As you know I live in Miami, FL, born and raised, but I have several relatives from Haiti whom have come over to getting permanent alien resident status. There's options to start under either a work or student visa and then work your way to a permanent green card from there. Since your coming from DownUnda and you've got a clean record (least I hope you do) then it should be TOO troublesome. My grandma has dual citizenship for the US and Haiti and gets social security with medicare. It's the fees that'll kill you though. I'll look into it for you to find out as much as I can, especially if it means you might be coming to live and work stateside
Thanks for the information regarding your experiences WikidWorx, every bit of evidence regarding the real life instances involving immigration in the US is useful to my understanding and decision making at the end of the day.
I've done my research and realise just how insanely difficult it is to get there. Still who knows, things may change in the next two years, you'll never know! Hope Obama gets re-elected, people are just too impatient with progress over there and they expect miracles to happen in an instant.
I've done a lot of research into this since I've been more then eager to move country someday soon. The loops hole I found is that if you wanna be an INSTANT American citizen you either get engaged to an American or get offered a job before moving out there.
Otherwise you'll have to rely on the travel green card which grants you 6 month's legal stay as a tourist, in that time you can submit the paper work to become a citizen but it's like a lottery, you'll be lucky if you get picked, and even IF you get the green card you still have to apply for a license to work out there (note: You can't apply for a worker's license until AFTER you get a green card) sooo unless you have family or friends out there in the first place it's a bit difficult to break in there legally.
As for Europe, well if your EU born and bred you can live in any country in Europe hassle free until the government decide they wanna move you back, the legal proceedings to earn a green card in the UK is ridiculous since a lot of people dont bother. And live here without the police making much effort to curb the immigration levels anyhow what country you looking to move too?
Interesting information Zody. Based on my research, I'd say what you've mentioned about the immigrating to the United States is most valid.
If I had a chance I'd go for the K1-Visa option, but I heard a lot about how difficult it is than it says on print. Trying to get to the US is getting more difficult ever since the September 11th situation, and I guess I'll have to do my best to find the best solution should I find my prospects in California.
I didn't realise that it's also hard to get into the UK, I thought it was a cinch for illegal immigrants? They are the ones who are getting the UK welfare benefits that every rightful abiding-good standing UK citizen are pissed off about! And rightfully so since they don't even have to do anything to live decently!
Well the US is what I've been most interested in so I've done my research on that place : p
As for the UK, it's funny how we don't even have a law to insist that immigrant speak basic English (in London NONE of the locals spoke English to me) but anyone can sign on to the well fare system even if they are a known illegal immigrant : ( it's kind of sad, I've got nothing againts immigrants living here just not ones who dont make any effort to fit in with our society
A card that identifies you as a permanent residence in America. You have the legal right to live and work there for up to 10 years before you renew the card. I believer that my potential partner will be there one day so it's good to have that option to move there should it all work out. ^^
Having known various people who have gone through the process or currently going through it, it can quite long and costly depending on the circumstance, so be prepared to save up some money and be patient.
It's definitely possible to become a US citizen through the armed forces. Here's how non-citizens can serve: [link] and here's how you can be a citizen through the armed forces: [link]
Marrying a US citizen is another option, but you don't just become a US citizen instantly, you have to go through an application process. You can read more about it here: [link]
My parents have/had green cards I believe (don't exactly know if once you get citizenship if you're still considered under green card or not XD) and I know a bunch of other people who have. It is relatively hard for people who don't know English as their first language, because of the test they give out, but I don't think it will be that difficult for you. ^^
Thanks for the useful information. At least what you said has relevance and connections to what I've researched online so far.
I thought there was an easier/fast-tracking solution to this - perhaps the marriage option (ie marrying to an American citizen)? I'm going to go and check that out myself. The other option I've discovered is if you apply for the US Army Forces and do public service for a year - you'll immediately gain access to a Green Card and also possibly reduce your length to obtain a U.S. citizenship.
My ultimate aim is to own DUAL CITIZENSHIP - ie Australian and American. *thumbs up*