Has anyone here successfully immigrated to the United States before?

Discussion in 'Archive: Your Jedi Council Community' started by Spider-Fan, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. Spider-Fan Force Ghost

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    I ask because I am curious how much difficulty you faced in trying to move there on a permanent basis. I have been looking around to find the simplest method of accomplishing this, and it seems that there just isn't one. So I am wondering how other people have managed.
  2. Eeth-my-Koth Chosen One

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    I immigrated from my mom's vaginor into the U S of A.
  3. MarcusP2 Games and Community Reaper

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    Obviously I have not, but I did see this a while ago that may be useful.
    http://immigrationroad.com/green-card/immigration-flowchart-roadmap-to-green-card.php
  4. Souderwan Chosen One

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    Looking at that flow chart, I can't imagine why anyone would think its easier to risk life and limb crossing the desert into this country.

    James, I suggest you brave the frozen tundra of the North*. No one's worried about you people.


    *Since I know you're watching, fedarales, I'm just (mostly) kidding.
  5. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    The last immigrants in my family were my Norwegian great grandparents about 110 years ago. I'll ask them about the process next time I get a chance.
  6. Kiki-Gonn Chosen One

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    Just sneak over here and knock some girl up for the anchor baby. Just don't try this strategy in Alabama.
  7. yankee8255 Force Ghost

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    If you're serious about it, look into getting an immigration attorney. It will cost you, but it maximizes your chances of getting a green card.

    Do you have relatives or any other connections anywhere in the US?
  8. Spider-Fan Force Ghost

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    Yes I do have friends and family there in various parts of the country.
  9. soitscometothis Force Ghost

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    Go to Kansas, find an elderly couple who can't have children, then mock-up a crashed space-capsule and stick it smack in the middle of the road to their farm. Burst out of it, say "Momma, Dadda" winningly, and hey presto, you're an American. It's an old trick, but it just might work. I suggest a shave and some botox injections first, though.
  10. Boba_Fett_2001 Chosen One

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    Didn't JM22 immigrate to the US? Too bad he's not around these days. :p
  11. Darth_Vaders_Sock Jedi Grand Master

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    I'm interested in this subject too- I've seen a couple of job openings in a field that I'm studying.

    Good grief the process doesn't look half complicated though.
  12. Aytee-Aytee Force Ghost

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    <--- Part Choctaw, so piss off!

    EDIT -- And then some of my family immigrated here against their will back around 1760.
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    Vive l'Acadie!
  13. Miana Kenobi Admin Emeritus

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    I think the last of my ancestors to get here arrived in the mid 1860s, so I'm no help. :(
  14. SithGirl132 Force Ghost

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    I'd recommend a good immigration attorney also- I was adopted internationally and brought into the US, and even doing things through all the proper legal channels leaves entertaining problems. You really do need an attorney to get things done correctly, and it will be a long process coming in as an adult.

    If you have family and friends, it's definitely easier. That and having a job. It's a ton of work, and keeping papers in order is a nightmare no matter what. Good luck!
  15. Koohii Jedi Grand Master

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    GG-Grandparents immigrated from CSA to USA.
    Or my father who crossed the Berlin wall illegally from DDR to BDR. Ended up in USA, then Texas, then Canada.
  16. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Games Mod

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    I know a few people (UK and Ireland citizens) that did it. However it was around 20 years ago - well before 9/11. All of them were helped by the company I was with at the time (air freight firm) as they worked in the UK data center and they transferred to the US data center. Since the company helped it took care of hiring the immigration lawyers.

    I went the opposite way - US to UK - with the same company in the late '80s. Again they hired an immigration firm to ease my passage. I applied for and got indefinite leave to remain after 4 years here.

    If you're in a job that has a US office I'd see if you can do anything through the company.
  17. A Chorus of Disapproval New Films Riot Deterrent

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    Oh! Oh! Pick me!!!

    It was quite simple, since my family did all of the actual work for my toddler self. However, I went through the process of semi-reversal, since I applied for dual citizenship with Ireland as an adult. We fled the Troubles/civil strife which came as a result of British colonialism. So, I live in 2 former British colonies.
  18. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Games Mod

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    When I became eligible to apply for UK citizenship, American citizens couldn't have dual nationality. They can now but I haven't applied.
  19. EMPEROR_WINDU Force Ghost

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    Legal immigration I'd be no help on, but we do have like 5,000 miles of unguarded border so you could just walk on in :rolleyes:
  20. Ostrich_Stapler Force Ghost

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    I have a fair number of friends who did greencard marriages so unless you're considering that I can't help much. :p A few of them border-hopped too so maybe I could help you with that.
  21. Spider-Fan Force Ghost

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    Well I would prefer to establish residency without having to resort to marriage for a number of reasons. And it was my understanding that a spouse of a "green-card marriage" may not work during the first year of marriage and a career is part of the reason I am exploring the move in the first place.
  22. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    Bring home er troops and put 'em on the borders to keep out the browns!





    And the Canadians.
  23. Valyn Force Ghost

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    I moved to the US from Canada when I was in the 11th grade. Visa, green card, and youre set.

    I haven't got around to taking the citizenship test though. But I've lived here as a legal resident since 2000.
  24. Jabba-wocky Chosen One

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    "Resort to?"

    I will have you know that American maidens have a good deal more to offer than expedited visa applications, thank you.
  25. TahiriVeilaSolo69 Force Ghost

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    It has taken my Uncle nearly 7 years to get his citizenship :p and my Grandmother STILL isn't an American citizen even though she has been here since 1957. My other Grandmother didn't become an American citizen until 196something when she had to give up her Italian citizenship in order to be able to stay here. I recommend the immigration attorney (as stated above) and having family and friends here is definitely a plus (I dunno if they still have sponsors anymore...). I recommend dual citizenship like Myke and I have (Ireland ftw)!