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1. Posted by krisw2k5 (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Hi all. I am hoping there is someone who can give me some useful information or direct me to a website that can help me.

Basically, I am a British citizen, who has just finished university and I am wanting to move to America for a while for the experience, maybe to travel across it or to just stay in one state. I will probably be looking for some employment while I'm there to help fund the trip.

I know that there are organisations that can help arrange everything for you as a mate of mine used one when he went to Australia for the year.

So if there is anyone that can help me with some info or send me a link to somewhere for information, I would be very grateful.

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 8y

I'll keep my eyes and ears open for you. First off, US Immigration has become much more picky than they used to be. You'll need the the right visa that allows you to work, and you'll need a skill in demand. Do you have any scientific or technical degrees? Engineers, IT pros, scientists, and the like, will have no problems.

3. Posted by krisw2k5 (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

well I have a degree in Web Development, and I'm currently studying in catering so I will be a qualified chef by the time I decide to travel.

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 8y

Working in Australia for a year is easy (as is working in New Zealand or Canada), as those governments have reciprocal agreements with European countries for working holiday visa arrangements (which is almost certainly what your mate was on in Australia). The American government, however, completely refuses to enter into these agreements, and so nothing similar exists there.
There's some "working summer camp" experiences through BUNAC, maybe - but that's the best you can get outside of entering into the rat race for a "green card" (which I believe you need to get sponsored for by a company as well). If you do not have a working visa like that, you are absolutely not allowed to work in the USA, nor to stay for longer than three months. If immigration has even the smallest suspicion that you're entering the USA in order to work there, they'll send you on the next flight out of the country, and if you overstay your 90 day visa (even by a single day), you'll be disallowed entry into the country for the next many years, and if you're lucky, you won't have to spend any nights in jail before they deport you.

Basically the USA is an awesome country, and its government has gone so far over the edge that it's totally not worth the time or effort to try and live there. Try Canada instead, and maybe hop over the border for short trips every so often. (But be careful not to do that too often, because after a few times within the same year, immigration officials will start asking you tough questions and might again deny you entry.)

5. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 8y

I would have to agree with Sander about the USA. Immigration under the current administration is fierce, and unless you could obtain employment before you arrive, your chances would be very slim. If you have a track record working in Web Development, I'd fax your resume off to a few US firms or IT specialty employment firms.

By the way, I know several people you have overstayed their tourist visas here and are currently (illegally) employed! A large percentage of the Mexican nationals in this country are illegal.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 22, 2008, at 6:40 PM by Daawgon ]

6. Posted by mandylou4u (Budding Member 73 posts) 8y

Hi! I am looking to travel USA too but in October for a couple of months and work my way across the country, then up to Vancouver for 10 days, Fiji for a couple of weeks over xmas and new year if I can; with Feejee Experience, then to work in Sydney for a few months at least. If you are interested in comparing notes as this may be your best option, let me know! When were you thinkin of going etc??

7. Posted by VgbndFrnk (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Wow! this is awesome! I had no idea that there were organizations that help u work during your stay! Not to take the attention off of krisw2k5, but where can i find information on these kinds of groups? I'd like very much to start traveling more, and for extended periods. Seriously - anywhere. Lemme know if you have any suggestions!

VagabondFrank

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

8. Posted by Walkele (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Bit late to add to the thread....but from what I have been reading it would seem that the possibilities of travelling the US are slim to say the least.

What other avenues are there to explore?

I wish to live/work/play in the US for a period of my life. Im 22 and will look to go there in a couple of years. I am a teacher, and am currently doing my masters degree in citizenship...

Based on this information if any assistance/ advice could be offered I would be most grateful.

All the best for the New Year.

9. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 7y

Walkele - As an educator, you are in a position to apply for special consideration and programs offered by American universities for further study and even employment that others would not be. If I were you, I'd look at websites for different state universities in the US such as: Univ. of California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington and many others as well as the rich private universities such as Stanford, Princeton or Northwestern. I am certainly no expert on the subject, but I can tell you that even here in Portland, Oregon, our Portland State University (largest in Oregon) has several hundred foreign students/faculty and many grants and special work/study programs available. I only wish I could direct you further - keep your eyes/ears open.

Would this site help you: http://www.pdx.edu/careers/internationalstudents.html

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 3, 2009, at 12:58 PM by Daawgon ]