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Ok well i've basically had enough of the UK - the terrible weather, high living costs, high crime rates and obnoxious people.

Ive always dreamed of moving to America, more specifically San Francisco.
I'm 19 and in my first year of uni studying Business management.

Problem is I dont really know anything about how eligible I am or the criteria they look for when selecting people. Do they look at qualifications, particular skills and financial status? Or something more?

I was thinking of getting my degree and saving up enough to buy a house (they're a lot cheaper in America right?) So planning on moving there once i'm about 25.
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25 yr old healthy british university graduate should have favourable luck in obtaining the residence visa. You'd do alot better if you had a confirmed job offer from an american company prior to moving.
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Do you not need to get the visa, that is probably going to be the most difficult thing.
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San Fransisco's not got the loveliest weather in the world...
Check out their immigration website for more info.
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Yeah, the green card is the hardest part. Your best bet is to get a job with a company that is willing to sponsor you. Or do a master's in the states and find someone to marry while you're there.

Have you spent much time in the States before? I'd suggest spending a few months there before you permanently move to get a better feel for things.

Even in the current economic situation, San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities in America (probably because it's awesome), so unless you land a pretty good job or the real estate market seriously tanks you probably won't be able to buy a house there immediately.
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They've got houses in Detroit going for $1 atm, seriously. Saw it on news last night.

It's pretty hard to get into the states, and pretty hard to find a company to sponsor you. Your best bet is finishing your degree and trying then, don't try without degree.
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Yeah, the green card is the hardest part. Your best bet is to get a job with a company that is willing to sponsor you. Or do a master's in the states and find someone to marry while you're there.

Have you spent much time in the States before? I'd suggest spending a few months there before you permanently move to get a better feel for things.

Even in the current economic situation, San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities in America (probably because it's awesome), so unless you land a pretty good job or the real estate market seriously tanks you probably won't be able to buy a house there immediately.
No I haven't been to the states but am planning on going to SF and Hawaii over the summer.
Honolulu also looks like a great place to live imo - a metropolitan city in an exotic climate. very scenic too.

I like the second option, could study in the states, but would a masters degree from the UK be just as good?
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(Original post by Sakarra)
Ok well i've basically had enough of the UK - the terrible weather, high living costs, high crime rates and obnoxious people.

Ive always dreamed of moving to America, more specifically San Francisco.
I'm 19 and in my first year of uni studying Business management.

Problem is I dont really know anything about how eligible I am or the criteria they look for when selecting people. Do they look at qualifications, particular skills and financial status? Or something more?

I was thinking of getting my degree and saving up enough to buy a house (they're a lot cheaper in America right?) So planning on moving there once i'm about 25.
My mate has just married a US girl in San Fran and has moved over there. Even with the marriage, and the fact he's sponsored by his Father in Law's company, it hasn't been easy for him to get over there permanently.

If your reasons for moving are cost of living, crime rates and obnoxious people, I think you're in for a massive shock over there, and the weather isn't all it's cracked up to be.
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(Original post by Sakarra)
No I haven't been to the states but am planning on going to SF and Hawaii over the summer.
Honolulu also looks like a great place to live imo - a metropolitan city in an exotic climate. very scenic too.

I like the second option, could study in the states, but would a masters degree from the UK be just as good?
Cool. Hope you have a good trip. Keep in mind that experiencing somewhere as a tourist is often pretty different to actually living there though. The reason I recommend studying in the States is so you'll have a chance to live there and experience the lifestyle, and maybe scout around for employment.

I don't think a degree from the UK would be looked down upon, but hardly anyone in America will have heard of any unis besides Oxbridge and maybe a handful of the London ones, so I guess that could be a disadvantage. Sorry, I probably can't be too helpful here.
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25 yr old healthy british university graduate should have favourable luck in obtaining the residence visa.
Um no...
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They've got houses in Detroit going for $1 atm, seriously. Saw it on news last night.

It's pretty hard to get into the states, and pretty hard to find a company to sponsor you. Your best bet is finishing your degree and trying then, don't try without degree.
yes, but you go into the house and cant come back out again for fear of being killed :tongue:
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A friend of mine married a US Marine, had 3 kids by him too. They arent together anymore but as far as I know she can stay there because 2 of her kids were born there and are full Americans.
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Ok so getting a good degree and looking for employment looks like the way forward. Then once i'm there, get some minger to fall in love with me and marry me. That should secure permanent residence. :cool:

Edit: Ok and have a kid or two with her.
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yes, but you go into the house and cant come back out again for fear of being killed :tongue:
True, true :tongue:

They did need some repairs doing...having been used as drug dens etc...
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They've got houses in Detroit going for $1 atm, seriously. Saw it on news last night.
You'd have to pay me an awful lot to make me live in Detroit.
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Um no...

Please, do try to not be so helpful and informative in your posts.

Tell you what Mz america, as you clearly are far more knowledgable, how about actually sharing it with the nice nieve op rather then simply shooting down others eh?
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Don't expect your living costs to decrease in a city like San Francisco. And as for weather, the city may be warm but its notorious for fog.
And I don't want to offend any Americans, but you're unlikely to see the number of obnoxious people you encounter or crime rates to fall by moving across the pond.
It's a great country, but it'll be a massive culture shock and it's unlikely to live up to your expectations.
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OP, have you heard of CCUSA? They find jobs for university undergraduates in the USA (as well as other countries) in the summer months. This is what i'm planning on doing as i've always wanted to move to the states and this will give me a good idea of whether i'd like it or not. I like the idea of doing a masters in the USA as well.
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I like the idea of doing a masters in the USA as well.
Me too. Being able to live there for a considerable period but not having to commit to moving there permanently seems like the perfect opportunity to see if living abroad is for you.
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You'd have to pay me an awful lot to make me live in Detroit.
Haha, there's seriously a massive exodus out of Detroit right now. Nobody wants to live there....
The majority of Detroit= Hell
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