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Getting a Job in USA

By Y2J ·

I am living in a foreign country while my wife & son are in the US, Houston for the last 6 months.

I would like to know how easy or difficult it is going to be for me to find a job in the US. I have an Advanced Diploma in IT from Australia, MCSE NT 4 & 2000. I am currently trying to get certified in 2003.

I have been doing systems admin work in NT4/2003/2003(for the last few years) & also CA software delivery/asset management work (1 year).

I need good advice from kind hearted souls. Thanks.

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native staff

by john.a.wills In reply to Getting a Job in USA

If you are in Bongo-Bongo-Land you will have to deal mostly with Bongo-Bongo consular staff. They may be nasty and lazy. Any U.S. staff you deal with should be okay.

If you have friends in the trade, or in management, try to get introductions to IT managers or personnel managers. Once you have your Green Card you can then make a tour of potential employers including those to whom you have introductions.

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by john.a.wills In reply to native staff

If you are thinking of using a tourist visa to seek work, do not mention the fact on your application form because that will cause a negative on the petition. Also, you cannot get a tourist visa while waiting for your Green Card application to be processed.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Getting a Job in USA

Read this thread, and it'll give you an idea of how I see things.

However, you'll also see others who disagree. Actually, we're BOTH right! We can all decide (or just know) which camp we choose to fall into.

You might also give this guy's site a look and read some of his messages:

He has an outstanding attitude and approach, and is filled with some great information.

Regardless of the people who will insist otherwise, we're overflowing with opportunity. Those "other people" I mentioned, however, will insist we're plagued with doom and gloom. Regardless of which one you look for, you'll find it.

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Getting a Job in USA

by dspeacock In reply to Getting a Job in USA

As the saying goes, I've been there and done that. I've spent 6 years dealing with the INS getting Permanent Residence status. You just have to remember a couple of things. To be able to work, you require a Social Security number. To get this, you have to be in the country legally. this will mean an H1 or similar visa (I don't mention the TN as I see by your info you're probably not a Canadian or Mexican citizen) Employers are really going out of their way to ensure their compliance to this law as the INS actually does check these things.

Now with a wife already in the country, they might give you a hard time about a visa because you're considered an "intended immigrant" in their eyes, and not eligible for most visa programs.

The one thing I can't stress enough is....DO NOT LIE on applications where the INS is concerned. If you do, and they find get thrown out of the country and banned for at least 10 years, and subsequent applications are made that much more difficult.

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