The length of immigration process??

  1. Hi, Could anyone here give me some rough estimate about the length of immigration process,--from finding a employer sponsor to geting yourself interviewed by USA local embassy?? Some people say that it takes 1 or 2 years while other people believing 6 months?? What takes the most time during the process, I-140 or DS 230 or waiting for interview? I am in Hong Kong and wonder if the loction matters the length? Just want to have some ideas about the situation I will be going through. And what the documents I need to prepare besides the birth certificate?
    One of my friends told me the American employers were not interested in interviewing foreign nurses at this moment because of the retrogression. Is this true? I plan to start job hunting in early March. So, What is your opinion about this? Thanks a lot!
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  3. by   suzanne4
    Philippines has the longest wait for a US interview appointment. On average the wait until you have the visa in hand is about one year, and that is from the time that you have been petitioned thru an employer.

    Then it can vary depending on the attorney, and the location of the nurse. And just the odds of getting the petitions approved quickly. If you are overseas, it also is dependent on how quickly that the visa bill is paid before the USCIS will send out the DS-230 application to be completed.

    And the above is when there is no retrogression in place. When the last retrogression was in place and only affected those from the PIC countries, the petitioning process was quite fast, only about 6 months from beginning to end as many were taken out of the processing for that length of time.
  4. by   alina_zhuang
    Thanks a lot, Suzanne! by the way, what are the PIC countries?
  5. by   lawrence01
    Quote from alina_zhuang
    Thanks a lot, Suzanne! by the way, what are the PIC countries?
    PIC = Philippines, India, China and it is based on birthplace and not the current location where she is in.
  6. by   bonsai8888
    I am an NLCEX and ielts passer, howver due to length of IMMIGRATION PROCESS for US, I am thinking to work in NEW Zealand since the processing time is only 5mos.

    My question is, will it affect my immigration process for US green card if I will work in new zealand? I am planning to work in new zealnd while waiting for my US greencard.

    By the way I have not yet started my immigration visa application for USA.
  7. by   suzanne4
    Quote from bonsai8888
    I am an NLCEX and ielts passer, howver due to length of IMMIGRATION PROCESS for US, I am thinking to work in NEW Zealand since the processing time is only 5mos.

    My question is, will it affect my immigration process for US green card if I will work in new zealand? I am planning to work in new zealnd while waiting for my US greencard.

    By the way I have not yet started my immigration visa application for USA.
    Yes, you will be affected as more than likely you will be under some type of contract that you will need to complete.

    Do you even have an employer lined up for the US?
  8. by   bonsai8888
    Quote from suzanne4
    Yes, you will be affected as more than likely you will be under some type of contract that you will need to complete.

    Do you even have an employer lined up for the US?
    THanks suzanne for the info. I dont have an employer yet. Still on deciding stage where to start. Do think it is a wise choice for me to work in new zealand while waiting for my US greencard? What is that type of contract that i have to complete?
  9. by   suzanne4
    Contracts for any country are usually two years except from special ones in Australia for six months, but from Asia, you have to go thru another process and those are not currently available to you.

    If you plan to start the process for the US, not sure of any employer that is going to want to wait two years for you to finish your contract there, and it would not be appropriate of you to leave the contract in the middle to go to the US to work. Honoring of a contract is the most important.

    The contracts for Saudi are three years.
  10. by   bonsai8888
    ok. Thnx for the info. Hope that can help me decide where to work and settle down. I am thorn between going to new zealnd which is faster, and migrating to US which is slower in process though more lucrative. Sounds like in the middle of two worlds. wish i can have a win-win with this. Where i can work in new zealnd while waiting for my us greencard.
  11. by   coffeealice
    Hi, Suzanne
    Is it ok for me to study/work in another country while my immi process is on the way? I couldn't just wait for the visa but do nothing in China, since it would take too long for waiting. Is there any problem with Police Clearance certificate released by the country I'm going?
  12. by   sofia_815
    Quote from bonsai8888
    ok. Thnx for the info. Hope that can help me decide where to work and settle down. I am thorn between going to new zealnd which is faster, and migrating to US which is slower in process though more lucrative. Sounds like in the middle of two worlds. wish i can have a win-win with this. Where i can work in new zealnd while waiting for my us greencard.
    I am currently waiting for my greencard but have no plans of diverting to other countries because I signed a contract with a US employer, but before that, I tried to research about NZ and from what I know, NZ requires 2-3 years of Nursing experience particularly in specialty areas..and they need IELTS Band Score of 7 in speaking,writing,listening, and reading...
  13. by   lawrence01
    Quote from sofia_815
    I am currently waiting for my greencard but have no plans of diverting to other countries because I signed a contract with a US employer, but before that, I tried to research about NZ and from what I know, NZ requires 2-3 years of Nursing experience particularly in specialty areas..and they need IELTS Band Score of 7 in speaking,writing,listening, and reading...
    Same w/ Australia. They need 2 years actual working experience as well.

    The 2 years actual working experience also holds true for other skilled persons wanting to work and/or migrate to Australia as a skilled worker.

    There's also a bridge program that needs to be completed that the applicant pays for herself. Not sure if it's Australia or NZ or both. Plus, of course you have to pass their board or licensing exam.
  14. by   bonsai8888
    Quote from sofia_815
    I am currently waiting for my greencard but have no plans of diverting to other countries because I signed a contract with a US employer, but before that, I tried to research about NZ and from what I know, NZ requires 2-3 years of Nursing experience particularly in specialty areas..and they need IELTS Band Score of 7 in speaking,writing,listening, and reading...
    I dont have the number of years rquired but my IELTS band score in all areas are qualified enough. Still, I wont qualify for NZ or OZ due to lack of experince. I gues il stick to my US dream since this great forum supplied me with enough information to make my dream come to life.

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