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Hi all!

My partner and I currently live in Liverpool UK and we want to move to America.

I'm looking for some advice please, I've done a lot of research and everything seems clear enough but there are a few grey/gray =) areas!

We holiday in Florida and California and each time we have to come how we are absolutley miserable. Our goal is to move there in the next few years, all depending on how long the whole process will take and what changes we have to make to make it possible.

I'm an experience primary school teacher, I have worked in specialist schools and have read differing information on how useful this could be. I know teachers all over the USA have had massive job cuts, I've also read that specialist school experience can earn a sponsor from a private school.

My partner has his own legal firm, it is based in the UK and earns him around £100,000 salary a year. He works from home and checks in on the office every now and then so this would be his role in America. His business in the UK would provide his income and he would do bits of work from home in America.

We own our house, no kids yet.

Are we in a position to be considered?

We wouldn't want to do such a huge move just on a 3/6/12 month visa, we would need more security than that but would it have to be that we moved over on any visa we could get and kept applying every ? months until eventually we could apply for a green card?

Also, I've read that once expat children leave school at 21 they might not be able to stay.

Any advice would be wonderful and very much appreciated. I'm getting rather frustrated with daily Googling for help and would love to hear from humans instead =)

Thank you in advance xxx
 

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Where do you see grey areas?

Your issue is a visa. uscis.gov or travel.state.gov (it is getting boring). You can go the investor route with 500k invested at risk and be recipient of a Green Card as long as the alotted number for the respective time period has not been exhausted. Depending on your places of birth you may be able to participate in the Diversity Lottery. Investor visa in the sense of running a successful business may be an option. Unless you have respective degrees in education you will not find a potential employer to sponsor you. The public school systems occasionally sponsored specialty teachers with exquisite backgrounds through a few recruiting firms and that for limited contracts under incredible circumstances. The teachers mainly suffered through this to have this caveat in their bios. I have never seen anyone below a PhD. Very very few make it to a private institution. Again - credentials are the key. We had a young lady here who went to Boston if memory does not fail me. Impressive bio!

Should you get a visa against all odds - the partner is not part of the package. US immigration does not recognize non-married couples for any visa. The only option - he can tag along as cohabitating partner without work authorization which means absolutely no income producing activity in the US.

I have seen legal firms hire non-bared attorneys if they were successful in niche fields. That will be quite a bit of research and a healthy portion of luck.

With your partner being in the legal field interpreting US immigration law should not be a problem. You can adjust your status from investor to Green Card on some investor visas. You cannot "apply" for a Green Card as long as you do not have a sponsor doing so be it an employer, an immediate relative or US government in form of a Diversity Lottery win.

Children of investors need their own visas once they are of age.
 

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Sheesh ... for a choice on what visa would be suitable ...
I can think of more than one ...

and lawyers love to consult with each other
Instead of beating around the bush - what visas would be suitable for OP and her partner going by the information provided?

Unless her partner knows a US immigration attorney he will not get far. OP did not go into his field of practice. One man shop, working from home with 100k GBP.
 

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Hi,
Thank you for replies.
We are married, I do have a degree and a masters, my partner has a degree and owns a business employing many ppl.
I was hoping I had perhaps missed an option with regards to visa but seems not.
Why would someone sign up to this site, be on this partic forum, be online, and answer threads if they're going to be unwelcoming, rude and condescending? If you're bored of answering the same questions, posting the same links, why not just not sign in? Go outside and enjoy your sunshine =)
 
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