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Old 08-23-2009, 03:39 PM
 
Location: UK
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Hi
I have a dream. If anyone would be kind enough to offer some advice to help me achieve it, I would be really grateful!..since I was 9 yrs old and spent 3 weeks in Newport Beach with my Aunt/ Cousin, I have wanted to live in OC. I have visited several times since, and I cant get it out of my head. Now I am married with 2 young children and I feel that if I dont actually do it now I never will...
So - does anyone have any advice on moving from the UK to US? My Dad has a US passport, but has lived in UK most of his life. I have a lot of relatives in the US, but these are related to my Dad ie his sister / brother - does this qualify me in any way? I have read some info on the whole qualifying thing and it seems really daunting, plus near impossible - where do I start?
If I can eventually get a good understanding on if it will ever be possible, then I will start looking into where to live etc...Mission Viejo looks amazing but so long as my family get to live in a nice area with good schools and I can get a decent IT job, then that would be great...OK I know I dont want much (!) but I really think I can give a better quality of life to my kids than here in the UK. If others think I am wrong then by all means please let me know!
Has anyone else gone through all this who could give some guidance?
Thanks in advance for any help
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Old 08-23-2009, 03:46 PM
 
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Is your Dad a U.S. citizen? Your Mom? I don't know for sure but if one of them is you may qualify as a U.S. citizen too.
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Old 08-23-2009, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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There are a ton of threads on this subject already. Do a search on logical keywords like citizen, visa, employment, etc.
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Old 08-23-2009, 04:12 PM
 
Location: UK
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Sayulita / Charles - thanks for the quick replies. My Dad is a US citizen and holds a US passport, although he is resident in the UK. I will investigate this route. I will also check the Forums for keywords as you mentioned - thanks very much!
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:13 AM
 
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Hi
I have a dream. If anyone would be kind enough to offer some advice to help me achieve it, I would be really grateful!..since I was 9 yrs old and spent 3 weeks in Newport Beach with my Aunt/ Cousin, I have wanted to live in OC. I have visited several times since, and I cant get it out of my head. Now I am married with 2 young children and I feel that if I dont actually do it now I never will...
So - does anyone have any advice on moving from the UK to US? My Dad has a US passport, but has lived in UK most of his life. I have a lot of relatives in the US, but these are related to my Dad ie his sister / brother - does this qualify me in any way? I have read some info on the whole qualifying thing and it seems really daunting, plus near impossible - where do I start?
If I can eventually get a good understanding on if it will ever be possible, then I will start looking into where to live etc...Mission Viejo looks amazing but so long as my family get to live in a nice area with good schools and I can get a decent IT job, then that would be great...OK I know I dont want much (!) but I really think I can give a better quality of life to my kids than here in the UK. If others think I am wrong then by all means please let me know!
Has anyone else gone through all this who could give some guidance?
Thanks in advance for any help

1. You're no longer 9 years old, and things are different from a grown experience

2. 80% of Newport's population is still the age of your aunt

3. If your dad is a US citizen, yes, you should have it easier to get a green card.

4. Americans are a polite, handsome, helpful, and friendly people - sometimes more so in average than on our side of the pond. They have many endearing streaks, which is probably why we love them no matter how nutty they are.
But they are BORING and have no humor. They also have no passion for life. And never for love (love? What's that? Never once met a couple truly in love in this country and don't even know if they exist). They are passionate about little else but money, superficiality, drugs, and porn. You'd get tired of it within 3 years like Posh and Becks. Why'd you think rich people like them, who could have the best of everything and live anywhere in the world, could only handle 2 years? They left premature to their contract. Why is Madonna constantly flying back to London? She is divorced yet still spends more time in Europe than her own country. My friends are so neurotic their kids can't even have 'parties' in fear of lawsuits. Everything and everyone is over-analyzed. That's why prozac sales flourish in this country. They don't mind to criticize other people or countries but they can't stand criticism and get hostile.
Just hard core facts.

If you don't believe me, get back to me after 3 years.

It's a dream. Sometimes dreams are better kept being dreams.


If you still want to do it, you should have easier chances getting a green card than most because of your dad. IT jobs are mainly in Irvine region in OC. Otherwise most options are in Silicon Valley and San Francisco.
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Old 08-28-2009, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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4. Americans are a polite, handsome, helpful, and friendly people - sometimes more so in average than on our side of the pond. They have many endearing streaks, which is probably why we love them no matter how nutty they are.
But they are BORING and have no humor. They also have no passion for life. And never for love (love? What's that? Never once met a couple truly in love in this country and don't even know if they exist). They are passionate about little else but money, superficiality, drugs, and porn. You'd get tired of it within 3 years like Posh and Becks. Why'd you think rich people like them, who could have the best of everything and live anywhere in the world, could only handle 2 years? They left premature to their contract. Why is Madonna constantly flying back to London? She is divorced yet still spends more time in Europe than her own country. My friends are so neurotic their kids can't even have 'parties' in fear of lawsuits. Everything and everyone is over-analyzed. That's why prozac sales flourish in this country. They don't mind to criticize other people or countries but they can't stand criticism and get hostile.
Just hard core facts.
I think America is due for some criticism but you are way off base here. To say that no one in America is in love! Wow! There are people in love in every country, in every city in the world! That's what makes the human race go around. Of course there are people who are only interested in money and superficial thing but that's not everyone. It all depends on who you know and who you interact with. At first when I moved to Orange County I thought everyone was all guns/god/religion because those were the people I worked with. Then I met friends who were more interested in art, music and having a good time then making money and having a BMW.

