American Visa (XL)By  | Posted on January 30th, 2014

As Ruth Margolis previously pointed out in her article on the matter, there are numerous reasons a Brit might choose to migrate from one side of the Pond to the other. But whether it is to marry that special American or to simply seize a job opportunity, there is one thing that all British expatriates will have to encounter: the visa process.

Prior to a potential move, many Brits assume that the visa process is something of a formality, that little more is required than the completion of one or two forms. It doesn’t occur to some that there is, for instance, a considerable cost attached to the application, or that rigorous proof of work and residency eligibility is required. With that in mind, here are 5 things you might not know about the visa process.

1. Cost of application