Foreign citizens who want to immigrate to the United States have various means through which they can do that. One of the simplest ways to do that is to apply for a Green Card.
The Green Card can also be obtained by those who want to move to USA from Norway and who meet the relocation criteria. These can also benefit from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) under which they can travel to the US without applying for a visa. However, these travels only apply to certain situations.
Below, our immigration law firm in Miami invites you to discover how to relocate to US from Norway. We can help you move here under various types of visas.
The Visa Waiver Program for Norwegian citizens traveling to USA
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) can be used by those who want to move to USA from Norway for periods of less than 3 months. This program can be used for tourism or business purposes and those who stay here during this time can later make a decision on whether the country suits their interests of permanently relocating here. There are various ways for a foreign national to obtain a green card in the United States. Some of the more popular ones include working for a local company, however, there is also the option of moving with a relative who is an American citizen or a permanent resident. The procedure to obtain the permanent resident holder status implies completing various steps in accordance with the selected pathway.
What is important to note about the VWP is that after the visa obtained through it expires, the holder must file an application for a non-immigrant or immigrant visa depending on how long he or she wants to prolong the stay.
With the help of our immigration lawyer in the United States, a person who wants to relocate to the United States from Norway can do that without any problem.
Visas for individuals seeking to move to USA from Norway permanently
Immigrating from Norway to USA is subject to similar requirements applying to other European nationalities. Norwegian citizens can apply for any of the following types of visas if they want to establish themselves in the USA:
- the Green Card based on employment which relies on a work contract;
- the Green Card based on family immigration when a family member is settled in the US;
- the spouse visa that can be obtained by one or both spouses seeking to move to USA from Norway;
- the Diversity Immigrant Visa which is available in Florida and is perfect for Norwegian citizens as there aren’t many people from this country living here;
- the Green Card Lottery is also a program under which people can immigrate to USA from Norway.
Our immigration lawyers in Miami are at the service of all those who want to move to USA from Norway. We can also help those who plan to immigrate here from other European countries, such as Germany, France, Sweden, or Denmark.
If you want to move here based on a spouse visa for the United States, contact us. Our specialists have a good knowledge of the legislation in this sense and can help you. Our US immigration attorneys will help you draft and file the necessary paperwork in order to make sure you are proceeding on the right path to relocation.
How to choose a visa to immigrate to USA from Norway
As you might have already about, the US visa system can be quite difficult to comprehend because of the numerous types of visas available. All the information can be overwhelming which is where an immigration lawyer can help. This is also the job of our immigration law firm in USA which has helped many citizens from all over the world to successfully move here over the past few years.
So, here is how you can choose an appropriate type of visa when you plan to immigrate to the US from Norway:
- conduct an extensive research on the main categories of visas;
- compare the eligibility requirements for the selected visa to your studies, work experience, English language level, and the reason you want to relocate;
- get in touch with our immigration lawyers for an opinion and legal advice.
There are a few tips you can use when researching the type of visa that will enable you to successfully relocate to the USA.
Visas are divided into immigrant and non-immigrant residence permits which is the first thing you could look for when making such an important decision. These are further categorized based on the reason for immigration: employment, investment, and family reunification being the main available options. This is how you can make sure you have selected the right type of visa.
When it comes to the application procedure in terms of documents, these are different from case to case, and this where the guidance of a specialist can be used.
With a thorough experience in immigration matters for clients all over the world, our lawyers in Miami can be your guide through the legal hurdles of moving to the USA.
How to choose a state and city to move to in the USA
Once you have selected the type of visa and have made sure you meet all the requirements to apply for it, an important aspect to consider is the state and city you will live in. Luckily, from this point of view, the US is one of the generous countries in the world. You can decide on developed areas or small towns and suburban areas in which you can live and work or start a business.
Our immigration lawyers in Miami can offer their services in the city, as well as in areas around it, like Homestead, Doral, and Kendall. They can help you apply for any type of visa, including the spouse visa for US.
Obtaining a Green Card in the US – the equivalent of Norwegian permanent residency
The Green Card is one of the most sought documents by foreigners who move to the US. As it can be seen above, it can be obtained through various visas, but most importantly it can be available the moment a foreign person enters the US.
The Green Card can be conditional or permanent, depending on the circumstances the Norwegian citizen comes to the country, as the US is keen on attracting a highly skilled workforce which is why employment is one of the safest ways of permanently relocating here.
Family reunification is also a means of obtaining a US Green Card and the advantage here is that there are no caps on the number of residence permits issued to close relatives of US citizens. So, if you have a family member you can relocate to and who is a US resident, you can safely apply for permanent residence based on sponsorship.
Our immigration law firm in the US can offer all the needed support no matter the type of residence permit you want to apply for when moving to the United States from Norway. We can also help if your residence card is about to expire and want to renew it. In this case, we recommend you start the renewal procedure as soon as possible.
We can also assist citizens who want to immigrate to USA from Canada.
Documents required when relocating to USA from Norway
Those who want to move to USA from Norway must prepare various documents in accordance with the type of visa requested. A valid passport is mandatory in every situation and our immigration lawyer in Miami advises on having a minimum validity of at least one year at the time of the application because of the processing time that varies for each type of visa.
Immigrating from Norway to USA through employment implies obtaining a job offer and work contract before the visa application is submitted by the US employer. Then, the Norwegian citizen must also file various documents on his end prior to moving here. However, due to the fact that most of the procedure is completed by the USA company hiring him or her, the process is easier on the immigrant.
What should be noted about immigration through employment is that the work contract will be drafted under the guidelines of the US Department of Labor.
Another procedure that implies a two-end immigration procedure is related to spousal sponsorship. Those who move to USA from Norway to reunite with the US spouse must wait for the person in the US to file for the visa. In this case, the spouse who already lives in the US must also meet certain income requirements that depend on state to state.
The documents required to relocate to the US from Norway depend very much on the selected type of visa. This will also influence the visa issuance timeframe, which is why it should be noted that:
- it can take between 10 and 13 months for the Green Card to be obtained when the spouse lives in the US;
- in case both spouses live abroad and want to immigrate together, the procedure can take 11 and 17 months;
- in case the sponsor is a permanent resident of the US and he/she lives here, the other spouse can be granted in approximately 2 years.
This is one of the main reasons to consider the best option when seeking to move to USA from Norway. It should be noted that the period might extend if documents are missing or expired, which is why consulting an immigration lawyer is very helpful.
Norwegian citizens living in the United States
Norwegians have migrated to the US since the early 1800ies and ever since many of them have decided to become permanent residents and later citizens of this country. Currently, the represent around 1.5% of the country’s population and the largest communities can be found in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and California.
In 2020, a new law enables Norwegian citizens to retain their current citizenship even if they apply for US passports. They can simply do that by filing an application with the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration. While most Norwegian citizens may not be affected by the rule, for those who are in the process of becoming US citizens, it can be a useful information.
For those who have lost their Norwegian citizenship upon obtaining US citizenship, this means they reapply for their former Norway passports.
If you want to move to US from Norway and need guidance, our lawyers can help you with all the formalities. Do not hesitate to send us your inquiries and benefit from assistance when required to comply with the formalities imposed by the immigration authorities.
If you need support during and after relocating here from Norway, do not hesitate to contact our immigration lawyer in USA.