Brits in the USA and Vice Versa......

#1
Was just wondering how many ex-UK based ARRSErs now live and work in "spectic/ spam/ Yankee" USA-land? I know there a few like roadster, AAGF, Indianadel, effendi etc., but just wanted to see if there were others. For all the sarcastic comments about the "Yankee" land, you guys sure seem to love moving over there - at least quite a lot of them anyways! :)

Incidentally, my first ever "proper" job after graduation was with a U.S. subsidiary of a UK company and more than 60-70% of the folks working in my dept. were are all Brit expats - helped me learned the lingo a bit. Especially in MI, where there are lots of tech/ automotive companies, there are plenty of Brits and other "foreigners" kicking about.

They took our jobs! ^_~

p.s: Ironically, I am an expat now myself here in the U.K., at least for another year before my contract expires! Cheers!:p
 
#2
I don't.
 
#3
I tried it for a while, it didn't really work out

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#5
Where/ what/ when? - without giving too many specifics, of course...
Florida, 2001-2003

It didn't work out as I failed to follow the correct procedure for permanently entering the States

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Was in mid-west USA in 2001 on a legit H1B, came home for a variety of reasons not least 9/11 fucking up the industry I was then working in.

Not islamic terrorism by the way.
 
#7
Thanks but it was my fault entirely.

'Failed to follow procedure' is a nice way of saying I shagged up.
Flew over on the VWP and stayed after my 90 days were up.

If anyone else is thinking of doing that, don't bother.
A short overstay will get you banned from the US for a couple of years. Anything longer will be an automatic 10 year ban.

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Thanks but it was my fault entirely.

'Failed to follow procedure' is a nice way of saying I shagged up.
Flew over on the VWP and stayed after my 90 days were up.

If anyone else is thinking of doing that, don't bother.
A short overstay will get you banned from the US for a couple of years. Anything longer will be an automatic 10 year ban.

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Heard of someone on VWP who followed the rules but someone at the airline/US Border agency fucked up with the little green slip.

The joy is you only find this out when you go back to the US on holiday a year or two later.
 
#10
Heard of someone on VWP who followed the rules but someone at the airline/US Border agency fucked up with the little green slip.

The joy is you only find this out when you go back to the US on holiday a year or two later.
I found out when I came back to uk and went to the embassy to try to do it the 'correct' way. I honestly thought I'd get a slapped wrist, probably pay a hefty fine but ultimately it would be ok.
That was nearly 10 years ago......

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#11
US visas are a minefield of cost, delay and worry.
Same for the UK I think so - I (or rather my company, their attorneys) had to fill in a whole bunch of forms/ details, I had to get my biometrics taken at a UK approved center. The whole shebang took about 1-2 months before I got my passport back from the UK consulate in Chicago. Apparently, it cost the company a pretty penny as well...

....all went well before I landed in Heathrow to find out they I missed some sort of medical (chest or some shit?) x-ray, so didn't let me through, was pulled aside, was given a quick x-ray at the airport and finally let through. No wonder, I got drunk that night!
 
#12
Same for the UK I think so - I (or rather my company, their attorneys) had to fill in a whole bunch of forms/ details, I had to get my biometrics taken at a UK approved center. The whole shebang took about 1-2 months before I got my passport back from the UK consulate in Chicago. Apparently, it cost the company a pretty penny as well...

....all went well before I landed in Heathrow to find out they I missed some sort of medical (chest or some shit?) x-ray, so didn't let me through, was pulled aside, was given a quick x-ray at the airport and finally let through. No wonder, I got drunk that night!
From what I can tell, the average wait for getting a visa to live in the states is 18-24 months. Unless you're a celeb of course

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From what I can tell, the average wait for getting a visa to live in the states is 18-24 months. Unless you're a celeb of course

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H1B came through in about 6 months I think... green card wheels were rolling while I was there, was supposed to take up to another 12 months including rectal probes and attitude inspection.
 
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I found out when I came back to uk and went to the embassy to try to do it the 'correct' way. I honestly thought I'd get a slapped wrist, probably pay a hefty fine but ultimately it would be ok.
That was nearly 10 years ago......

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It's just as hard here. Automatic 3 year ban from entry if you do the wrong thing. You get sent home via Villawood detention centre.


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It does make you smirk when you watch films where people decide on a whim 'oh, I'm going to move to America' and fly out a week later, and vice versa of course

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Much the same for me. I got an L1A, as we have a subsidiary here. That took about 6 months. About 2 years into the initial 3 years I went for the GC, that was about a year. Citizenship took about 4 months.

I don't know anything about the ESTA really, as it came in after I moved here, but it ought to deal with the lost I-94s etc, or at least, you'll know there was a problem before you arrive here. Airlines keep a pretty good paper trail these days. I needed to provide details of all foreign trips for my citizenship. My job takes me here there and everywhere, but between Delta & BA we got it sorted.

As I understand it, H1Bs are like rocking horse shit these days. The annual quota is gone within a week of the new year's allocation being opened up. L1s much easier, if that's available to you. L1B based on specialised knowledge doesn't automatically lead to a GC, but the L1A based on managerial/executive status does.

I assume the UK is much the same. At least for Americans.
One of my colleagues moved to the states recently on an L3 (?) visa I think. It was an internal transfer initially for 6 months. I think it took him about a month or two to sort everything out - again was handled by the attorney firm in the U.S.

But now he decided that he likes it there, and joined the U.S. branch as an employee. He wants to live there for a few years and save some money etc...
 
#18
It's just as hard here. Automatic 3 year ban from entry if you do the wrong thing. You get sent home via Villawood detention centre.


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I always hear all the nonsense about how Aussie visas are hard to get, very stringent checks, extremely strict on all sorts of things and if you put a foot out of line its straight on a plane home.

The fact they gave me a visa proves that its all a lot of shite. :)
 
#19
I always hear all the nonsense about how Aussie visas are hard to get, very stringent checks, extremely strict on all sorts of things and if you put a foot out of line its straight on a plane home.

The fact they gave me a visa proves that its all a lot of shite. :)
I actually got a 457 visa issued a couple of years ago as I was about to start a new job in Melbourne, but something came up at the last minute and I had to drop that job and the visa. If I recall, it was pretty easy at the time.
 
#20
I always hear all the nonsense about how Aussie visas are hard to get, very stringent checks, extremely strict on all sorts of things and if you put a foot out of line its straight on a plane home.

The fact they gave me a visa proves that its all a lot of shite. :)

Just go to Darwhine if you want to look and act like a mong. You'll blend right in and the chances are good they'll lift one of the ZZ Top lookalike locals before they'll grab you for acting the hoon on Mitchell Street.
 

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