Every year plenty of Britons emigrate to the US to pursue the American Dream. Historically, the relationship between these two countries is almost two centuries old before the US declared independence in 1776. Since the days of those early settlers, migration between these two countries has remained strong. When moving to the US, you will need the help of professional London removals to help you to get all of your belongings to your new home safely and quickly.
We at I Love International Moving are just the international movers to help you move to your new home. Wherever you are going, we are international movers that have a moving solution for you. If you are moving from London to cities in America such as New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, or Chicago we are here for you. We are one of the top international movers in London and can help you to move to many cities all over the world. You can save time and effort by hiring our professional moving services. We provide reliable moving services such as:
- Overseas vehicle shipping
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- Professional packing
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Whether you are moving down the street or to another country, know that we are a moving company that can help make your move stress-free.
Why move to the United States?
Today the US and the UK share a unique close bond because of the cultural, historical and linguistic ties they share. Trade between these two nations is also vital to both of the countries economies. According to government statistics, trade between these two countries is estimated to be worth over two hundred billion dollars every year.
Not only are both of these countries among the top foreign employers of each other with each employing approximately a million citizens from the other country, but are also great collaborators for when it comes to science and innovation, and tourist locations as well. Taking all this into consideration, the reasons to move there are tempting. However, before thinking about your move across the pond, it is important to sort out your residential visa, known in America as a green card.
Getting your Green Card
There are many ways to acquire a Green Card, and it is essential to figure out which option you think that you may be eligible for. For UK citizens moving to the United States your most likely options are through a family member or through your job.
Getting a Green Card through family
To promote family unity, which is seen as a core value of American society, immigration law allows United States citizens to request a Green Card for relatives to come and live permanently in the country. You might be able to receive a Green Card if one of your immediate relatives is a United States citizen. Eligible family members are spouses, unmarried children under the age of twenty one, and parents if they are over the age of twenty one.
If you have a family member who is an American citizen but they are not an immediate relative, they might still be able to help you get your Green Card through what is known as the family preference category. Family members who fall into this category include unmarried kids over the age of twenty one, married kids of any age, and brothers and sisters if they are over the age of twenty one.
You might also be able to live in the US if you are related to a Green Card holder, as you might still fall into the family preference category. Please remember that Congress has reduced the number of family members who are entering the country in this way so you might have to expect a waiting period before your visa becomes available.
Alternatively, if you are the fiancé of a permanent American citizen, you can apply for a K nonimmigrant visa. This GreenCard offers a quick way for you and your children, to get residence, saving you from being isolated from your loved one for an extended period.
Getting your Green Card through your work
The other most common way to get a Green Card is through work. This category involves many options which include an offer for permanent employment in the US. This requires you to get a labor certification and then getting a Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers. Another way is through investment as Green Cards are available to investors and entrepreneurs who plan to create and maintain ten permanent full-time jobs in the country.
Specialist jobs are another way to get a Green Card as certain specialist occupations might help you gain residency such as Broadcasters, Members of Armed Forces, or International Organisation Employees. Of course, there are a lot of other ways to successfully get a Green Card, visit The U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services website to see all the options available to you.
Transferring your money from the UK to the US
As soon as you have been granted a Green Card and have found a residency, you will want to start thinking about transferring money to the United States. The first thing you will have to do is set up an American bank account. Your best choice is to set up an account with a US bank which has branches in the UK as this will help you to begin the process while you are still here. Once you have set up your account, you have a few choices to wire your money to America, including using a money sending bureau or a UK bank. However, you might find that the fees and poor exchange rates make this process unnecessarily costly. Using a foreign exchange broker provides a much cheaper and more convenient solution.
In terms of reliability, some exchange brokers have already made over four billion dollar transfers to date, with many transactions being made for migrants sending money to the United States. If you are thinking about taking cash into the country, there is no limit to the amount you can take, however you are required to declare amounts of ten thousand dollars and any other bearer documents requested of you at Border Control, including personal and travelers’ cheques. When using an online money transfer service, your money is transferred swiftly, and you can track your transfer the whole time, once it has been processed you will find your American Dream will seem much more like a reality.
Useful internet sites
- UK Foreign And Commonwealth Office: is a government site that provides a comprehensive guide for British nationals living in the states, covering everything from Entry Requirements to Education to Health.
- US Department of State: is a site that provides more information on employment-based immigrant visas.
If you are ready to move to the US, then get in touch with professional London removals such as I Love International Moving, which are one of the best London removals who can help you move to the US and other countries around the world. We look forward to working with you.