Hey guys, Maurice, Marcelo,
I'm Caue, also from Brazil, and I've got the same will as you guys. 32 married with a wonder 33 journalist, who have some degrees and awards.
A self proclaimed brazilian entrepreneur wannabe who happens to be a programmer as well. I'm a peculiar kind of talent who have no deep specialization but can bring a lot of hard-to-measure-worth to a company, because I work hard and I work good. I'm a long run kind of guy.
I'm also a college dropout and, to make things a little worse, I've got my tourist visa request denied 3 times
- all attempts to visit my family. My mother have a Green Card and is currently living and working in NH. After consulting with many specialists I've came to the conclusion she and my brother, who is a citizen and through whom my mother got her green card, are the main reasons I got my visa denied.
And I fear even if I ever found a job willing to get me an H1 I'd have even that denied.
This post also makes me sad. I came here through my mom's recommendation. She thinks you guys from the free state project are great. I was hoping I could find information or help on how I could make the move and live there, but I just saw 2 other guys in similar situation getting little to no information and far from any help.
I have applied for my own green card, through both of my family members, the first one in 2012. But today the best expectation I've got for this to work out is about 7 years from now. And, as much as it's almost sure it will come out eventually, there's always a risk it won't. So, it's not something I should wait for.
As for you guys, my brazilian correlates, I can only reaffirm what others have said. To move to USA there are basically 3 ways. Get married, get family or get lucky. In order from easier to harder. Family, as you see in my case, may actually make things worst. And "get lucky" means finding a job who'll sponsor you, in the majority of those cases. I've been trying to find one for a long time, and I'm actively seeking one right now, but even if you do have the highest specialized qualifications it still could be not enough.
Well, just my 2 cents. Thanks for reading.