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Hello, I am a 20 year old German dude who has just finished my apprenticeship and received my examination certificate for the profession of toolmaker. I plan on moving to California where my

girlfriend lives. I would love some advice on where to start and what to do. Marriage is our last resort if nothing else works. Thanks to all for any help.

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Marry & apply for a spousal visa. Good luck.


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You have to get married. No other way, really.


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Marriage is the last option because you want to be together with her or marriage is the last option because you want to find out how to move to California?

 

Marriage in order to obtain residency in the US is considered fraud, so it's a little unclear what your ultimate goal is here. I'm not questioning the validity of your relationship, but you do have to prove to USCIS that the main reason you are coming is because you want to live with your US citizen wife, not just because you want to live and work and the US.

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1 minute ago, millefleur said:

Marriage is the last option because you want to move to the US or marriage is the last option because you want to find out how to move to California?

 

Marriage in order to obtain residency in the US is considered fraud, so it's a little unclear what your ultimate goal is here. I'm not questioning the validity of your relationship, but you do have to prove to USCIS that the main reason you are coming is because you want to live with your US citizen wife, not just because you want to live and work and the US.

No I want to live there because I love her. However because we are still young that is difficult with her parents. I also want to live there because I want to build a family with her. The reason why I want help on how this process works is because I want to do it the legal and proper way not some 90 day fiance way.

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5 minutes ago, Timm98 said:

No I want to live there because I love her. However because we are still young that is difficult with her parents. I also want to live there because I want to build a family with her. The reason why I want help on how this process works is because I want to do it the legal and proper way not some 90 day fiance way.

Got it. So, if you want to be able to work as soon as you arrive in the US, you would need to marry and then apply for a CR-1 spousal visa. This visa will allow you to work as soon as you're admitted to the US and you will have the status of legal permanent resident.

 

You can marry anywhere, it can be in the US, Germany, a third country. Anywhere as long as the marriage is valid. The "90 day fiance" way (lol) is the K-1 fiance visa, which does not allow you to work right away and requires you to get married in the US. You could do either option but most people recommend the spousal visa as it doesn't have the limbo period of waiting around during Adjustment of Status where you aren't able to work.

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📑 I-751 Removal of Conditions (2019-???) 📝

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**Moved from Work Visas to  What Visa Do I Need - Family Based Immigration**


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26-Jul-2016: Married abroad
21-Dec-2016: I-130 filed at Embassy
29-Dec-2016: I-130 approved! Yay! 

17-Jan-2017: Case number received

21-Mar-2017: Medical Exam completed

24-Mar-2017: Interview - approved!

29-Mar-2017: CR-1 Visa received (via mail)

02-Apr-2017: USCIS Immigrant (GC) Fee paid

28-Jun-2017: Port of Entry @ PDX

21-Jul-2017: No SSN after 3 weeks; applied at local SSA

22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail

31-Jul-2017: SSN arrived via mail, hurrah!

 

I-90 GC Replacment (for Erroneous GC)

22-Jul-2017: GC arrives in the mail – name is cut off

01-Aug-2017: Sent in I-90 online via website

05-Aug-2017: Biometrics scheduled

23-Aug-2017: Biometrics done @ USCIS office; kept GC!

16-Jul-2018: RFE for supporting docs!!

31-Jul-2018: USCIS Appointment at local field office..

22-Aug-2018: Mailed GC back to USCIS in response to RFE

29-Aug-2018: GC received by USCIS

17-Sept-2018: Received CORRECTED GC in the mail! Finally!!

 

📑 I-751 Removal of Conditions (2019-???) 📝

Spoiler

28-Jun-2019: Conditional GC expires

30-Mar-2019: Eligible to apply for ROC...

??-???-2019: TBA...

 

 

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15 minutes ago, Timm98 said:

OK. Say for example she is not in the picture then what would I do? Apply for a work visa (if that's a thing).

 

It is a thing but I dont believe your occupation or education qualifies. So nope. Work visas are limited and hard to get. 

 

Why do you think people don't just casually move to the US? Because there is only very few options and marriage to the US citizen is the easiest and best one. 


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17 minutes ago, Timm98 said:

OK. Say for example she is not in the picture then what would I do? Apply for a work visa (if that's a thing).

