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The Visa for The Move to America

01 October, 2013 10:05  Erin Erin

In this series we follow the story of future expat Molly, a Brit seeking to join her American husband in Ohio. At EasyExpat we try to provide you all the latest and greatest in Expat News and Resources, but sometimes a personal journey can best explain the unique challenges and triumphs involved in moving abroad. Meet Molly and follow along on her adventure in the Move to America.

the visa article move to america If you read the last article I wrote for The Move to America series, you will know that I had my U.S Embassy interview in London and that it did not quite go as I had hoped. To summerize, I will briefly say that all went well at the interview, there were just two further pieces of information/evidence/paperwork that was required before my visa could be issued.

I found the fact I was not walking away with the knowledge that my visa was immediately on its way overwhelmingly upsetting, but once I had got over the disappointment I went about getting the paperwork.

Top Tip #1

Thoroughly check your documents & requirements.

If you are going through a visa process, make sure you have thoroughly checked that what you have submitted meets the specific requirements. This will help avoid some of the stress of being delayed. For example: there is a minimum, specified amount your spouse (sponsor) must earn in order for you to meet the requirements of your visa. If they do not meet that amount, you will either have to provide evidence of other assets or have a co-sponsor.  

Top Tip #2

Prepare for the unexpected.

If you have had any kind of name change, forename or other, check what evidence you will need for immigration purposes.

One of the extra pieces of paperwork I needed to provide was a legal document showing my change of forename (the UK does not require one to change a forename). I had never been asked for anything relating to my forename change during the entire process and had always stated by original and new name, so it was a complete shock when I was asked for it. I completely understand why it is required and was able to subsequently get a notarised document, but if I had been aware it was an issue, I would have had one prepared to present at the interview.

Top Tip #3

Try to wait patiently.

The next step, once I had all the paperwork required, was to phone the courier company (details were given to me at interview) and they arranged a time to come and pick up what I was sending in, including my passport. It was collected and taken to the embassy for processing, and I nervously waited for news of whether or not I had been approved.

About 10 days later, I received a text from the courier saying my visa package was being delivered the next day. I was happy, but also worried there was something else wrong with what I had sent in, or another reason why I would not receive my visa at that point.

I waited for the courier to arrive, he came at about 10:30am, and there in my package, amongst other things, was my passport with my visa in it. The wait for good news was over. I was going to be with my husband at last!

I fly on October 4th 2013.

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If you want to know anything else, or read a bit more about what I have been getting up to since my visa arrived, visit my blog themovetoamerica.wordpress.com

Thanks for reading!


For more options for visas in the move to America, consult our expat Guides for the USA and visa sections, and our article Obtaining a Visa to Live, Study and Work in: the United States of America. Also be sure to read about the other preparations Molly has made in her articles,

Finding Health Insurance for The Move to America

Successful Networking for The Move to America



Have you applied for a visa for the USA or do you want to? What questions do you have? Do you have advice?



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These are very exciting times for you, Molly, and I wish you a safe trip and that everything goes smooth.

  Dan     03 Oct 2013, 17:14