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What are the best pro-migration groups in the UK?

I want to turn the sadness and anger I'm experiencing with the leave vote into something positive. My main thinking at the moment is that pro-migration groups are the best way to do this. Does anyone know of any good ones? [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder on Jun 24, 2016 - 4 answers

Temporary Child Custody: Sweden to the United States

My Sister-in-Law (SIL) wants to get temporary custody of her niece, who lives in Sweden. The child's parents want this to happen too. How does she start? [more inside]
posted by Flood on Jun 8, 2016 - 13 answers

EU husband/US spouse move to Scotland to live and work?

If hubby is successful with Italian citizenship, is he allowed to live and work in Scotland as a member of the EU? Can I live with him in Scotland, and work there as his US citizen spouse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2016 - 7 answers

Complicated household finances

What experts do my fiance and I need to help us figure out our complicated multinational financial situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 20, 2016 - 12 answers

Finding work in New Zealand before having a visa approved?

Having filled out an Expression of Interest to work in New Zealand I am 10 points shy of automatic acceptance. However, on receipt of a job offer I qualify easily. What I don't understand is the Chicken/Egg situation of looking for a job without a visa but needing a visa to find a job. Has anyone been through this? I can't help but feel it will be off putting to employers, although as far as I understand they need only to assist with the application for a temporary work visa; however I may be being naive here. [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on May 17, 2016 - 6 answers

Can I get a US green card if we are both in Canada?

Can I apply for an American green card if my spouse (American) and I (Canadian) are both residents of Canada? Or does my spouse need to move back to the USA before we can apply for me to get a green card? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2016 - 3 answers

What's behind the Immigration counter?

What goes on on the other side of the Immigration counter when you enter or leave a country? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 23, 2016 - 2 answers

Grieving family from a distance

How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2016 - 10 answers

Can I prove my right to work/be in the UK right now?

I'm here on a Tier 2 visa, but I will be EU soon. Complications inside. [more inside]
posted by psychic tee vee on Apr 12, 2016 - 1 answer

US Immigration: question about approved visa suddenly "in review."

My partner immigrated to the USA from Canada roughly one year ago, about two years after we got married and initiated the immigration process. She had an approved IR-1 visa at the time she entered the USA permanently, about one year ago. We recently got a text/email notification from USCIS telling us that our case had switched statuses from "approved" to "in review," and calling USCIS revealed nothing. How worried should we be? [more inside]
posted by sciatrix on Apr 8, 2016 - 12 answers

U.S. immigration for transit flights

If you fly through a US airport as a transit between foreign countries do you still have to go through immigration? Customs? [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson on Mar 5, 2016 - 6 answers

Confused Canadian seeks financial counsel

I'm a Canadian in the Bay Area. I don't know if I will eventually return to Canada or remain here in the U.S., and I'm trying to make some fairly simple financial decisions. Who can I talk to about the tax implications of investing in a 401k, buying American index funds, etc? [more inside]
posted by mellifluous on Feb 29, 2016 - 1 answer

Uncertainty about kids a good reason to stay unmarried?

We have a great relationship. For lots of reasons, it would make sense for us to get married in the near future. But she wants kids, and I'm not sure I do, or ever will. Would getting married be a bad idea, particularly if the likely alternative is to break up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2016 - 44 answers

Should I become (or not become) a permanent US resident?

The article - Why expat Americans are giving up their passports got me thinking whether my decision to pursue my permanent residence in the US is the right one. Please help me think through this. [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Feb 11, 2016 - 12 answers

Remarrying after immigration?

Was it typical/usual/done at all for immigrants to the US (20th century, pre-WWI) to marry in the United States even if they had previously married in their country of origin? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Jan 17, 2016 - 12 answers

How do we decide whether to move back?

Two Canadians, living in Australia for the last several years. We've built a good life here, but are constantly homesick. We both go through periods of wanting to move back, but hesitate as soon as we need to make an actual decision. Have you been through this? We need your guidance. [more inside]
posted by third word on a random page on Jan 6, 2016 - 15 answers

Your problem is real but your solutions are racist

Are there any management courses or training programs geared towards a supervisor managing ESL employees with not-great English skills? Are there tactful methods of encouraging ESL improvement without singling out said employees? Employees are very educated white-collar professionals, no complaints there, but poor ESL skills are causing difficulty in communicating with the larger company. Also: aforementioned supervisor is a loved one whose frustration has started manifesting in some solidly racist rhetoric. Help. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Jan 6, 2016 - 18 answers

Special Snowflake Research Resource List

Please help me compile research resources for a project I will undertake in the year ahead. I would like to become very familiar with the following subjects: 1) New York City and Greenwich Village in the 1850s-1900. 2) The experience of Irish immigrants in that same era 3) The state of Christmas as a cultural entity and practice in that era. Special snowflake explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Dec 20, 2015 - 15 answers

An American Remote Worker in Katowice

I'm looking for advice and more questions about working an American job remotely while living in Poland. [more inside]
posted by LiteOpera on Oct 4, 2015 - 2 answers

Am I an Immigrant?