Also, comparing the average person to the Beckhams or Madonna is ridiculous. Beckham left because he wants to play on a top level team and get ready for the World Cup anyways not because he couldn't hack LA. There are great people in Orange County and crappy people in Orange County- just like everywhere else!
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Old 08-28-2009, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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OC_Maurader, you're wasting your time. Anyone who would pigeonhole 300 million people like that person just did isn't worth the effort.
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Old 08-31-2009, 03:12 AM
 
Location: UK
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Antibes, great post...really made me laugh! I know I am not 9 yrs old anymore, but I guess your point is not to get carried away by past experiences. I've visited a few times so it should be ok.
I wouldnt be able to afford Newport, so I can hopefully still mix it with the younger crowd - although my Aunt really is lovely and very fit / active..maybe you should meet her.
I havent met a BORING American yet...well maybe one but nobody's perfect..
I have already found love, so there's no worries there.
Money, Drugs, Porn...? Hhmmm...sounds like a fantastic place

As for The Beckhams, I really like David (cant stand Posh) but they aren't really "normal" people..they live mostly in a celeb world which is far different from that which 99% of us experience..so the fact they havent stayed really doesnt count. OC_Marauder is right, Becks needs to play for a good team (no disrespect intended, its just true..) so he can get into the England World Cup squad. They dont come any more prestigious than AC Milan.
Madonna is just on another planet.

Thanks for the Tech info...

I thought America was built on people with dreams?
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Old 09-02-2009, 12:25 AM
 
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Actually, I'd have to agree with antibes. I moved to Newport Beach from London when I was 11. Ugh. Unlike the 99% elsewhere, Newporters think they are celebrities. Especially after the shows "Laguna Beach", "The OC" and "Housewives of Orange County" became big. It is extremely materialistic. There is an amazing amount of injected lips, botox, plastic surgery, fake boobs, cougars, manthers, tribal tats, fake tans, eating disorders and blow. As long as that appeals to you, you are good-looking, and you have enough money to live the lifestyle required to make and keep Newport friends, you will be fine.

If your job is specialized enough, you can find a firm willing to sponsor you for a work visa, but IT is probably not specialized enough. The UK is not eligible for the 2010 green card diversity lottery. You can, however, have your dad apply for am "immediate relative" visa for you. He will have to vouch that he can support you for several years. You should go to the American Consul and talk to them - they will explain it all to you.

Read the requirements on the govt website.
Family Based Immigrants
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Old 09-04-2009, 10:56 PM
 
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Hi
I have a dream. If anyone would be kind enough to offer some advice to help me achieve it, I would be really grateful!..since I was 9 yrs old and spent 3 weeks in Newport Beach with my Aunt/ Cousin, I have wanted to live in OC. I have visited several times since, and I cant get it out of my head. Now I am married with 2 young children and I feel that if I dont actually do it now I never will...
So - does anyone have any advice on moving from the UK to US? My Dad has a US passport, but has lived in UK most of his life. I have a lot of relatives in the US, but these are related to my Dad ie his sister / brother - does this qualify me in any way? I have read some info on the whole qualifying thing and it seems really daunting, plus near impossible - where do I start?
If I can eventually get a good understanding on if it will ever be possible, then I will start looking into where to live etc...Mission Viejo looks amazing but so long as my family get to live in a nice area with good schools and I can get a decent IT job, then that would be great...OK I know I dont want much (!) but I really think I can give a better quality of life to my kids than here in the UK. If others think I am wrong then by all means please let me know!
Has anyone else gone through all this who could give some guidance?
Thanks in advance for any help
You could apply under "Family members preference Priority F3" because your Dad is a US Citizen. Based on the number alowed in this category every year there`s a wait time. Another requirement under this rule is that the petitioner (your Dad) need to have his residence in the US at the time you apply for a Visa. And last requirement under this rule for him is to sponsor you (proof that he is employed, US bank account with neccesary funds, income tax for the past 3 years)
Your Dad can come to the US and get an address, then your relatives can sponsor you if your Dad is not able to, the Law allows it to...I`ve seen this situation before.
BTW...I was just in London Heathrow Airport for a 4 hour lay-over...it was the most run-down Airport I have ever seen...for some reason I have never met one single British that doesn`t want to leave England.
I could totally see how one would want to leave a cold grey country for sunny Southern California....Good Luck!
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