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My fiancée and I are going to go to New York for a month next summer, July 2020 and if we like it, which I’m fairly confident we will, would love to move over and have a go at living and working in America. 


I have a Bsc Hons degree in Finance and Investment Analysis and at the time of the trip I will have 3 years work experience in Commercial/Financial Administration. My fiancée is a supervisor in Primark in Northern Ireland and they have branches in New York. We are both from Northern Ireland and have Irish passports 


With the above information in mind, what would be our best chance of gaining a visa to live/work there? Different routes to try apart from H1B as obviously that’s only like a 1 in 3 chance if I can even find a company to sponsor me. I’m open to any and all suggestions as to what one to go for. 


Many thanks. 


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The only option I see for you guys would be the green card lottery. Employment based visa would be difficult to get. 


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Work visa is probably the best way because from what you said neither one of you has US citizenship, so any of the marriage Visas are out. If you had say an extra 500,000 US dollars laying around, you could do a EB5 Visa. You might be able to get student Visas if you wanted, but you can't work on those . The only other option would be to try for the green card lottery, but if one of you gets the lottery you would be separated for a while until whoever comes to the US gets their green card, and then can petition the other via a K1 or CR1 Visa.

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Yeah from what I see an H1B visa would best solution, not that it’s guaranteed or easy by any means! It’s a long shot her getting a L1B visa through her job I know but worth exploring I guess? 


Also seen an EB3 but that takes a long time to process and unlikely to find someone to sponsor me right? 

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Work visas.......find a company to hire and sponsor you.

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Thread is moved from the "Moving to the US" forum to "What Visa Do I Need."

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Company transfer by far the best bet, then you can work as well.


Do not see that hse can get a H1b.

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