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      What jobs/skills are in short supply?

      Hey all,

      My husband and I are looking into the *possibility* of moving to the USA. From what we've read, it isn't easy and we are in no way thinking we will be able too.

      My husband is a test engineer and has a physics degree from a top 10 UK uni (no idea if that makes any difference). I myself do have a degree, but it is only in history and I'm currently working in a care company-so I realise this isn't a key skilled job.

      Is that area of engineering in short supply?

      The company he works for at the moment are UK based, so we do understand that it won't be do-able where he is now? Would he have to move to a company who could sponsor him?

      Thanks for your time x

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      Quote Originally Posted by toffee87 View Post
      Hey all,

      My husband and I are looking into the *possibility* of moving to the USA. From what we've read, it isn't easy and we are in no way thinking we will be able too.

      My husband is a test engineer and has a physics degree from a top 10 UK uni (no idea if that makes any difference). I myself do have a degree, but it is only in history and I'm currently working in a care company-so I realise this isn't a key skilled job.

      Is that area of engineering in short supply?

      The company he works for at the moment are UK based, so we do understand that it won't be do-able where he is now? Would he have to move to a company who could sponsor him?

      Thanks for your time x
      HI toffee , firstly keep your chin up and be positive .........I do know visa's are getting harder to receive ,as for the USA i'm not sure maybe Ziggy , Pink or Sid will know better ..........but good luck

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      Hi Toffee, America is nightmares to get a visa from what I have heard. There was an article a few months back on what were the most common and least common jobs in America, will see if I can find it for you. I think you would have more chance in Australia lol.

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      Ok here is the article:

      There are 4.3 million retail salespeople in the United States, equivalent to the state population of Kentucky. And there are 310 prosthodontists -- that is, dentists specializing in prosthetic teeth -- which is enough to fill, well, a medium-sized lecture hall.
      Those are the most- and least-common occupations in the United States, according to a new survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here are the full top- (and bottom-) ten lists:





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      Quote Originally Posted by toffee87 View Post
      Hey all,

      My husband and I are looking into the *possibility* of moving to the USA. From what we've read, it isn't easy and we are in no way thinking we will be able too.

      My husband is a test engineer and has a physics degree from a top 10 UK uni (no idea if that makes any difference). I myself do have a degree, but it is only in history and I'm currently working in a care company-so I realise this isn't a key skilled job.

      Is that area of engineering in short supply?

      The company he works for at the moment are UK based, so we do understand that it won't be do-able where he is now? Would he have to move to a company who could sponsor him?

      Thanks for your time x

      Hi there,

      Without knowing the specifics of your situation, (ie job skills, work experience, recognition and ranking within the industry) it's a little hard to know exactly what your options are. However, the degree is a definite plus as far as some things go, especially if he was looking for an inter company transfer.
      As to the your question regarding the chances of immigration improving if he were to have employment with a company that would be able to sponsor and file his application, the answer is yes, absolutely.
      Management transfer is a popular route, but if he has special skills within his field of work, then that also comes into play.
      Try this link, and see if what it says make sense you. http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigra....html#petition
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      Quote Originally Posted by Sid View Post
      Hi there,

      Without knowing the specifics of your situation, (ie job skills, work experience, recognition and ranking within the industry) it's a little hard to know exactly what your options are. However, the degree is a definite plus as far as some things go, especially if he was looking for an inter company transfer.
      As to the your question regarding the chances of immigration improving if he were to have employment with a company that would be able to sponsor and file his application, the answer is yes, absolutely.
      Management transfer is a popular route, but if he has special skills within his field of work, then that also comes into play.
      Try this link, and see if what it says make sense you. http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigra....html#petition
      Sid a quick question for you seen as Tonyman thinks you know everything lol, does America have a list of occupations that are in demand for example we have a SOL (skills in demand) http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/gener...ation-list.htm
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      Quote Originally Posted by Ktee View Post
      Sid a quick question for you seen as Tonyman thinks you know everything lol, does America have a list of occupations that are in demand for example we have a SOL (skills in demand) http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/gener...ation-list.htm
      Ktee... stop! lol
      I've no idea of the answer to that question... Does that answer the question of me not being the font of all knowledge? Lol

      Actually, I'm pretty sure there is no official list, per se but of course there are jobs that pay better than others, and skills that would offer a better chance of sponsorship, and before you ask... No, I don't know specifically. I know that a few years ago, it used to be that nurses had some kind of special visa, but I'm not sure if that's still the case.

      I like the idea of a list, clever idea by the Australian government. I guess that's because Oz has always been receptive to people with work skills that they didn't have enough of?
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      Hi and welcome,

      As Sid said your husband's degree in Physics is a definite plus, is it a bachelors or masters? In science a masters is more or less a must. Unless his degree is from OxBridge it won't make any difference here as any other uni's are likely to be unheard of, but I wouldn't worry about that, any UK degree is pretty highly thought of.

      I.T., Science and engineering are the fields that most work visas are given too. Obviously not all jobs in those fields will be eligible for a visa, e.g. an I.T. person who works on a help desk isn't going too or a person who is a lab technician (excluding specialised ones).

      I don't know exactly what a Test Engineer does?! Are you talking aircraft? toys? How specialised is it? Have you looked into equivalent companies over here?

      You would need to have a company sponsor you for a visa, H1B being the most common (not including job transfers). If your husband was to get an H1B you wouldn't be able to work unless you qualified for your own visa, working in Care isn't going to qualify I am afraid.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Ktee View Post
      Sid a quick question for you seen as Tonyman thinks you know everything lol, does America have a list of occupations that are in demand for example we have a SOL (skills in demand) http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/gener...ation-list.htm
      There is no 'skills in demand for immigration' list. Each visa application is treated individually upon it's own merits (if that makes sense). A company has be to able to prove that there is no USC who can fill that job as part of sponsoring application, which is quite a feat in itself.
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      Thanks for the replies :-)

      It's a bachelors degree in physics from the University of Bristol. I'm no scientist, but it seems specialized-he basically builds mass spectrometers, installs and tests them. You have to have either a physics or engineering degree to do it. From looking on the web there seem to be a lot of test engineering jobs available, though I have no idea what the specifications mean haha.

      Yeah, I thought I wouldn't be able to work too, so I guess he'd have to earn enough to support us both, here that isn't possible!
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