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Seeing as all of us on here know quite how difficult and complex emigrating can be, I was wondering what kind of attitudes you have encountered from friends and family?

I have a friend who is very blasé and has said several times that it would be 'so easy' for her to move to to the States, because her family have so much money. I've tried to explain that you can't just buy your way in (unless you're an investor) and that it may well take some time. All the same, she likes to update her social networking sites with details of the lavish houses she will buy in America! :lol:

Anyone else come across similar?


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I brought my fiancee from the UK to the US last September to see if she could adjust. She turned out to be more American than many Americans! She loves root beer which apparently they do not have in the UK. She also loves the customer service and nice attitude at many businesses. Even the local "English pub" is decidedly un-English with their free refills of drinks and customer is always right attitude.

As for her family, aha. Adult kids loathe the fact that she is moving. Her neighbors are jealous and excited at the same time. They are old enough to fly over for a visit, and they prefer the UK though they have never left it once.


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I brought my fiancee from the UK to the US last September to see if she could adjust. She turned out to be more American than many Americans!

Haha, brilliant! Very true with the English pub, too. I have come across a lot of the jealous-but-excited type, and in equal measure those staunch Anglophiles who have never been abroad. I think perhaps some people like their world much smaller than others...


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When I lived in California for a year as an exchange student, at first, people would get so excited at learning I was British. They'd ask a million questions and go nuts over my different words and pronounciations of things. By the time they got to know me better they got over it.... I think....

I will miss Tesco though! (and M&S and Nandos!)


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My fiancee is despised in England because she is Scottish. But she comes here and is an instant celebrity. She even talked a cop out of his rifle and got to examine an unloaded M-16. I told her cops NEVER give up their guns, she is the charmer!


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06-06-2011 - Additional passport pics sent.

06-08-2011 - Evidence received and acknowledged. Whew!

06-16-2011 - NOA2 received!

07-20-2011 - Packet 3 Received!

08-01-2011 - Packet 3 returned to Embassy.

08-22-2011 - Packet 4 Received!

09-19-2011 - Interview...APPROVED!

09-23-2011 - Visa in Hand

09-29-2011 - POE LAX

11-11-2011 - Wedding at 11:11pm GMT time.

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12-05-2011 - Delivery confirmation per USPS.

12-27-2011 - (3) NOA I-797C received, dated 12-20-2011. Biometrics appt set.

01-10-2012 - Biometrics.

01-20-2012 - Notified of interview appointment for 2-21-2012.

01-31-2012 - EAD and AP approved.

02-08-2012 - EAD/AP card received.

02-21-2012 - AOS interview approved. EAD/AP card confiscated.

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Seeing as all of us on here know quite how difficult and complex emigrating can be, I was wondering what kind of attitudes you have encountered from friends and family?

I have a friend who is very blasé and has said several times that it would be 'so easy' for her to move to to the States, because her family have so much money. I've tried to explain that you can't just buy your way in (unless you're an investor) and that it may well take some time. All the same, she likes to update her social networking sites with details of the lavish houses she will buy in America! :lol:

Anyone else come across similar?

Have you told her that the US is not part of the Commonwealth? She cannot live or work in the US unless she has a green card. She would need to invest at least $500,000 USD in a US business that would create jobs to even begin to immigrate to the US as an investor. And it's not just as simple as sending a check and coming over. There is a ton of paperwork associated with it.

As a UK citizen, she can come to the US as a visitor and her time here will be limited to 90 days on the VWP or six months if she has a visitor visa. If she wants to live or work, she will need a green card.

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You can buy in- EB5.


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You can buy in- EB5.

I think the EB5 is the investor visa, and as jojo mentioned, the level of investment must be $500,000 and individual wealth must be over $1m. Plus, she has this idea of bringing everyone over all together, you know, brothers, sisters, boyfriend etc.

As a UK citizen, she can come to the US as a visitor and her time here will be limited to 90 days on the VWP or six months if she has a visitor visa. If she wants to live or work, she will need a green card.

Yep, I tried to say this as tactfully as possible! I didn't want to sound like 'I'm emigrating and you can't'. Maybe her reaction is a strange form of jealousy :huh: yet I'm under no illusion that I'm moving to the American dream!


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Yes, there is a hell of a lot of ignorance about what it takes to move to the US. So far I have been told I need to become an au pair, my fiance needs to have a million dollars, that nobody who has been arrested is allowed into the US, that 'you just write to the Embassy and they send you a greencard' (actually, talking to both parents about their experiences in the late 70's that may once have been a little true). Worst of all, there is the immediate assumption that marriage to a US citizen is to gain LPR status. "Would you marry him if he was from Bolton?" Err...I lived in Bolton and yep...I would.

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Many of the Americans we meet seem to assume that upon marriage I became a US citizen. There are a few who know better, but most don't. It's kind of nice that they think such an easy policy is in place, if you think about it :-)

I think the Brits tend to have a slightly clearer idea of immigration, although they still tend to think of it as easier and quicker. That is, you get married and then you go to the Embassy and get your visa. (Well that's probably what the Americans think too, if I were to ask them what they think I had to do after getting married.)

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"Would you marry him if he was from Bolton?" Err...I lived in Bolton and yep...I would.

This made me laugh so much! I'm from the North-West too so I know Bolton. My Mum and sister were similar: "Are you sure you don't just like him because he's American? It'll wear off" Give me some credit! Good old practical Lancashire.

Many of the Americans we meet seem to assume that upon marriage I became a US citizen. There are a few who know better, but most don't. It's kind of nice that they think such an easy policy is in place, if you think about it :-)

I think the Brits tend to have a slightly clearer idea of immigration, although they still tend to think of it as easier and quicker. That is, you get married and then you go to the Embassy and get your visa. (Well that's probably what the Americans think too, if I were to ask them what they think I had to do after getting married.)

A friend of mine married an American and she asked me the other day: "Don't you think everyone seems to make a fuss over immigration? I didn't think it was stressful at all, really straightforward". She didn't do any of this process though... she just went over, got married, pretended it was a last minute thing and her husband did all the forms! Almost 3 years on, it worked for her.


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I'm not quite sure how to link to another post properly but on the following thread, 'Just Bob' sums it up perfectly: Which visa for my family?


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My fiancee is despised in England because she is Scottish. But she comes here and is an instant celebrity. She even talked a cop out of his rifle and got to examine an unloaded M-16. I told her cops NEVER give up their guns, she is the charmer!

Hi I find it hard to believe that your fiancee being Scottish was despised in England I too am Scottish and moved to England when I was 29 and lived there for 16years without being loathed had lots of great friends and there was never an issue me being from Scotland, I moved to Chicago 8 weeks ago and I love the way of life the people are so friendly, and the level of service is outstanding much better than in the UK. I do miss HP brown sauce, gravy granules, peppercorn sauce in packets and Warburtons bread to name a few.

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