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Advice on getting temporary work in the US

Travel Forums North America Advice on getting temporary work in the US

1. Posted by Scooty666 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

I have recently decided to travel around the US for a few months and thinking of looking into some bar/restaurant work in Miami to help me pay for day to day things... any suggestions?

I am mainly going to be travelling alone, setting off mid-July if my house sells in time!! Is anyone else in a similar situation?

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 6y

You don't say where you're from, and haven't filled that information in on your profile either, but effectively, if you're not from the USA (and aren't being sponsored by a company), you can't work in the USA. They're extremely hostile to the idea, and if an immigration officer at the airport gets even a whiff of an impression that you'd be contemplating working, you'd stand a good chance of being denied entry to prevent you from attempting to do so illegally. Try Canada instead, where you can get a Working Holiday Visa if you're below 31/36 (depending on nationality).

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Apr-2010, at 10:49 by Sander ]

3. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 6y

Its still possible to get cash in hand work, and Miami is probably one of the easier places to do it. Its more about personal contacts though, and being an outwardly vivacious and bubbly person. Your not going to find jobs listed and you might have to knock on a lot of doors. Its not really something you can count on happening.

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

Scooty,
My advice is to bring all the money you will need for your stay in the US. It is very doubtful you will be able to earn very much while here. Not only is it illegal, there are literally millions of people here illegally looking for work besides you. Many of these people are from countries that have a much lower standard of living than the US. They will work for less that a US citizen would expect, you as well. Don't count on earning any money while here on your holiday.

5. Posted by Scooty666 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Sorry, forgot to say... I'm from Scotland. Working isnt a major issue though, i'm hoping to have enough cash to get by! Was more of a way to meet new people, but i think i might look into the possibility of charity work and volunteering if that is a possibility? I will be 29 by the time my travelling starts so might look into the possibility of picking up some work in Canada.

Thank you for your replies!!

6. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 6y

Quoting Scooty666

Sorry, forgot to say... I'm from Scotland. Working isnt a major issue though, i'm hoping to have enough cash to get by! Was more of a way to meet new people, but i think i might look into the possibility of charity work and volunteering if that is a possibility? I will be 29 by the time my travelling starts so might look into the possibility of picking up some work in Canada.

Thank you for your replies!!

try here great way to meet locals. Free board, and if you pick the right location they might have paid work for you too.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Apr-2010, at 01:58 by Dodger ]