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How hard is it to work in america without a visa?

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1. Posted by Mouth88 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

This may seem like a ridiculous question but when I was travelling in Australia it was fairly easy to find cash in hand work without a working visa and I was wondering if anyone had information about the likelihood of being able to find that kind of work. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

2. Posted by JAZZ85 (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

ummmmmmm its hard but what state of America are you planning to work at?

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

It is illegal for a foreigner to work in the US w/o a work permit. We have literally millions of illegals from Mexico and other Latin countries trying to find a job 'off the books'. Many are having a difficult time due to the recession and have deported themselves. It just did not make economic sense for them to stay here and not find work week after week. You will have virtually no chance of finding work at a rate that you would find acceptable. Bring enough money with you to last for your planned stay is my best advice.

4. Posted by jambo101 (Respected Member 414 posts) 7y

It would be very tough to get a job that pays "under the table" wages as the fines for employers hiring illegal aliens is substantial..The kind of work you are looking for does exist but without a network of friends they will be hard to come by.Also the customs will probably deny you entry if you dont have viable funding for your trip.

5. Posted by Mouth88 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Well me and a friend are planning quite a big trip next summer and whilst I will have enough money for about 4 months of travelling etc we were just wondering how hard it would be if we decided to stay for longer to get casual work in bars or something

6. Posted by TSD (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

Hi Mouth! Sorry to bust into your forum mate,but im doing pretty much the same thing as you next year and was wondering the same thing? If there is no chance of cash in hand work,does the US provide a temporary greencard for travellers? Sorry again mate!

7. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

Travellers are visitors, and as such are not eligible for green cards. If you're from one of the Visa Waiver Program countries you can stay in the USA for up to 90 days. But no more, and no (legal) work during that time. If you want to stay for more than 90 days (to study for instance) then you need to apply for a visa. But again, no work allowed.

8. Posted by jambo101 (Respected Member 414 posts) 7y

Your best bet for temporary jobs would be picking fruit or vegetables on a farm.

9. Posted by j3nn1f3r14 (Budding Member 60 posts) 7y

visitors can only stay in the US for 90 days. if you are going for the summer and are a returning student you may be able to get a J1 visa.

10. Posted by xjessie007 (Budding Member 22 posts) 7y

before the crisis, construction jobs were easy to find and well paid. these days it is very hard. finding any job is hard. low paid cash jobs are taken by mexicans.