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1. Posted by gba (Budding Member 5 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys, i'm currently 17 and living in New Zealand. Next year (July onwards) i would really like to go to the USA for approx 6 months, to live and work. A working holiday. I rang the USA embassy in NZ and they said there is no such thing as a working holiday visa, I have to have an employer before I can be considered for a working permit, but at my age I really don't see a restaurant/cafe etc willing to hire someone overseas without first meeting them. I was told that if an employer wants to hire me, I can then apply for the visa. Has anyone else ever been through this process? Because i'm unlikely to be hired but I really want to work in the USA for a few months. Are there any other options or things I can do? Because i was pretty upset to find out all my plans had been ruined by not being allowed to visit the US for work without already being hired.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5753 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

The USA absolutely sucks for this; over the last decade they've become by far the least welcoming country in the western world. I don't know if and why you have your mind set on it, but I would advise considering Canada or any European country as an alternative, all of which have reciprocal working holiday visa agreements with New Zealand.

That said, since you're 17, you might be in luck anyway, since there's some opportunities available for students from the UK, Australia and New Zealand (and only those countries) to work in the USA. This goes through IEP, and has all sorts of restrictions and costs, but it's effectively the only way you could do it anyway. Good luck!

3. Posted by gba (Budding Member 5 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks alot :) yeah it would be much easier for me to do this in England & the rest of Europe, but I have a friend in the US and we have planned a road trip which would be alot of fun. I'm really trying hard to get it to work out, but at the end of the day, there's nothing I can do if it doesn't work.

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2015 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

We have a huge problem with persons overstaying their student visas and working illegally here, not to mention that the Bush Administration is currently very cool towards any foreign immigration at the moment! Let me give you some advice on the matter - In my opinion, you'd enjoy yourself much more by going to the UK. Things are really tough at the moment here, and I feel that even if you did come, you'd soon want to leave this country. Don't believe those TV shows you see!

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3582 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I am going to suggest you bring all the money you need while in the US. It really is not feasible for you to earn money while on holiday. We have millions of illegal workers here now. Since our economy has soften, thousands of Mexicans have gone home. They cannot make enough money to support themselves here and send money back home.
They are deporting themselves.

I do disagree with Johnny on visiting the US. Our slower econmy is a benefit to visitors. The weaken dollar means your currency goes farther. Las Vegas has lowered room rates and it is easier to get show tickets. Everything you planned on seeing is still out here and open for business. Come and visit, just bring enough money!

6. Posted by gba (Budding Member 5 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks alot for the advice, I have a friend in Oregon which is where I will be staying for free which is brilliant. I can visit the US for 3 months without a Visa so i'm going to do that. When I get back I will start saving for England. Thanks alot :)

7. Posted by j3nn1f3r14 (Budding Member 60 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

ok so in 2006 i got a working holiday visa for the US, its called a J1 visa and i got it through a company called BUNAC. the visa is available to students who have completed there first year of study and have a place at uni/college set up for their 2nd year or if you are in your graduating year. the visa lasts for 4 months over the summer.

Bunac helped me find a job and my employer offered me really cheap accomodation. i only took $1000 with me and although i was only earning £8 an hour this was enough to live on and even do some travelling at the end of my time.

im from Scotland, and im in Canada just now... Bunac helped me get my visa for her also... its availble to non-students. I just drove down to the states last month for some tourist time. So if you never intend on being a student then a working holiday in Canada might be a good idea and then you can do some tourist time in the US before/in the middle/at the end of your working hol in canada.

Check out the Bunac website the programme might be available to NZ'ers!!!

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9. Posted by deadmanmoz (Full Member 92 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

GBA, sorry to hear you're struggling.
I'm with you in that boat.
I lived in the US as a child and apparantly ever since i was 4 i loved the country and wouldnt stop talking about it.
My love is still here now, i have recently completed a 3 month road trip of the states which was amazing and i'm already sad to be back here (England) and away from the states.
For some reason the country make it damn near impossible for people like us to visit, which is lost on me especially as England, in partic, are like one of the only countries left who support and like the states.
My family and i want to emigrate, we all have skills and money and would be buying probably two properties between us but still, we cant get in :-(

The 3month visa waiver scheme is defo worth a go, thats what i did, then just got 2 credit cards and did everything i could while i was in the states and am only now worrying about paying them off.

Canada sounds a good option too, i might be trying that route.

Oh and dont believe what people have said, the UK, in my opinion ISNT worth a visit long term, unless you love history i guess.

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