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1. Posted by deadmanmoz (Full Member 92 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hey all,

Just wondering if any of you Americans can offer me advice on what skills are best required for me if i want to move to America?
Im currently travelling America and loving it even more than i have in the past (And thats alot) and want to move here but unless i win a place through the greencard lottery i need to offer a skill, something i can obtain easily back home in the UK, computing of some kind? someone told massuse would be a good one is that true?

Any advice would be awesome.

Thanks guys

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2012 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I can assure you masseuse is not on the list! You would do best in the technical or scientific fields with a bonafide degree. (engineer, physician, computer scientist)

Tell me, what exactly do you like about the States? just curious?

3. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I think that if your looking at lower level positions IT/Computer Science might be your best bet. The Sciences in general should be pretty good, but you'd probably have to be at a higher level within the field. But that's just my two cents

4. Posted by ctxguide (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

The most sought after position here in the USA is that of a registered nurse. It also pays very well (starting off at around $50,000/year for full-time work). This certification & licensure may be obtained with an associates degree (3 years of college) or even a diploma program (two years of specialized training). If you were an RN, you would be given the red carpet, and not just a green card.

5. Posted by deadmanmoz (Full Member 92 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Ok thanks guys, not sure a 3 year nursing course is fiesable, i dont want to wait that long or go back to full time education. I'd be 30 before i could even think about coming to the states to live :-(

Maybe something IT related then.

in answer to the question of why i like the states, i like the people, i like the culture, the sports, the way of life.
And i hate England and wanna leave it and the States being my favourite place it seemed the right choice.
Although i do get rather annoyed by the fact we, England, are like best friends with the states and it's made so difficult for us to come over and live in your country, my whole family wanna come over, nice respectable people with good lives and kind hearts but it's made so difficult.

Well, where theres a will theres a way.

Oh one last thing, i've been doing the physical training to become a fireman, if i take the course and pass would that be a good way in?

6. Posted by lschofield (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

My husband and I were just discussing your situation (he's from London). My husband thinks you should just "marry a yank". Thats what he did (married me) and it worked, but mind you - his passport is actually Irish and we were married for several years and living in London before we came to the States. Even with all that and a child, it still took him around 2 years for a green card. He thinks you should propose to someone over here though.

We've met quite a few people (mostly Irish, some English) who came over on visas supplied by their employers to work as barmen at theme bars. These bars actively recruit in Ireland and England so they can have English or Irish staff as part of their 'theme' experience. One that I know of in Chicago (where we live) is the "Elephant & Castle". We've been in there for a drink before, nice enough people - the manager was from the Midlands I think, I suppose you could try ringing them and see about if they'd give you a work visa. I found this page regarding their employment - I didn't realise they were a chain - looks like they have them all over the States,

The fireman training sounds promising, I wouldn't give up on that. There are also many companies with a presence in both the states and England that may allow you to transfer. Check into companies like Deloitte & Touche Tohmatsu (accounting) or other financial jobs.

Finally, for short-term working stays (during which you might be able to make connections to sort out something more permanent), check out this site I found....

Good luck to you and feel free to send me a PM - we might be able to think of more suggestions knowing more about your current qualifications.


7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

First, assuming you are a citizen of the UK you CAN'T win a place in the green card lottery anyway, as the United Kingdom is generally excluded, though if you are from Northern Ireland, you might have a shot.

Getting a visa for the USA is HARD. In general, the best way is to have an employer sponsor you to come over. Check out the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website for a whole host of information. What I would suggest doing is looking at job boards ( and the like to see where there are a lot of jobs, and then think about getting qualified to perform them).


8. Posted by deadmanmoz (Full Member 92 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Greg, Lau, thank you for all your advice, i will be sure to look into all those options and see what i can find.

Laura, i would love to marry a yank, especially as i love the accent and think the women are lovely but i need to find one that likes me and wants to marry me first, oh and is ideally a cheerleader ;-) only kidding.
Well im travelling for a few more months so you never know, i'll keep looking.

Greg, you sure about the lottery, a guy i met was from Repub Ireland and he won a place in the lottery?!