Work visa for UK affiliate marketers who want to move to NYC?

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Hi, I'm planning my long term future and if I make it in Affiliate marketing my dream would be to move to new york.

I hear that one needs to apply for work visas or get sponsored etc.
Considering I would be self-employed (since thats what being affiliate marketer is), how would I apply to move to NYC?

Don't say marry a NYC girl first lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Ubertoast
    I've looked into this to go be with my girlfriend (I'm from the UK too ). Since you don't want to marry; you can either take on a second job and get them to foot the bill (around $3000), but depending on the job there'll be a 3 month - 7 year wait, depending on the level of skill. Work visas are also temporary, unfortunately.

    Another option is study visa, valid for however long you're studying - this of course means you need to actually study though.

    Final option is expensive - a $500000 investment to start a business you can prove will generate at least 10 jobs for US citizens. But still, expensive

    There may be more, but if there is I can't remember them right now. I'll edit my post if I remember any
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    • Profile picture of the author heevyhivy
      I actually meant to say 'permanently move'
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      • Profile picture of the author Ubertoast
        Originally Posted by heevyhivy View Post

        I actually meant to say 'permanently move'
        In that case the business set-up or marriage is the only way I know of, apart from the diversity lottery. I wouldn't rely too much on that though - if I recall the UK doesn't have many allocated to it each year, and the number of applicants outweighs how many green cards are issued by the thousands.
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        • Profile picture of the author heevyhivy
          If diversity is based on ethnicity, then I'm Indian. God knows if that makes a difference to the application though.

          lol 500,000 investment is like saying (become a well paid celebrity before applying)
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          • Profile picture of the author KirkMcD
            Originally Posted by heevyhivy View Post

            If diversity is based on ethnicity, then I'm Indian. God knows if that makes a difference to the application though.
            A Diversity Visa is based on the country you are a citizen of. India is not eligible. Most areas that are part of the UK are not eligible either.

            You have until Nov 5 2011 to enter to try and get a visa in 2013.

            Diversity Visa (DV) Program
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            • Profile picture of the author Chris Sorrell
              I believe it's a K2 business visa. You have to have your company registered in the US, make over a certain amount per year as profit and employ a certain number of US citizens.

              If you set up business here in the UK to establish success you could in theory just move your operation to the US providing you were earning easily enough to cover living expenses and to pay the employees etc.

              Other than that, it's actually very difficult and a legal minefield. You could also check out the US embassy website for further guidance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shannon Tani
    What about the diversity visa? I don't know too much about it, but I used to have some friends from Japan who got their visa that way, then came here and the husband got a regular job.
    Diversity Visa (DV) Program

    I married so my husband could get a visa, so I don't know about the other options.

    Or what about maintaining two residences and only staying here for three months at a time (or whatever the minimum is), then going back to the UK for a few months? I always wondered if that would work.

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  • I got a friend (European citizen) who recently scored a $100,000/year job in Silicon Valley. Well, he's telling me that his wife (Euro citizen too) is having a hell of a time to get the permits to stay with him. Seems like this issue is a tough nut to crack.
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  • Profile picture of the author gananathan
    Originally Posted by heevyhivy View Post

    Hi, I'm planning my long term future and if I make it in Affiliate marketing my dream would be to move to new york.

    I hear that one needs to apply for work visas or get sponsored etc.
    Considering I would be self-employed (since thats what being affiliate marketer is), how would I apply to move to NYC?

    Don't say marry a NYC girl first lol
    Where were you born? If you were born in India, good luck moving permanently. If you want to go the job route, depending on your skill level and the job skill requirement, your wait time is anywhere from 8 years(best case) to 70 years.

    I am not kidding you. The system is broken and there was a recent report about this too.

    So your only way is to invest 500k to 1 mil in US and employ at least 10 US citizens or marry a US citizen.

    As someone suggested, it is a legal minefield and even entrepreneurs are leaving US because of this and setting up shop elsewhere. I know of at least 2 people who moved out because of the uncertain wait times.
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    • Profile picture of the author heevyhivy
      I was born in London and visited NYC earlier this year and fell in love with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Wechito
    I lived in NYC with a student Visa for 2 years (I'm from Spain). This was easy. But to stay as a worker things are a lot more complicated. The only solution is the pointed above: Get hired (and sponsored) by someone or get an investor Visa (difficult and very expensive).
    As a freelancer you just CAN'T get a Visa. I wish I can, too.
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    • Profile picture of the author heevyhivy
      What happens if you get hired and then quit after awhile would that work? And how long would you need a sponsor?
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      • Profile picture of the author JennySweets
        That's funny (not haha just interesting) because back in the early 2000s I was looking to move from the US to the UK but with the employment issues over there, that wasn't happening.

