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I’m new here, and have signed up for some advice. I’d be really grateful if anyone could help


I work for a London based company, and have been given the opportunity to work in the New York branch. It is still early days, but the possibility of it happening is looking more likely each week.


Having done a little research I’d imagine that I would be given either a L1 or a L2 visa.


The problem I have, is that I would be moving with my girlfriend.


We are not married so I understand she is not eligible for a derivative visa, and any visa that she applies for will have to allow her to work, as we cannot afford otherwise.


Am I right in presuming that she would need a prearranged job and a H-1B visa, or is there any other way that she could join me?


Any help is hugely appreciated



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H1Bs are not easy to get, she would need to find an employer willing to sponsor her who would apply in April 2019 and she would be allowed to start working on October 1st 2019, assuming she actually got one - it's a lottery system.

There's the B-2 cohabitating visa, but she wouldn't be able to work.


Basically, if you want her to come any time soon (before October 2019), live with you, and work, you have to marry.

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10 minutes ago, Boiler said:

I defer to my girl Beyonce who has summed up your options wonderfully:



and that right there would be your solution

5/7/2018 K1       Application mailed

5/9/2018             Application rec'd and signed for (sent via fedex)

5/14/2018          NOA1 Email notification

5/18/2018          NOA1 Paper copy rec'd (i797C)

11/5/2018          NOA2 ❤️ no RFE's

11/19/2018        NVC Received file

12/13/2018        Consulate received/ ready to schedule interview


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Basically, it is going to be tough for your girlfriend to move here with you. If she was your spouse it would be a different story. Getting an H1B via is not walk in the park.


All other options for her require lots of money (investment visa, student visa, etc), which you indicated may not be financially feasible.

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“When starting an immigration journey, the best advice is to understand that sacrifices have to be made; whether it is time, money, or separation or a combination of any or all.” - NuestraUnion

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