Dont know if anyone would be able to help me or offer any advice. My boyfriend lives in New Mexico and i plan to come out and stay with him for about 3 months, do a bit of travelling etc etc then return to the UK and decide whether to move out perminantely or not. Do i need a visa for the 3 months that ill be out there for initially and what do i need to do if i wanted to get part time work out there?
Any help would be much appreciated!
As a visitor you are entitled to stay 3 months. I would avoid saying anything about a boyfriend to immigration....say you're staying with a cousin or something. You will not be allowed to work unless you are in a scheme for the under 26's (I think). And in order to move there permanently, you'd have to be married to your boyfriend and he would have to sponsor you (assuming he is a US citizen). The sponsorship thing can take a long time.
Unfortunately, US immigration is one of the toughest in the world, with lots of arcane rules. I should know, as I'm being completely screwed by them as we speak.
Also, you should know that if you do want to extend your visa past the three months, you need to do so each month (unless you get married)--and in some cases, it involves leaving the country and then returning. Fortunately for you, it's not very far from New Mexico to the Mexican border--so if you had to leave, you could either drive down--or fly to El Paso, Texas, then drive across--and drive back. But don't do it until you check out all the rules--because you might not be able to get back if your visa has expired.
I used to be married to a foreigner--and she got a green card and everything, but even I didn't understand all the rules then--and now they are even more incomprehensible.