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1. Posted by pepsoid (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

pepsoid has indicated that this thread is about USA

My partner and I want to get the ball rolling on our plan/dream of emigrating to the States. We're specifically drawn to the North-East coast - e.g. New England.

Any ideas?!!

(all info on working, finding a place to live, etc, etc, etc, will be gratefully received!)

2. Posted by GringoLOCO (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

have you applyed for US Citizenship yet ?

3. Posted by evilflair (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

How much research have you done? Have you visited the U.S. before? Housing in the area you are looking to settle in is quite high. There are lots of web sites that have job listings, so that is not so difficult.
I do however warn you NOT to emigrate. I am a born U.S. citizen and would emigrate OUT of here given even the smallest opportunity. In many communities people have become very withdrawn and seldom know their neighbors, unless you are in the smallest of communities. Then you may have other issues since you said "partner" rather than spouse. Alternative lifestyles and new residents are not always welcome in rural America. In the cities you can find isolated pockets of culture and civility, but for the most part our citizens are very materialistically driven and not friendly nor pleasant.
Unless you have a good education or unique skill, medical care/insurance is a luxury. Our social security (pension plan) is painfully inadequate, and leaves many people unable to afford medications, housing and food. (assuming it won't be bankrupt by your retirement age) Courts and politics are extremely corrupt.
Not everything is bad, with the right income you can pretty much do and have anything you want. We always have fruits and vegetables out of season, there are multiple ways to find recreation and entertainment some moral and legal some not, most of our roads are good and well marked, we don't have power outages, hot water is available all hours of the day, we have plenty of air conditioning, everyone always has ice and fresh squeezed orange juice is easily found.
I only encourage you to move here if you are a back stabbing corporate climber who wants to drive a gas guzzling SUV, want to buy a 3 bedroom 2 bath tract ranch style home in suburbia and have 2.3 children. If you like crime, pan handlers and drug addicts roaming the streets this is the place to be.
If you have half a heart and soul I would suggest visiting for a few months and then returning back to civilization to thank goodness you don't have to stay.

4. Posted by superal (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

I've looked into it before, and come to the conclusion that they grass is always greener.

But from what I looked at, its very hard to permanently move to the States unless you have immediate family who are American, or have a job that is in extreme demand.

I've been to New England on holiday, and while the people we met in the motels and shops were very friendly, but we were told that they dont take too kindly to new people, espicially people who move from abroad.

New England is very different from England, I know somebody who lives in Maine, and they basically live in the middle of nowhere. There isnt even a pub/bar in the town they live in. So many things are on hand so closely and easily more or less anywhere in England, this isnt the case in New England.

I love America, but as far as living goes, the grass will always seem greener. This doesnt just apply to American, but anywhere in the world.

5. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

I agree with everything evilflair said. fairplay.
The culture in USA is terrible. But I can say that the grass is always greener....thats why I left the US at the first opportunity I had and moved to Europe.

Havin grown up my entire life in New England I can say that it is the best of the worst place to be. I love Boston, its my second home. New England is the most beautiful place in the fall (autumn) and I recommend it as a place to visit. But the only thing that is worse than the snow in the winter is the humid HOT August weather. So be sure you are ready for such extreme weather. Otherwise great move. And yes the housing in Mass is the most expensive in the country, high taxes - BUT as a die hard Democrat - Im all for high taxes since we get the best education and social services in the country.

If you do move to the Boston area, let me know, I can help with where to live and what to do once you are there.

6. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting evilflair

How much research have you done? Have you visited the U.S. before? Housing in the area you are looking to settle in is quite high. There are lots of web sites that have job listings, so that is not so difficult.
I do however warn you NOT to emigrate. I am a born U.S. citizen and would emigrate OUT of here given even the smallest opportunity. In many communities people have become very withdrawn and seldom know their neighbors, unless you are in the smallest of communities. Then you may have other issues since you said "partner" rather than spouse. Alternative lifestyles and new residents are not always welcome in rural America. In the cities you can find isolated pockets of culture and civility, but for the most part our citizens are very materialistically driven and not friendly nor pleasant.
Unless you have a good education or unique skill, medical care/insurance is a luxury. Our social security (pension plan) is painfully inadequate, and leaves many people unable to afford medications, housing and food. (assuming it won't be bankrupt by your retirement age) Courts and politics are extremely corrupt.
Not everything is bad, with the right income you can pretty much do and have anything you want. We always have fruits and vegetables out of season, there are multiple ways to find recreation and entertainment some moral and legal some not, most of our roads are good and well marked, we don't have power outages, hot water is available all hours of the day, we have plenty of air conditioning, everyone always has ice and fresh squeezed orange juice is easily found.
I only encourage you to move here if you are a back stabbing corporate climber who wants to drive a gas guzzling SUV, want to buy a 3 bedroom 2 bath tract ranch style home in suburbia and have 2.3 children. If you like crime, pan handlers and drug addicts roaming the streets this is the place to be.
If you have half a heart and soul I would suggest visiting for a few months and then returning back to civilization to thank goodness you don't have to stay.

