|Why should I use PathwayUSA instead of going direct to an Immigration Attorney?|
|The immigration attorney is going to ask you for your instructions. The attorney is not there to educate you about your options. And unless you are fully educated about your visa options, you cannot possibly give an attorney an INFORMED instruction. At PathwayUSA our job is to educate you about all your relocation options - to ensure that when you start making decisions you know exactly what you are doing and what the possible consequences might be.|
|How credible is the relocation advice I will get from PathwayUSA?|
|Let us tell you a bit about our story. Then you decide. We had heard about the L-1 visa as a possibility. When the attorney asked for our instructions, we told him that we wanted an L-1 and he got us an L-1. However, when we tried to get a green-card, we were denied because although we had met the L-1 qualifying requirements, we could not meet the far more stringent green-card requirements and we were denied. This started us on a 12-year $250k legal battle to stay in the USA. Appeals, Motions, Petitions and finally a Private Bill which we took to the United States Congress. All failed and we finally self-deported and started the whole process again from scratch. In hind-sight, we should NEVER have even attempted the L-1. Our attorney had not given us incorrect advice. He'd simply followed our instructions. But ethically, he'd failed to inform us about the possible consequences of going down that particular route. Over the years we educated ourselves about every aspect of US immigration law. So when we started all over again, we were empowered to have an informed discussion with our new attorney. Empowered to give him informed instructions and to double-check everything. This time, our O-1 was hassle-free and a year later we had our green cards.
We were fortunate - We are English-speakers, we had the money to fight the fight and I have a South African law degree - not enought to practice law in the USA, but certainly enough to navigate my way around and understand the law. So we prevailed in the end. But others may not be so fortunate. There's an old adage that "Uninformed decisions have unpredictable outcomes." And this is why we started PathwayUSA.
|Is there a book about your journey to the USA?|
|Yes there is. But not available quite yet - for a number of reasons. Hopefully we will publish it later this year 2020. But here's a brief synopsis of "Scars & Stripes" :
"From the southern tip of the African continent to the East Coast of the USA, and from the silence of Capitol Hill and the House Judiciary to the aggression of the US Embassy in Ireland, Scars and Stripes is a family's 18-year journey through the US Immigration System. From the flames of 9/11 to corrupt and incompetent immigration attorneys and a dysfunctional immigration system, a new American family is challenged by inconsistent immigration rulings and forced to self-deport to Ireland, where they will become embroiled in a scandal involving US Ambassador Rooney, Visa Head Bradley Wilde and allegations of Irish passports being copied and supplied to Mossad hit-squads."
|Where do I start?|
|Your first step on the journey is to contact us and tell us about your plans and intentions.
PathWayUSA works only with clients who have already decided they wish to move to the United States. We do not solicit those who are undecided about where they want to move to. This decision must have been made prior to engaging the services of PathWayUSA. If you are undecided about what country you want to move to, we can help you to make an informed choice about this life-changing decision through our Power Point presentation or by attending one of our Relocation Workshops.
Once this decision has been made, then PathWayUSA will provide assistance and guidance to make the relocation process less complicated and less stressful.
Contact Dianne Stewart for further information.
|What will I learn at a PathWay USA Phone Consultation?|
The first step is to complete our RELOCATION QUESTIONNAIRE.
GET STARTED! Contact Us to request a Relocation Questionnaire.
Once your relocation questionnaire has been processed and evaluated, we will send you an email with our report and findings, views and opinions as to the merits of your case. Should you then wish PathWay USA to follow up with a 30-minute or 60-minute phone consultation to discuss your case and answer any questions you may have.
The 60-minute phone consultation to discuss all your options with you will include :
All payments made in US Dollars at the current exchange rate and only by Credit Card, PayPal or by deposit in SA.
|What are the Costs of using PathWay USA?|
|PathWay USA offers a wide range of consultancy services, all designed to make immigration as stress-free as possible.
The very FIRST STEP is the PathwayUSA Questionnaire where you tell us about yourself - your family, qualifications, job, experience, home and lifestyle. We evaluate your situation and advise whether you have any chance of meeting the visa-requirements to get into the USA and if so, the visa options open to you. There is a fee for the questionnaire evaluation.
Thereafter, we offer you assistance in multiple areas. These include getting a tourist visa to visit the USA, planning a Look-See-Decide trip to the USA to see whether the American Lifestyle is for you, looking at job, business and investment opportunities, opening bank accounts, looking at schools, how to buy a car, get a mortgage, what possessions to bring and what to leave, referrals to an immigration attorney that won't fleece you and a Realtor who will show you homes and neighborhoods that suit your budget, family and lifestyle, how to get a social security number, drivers license, and a whole lot of other support that will prove invaluable. We include this list of services and associated fees with the Questionnaire Evaluation.
For more information about our fees and services please email Dianne Stewart.
DISCLAIMER: In using our services, clients of PathWay USA agree to a waiver and disclaimer concerning the vendors and service providers we recommend. Service providers and vendors proposed by PathWay USA are constantly monitored for service excellence and those found to be lacking are promptly removed from our books. All of the providers have worked with PathWay USA for many years and come personally highly recommended in every industry. We are happy to put our reputation at stake, by recommending them to our clients.
In spite of the fact that every precaution is taken to ensure that the very best professional service providers are recommended to our clients, and only those with years of experience and sound reputations and background checks are proposed, PathWay USA cannot take responsibility for any losses or non delivery of service from these providers, once clients have agreed to engage their services.
|Why the USA?|
|Here are some of the reasons why immigrants are making the US their new home :
|What is the best City to live in?|
|This decision is subject to a myriad of factors :
PathWay USA can present various options of suitable cities, but there is a focus on Charlotte, NC as an ideal place for South Africans to relocate to. Charlotte is one of the fastest growing cities in the US and South Africans have been moving here since the early 1980's. It is currently estimated that there are about 4000 South Africans living in North and South Carolina. The region suits us - the weather is great, the people are hospitable and the lifestyle is similar to what we are used to. Other great states to move to in the region are South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas and Florida.
Useful link to compare cities in the US
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Charlotte & NC rate highly on the latest Forbes Magazine survey
Watch this Video on Uptown Charlotte's city center
Video on the incredible growth of the city
|What is the Cost of Living in the US?|
|Everything, other than services, is very inexpensive in the United States. Goods are cheap, but labor is expensive. You can buy a great GE microwave oven for $60 but it will cost you $75 for someone to come out and look at it if it breaks. Normally you would just take the item back to the store and they would immediately replace it, no questions asked.To give you a broad idea of what things cost in Charlotte, NC, here are some examples of items you may be purchasing :
NOTE : These prices are for the South Eastern United States and do not reflect other major metropolitan parts of the US - which are mostly far more expensive. Cities like San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Boston, New York etc are way more expensive than the prices quoted here.