I grew up in the UK, but have been a dual UK-Canadian citizen since birth (both my parents were Canadian citizens). I now live in Canada. Am I an immigrant? [more inside]
posted by Prunesquallor on Sep 7, 2015 - 10 answers

us visa bwah?

YANA/MI(mmigration)L, but can you help parse what a friend who is an immigration lawyer is saying relating to US green cards, especially the EB-1? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 12, 2015 - 11 answers

When the Border Patrol disguised themselves as Santa

I'm looking for a 1980s-1990s photo of Border Patrol agents, dressed as Santa and handing out presents to irregular immigrants. [more inside]
posted by migrantology on Jun 22, 2015 - 2 answers

Should I decline to sign this O-1 visa letter?

A young designer asked me to write a letter on her behalf for an O-1 visa application. She has a job offer from a certain fruit-named tech company. I don't want to go into detail here about how I know her; I'm familiar with one of her projects, but don't know her well at all. Her lawyers provided a letter, but it uses language I'm uncomfortable with ("I can say without hesitation that X represents the best of the best in Y industry") and that the lawyers say is important. The rest of the letter also doesn't sound like anything I would ever say. What should I do? I don't want to hurt her application, and I initially said that I would do this, but I don't think my actual letter would offer the kind of support they're looking for.
posted by three_red_balloons on Jun 21, 2015 - 15 answers

Canadian volunteering for a year in the US for a religious nonprofit

My girlfriend and I will be volunteering at a mountain retreat center/camp in the US for a year. This retreat center is a religious nonprofit affiliated with a mainline protestant denomination and has existed since the '60s (and I have visited it many times before, as a member of that denomination). We will be paid a stipend of $550 a month each and have benefits like room & board, health and dental insurance...or at least I, as a US citizen, will get them. What does my girlfriend, as a Canadian citizen, need to provide to US immigration (specifically DHS at the border) to have the greatest chance of receiving that stipend and/or benefits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2015 - 3 answers

Take A (4800 mile) Hike

My (US Citizen) husband recently indicated that he’d like me (a UK Citizen) to leave. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2015 - 21 answers

Does working with the UN have any effect on the US citizenship process?

A friend of mine works with a UN agency that is based in Lebanon. He has a US green card. Does his employment with the United Nations have any effect whatsoever on his status in the US? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Apr 25, 2015 - 4 answers

Where should I move where I'll be accepted?

I'm an unwanted immigrant in the UK. I want out. Where to go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2015 - 58 answers

Where in the world should we have a kid?

What are the best countries to consider in terms of prenatal care/maternity leave/childcare for American expats? [more inside]
posted by Synesthesia on Mar 14, 2015 - 26 answers

Helping a colleague on a path to permanent residency

How can I help my very qualified colleague get through the US immigration maze? [more inside]
posted by Jorus on Mar 3, 2015 - 8 answers

Freelance US Software Developer Working in Europe?

I previously worked for a large multi-national and have begun freelancing. I'm a software developer that works in a very in demand, popular enterprise product. I speak nationally at conference and I'm recognized as a "leader" in the field. In any case I always wanted to consult and travel the world. I often find a lot of lucrative contract jobs mostly in London, but other large cities in the EU. These are often short-term, realistically can I use this to fund my travel? What's the best way to do this and will employers hire an American? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2015 - 7 answers

Switching US visas over

YANM(Immigration)L: Is it possible to switch from an US student F-1 Visa to a tourist B1/2 Visa without having to travel far from or out of the US? And what's the deal with my OPT and my visa sticker? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Feb 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me find someone to talk to about immigration in Vancouver, BC

I've received conflicting (informal) advice about my eligibility for one of the BC Provincial Nominee Program categories, and I'd like to discuss my situation with an immigration professional. But I could use some help choosing who to talk to: First, choosing if I want an immigration lawyer or consultant, and second, recommendations for specific lawyers and consultants. [more inside]
posted by Banknote of the year on Feb 7, 2015 - 1 answer

Should I stay or should I go?

