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Uk Resident wants American Visa..How?

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1. Posted by Fransuzett (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Hi thanks for looking,

Me and my two mates want to go to America sometime next to work and travel for 1-2 years. I went to Oz a few years ago and found getting a work visa easy, but America ones look far more complex.

I done extensive searches and its all very daunting..I guess we need a non immigrant visa but then these are sub catergorised? I have no idea which catergory to apply under?

We all have experience and qualifications..in different areas, but nothing you could call 'specific'..We would be happy to do anything to start with.

Just some advice on the criteria would be helpful?

Would it be easier to get a work visa for Canada??

Thanks everyone

xxxxx Fran

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 6y

Quoting Fransuzett

Would it be easier to get a work visa for Canada??

You might be able to get a 12 month visa for Canada - you need to be aged 18-30 at time of application, and if not a student you need to go through Bunac. This is presuming you're a UK citizen, as well as a UK resident.

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 6y

Here are a list of the different type of visas that allow you to work temporarily in the US:

http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1271.html#1

You need to realize that the only visa that really works is the H1B visa--and here's the bad news--about 70% of all the people who qualiy and work in the US under a H1B visa are residents of India who work for Indian information systems consulting firms who sponsor them for a job in the US with their firm. And here's more bad news--the visas are given out on a first-come, first served system--and last year every single visa was given out to people whose companies had applied on their behalf on the first day they were available (April 1st). There are 65,000 H1B visas given out through this method.

There are 20,000 additional H1B visas given out each year to international students who get a masters or PhD degree in the US in a specialty area of study.

Lastly, there are some exceptions--for example, about 100 of these visas go to residents of only certain countries (for example, Chile) who have masters degrees and want to immigrate to the US. Since I'm not a lawyer, I don't know the list of all the countries that qualify (but I do know that the UK is not one of these countries.)

I suggest you just get a tourist (non-immigrant) visa and enjoy your trip here.

4. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 6y

Oh, and here's the official US government visa site:

http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html

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6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 6y

Quoting Calcruzer

You need to realize that the only visa that really works is the H1B visa--and here's the bad news--about 70% of all the people who qualiy and work in the US under a H1B visa are residents of India who work for Indian information systems consulting firms who sponsor them for a job in the US with their firm.

Further to the H1B visa. There are still visas available this year (see this article), but most years they go very quickly. You NEED to have a work sponsor - which means you need to have a job already, and if you quit that job you have to leave the country.

You might be better off checking out the J visa. There is a category for summer work and travel, but it is only good for four months. You could study full time, and that would allow you to do some work and travel in the school breaks. Basically, there is nothing like a working holiday visa for UK citizens at the moment.

Canada is easier. As mojorob said, check out BUNAC.