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Old 2nd October 2012, 07:18 AM
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Scot I am with you. Only difference: I have a master's degree in Sociology and it is pretty much impossible as well.
Have been trying for three years already. Travelling back and forth working hard to get what I want.
Made contacts etc. but when it comes to helping each other out the usual thing happens: No one is interested in helping anyone.

Any suggestions...because same as with Scot, the time has come when you're out of options and ideas.
Have to say I agree with you to a certain extent. The notion of "networking" these days too often seems to have become "what can YOU do for ME?" rather than the sort of mutual assistance it was intended to be.

Still, finding a job overseas has to be approached as a long-term project. Whatever job you have in your homeland, make sure you are doing all you can to get some sort of "international experience." Work for a big international company and try to get involved in projects involving the foreign subsidiaries - not just in the US, but anywhere the company has foreign offices or customers. Learn a language or two (probably the easiest way to distinguish yourself from the local job candidates in any English speaking country). Volunteer to host visitors from the foreign offices when they are in town. (Amazingly enough, many companies leave foreign visitors to fend for themselves evenings and weekends.)

It can take years before your efforts pay off (and basically in the current economy, it wouldn't hurt to allow for some of the conditions to change for the better).
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This is not about unhelpful people, this is about the need to prove that the would-be H1B worker has unique skills that cannot be found in the US.

There are countless people with Soc degrees in the US looking for work. They are local and it does not cost money&time&effort to hire them. If you want to move to the top of the list, you need to be different. Tough, but that's reality.
You are absolutely correct. It comes down to what does a candidate bring to the table. The rules are fairly simple and spelled out on uscis.gov. Cruel as it may sound - a Masters is not what it used to be from an employer standpoint.

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Hello everyone.

Scot I am with you. Only difference: I have a master's degree in Sociology and it is pretty much impossible as well.
Have been trying for three years already. Travelling back and forth working hard to get what I want.
Made contacts etc. but when it comes to helping each other out the usual thing happens: No one is interested in helping anyone.

Any suggestions...because same as with Scot, the time has come when you're out of options and ideas.
I think right now it is hard for anyone who does not have a degree in a STEM category field to get a visa.
another problem for an employer might be if you have no local experience. even when you are living in the US and apply in another area of the US they usually ask how often you have visited that area and if you see any problems in relocating there. they don't want to hire someone who might after a few month recognize that he hates the area and wants to leave as fast as possible.

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I have basically given up on the H1B entirely. There is far too much time and chance involved investing in two years at University, changing careers and building new experience. That could take me 10 years to get to the level of experience for a US employer to consider me eligible, and that still isn't a guarantee of a sponsor.

I am going to go for an L1 visa and see what I can do about getting some management skills in the process. I am in an excellent position to do that because I travel around Europe anyway, working for different companies.

I understand that during the current economic climate, it would make no sense for a US employer to spend money, time and resources on hiring someone from overseas when there are local people that can do the same job. The education bar has been raised. I will have to find a way to work around it.

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As a european that has lived in the USA for ten years, and seven years in other countries around the world, my advice would be to move to the U.S. on a student visa. There are a number of programs that allow you to work for one year after studying at least for a year in their university. Once you have that job, its much easier to extend, or move to another type of visa. Make sure you are the very best at both school and work.

It is going to be extremely difficult to do it from overseas, unless you work for a U.S. company, or a company with offices in the U.S. and even then you never know for sure if they will send you, and where...

Once in the States, you can meet people, make friends, maybe even find a wife or husband; but only once there will you be able to make the right connections, and also to figure out whether you like life in the Sates as opposed to Europe. In my years abroad, I have met many people that moved overseas to fulfill their dreams, only to find out that they miss their family, friends or previous lifestyle too much, and that reality in the States is very different from what they had imagined.

If you want to do something. Do it! move there, don't wait for something to happen. Make it happen. I did it... and it all started with a student visa..


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If you have the chance to go for an L1 visa, what is holding you back exactly? Is this not a better route than a H1B?

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I am going to go down the L1 visa route. A student visa sounds like a good idea, however my current job skills can go out of date very quickly if I stop.

I am working on it John, I actually think I may be on to something now. My plan is to prove to an employer that I would be of added value if I were moved to any other office within the company, not just the US. Building a good solid reputation is the first step, then I may be in a good position to ask an employer. Us Celts will take over the four corners of the earth!

The L1 visa does require an employee to work for the company for a minimum of 1 year to be eligible for one. That is the best deal I will get, and it gives me time to show my employer what I can do.


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I feel your pain and frustration, Scot.

I even recently sent a very heart felt email the Director USCIS over this very subject. Whilst he thanked me for my heart felt message, he said he was not in a position to offer me advice. He asked one of his bods to see what help materials they could provide me, but basically I just got linked to their website.

It's very tough that you can be a quality person, who would genuinely graft and add to the Country, yet because you do not tick the correct boxes you do not have a platform to at least be considered.

It seems that every time I feel I have made the correct contact and think that this is my chance, it is soon shot down.

I really appreciate TyldesleyGirl's post about E2. This does look to be a solid and straight forward route to America. I find it hard to get excited though as $100,000 is not a figure I could see myself being able to save any time soon with living expenses here.

It is indeed a tough pill to swallow that people from poorer Countries can seek refuge in the US, where they will receive financial help and have no problem working menial jobs. Yet us "middle of the road" guys, who wouldn't need or want any help and would throw ourselves into something big right away, contributing to America, are blocked.

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I agree with you both Dan and TyldesleyGirl.

I will consider the E2 route, but as a last resort though, I do like my job and I cant afford to go away from it for too long. I also would want to obtain dual citizenship one day.

I am looking into going down the L1 route for now as it is really my only realistic chance of eventually having a dual citizenship. I have learned that there are no major hurdles stopping me from getting one.

I suppose the only other thing we can do is keep an eye on the immigration law changes and see what transpires. There seems to be many different immigration agreements between the US and other nations. Maybe something will appear that none of us would have ever thought of.


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