Moving from The United Kingdom to The United States

Learn the various pathways of immigration to The United States, including family-sponsorship and employment.

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Interested in Immigrating to the US from the UK?​

The United States and Britain have a long and interconnected history of immigration. The earliest group of British immigrants brought with them their language and culture. Now, modern immigrants from the UK have come to settle and assimilate quickly due to these shared cultural aspects. Immigrants from the UK make up 14.3% of all European immigrants in the US, as of 2014.

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United Kingdom Community in the US

Since the 1970s, the number of immigrants from the UK to the US has remained steady at 20,000 individuals each year. Most emigrate to the United States as professionals and skilled workers, students, often moving to be with spouses or family, as well. As mentioned earlier, the long history of immigration and close relationship between the US and the UK has allowed for British immigrants to assimilate extremely well throughout the country. As of the 2000 US census, the largest populations of English Americans were living in California, Florida, Texas, New York, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Immigration Process​

To become a lawful permanent resident of the United States, one must obtain a Green Card. Most immigrants will do so through employment ,, through family sponsorship , or by being an immediate relative. Roughly half of all immigrants from the UK choose to come to the US through employment-based preferences. Through these various pathways, immigrants may reside legally in the US.

Useful Resources for UK Immigrants in the US

The US Embassy and Consulates in the UK provide information on how to apply for a visa, as well as which visa is best for individual cases. Interested in immigration to Canada? Both Canada and the UK are members of the Commonwealth, making moving between the two countries an attractive and relatively easy process.