I'm a Brit and want to live and work in the US/Canada

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    Apr 06, 2008 2:36 AM GMT
    How would I go about this? I want to live away from the UK for a few years and the USA has always been a priority. There seems to be so much to see and do for me out there. However I have no idea how to go about this? Can anyone give me some helping starters?
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    Apr 06, 2008 2:37 AM GMT
    i can only give u one advice....taxes...RUN! RUN!!! unless ur a student icon_biggrin.gif i love my refund icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 06, 2008 2:47 AM GMT
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    Apr 06, 2008 4:06 AM GMT
    I say try the new england area first, than travel around until you've found your nitch. I'm going to do the same but in Spain after I've had some professional culinary training of course.
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    Apr 06, 2008 4:10 AM GMT
    Moudi saidi can only give u one advice....taxes...RUN! RUN!!! unless ur a student icon_biggrin.gif i love my refund icon_biggrin.gif


    Please!!!!...They pay taxes up the ass in GB.
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    Apr 06, 2008 4:17 AM GMT
    supermodel said[quote][cite]Moudi said[/cite]i can only give u one advice....taxes...RUN! RUN!!! unless ur a student icon_biggrin.gif i love my refund icon_biggrin.gif


    Please!!!!...They pay taxes up the ass in GB.[/quote]

    well, im not aware of the GB tax system...but im just saying. As a student though i dont mind it...makes me not want to graduate
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    Apr 06, 2008 4:41 AM GMT
    I live in Canada where gay marriages are legal. You could marry me and move here if your dowry is sufficient.
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    Apr 06, 2008 5:04 AM GMT
    Didn't you see Love Actually? Brits are adored in the US, so don't feel like you have to limit yourself to the northeast. If you were straight, I'd say head to Wisconsin. icon_wink.gif

    Anyway, after reading your profile, I'd recommend Seattle or the SF Bay Area. Since Canada is a Commonwealth nation, you might also consider Vancouver, BC. Best of luck.
  • metta

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    Apr 06, 2008 5:15 AM GMT
    I have noticed that there are quite a few people from the UK that live in Santa Monica/West Los Angeles area. A lot of them seem to work in the entertainment industry, often times behind the scenes.

    You need a visa. It also depends on how long you stay. My Mom had a green card for over 30 years before she decided to become a citizen.

    I have dual citizenship. I was born in England but had a father that was an American.
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    Apr 06, 2008 5:16 AM GMT
    Moudi said[quote][cite]supermodel said[/cite][quote][cite]Moudi said[/cite]i can only give u one advice....taxes...RUN! RUN!!! unless ur a student icon_biggrin.gif i love my refund icon_biggrin.gif


    Please!!!!...They pay taxes up the ass in GB.[/quote]

    well, im not aware of the GB tax system...but im just saying. As a student though i dont mind it...makes me not want to graduate[/quote]

    Yep...but if he decides to come over here, he needs to make sure that he gets some private health insurance.
  • UncleverName

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    Apr 06, 2008 5:22 AM GMT
    Vancouver (BC, Canada) is a great city, and not only do we have gay marriage in Canada, we also have free health care (as long as you can wait in line when it's not life threatening... and sometimes even when it is).

    Without knowing any of your details, I can't tell you too much about working here. If you work in the computer games industry, you can probably get a job here very easily. For other industries, I have no idea. I believe that you can easily get a working holiday visa, but it's only good for 6 months.

    Hope that helps.
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    Apr 06, 2008 6:17 AM GMT
    Forget it they don't want you there and that's a fact!
    lf you go to Cuba or Haiti and take there nationality then get a fishing boat to Miami you will get in! lf you are David Beckham and have lots of Dosh then they will let you in! l know people who tried and failed they just don't want you anyway what's so great about living there?
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    Apr 06, 2008 8:11 PM GMT
    Thanks guys - there just seems to be so much to see and do in America. The country looks so beautiful, and I doubt i'd ever get bored. I'm not the most extroverted person (although I used to be), but I do love to socialise, even though I am quite a shy character at times.

