Relocating to the US

Discussion in 'US' started by Apocalypse_later, Jul 8, 2011.

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  1. I'm currently in California (been driving around the US) and am really enjoying it here.

    So much so I'm considering moving here and getting a job.

    I have an uncle who iss a US citizen and my grandmother was, but that doesn't qualify me to be sponsored for immigration.

    Short of marrying an American girl for a green card (I want time to peruse the shelves first) does anyone know how I can get a job in California in a military industrial capacity? Who employs/how to apply and if I would get permanent residence from one?

    Does anyone have any experience in this?

    I've got a BEng in Manufacturing Engineering and & am a TA Lt having done Herrick 13, I'm 22 - just don't know where to start! Any help is appreciated.
  2. maninblack

    maninblack LE Book Reviewer

    Contact the state governor's office; they have regular immigration campaigns.
  3. I am a (US) lawyer but never was involved with immigration matters and clearly Roadster if more familiar with this sort of thing than I am. I do have a neighbor who is a major immigration lawyer in Boston and occasionally chat with him and from what he tells me all of his clients are major high tech firms who retain him to get visa's for their prime recruits. In the Boston area most are biotechnology/pharmaceutical scientists and electrical engineering firms.

    It might be worth your while to see if any firms are interested in your skills but too be honest you may be too young to have developed the experience firms look for. By the way, apparently it helps if a company can say someone has a badly needed skill. I do know a couple of professionals who came here and stayed. The man across the street is Scots, a LSE grad, expert in finance, investments and computers. He came here to work for a big investment house but now works for a company that makes specialized software that is used by banks and brokers. Another is an Irish civil engineer but he had M.Eng in hydrology and was licensed in RoI, France and EU as a civil engineer.

    Best of luck with this though. When us septics talk about immigration problems we are not complaining about people like you, more about those who come here with the career goal of being being the richest drug dealer or pimp in town.

    Note: re Canada: Canada is fairly open to immigrants with professions. Know a young man who had no problem with them as a doctor, a medical specialist actually. His problem now is that he gets screwed on taxes unless he gives up his US citizenship.

    Good luck to you!!
  4. I moved to California back in 2002 though I was sponsored by my company for an L-1 visa as I was transferring internally. I work for an international engineering firm, and we have a number of non-US citizen engineers (with US professional qualifications) who are not getting their visas renewed and being forced to return to their home countries.

    With regard to working in the military industrial capacity, one of my projects is on site for a defence / space contractor, and apart from US citizens, only Green Card holders are allowed access to the site because of US government restrictions. You may therefore have to get the green card first, and then apply for a job in that field, unless you want to work for a UK firm who will transfer you.

    California_Tanker I believe has a job in the field you are looking to enter, though he may have got it after getting his US citizenship.
  5. Further to Roadster's comments, there is no limit on H-1B visas if you are teaching or doing research for a non-profit organization. The H-1B is only valid for up to 3 years, though, with an option of extending for another 3 if you're aiming for permanent residence (the much-vaunted Green Card). You have to find a company willing to go through the ballache of admin and pay about $3000-4000 for your visa. You can also expect to hand over about $2000-3000 in lawyer's fees too. And here's the real kicker- even though the visa is transferable from one job to another, if you lose your job for any reason you have until the day you come off the payroll to find another one. If you're still unemployed at that point, your visa becomes invalid, you become an illegal immigrant and people like Dogface will feel empowered to shoot you on sight. I don't know how you feel about living in the knowledge that you have to be prepared to pick up and move your entire life halfway across the world at two-weeks notice, but if you're going to do this, it's an idea you should get used to.

    Also, without permanent resident status you're going to have a hard time getting things like a car loan or a mortgage.

    Your best bet would be to apply for a graduate degree in a US University. Masters degrees are quite expensive and funding opportunities are limited. PhDs on the other hand- although more selective- do provide better funding opportunities. The general rule for looking at PhD programs is "If they don't pay you, don't go." I was fully funded for the duration of mine and while I didn't exactly life a life of luxury, I didn't go hungry. Once you're close to getting your diploma in hand, you can apply for a one-year Optional Practical Training placement. I believe if you work in the hard sciences this can actually be extended for another year. After that, you need to talk an employer into sponsoring you for an H-1B. You can intern at firms while you study, but this require a bit of paperwork on your part if you're going to be working outside the university.
  6. Not so sure about the technical visa stuff since I came to the US 17 years ago and became a citizen by virtue of once being married to one...bitch...but let's save that for another day! What I can say is this; it is easy to be seduced by how similar we appear to be, but never loose sight of the fact that the US is a foreign country, and you are very different from them, particularly in regard to standards and values. What you have done may have some relevance to a few, but in job hunting, you may as well be from Mars. I had enourmous difficulty trying to explain the quality of my degree (Nottingham) and my commission (RMAS), and then still find it hard to comprehend how willingly your peers and bosses will shaft you for their own advantage. (I never worked as a civvy in the UK, so perhaps it is the same there, too). So, be aware of the cultural differences, but also be willing to leave the mole skins and brogues behind and assimilate a little. The US is a wonderful place, with amazing opportunities, and lots of quality women with great boobs. So keep the accent!! Good luck, Fear Naught!
  7. RE:Relocating to the US
    Hello, I'm Kenyan and I have a girlfriend who is a U.S. citizen. She wants me to go to the U.S for us to get married there and live together. How long will it take after my marriage was granted citizenship?
  8. Four hundred and thirty eight vacancies for engineers were advertised in Perth in the last seven days. We've got more sunshine, better looking girls and better prospects than the septics can imagine. Forgot those losers and hit the big time in the state that could use Texas as a doormat.
  9. Don't forget Aborigne child hunting.
  10. You're also in the arrse-end of ******* nowhere, thousands of miles from anything even remotely resembling civilization and there are rednecks everywhere. Australia is Arkansas with a beach.
  11. I worked in the states last year on a J-1 visa, your telling me I could have transferred to another employer!? F**king Camp America
  12. I've got a good idea for you, hang out at the local star bucks near the US Embassay in London and find a any ole' moose and start f**king her, you get the idea? :)
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  13. I have to say, I do fancy does look like a land of opportunity. I just hate Neighbours and that other ******* soap they brought out.
  14. Schaden

    Schaden LE Book Reviewer

    Well yes - on the plus side the whole world and their brother don't think you're *****.