If I wanted to move to US this is what I'd need?

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  1. Saiyan Lusitano
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    Did some basic research and this is what I've learned.

    • A Green Card which costs about a grand
    • Would need to remain 5 years in the country (kind of a moot point if one wouldn't want)
    • Go through an interview
    • Have medical reports
    • Review the documents properly and even with a lawyer
    • Pass the citizenship test
    Sources:
    http://www.wikihow.com/Immigrate-Into-the-United-States-Permanently
    https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/immigrant-process.html

    I personally have no problem paying the fees necessary but they definitely seem to have made it pretty complicated to apply for US citizenship whether to live or just for vacations. I'd love to visit Texas because it looks like such a wonderful and historic place, and among other states in US.

    Please correct me if I'm wrong.
     


  2. slaphappygamer

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    There are a lot of great places to visit. Put California on your list. That is where I live and i wouldn't live anywhere else.
     
  3. Abcdfv

    Abcdfv What comes around goes around.

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    IDK why anyone from a developed nation would want to move to the USA TBH.
     
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  4. SANIC

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    same here, except i've never seen snow
     
  5. TotalInsanity4

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    Because uhhhhh...

    Yeah
     
  6. Yepi69

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    Call it stupid, I call it curiosity.
    Although me and BF are practically forbidden for going there because Trump's an ass

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  7. DeoNaught

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    Over there ;)
    why would you want to move here?
     
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  8. Sonic Angel Knight

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    You want to move here with Trump in charge? :ninja:
     
  9. the_randomizer

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    If he wants to visit, who are we to tell him otherwise? No country is perfect and all governments are run by power hungry douchebag politicians, there, problem solved.:rolleyes:


    Edit: Also, there hasn't been a single perfect or angelic POTUS either, never has and never will be one.
     
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  10. slaphappygamer

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    dont let that asshole stop you. He'll be gone soon.
     
  11. Quantumcat

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    This!!!!

    I would not move there if was paid $200,000 to do so. I don't want to get shot or end up with a massive medical bill that bankrupts me. Holidays, with plenty of travel insurance, sure. I enjoyed my two visits. But to live.....?

    @Saiyan Lusitano where do you live currently? If it is somewhere with civil wars etc I can understand wanting to get out. But maybe consider somewhere else. For example what about a Scandinavian country (always ranked in the top of world happiness and life satisfaction rankings), or Australia, or maybe Japan or Canada or the UK? If you live in South America I can understand wanting to go to the US because it's sort of the closest thing you think of. But once you emigrate, 2,000km is kind of the same as 20,000km so it's worth considering everything.
     
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  12. urherenow

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    Green Cards do NOT cost a grand. Not if you do the paperwork yourself. You do need a sponsor or something (employer, usually, for a working VISA). I spent less than $400 for my wife's VISA. Did everything myself. There are pretty thorough instructions online that list all fees and requirements. There are also plenty of online forums of people who went through the process or are currently going through it.

    But I guess Lawyers can "grease the skids" if you have the extra cash to throw around...
     
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  13. BlackWizzard17

    BlackWizzard17 Don't worry Captin we'll buff out those scratches.

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    You guys are making me feel like sad about being from the U.S :sad:

    Anyways I grew up in NYC and I have to say I enjoyed it. Would definitely say travel to California, NYC, L.A, Miami FL. Everyone loves to look at the U.S from a political stand point instead of trying to make a living or experience new changes.
     
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  14. TotalInsanity4

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    It's not that living in the US is bad, it's just that there are better places that should be considered first
     
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    He lives in the UK.
    Sure moving to the US wouldn't improve his quality of life, but there are many things to like in the US, starting from it being a big damn country with a lot of places to visit if you dig the kind of things there are to visit there.
    Also, no offense intended, but I think Saiyan is pretty much what a weeb would be, but replacing Japan for America. He would love living there in a very personal way.
    You have to take that into consideration, that perhaps he wants to move out of a strong personal preference.
     
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  16. Viri

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    Yup, 7 more years, and maybe after, we'll get a President Pence.
     
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  17. Quantumcat

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    If you already live there and are used to it, and are healthy and have plenty of money then there's nothing wrong with it, the US is as fine a place to live as anywhere. If you aren't rich though, and you live in a place where people are looked after in terms of health, education, etc, it would be a shock to move to the US and find your standard of living has dropped dramatically even though you might be working in a job that pays more. There would be a large number of things you might take for granted in your life and then find they aren't there. So if you have a choice it would be better to move somewhere with similar conditions (then you can compare wages and house prices etc more easily when working out what your living standards would be in different places).

    Edit: taking into account what @sarkwalvein said, maybe a 6 month working holiday would be better. Then he can work out if he really loves it before making such a big commitment.
     
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  18. BlackWizzard17

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    Well that's a personal opinion though. Places have their ups and downs and unless he asked for requirements to move to say a list of different countries then I'm just gonna see people's post as bashing the U.S.
     
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  19. Maz7006

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    1. Assuming that you are from Portugal as indicated by your flag you do qualify to enter the United States under something called the ESTA as part of the Visa Waiver program

    See here: http://www.esta.us/portugal-esta.html

    Yes, I know you have your mind set on moving but it isn't as simple as you just stated. The ESTA will allow you 3 months in the states for leisure and business purposes; you cannot work is basically it's biggest legal implication. It will give you an idea about the states though; a really good way to experience the country firstly.

    2. Getting a green card isn't a simple or quick process it may take years. You need some sort of entry point into the states. Basically many people enter the states under different types of Visas prior to even starting to have a green card.

    3. Familiarize yourself with https://egov.uscis.gov this is like your holy book to all this stuff and if push comes to shove it wouldn't be a bad idea to hire a lawyer to help in the process.

    I spent 5 months in Texas; it's alright, Austin and San Antonio were great, Houston if you like a big metropolitan city, and that's about it really.

    I really liked the United States and definitely look forward to some kind of future there.
     
  20. Lilith Valentine

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    The US is currently on fire, come back later.
     
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