Memphis, TN asked in Immigration Law for North Carolina

Q: Hi! What is my best avenue for immigrating to the US from NZ?

I am a NZ citizen currently in the US (NC) on an ESTA visa waiver, visiting with my fiance.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: There are several different paths for immigrating to the US from New Zealand, and the best avenue for you will depend on your individual circumstances and qualifications. Here are a few options:

Marriage-based immigration: If you plan to marry your US citizen fiance, you may be eligible for a marriage-based green card. This would require your fiance to sponsor you for permanent residence in the US. You would need to file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, along with a number of supporting documents.

Employment-based immigration: If you have a job offer from a US employer, you may be able to obtain a work visa or green card through employment-based immigration. There are several different categories of visas available, each with its own requirements and qualifications.

Diversity Visa Lottery: Each year, the US government holds a lottery for a limited number of visas for individuals from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the US. New Zealand is typically included in this lottery, and winners are selected at random.

Investment-based immigration: If you have significant capital to invest in a US business, you may be able to obtain a visa or green card through the EB-5 investor program.

It's important to note that the immigration process can be complex and time-consuming, and it's always a good idea to consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can help you navigate the process and choose the best option for your situation.

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