Good god Evil!
It sounds like you have had the most terrible experience living in the U.S. Have you ever considered emigrating out? I have the exact opposite opinion of living in the U.S. But...to each their own.

7. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 11y

America the Beautiful. I gotta say. I've lived all over the east coast and lived in VT for 5 years. Not a lot to do up there but where I worked in Grafton, VT was considered one of the top 5 most beautiful places in America. The foliage is spectacular. Up north in VT they had longer winters yes and short Spring and Summer. The humidity is nothing compared to here in Virginia, though. Right now we are in a heat advisory where the temp is 15-20 degrees higher(Farneheit of course) than the thermometer says.

Of course, there is NH, the state motto being 'Live Free or Die!'. I think that says it all. Maine is extremely beautiful with rugged coast. Massachusetts is, yes, expensive, and I gotta say that Boston is a pain in the butt. The city is basically built up around the old horse cart paths. Meaning that the streets and avenues roll around with no rhyme or reason that I could discern. Nothing like Manhattan which is all on a grid. North, South, East and West - Easy.

As a transplant, moving from NJ to VT, it wasn't easy to meet people and found myself much friendlier with other transplants or 'flatlanders' as we were considered. But there is still a sense of community. VT won't allow big business in i.e. no Wal-Marts and such. But all you had to do wsa hop over to NH where there was no sales tax. And, of course, I wrote down all the money I spent there on my taxes at the end of the year;).

I am, also, frustrated with our system here in America but that doesn't mean I would give it up without a fight. I have a couple of friends that are either in Iraq or where and are fighting to support my freedoms. I definitely feel that they are there for me and our way of life. Doesn't matter what started everything, not now. We are there so now its a 'How do we make things right.' I feel bad that some people have had such frustrations here.

It is pretty hard getting your citizenships and all. I know that there is a PM Sous Chef where I used to work who is from England. The first 'English Redneck' I have met. He loves it and has found a property that will support him. He is here on extended visa because that property says they cannot find another more qualified applicant to fill his role. I believe there are many people here in America that you could meet who would support you and/or sponsor you. If it is a case of significant other, there are many communities that are more and more open to that. New England, would be tough, having many old school values. But, shoot, you only live once. That's why I am on my way out to San Rafael, California. To see more of the country. It is still the melting pot of old and I am sure that you can find what you are looking for here.

Cheers and god speed,
Lance

8. Posted by Luc30 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hello Jeff

Hii jeff are you doing over there ? Im well doing here .
I am ready about where you are ,please let read from you as soon as you can .
Im Collins . -snip-

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9. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1992 posts) 11y

Seems to be lots of USA-bashing here, but not much help in answering the original question--that is, what to know about housing, jobs, moving, etc.--so here's my two cents worth.

Best place to search for housing is through realtor.com--it lists all the houses for sale by city, price, and amenities. You can also use it to find houses for rent, or condos.

As far as jobs, usually the major job sites to use are monster.com (for all types of jobs), dice.com (for computer types), or usajobs.com (for government jobs).

As far as moving, most people use moving van companies for moving large amounts of furniture and housing from one part of the country to another--but I wouldn't know what to do when moving from overseas--I guess I'd sell everything, then buy new or used once here.

You'll need to get a social security number once here to work--otherwise you will be unemployable. This means you will need a notarized birth certificate with you. Being an American citizen is not required to get a social security number. You can apply at the following site--do so right away, because it takes awhile to get one.
www.ssa.gov/online/ss-5.html

Also, once you get a social security number be sure to keep it secret and only give it out after you have attained a job--this is the number normally used to track people's credit records, mortgage information, etc.--which means that stolen ones are used for identity theft--where people borrow money in your name, then leave you to make the payments.

I would suggest you try to move when the weather is not at it's worst--meaning don't move in the middle of winter (December to March). The move will be much easier if you aren't going looking for housing when the temperature is snowy, icy, or below freezing.

New England can be very beautiful--I wish you the best and hope you have a wonderful life in your new homeland.

Enjoy.

10. Posted by curlygurly (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

I am an Irish teacher and me and my partner, who is a quantity surveyor (cost engineer) plan to move to New England next year for a change and hopefully a better quality of life. We currently live and work in the U.K. and find everything really expensive. I have researched New England and know it's really expensive. I had wanted to live near Boston but it seems impossible as it is so expensive. We are a young couple and would like some advice as to where to go etc. Please help