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      Huh? I want to move to Florida, but can't

      HiThere

      Justover a year ago I visited Tampa and fell in love with the way of life ( it is not the first time that I have visited the U.S ) and decided to start doing someresearch.

      Icurrently live in the UK.

      Formany years I ran my own very successful Mechanical & Electrical Contracting Company with a multi-million pound turnover ( 7m ), after my turnover droppedto 1.5m I closed it down in 2008 due to the recession.

      I had several staff on the books with a fleet of vehicles.

      Thestate of the UK economy and the political infighting are devastating theConstruction industry and resulted in the closure of my Company.

      Thequestion that I would like to ask is this.

      Isthere an upper age limit to work over in Florida ?

      Withall my qualifications, I am constantly applying for Construction / Site Manager vacancies, but as yet I have not had one reply, even to say I am not qualified enough.

      So willmy 2 A Levels, 5 O Levels, 7 City & Guilds of London Institute, 17 CPDAccreditations and 2 ( Institute of Occupational Safety and Health )I.O.S.H, be recognized in Florida ?

      UnlessI am mistaken electrical and mechanical work is the same in the U.S. as in the U.K.

      The electrical principle ( i.e. OHMS Law ) is the same wherever you are and the same goes to the principle of mechanics.

      I am a single guy and presently live in rented accommodation, oh yes, I am also a non-smoker.

      So if Iam taken on by a Company I then have to start the visa process, unless that might be taken care of by the employer.

      I have Skype facility should the need arise.

      I would really appreciate it if the forum members can help me out with either some or all of these questions.

      I look forward to your positive reply.

      Regards

      Tony

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      Hi and welcome Tony :)

      Sorry to hear about your business, that must have been really hard.

      The US was hit really hard by the recession too, the construction industry being the hardest hit. It's only just starting to pick up again.

      There is no upper age limit for working in Florida. Many people have to work into old age due to healthcare costs.

      It's extremely hard to get a work visa here. There are certain criteria needed for the company, job and person to qualify. For example the job must require a minimum of a bachelors degree, the company has to prove there are no US citizens who can do the job and the person must have a degree or equivalent.

      It's normal to apply for jobs and not hear back, they only reply to those who they are interested in. I am sure I read that on average for each job there are around 2000 applications!

      Your qualifications won't be recognised in the US. You would more than likely have to re-qualify. Google will be your friend to find out what is required in Florida, they love to have licenses for everything.

      The best advise I can give you is to look at it as a long term plan. There are several routes into the US, non of which are easy as I am sure you can imagine.

      1. Family - Do you have any immediate relatives who is a USC? e.g. sibling, parent, child.
      2. Spouse - Marriage to a USC.
      3. Investment - Do you have a minimum of $500K that you could invest into certain types of business (these are specified by USCIS) and not worry about getting any of it back?
      4. Investment - Can you buy or start a business in the US? This does not lead to permanent residency so if you sell or close the business you have to leave.
      3. Work - Can you transfer with the company you work with? Usually requires specialised knowledge or senior management position.
      5. Work - Sponsorship by a company, requires a minimum of degree, specialist job, no USC to do job etc etc.
      6. Study - Can you afford to study in the US?

      I think that covers most of the routes (well the common ones).

      Good luck!

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      Wink

      There is no upper age limit for working in Florida. That’s good to hear
      Many people have to work into old age due to health care costs. As a Project / SiteManager I would expect my salary will more than compensate for housing costs etc.

      For example the job must require a minimum of a bachelors degree, the company has to provethere are no US citizens who can do the job and the person must have a degree or equivalent.
      I see some vacancies that do not ask for a degree, of which I don’t have, while the youngsters were there at university getting a degree, I was out there onsite doing what I do best.

      Your qualifications won't be recognised in the US. You would more than likely have to re-qualify.
      This is a real sickener
      Google will be your friend to find out what is required in Florida, they love to have licenses for everything.

      The best advise I can give you is to look at it as a long term plan. There are several routes in too the US, non of which are easy as I am sure you can imagine.
      1. Family - Do you have any immediate relatives who is a USC? e.g. sibling,parent, child
      . No to all of number 1
      2. Spouse - Marriage to a USC. I would not do that just to get a green card or get into the US.
      3. Investment - Do you have a minimum of $500K that you could invest in too certain types of business (these are specified by USCIS) and not worry about getting any of it back?
      I did when I was trading, in fact, I had a lot more than that.
      4. Investment - Can you buy or start a business in the US? This does not lead to permanent residency so if you sell or close the business you have toleave.
      All I know is the Construction / the electrical industry
      3. Work - Can you transfer with the company you work with? Usually requires specialised knowledge or senior management position. No, not employed over here
      5. Work - Sponsorship by a company, requires a minimum of degree, specialist job, no USC to do job etc etc.
      The sponsoring will stop at first base because a lack of degree.
      6. Study - Can you afford to study in the US? For me to study in the US will not be a quick fix
      I think that covers most of the routes (well, the common ones).
      Good luck!


      Thanks for your help, I think later on this year I will fly out to Florida and checkout some Companies.
      Last edited by scubatony; 01-04-2014 at 07:54 AM.

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      Still looking

      Well, I have done my research and it looks like the US is going to be a no show, only because I don't have a degree, which really sucks because I have over 30 years Construction Project / Site Management experience under my belt.

      Now Canada on the other hand looks like it might be a different ball game, I will keep you posted.


      If there any Companies out there, interested then please send me a p.m.

      Regards

      Tony



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      If you are interested in an existing business and home for sale please reply, we are brits but have to move back to the uk for family.
      This business qualifies an E2 visa

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      Quote Originally Posted by lanabear View Post
      If you are interested in an existing business and home for sale please reply, we are brits but have to move back to the uk for family.
      This business qualifies an E2 visa
      Hi There
      I have sent you a PM
      Tony