Should I move to a bigger city to find a job even if I don't line one up and even if I have no savings? [more inside]
posted by kbennett289 on Jan 16, 2015 - 8 answers

The Value of Growing Up Poor

My (hypothetical) offspring will know a level of privilege and wealth early on in their lives that... frankly, blows my mind. How do I make sure that my kids grow up to understand the nuances of poverty, affluence, and everything in between? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Dec 24, 2014 - 36 answers

Working without a permit in Hong Kong

Asking for a friend: My daughter, "Christine", a recent college graduate, age 22, U.S. citizen, is one of three young people who got a job with a language teaching business in Hong Kong. She and the two others have been working without a permit for several months and were recently detained by immigration authorities. Now out on bail, what should she do next? [more inside]
posted by Avalow on Nov 29, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me understand what happens next, green card edition

Mrs. Duoshao is a foreign national and we're both living abroad in her native land. We've just been through the process to get her an immigrant visa to the US of A and have succeeded (yay!). Her passport now has a big old CR-1 visa in it. The question is, how do we manage the next bit? [more inside]
posted by duoshao on Nov 4, 2014 - 7 answers

Winning the lottery

Is there any country, besides the US, which has a lottery for a permanent resident visa? I'm coming up short, but wondering if there are any countries that I'm missing. Thanks.
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Oct 28, 2014 - 1 answer

A Day in the Life of an Immigration Attorney

I need to get a feel for the experiences of an immigration attorney ... [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Oct 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Why are there so few Thai's in Canada?

Why are Thai's an underrepresented demographic in Canada? Canada has successfully attracted immigration from all of Asia with the exception of Thai's. Wikipedia says there is less than 1000 in BC. What makes it an unattractive immigration option for the Thai people? More Thai's seek US citizenship every year than the sum Thai expat population in Canada.
posted by Keith Talent on Sep 13, 2014 - 7 answers

Help my friend get a "B visa" coming from Brazil

He would be working for my family assisting in the care of my aging spouse. We understand a letter explaining the need would be in order. But has anyone else already gone through this and how did that go and are there any other good ideas to help from this side of the equator? He speaks English and has no criminal record and all that, we just want to ease the process and not do something in error not knowing the ropes. Is there anything special about the B visa process for example?
posted by Freedomboy on Sep 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Considering marriage in a loving relationship but for a visa? Yes, no?

My boyfriend and I have been together for close to 9 years. I've been offered a GREAT job in the US - the only way he could work there, it seems, would be to get married. Problem: we both really never thought of getting married - and it's 100% not romantic. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2014 - 38 answers

UK immigration dual citizenship conundrum

Flestrin minimus, a US citizen by birth and also a British citizen by descent by way of being the legitimate son of a British father, is planning to travel to London to visit family and study. He has a valid US pasport and has applied for a British passport, BUT said British passport has not yet arrived (it turns out that allowing 40% longer than the 10 week estimate was not enough extra padding). So, he has a US pasport, a one-way plane ticket and time constraints. How best to proceed? [more inside]
posted by Quinbus Flestrin on Aug 30, 2014 - 19 answers

Paths to EU permanent residence / citizenship without a job offer?

I'm an Israeli citizen completing a Ph.D. in the US. I'd like to move to the EU, and am seeking work there, but I want a Plan B in case I don't get a job offer. Which countries make it least difficult (or even possible) for a foreigner to move there without employer sponsorship and eventually gain permanent residence or citizenship? I would consider entering another degree program in this scenario if student status would help. [more inside]
posted by zeri on Aug 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Applying for US citizenship

My question is whether we need to hire an attorney to facilitate my husband's citizenship application. He has a coworker who used one himself and insists a lawyer is necessary because the stakes are so high. The coworkers situation is a bit different, though, since he had two DUIs on his record. My husband has a clean record, never arrested or charged with anything. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2014 - 12 answers

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Mexico?

I want to move to make a permanent move to Mexico. How do I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2014 - 18 answers

Bookshop For Sale; Foreigners Welcomed

How realistic and/or easy is it to buy and run a physical bookshop in a foreign country? [more inside]
posted by applesurf on Jul 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Tier 4 visa (US to UK). What should I know?

What do I need to know and be prepared for when applying for a tier 4 visa to relocate from the US to the UK? How will my (totally minor and mundane, youthful, etc.) criminal record come into play, and how can I get in front of any potential issues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Is it housing discrimination to require an American credit history?

At the age of 46 I had to get my younger brother, who also lives in the U.S. but for a much longer time, to cosign my lease because my wife and I have only a year of American credit history being recent immigrants. Now I know it is illegal to deny housing based on someone being an immigrant but that it is legal to deny housing based on a credit check. Is it foul play that they refuse to check our foreign credit history? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2014 - 12 answers

Canadian Permanent Residency and photo requirements

Applying for permanent residency in Canada. Struggling with obtaining important documents/photos of older children who are living in the US and not applying with us ("Not accompanying"). [more inside]
posted by routergirl on May 30, 2014 - 10 answers

OK to enter the UK on a settlement visa via Dublin?

I'm a US citizen living in the US, but I will be moving to London this summer. I'll be traveling on a spousal settlement visa. Is there anything wrong with entering the UK from Ireland the first time I travel? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on May 29, 2014 - 7 answers

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