European (German) looking to move to and work in the US
January 21, 2014 7:13 AM Subscribe
Okay, I'm trying to keep this brief: I am a German citizen who's been toying with the idea of moving to America for a year or two (or more) for a while now and I need help regarding the work permit papers.
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posted by mrsh to Work & Money (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The reason I've never seriously started to do anything about moving to America (other than repeatedly spending All The Monies going there on holiday..sorry, vacation) is because of the well-known "no visa, no job but no job, no visa" situation. I have now looked further into it and it seems that the green card lottery (electronic diversity visa lottery, to be precise) opens in May every year for the following year. I'd be happy to apply for that, however I'd like to move by Easter this year already so it wouldn't be much help for my immediate plans.
My question would be: Could I legally work remotely for a European employer while in the US (my current job might keep me on part time) and even if that is possible, how could I stay past the 90 day tourist visa while doing so?
I have found a few jobs [specific to my German/bilingual language and other skills as I figured they won't give me a job unless it's something only I (or someone like me) can do - you wouldn't want me to take a job away from an American citizen, right?!] but some of them outright say I'd have to have a work permit as they wouldn't supply me with one. What a Catch 22!
What exactly does it mean when a U.S. job sponsors a European employee and can you think of any other ways I could relocate (without getting into debt and the like - I do need a job while I'm gonna be over!) to the US? I am aiming for the rest of this year so short term solutions might be a good start too. I am just preparing myself for the (seemingly) inevitable disappointment of the failure of my attempt at relocating. I would, of course, love to stay longer. This is, if I find the appropriate job/career over there. (Not sure whether this matters but my first choice is NYC though I'd consider places like Boston, Chicago, Philly, etc. should the right job come along.)
Any help would be appreciated; I really am over Berlin and ze Germans (for now, at least!) and going back to the UK (where I lived from 2000-2009) would just seem like a step back at this moment in time. It sure is easier, though.