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      Looking for honest advice regarding emigrating to the USA

      Having just finished my A-levels I'm currently taking a gap year to think about my future. Ultimately I would like to move abroad because I don't like living in the UK much at all. My ideal place would be the USA, followed by Canada. Short of taking a series of trips to the US in the hope of finding a husband, are there any degrees other than science/engineering that may be beneficial in getting a job over there? Law maybe? Although I know the market is pretty saturated with Law grads at the moment. I'm also planning to do a year abroad is the USA while at uni which will hopefully beneficial. While I understand that it is incredibly difficult to emigrate from the UK, any advice would be appreciate even if it's negative.

      Thanks in advance :)

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      Quote Originally Posted by cur9 View Post
      Having just finished my A-levels I'm currently taking a gap year to think about my future. Ultimately I would like to move abroad because I don't like living in the UK much at all. My ideal place would be the USA, followed by Canada. Short of taking a series of trips to the US in the hope of finding a husband, are there any degrees other than science/engineering that may be beneficial in getting a job over there? Law maybe? Although I know the market is pretty saturated with Law grads at the moment. I'm also planning to do a year abroad is the USA while at uni which will hopefully beneficial. While I understand that it is incredibly difficult to emigrate from the UK, any advice would be appreciate even if it's negative.

      Thanks in advance :)
      Hi and welcome Cur9 , Ziggy ,Sid ,Twinsmum and Pink between them are pretty clued up on both countries and should be along to give you some good advise soon ...........
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      One word, CANADA!!!!! And lady, education over husband shopping ... and that's from a woman who has both. I married an American and regret nothing ... except he isn't Canadian lol Seriously though, the fact he's American is incidental to my marrying him. Moving overseas is harder than anything. However much you dislike England - and I love it to visit but never intend to return full time or raise my daughter there - but don't underestimate how hard it is to be torn between two overseas families. A good education is in no way a guarantee for a good job and certainly not a good salary. Unless you're very lucky, you can expect to earn less here and pay more than in the U.K. This is somewhat of a recent phenomenon so do your homework on real facts for each State and don't base such a major decision on stories. Things have changed so much in the five years I've been here. Be aware that America is an incredibly broad country and values differ widely. If things like cultural diversity, religion, racial politics etc matter to you ... be very careful of your choices! There are places in the U.S that are light years ahead of the U.K ... and places that haven't changed in fifty years! I live in one of the latter and believe me, it can be hard at times.

      And you better believe if you come Green Card shopping through the marriage route, you're going to be put through the mill in certain States! I was treated so well but have read horror stories and have couple friends still in other countries after years ... and they are genuine couples lol. I know you're joking in that comment but seriously, it's an emotional rollercoaster wondering if you'll he able to stay together even when you sail through as I did. I have a friend stuck in a country she hates with a man who beats her simply because she cannot leave and take her kids with her. Big choices ahead if you if you're planning on putting down roots.

      From a personal perspective, having the entire U.S as a choice and only a rough idea of an employment choice is way too open for me :) You mention law. I would look at the Bar Associations for States you may be interested in and contact people at University Student Advisor offices for up to date advice. There are too few lawyers in some Geographic locations practising particular kinds if law and a ton too many elsewhere. You can expect to meet a lot of newly qualified lawyers working outside if the law and it's expensive to keep up your licenses and impossible to do when not working at least as an intern within a company. So as with a lot of "better" careers, it's common for people in the States to work for very little pay when newly qualified in the 'vocations' and some companies feel they're doing you a favor by allowing you to work for nothing in those early years. Competition is fierce in those fields too - if you're serious about law, qualify and intern in the U.K then transfer with a company. I only really know about law - although my knowledge is a little stale - because I worked in the field in the U.K. I know that's just one option you're consider int and I'm not in anyway trying to talk you out of it. Just be aware of what will be required of you and how disadvantaged you'll be without connections. If you choose to study here however, you'll be offered the same advantages by colleges offering into work opportunities. Whatever field you choose. If you opt to study here do your research on the quality if college very very carefully. Almost anyone can set up a school ir college here under the Charter System and snobbery is rife in the 'time honored professions'.

      Workwise my advice always is qualify in something you love and then find somewhere you love to do it. Choosing a career just to settle somewhere isn't the best idea. Both here and in Canada, if your visa is job related you can be tied to that occupation for a long time before you can change. So I'd investigate what you enjoy, try to get experience, overseas study opportunities and internships in those fields and see where that leads you. Visiting the States as a tourist is incredibly misleading so wherever you think you might fancy, talk to as many people living it for real as you can.

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      Quote Originally Posted by cur9 View Post
      Having just finished my A-levels I'm currently taking a gap year to think about my future. Ultimately I would like to move abroad because I don't like living in the UK much at all. My ideal place would be the USA, followed by Canada. Short of taking a series of trips to the US in the hope of finding a husband, are there any degrees other than science/engineering that may be beneficial in getting a job over there? Law maybe? Although I know the market is pretty saturated with Law grads at the moment. I'm also planning to do a year abroad is the USA while at uni which will hopefully beneficial. While I understand that it is incredibly difficult to emigrate from the UK, any advice would be appreciate even if it's negative.

      Thanks in advance :)
      I am probably repeating much of what Wild* has said.

      Why don't you like living in the UK? What makes you think it will be better in the US?

      TBH my best advice would be to choose a career you want and would enjoy, not one to try to get you a visa, you are likely to regret it. A law degree is highly unlikely to get you a job and sponsorship, as you said the US is saturated by them. I.T. is probably the area where a person is most likely to get sponsorship, the top companies who sponsor peeps are all I.T. or technology companies. Saying that, you would need a specialist area of I.T.. The other areas would be, as you stated, science and engineering.

      A year abroad with your degree is a great idea, it may help you gain contacts in the US. Another idea is a gap year working in the US or even right after you finish your degree.

      Canada is slightly easier to emigrate too. Although as a UKC you can work anywhere within the EU without needing a work permit/visa, so that's probably your best bet.
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