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1. Posted by Ihughes726 (Budding Member 5 posts) 2y

Hi everyone I've just joined today! My name is Ian Hughes and I'm from London!

I'm 25 and I feel it is time for me to see the world and meet new people.

I currently have no commitments i.e no children, marriage or mortgage so I feel this is the best time to do so. (no disrespect to anyone)

My main focus is visiting America for aslong as possible and eventually finishing off in new Zealand where I can work in carpentry, which is my current trade in the uk. I literally want to go all out and not have to hold back from enjoying anything. I plan to take about £12000 and hopefully this time next year I will be set to leave.

So the questions I ask please!

How long can you legally stay in America for? I've heard some people say three months and I'm not too sure.
How long can you live in Australia/new Zealand whilst you are working there?, I know it helps when your job involves boosting the economy over there.
Is £12000 going to be enough if I literally want to go all out!

Sorry about the essay

Thank you

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5579 posts) 2y

If you travel on the ESTA, you can stay in America for 90 days at a time. You can't work there on that visa, but my understanding is that is not something you'd be planning there anyway?

You can be in NZ for up to 23 months as a UK resident (link). There's a few restrictions but unlike in Australia, you can actually work for one employer for the whole period it looks like (it seems like you can only work for 12 months total). Skilled workers can sometimes get sponsorship from a company which basically will let you stay as long as you like. But that is still a long way off, so not something I'd really worry about until it becomes a more likely/interesting proposition!

3. Posted by Ihughes726 (Budding Member 5 posts) 2y

Thank you Sam!

Yes I plan to just stay in America for the 90 days and hopefully visit a few other places before I go to oz.

Yeh I suppose I am considered to be in a skilled trade so I plan to do this out there and hopefully meet the right people, who knows what could happen!

Thanks again

4. Posted by Ihughes726 (Budding Member 5 posts) 2y

Just another question,

For example if I wanted to book to fly to (San Francisco for e.g) to start my journey , is it just a case of booking a one way flight and then branching off from there?

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5579 posts) 2y

You should double check visa requirements (sometimes you have to have a return/onward ticket to be allowed into the country), but that certainly seems like a way to get started. The big downside with one-way tickets is that they are often nearly as expensive as a return. The upside of course being flexibility... But if you know you are headed to NZ/Aus after that, I'd probably just go ahead and buy a ticket the whole way round, and just pay a little extra to make sure you can do date changes quickly/cheaply.

6. Posted by Ihughes726 (Budding Member 5 posts) 2y

Ok cool thanks again!, I'm hopefully gonna have £12000 saved so I wouldn't be too worried about flights

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 5500 posts) 2y

If you come to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa you can stay for 2 years providing you spend at least three months of your first year working in designated regional communities. Construction is one of those jobs, so you're very well placed.

8. Posted by Ihughes726 (Budding Member 5 posts) 2y

And what's the best way to work in the community, is it just a case of speaking to the right people

9. Posted by Peter (Admin 5500 posts) 2y

Well, not having ever tried to find a job in regional Australia (let alone a carpentry one) I'm not well placed to say that. You can check the job websites to see what's out there, but I suspect you are right that just speaking to the right people is the best. There's plenty of jobs that never make it to job websites.