gov/mobile/visas/doing-business-in-america/professions-covered-by-nafta.html

Have you thought of extended vacations? Revert to casual at your employment and take vacations longer than a week at a time so you can better answer the marriage question?


First Entered US with TN Status: 04/13/2012
Engaged: 08/24/2012
Married: 08/10/2013


Adjustment of Status from TN Status to Permanent Resident:

Day 00: AOS mailed by USPS priority Post: 05/19/2014
Day 02: AOS package arrived: 05/21/2014
Day 08: Text/email notice of acceptance: 05/27/2014
Day 11: NOAs for I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131 received, 05/30/2014
Day 14: Biometrics notice received with an appointment of June 17, 2914 at 3pm. 06/02/2014
Day 15: attempted walk-in successful after a very long wait 06/03/2014
Day 38: email notice that I-485 has moved to testing & interview! 06/26/2014
Day 77: EAD/AP - card production 08/06/2014
Day 84: EAD/AP card received 08/13/2014
Day 129: Infopass appointment for an update (very helpful!) 09/24/2014
Day 136: Email received with interview date 10/01/2014
Day 138: Interview notice received! 10/03/2014
Day 170: Green Card Approved on the Spot! 11/04/2014
Day 178: Green Card Received 11/12/2014

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS:

Day 00: ROC Package (Weighing 1.7kg -- 3lbs 13oz) mailed by USPS Priority Post: 09/13/2016

Day 03: ROC Package Received: 09/16/2016

Day 07: Check Cashed: 09/20/2016

Upcoming:

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