    This isn't my first time looking at ways I could live and work in the USA. I have looked in the past and obtaining a visa seems like a very difficult task.

    I would also like to move to the USA in order to get away and come out to everyone as gay without feeling like i've been lying about who I was for the past ten years (any gay guys out there who have straight friends and were trying to hide their 'gay' by flirting with women, talking about women as sexual objects etc might understand me here I hope).
  • duglyduckling

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    Apr 07, 2008 2:54 AM GMT
    How about going to the States for a year or Canada for a year, on a work exchange program?

    Just looked this up online, in Canada, it's called SWAP, in England it's BUNAC or something...

    United Kingdom
    BUNAC
    16 Bowling Green Lane
    London EC1R 0QH
    United Kingdom
    Tel: 011-44-20-7251-3472
    Fax: 011-44-20-7251-0215
    canada@bunac.org.uk
    http://www.bunac.org
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    Apr 07, 2008 6:43 AM GMT
    I don't think that moving to the USA is the solution to your real problem - the fact that you've been in the closet for the last 10 years.

    Why don't you come out to your friends and family first and then after you've dealt with that see if you still feel the same way about working abroad?

    Going on holiday to the States is probably a much better idea.
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    Apr 07, 2008 7:15 AM GMT
    michaelback said
    This isn't my first time looking at ways I could live and work in the USA. I have looked in the past and obtaining a visa seems like a very difficult task.


    You are absolutely right. Obtaining a visa to work in the USA is not impossible but it is extremely difficult and the paper work is a killer. I've realize that US employers are much more willing to hire foreigners if they have alot of experience in the field they are seeking employment and very qualified. If you think you have this then i strongly suggest you try.

    Monster.com, Hotjobs on yahoo and careerbuilders are an excellent place to start the job search. You might find some luck on craigslist too.

    michaelback said
    I would also like to move to the USA in order to get away and come out to everyone as gay without feeling like i've been lying about who I was for the past ten years (any gay guys out there who have straight friends and were trying to hide their 'gay' by flirting with women, talking about women as sexual objects etc might understand me here I hope).


    I know what you are talking about completely. Going to a new country would be like a fresh start. lol. God it's so tiring to behave as something you are not. Sometimes I just nod my head and smile but what i really want to say is, "SHUT UP about the bitch already, I want to fuck that guy over there" lol
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    Apr 07, 2008 7:23 AM GMT
    England and London you can be open as you like and do not think the grass is greener on the other side of the Pond there are many Bigots maybe more there!
    Maybe move to another part of the UK or europe ?
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    Apr 07, 2008 8:14 AM GMT
    TurkishDelight's recent posts on the USA:

    This thread:

    TurkishDelight saiddo not think the grass is greener on the other side of the Pond there are many Bigots maybe more there!


    From another thread:

    TurkishDelight said
    Forget it they don't want you there and that's a fact!



    Yup. We are bigots who don't want you. Can't argue with "facts."

    These things?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_immigration_statistics

    http://www.migrationinformation.org/datahub/charts/6.1.shtml

    http://www.migrationinformation.org/datahub/charts/4.1.shtml

    http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/statistics/publications/ntz_rates508.pdf

    http://www.nps.gov/stli/

    You don't have to read any of that. Safe to ignore.

    The fact that the US grants over a million immigrants legal permanent residency every year? Year after year? The fact that 50% of those legal permanent residents become citizens every year? 500,000 new US citizens every year? Irrelevant. Just stay away. Bunch of bigots here. Best to stay in the UK or Europe. I hear the Germans are all about immigration and welcoming new German citizens. Ditto France. Just tons of new citizens over there in Europe. Ever consider Japan?

    K
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    Apr 09, 2008 3:42 AM GMT
    YOu're welcome there Michael...Go to Canada