 

You would need a US employer who would apply for a work visa on your behalf.  With your education, you would not qualify for one.  

 

Marriage is your only option to move to California.

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4 minutes ago, millefleur said:

Got it. So, if you want to be able to work as soon as you arrive in the US, you would need to marry and then apply for a CR-1 spousal visa. This visa will allow you to work as soon as you're admitted to the US and you will have the status of legal permanent resident.

 

You can marry anywhere, it can be in the US, Germany, a third country. Anywhere as long as the marriage is valid. The "90 day fiance" way (lol) is the K-1 visa, which does not allow you to work right away and requires you to get married in the US. You could do either option but most people recommend the spousal visa as it doesn't have the limbo period of waiting around during Adjustment of Status where you aren't able to work.

Alright thank you. Now just to check, there really isn't another way? Say I just wanted to move there to live and work and she wasn't in the picture. 

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Just now, Timm98 said:

Alright thank you. Now just to check, there really isn't another way? Say I just wanted to move there to live and work and she wasn't in the picture. 

I dont think you understand how limited options are for people who would like to move to the US.  


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29.11.2013 - NoA1

06.02.2014 - NoA2

01.04.2014 - Interview. 

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03.2015 - AoS started.

09.2015 - Green Card received.  

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24.07.2017 - NoA1.

01.08.2018 - RoC approved. 

 

 

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13 minutes ago, Timm98 said:

No I want to live there because I love her. However because we are still young that is difficult with her parents. I also want to live there because I want to build a family with her. The reason why I want help on how this process works is because I want to do it the legal and proper way not some 90 day fiance way.

It's 90 day fiance, marriage, then adjustment of status for a green card or getting marry somewhere other than the US and applying for a spousal visa.  Those are your two realistic options.  You don't have another option based on your background.

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2 minutes ago, Timm98 said:

Alright thank you. Now just to check, there really isn't another way? Say I just wanted to move there to live and work and she wasn't in the picture. 

See above answers.

 

Work visas are usually for highly skilled professionals, or for people who are already working at an American company abroad and get transferred to a US office. Technically, you could attempt to find a job doing one of those options, it's not impossible, but it's very difficult and competitive and such jobs are in short supply. The company would have to sponsor you visa and that is costly and not offered by many employers.

 

Your only realistic options, based on the situation you're in right now and the reason you want to come here (since the reason is to be with your girlfriend), would be the fiance or spousal visa.


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Spoiler

26-Jul-2016: Married abroad
21-Dec-2016: I-130 filed at Embassy
29-Dec-2016: I-130 approved! Yay! 

17-Jan-2017: Case number received

21-Mar-2017: Medical Exam completed

24-Mar-2017: Interview - approved!

29-Mar-2017: CR-1 Visa received (via mail)

02-Apr-2017: USCIS Immigrant (GC) Fee paid

28-Jun-2017: Port of Entry @ PDX

21-Jul-2017: No SSN after 3 weeks; applied at local SSA

22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail

31-Jul-2017: SSN arrived via mail, hurrah!

 

I-90 GC Replacment (for Erroneous GC)

22-Jul-2017: GC arrives in the mail – name is cut off

01-Aug-2017: Sent in I-90 online via website

05-Aug-2017: Biometrics scheduled

23-Aug-2017: Biometrics done @ USCIS office; kept GC!

16-Jul-2018: RFE for supporting docs!!

31-Jul-2018: USCIS Appointment at local field office..

22-Aug-2018: Mailed GC back to USCIS in response to RFE

29-Aug-2018: GC received by USCIS

17-Sept-2018: Received CORRECTED GC in the mail! Finally!!

 

📑 I-751 Removal of Conditions (2019-???) 📝

Spoiler

28-Jun-2019: Conditional GC expires

30-Mar-2019: Eligible to apply for ROC...

??-???-2019: TBA...

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Timm98 said:

Alright thank you. Now just to check, there really isn't another way? Say I just wanted to move there to live and work and she wasn't in the picture. 

US immigration doesn't work that way.  There are many people who want to move here to live and work.  If it was that simple, why the hell would people wait up to 24 years to immigrate to the US legally?

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