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1. Posted by js_shadow (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

hi everyone,i am a chinese girl teaching english in China now. my bf is from the US, since he is about to go back to the us to attend the wants me to find a job there. I am thinking what i can do in the US, my major is english in the collage,it is like no major at all in an english speaking country. and my bf told me his chinese teachers in the collage are all major in chinese. of course i never think that i can teach in the collage, i want to get some certificate first about teaching foreigners english in China and then go to the US. i am kinda worried about if i could find a job in the US. hope to hear your suggestions. Thank you very much~~~~

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

Any form of employment would be difficult in the US at the moment - even for native Americans!

3. Posted by Bixa (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

Hey, JS ~~ I may be totally wrong about this, but I'd think your desire to teach English as a foreign language would put you up against too much competition in the US, especially in today's economy.

It seems it might be better for you to get a certificate for teaching Chinese. An accredited native speaker teaching Chinese would be a harder-to-find commodity in the States, giving you an edge.

4. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 7y

Well, there's actually two problems here--

(1) Yes, jobs are difficult to find right now in the US

and, more importantly

(2) A person travelling here on a visa (other than on an H1-B) is not allowed to work. You can only work after receiving a "green card" and that takes years. p.s. All of the H1-Bs have already been allocated for this year--so unless you are from either Australia or Chile (two countries that have "exceptions"), you are out-of-luck.

There is a current law pending in our Congress to change this, but the likelihood of it passing during this economic crisis is essentially zero percent.

I am an American citizen who was previously married to a foreigner (a Brazilian), so I do know the law quite well.
Also, anyone that hires you is also breaking the law--so people are not likely to take the risk.

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Jun-2009, at 01:41 by Calcruzer ]