        Glad I stayed now though, would still love to live in the UK but I would have been too far to be of help when my mom passed.

        Anyway, it's going to be hard, the economy and current immigration issues are not going to make that an easy prospect anytime soon.

        Of course, you could fall in love with a yank :p *teasing*

        Best of luck to you!
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      • Profile picture of the author KirkMcD
        Originally Posted by heevyhivy View Post

        What happens if you get hired and then quit after awhile would that work?
        Then your visa is no longer valid and you must leave the country. The same if you get fired or are no longer needed by the original company.

        And how long would you need a sponsor?
        Until you become a permanent resident. A work visa is not a path to being a permanent resident though.
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        • Profile picture of the author heevyhivy
          Originally Posted by KirkMcD View Post

          Then your visa is no longer valid and you must leave the country. The same if you get fired or are no longer needed by the original company.


          Until you become a permanent resident. A work visa is not a path to being a permanent resident though.
          I'm confused, I want to become a permanent resident, whereby I continue to work as an affiliate marketer. I thought that meant I needed a work visa?
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          • Profile picture of the author KirkMcD
            Originally Posted by heevyhivy View Post

            I'm confused, I want to become a permanent resident, whereby I continue to work as an affiliate marketer. I thought that meant I needed a work visa?
            Well since you'll be self employed you'll need an Investor visa.
            If you work for someone else, then you can get a Work Visa.
            A work visa does not make you a permanent resident. It allows you to stay in the country as long the company that sponsored you keeps you employed.
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  • Profile picture of the author heevyhivy
    damn what if i try canada first, then go from there to nyc?
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    • Profile picture of the author Vlad Romanov
      Originally Posted by heevyhivy View Post

      damn what if i try canada first, then go from there to nyc?
      Same restrictions apply to Canada... You don't really expect to have an easier way into New York just because it's close by... Not to mention if you are an affiliate why would u want to go to NYC anyway? There are much nicer cities out there...
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  • Profile picture of the author zpivat
    I know that for regular employees, the best bet is either the TN or H1B visa (followed by a green card). For self employed people, not too sure.....hmmmmm, but logically speaking, if you were married to an American citizen, you could get yourself sponsored by your American spouse .
    I may be wrong, but from what I remember, most western european nationals are allowed to stay in the US for 6 months without a visa.....may be you can give it a try first and see if you even like NYC




    Originally Posted by heevyhivy View Post

    Hi, I'm planning my long term future and if I make it in Affiliate marketing my dream would be to move to new york.

    I hear that one needs to apply for work visas or get sponsored etc.
    Considering I would be self-employed (since thats what being affiliate marketer is), how would I apply to move to NYC?

    Don't say marry a NYC girl first lol
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  • Profile picture of the author mattlaclear
    I think we have enough diversity here as it is. How about coming over here after you become successful as an affiliate marketer?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Johns
    If you are born in the UK then you are not eligible for the diversity lottery unfortunately.

    The EB-5 visa requires between $500,000 and $1 million investment in an area and is being reviewed at the end of 2012 and the experts are not sure if it will continue or change. There are no guarantees that you will get your investment back or get to retain your green card. There have been people who have gone in on this visa and had to leave when the investment fails and have lost their money! If the investment works then you get your money back after about 5 years. However, you do have to pay about $40,000 in costs for this visa.

    You can go in on a working visa (H1B), but that means finding a job, which unless you have very, very specific skills that are in high demand will be extremely difficult. There is a long wait (yes it can be up to 7 years) for the visa and once you are there you have to stay working. Quit the job / get fired / be made redundant and you lose your visa instantly. A company has to prove that it cannot find an American to do the job to get a H1B visa plus it costs them $5K or so. In the current climate few companies will be willing to do this. On a H1B visa you can apply for a green card, but it's not easy and I think you have to get your spouse to apply for residency whilst you are working.

    You can go in as a business start-up and create a business over there (IM / affiliate marketing might work but you'd have to employ people in the USA) but that is a temporary visa and if your business doesn't do well you can be asked to leave. A lot of UK citizens on this visa have been leaving in recent years because of the poor economy and their businesses failing.

    Getting in to America is extremely difficult to do. I've spent quite a bit of time investigating it and there is no easy route to move out there. Many people are looking at Australia because it is an awful lot easier to get in. You could look at moving to Canada and then moving down in to the USA, but you'd have to become a Canadian citizen I think and then try to get into America, but I'm not sure how easy that is either.

    Good luck with it, but I'd create a plan B because you unless the situation changes it's a tough country to get in to.

    All the best to you

    Jason
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