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Old 07-31-2008, 04:08 PM
 
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Hello!


I have been doing some thinking on moving to Alaska permanently. I am currently living and working in UK and I am a European Citizen. I have searched the forum in regards to information about immigrating but everything seems to be related to USA in general and not to Alaska in particular.

I am aware of the process of getting sponsored for a VISA to be able to work in USA and then continue on the path for citizenship etc, I am familiar with immigration issues in general. My question(s) are more specific to what kind of opportunities are there in Alaska for foreign nationals (not seasonal workers but highly skilled professionals).

My understanding so far is that overall Alaska pays better than the average 48 states and that there are a lot of opportunities in government jobs (depending on which city you choose to immigrate to). I have tried looking at city councils websites and other relevant job-searching websites for Alaska but haven't been able to get a feel yet on whether there are opportunities for foreigners and whether companies in Alaska are comfortable getting into a VISA sponsorship process in general. Unfortunately most job posts do not mention whether they are available to USA nationals only or not and it takes a lot of time to find out for each one in particular.

What is you opinion on this issue? How easy is it for foreign highly skilled professionals to land a job in Alaska and which areas would be easier to try? Any tips or advice on which companies/jobs are sought after and where could I look for more information?

I am currently working as a Transport Manager and have a BSc in Maritime Transport, an MSc in International Transport and currently doing an MBA in one of the top Universities worldwide. The salary range I am looking for in a job is around the 70-80k mark to start with.


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KG
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Old 07-31-2008, 04:32 PM
 
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At the present time there appears to be plenty of quailified Alaskans in the labor market. You might try looking into moving to British Columbia.
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Old 07-31-2008, 05:12 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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The pay is higher in AK than many other states but it's for a reason: if you want to live a typical modern lifestyle, your expenses will be high. If you want to grow/supply all your own food, cut wood for heat, etc., that's another matter, but from the sounds of it you aren't that type of person. BTW, since you're British, what's your stance on guns? AK is the wrong state for an anti-gun Brit to move to IMHO. Some common British attitudes would be best left in Britain.
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Old 07-31-2008, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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I am currently working as a Transport Manager and have a BSc in Maritime Transport, an MSc in International Transport and currently doing an MBA in one of the top Universities worldwide. The salary range I am looking for in a job is around the 70-80k mark to start with.


Regards,

KG
The requirements for immigrating to Alaska are the same as anywhere else in the U.S. Now a Transport Manager is a specialized job that might not have a local pool of applicants who qualify. By the same token, there likely aren't many jobs open that require that specialization. You might try international corporations who have Alaska operations. If you can get a job with one, they might transfer you to their Alaska operation. Your best bets might be FedEx or UPS. I know FedEx transports international cargo through Anchorage.
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Old 07-31-2008, 06:10 PM
 
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You can get a wealth of info here in regards to immigrating to the US.
British Expatriate Community : British Expat Community
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Old 07-31-2008, 06:56 PM
 
Location: NC, USA
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My question is, Was that salary range you indicated in Pounds Sterling, or Dollars?
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Old 07-31-2008, 09:17 PM
 
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The pay is higher in AK than many other states but it's for a reason: if you want to live a typical modern lifestyle, your expenses will be high. If you want to grow/supply all your own food, cut wood for heat, etc., that's another matter, but from the sounds of it you aren't that type of person. BTW, since you're British, what's your stance on guns? AK is the wrong state for an anti-gun Brit to move to IMHO. Some common British attitudes would be best left in Britain.
Geez, talk about a tough crowd! The poor guy posts about finding a job and gets excoriated on European gun control views.

Kgom, don’t be discouraged! I’m sure there is a job for an educated Brit up here somewhere. Heck, half of the people working in the BP building have British accents – no surprise there! And that would probably be a good place to look too, starting with the major oil producers, BP, Conoco-Phillips, Exxon-Mobil, etc. I’m not really familiar with what your experience entails, but Alyeska Pipeline (the company that runs the trans-Alaska Pipeline) also runs the marine terminal at Prince William Sound and has a large organization in its ship escort and emergency response operations. There’s also the port of Anchorage as well. Typical salary ranges in the Oil industry for Professional/Technical positions start anywhere from $80k to $120k and up.

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Old 07-31-2008, 11:20 PM
 
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The pay is higher in AK than many other states but it's for a reason: if you want to live a typical modern lifestyle, your expenses will be high. If you want to grow/supply all your own food, cut wood for heat, etc., that's another matter, but from the sounds of it you aren't that type of person. BTW, since you're British, what's your stance on guns? AK is the wrong state for an anti-gun Brit to move to IMHO. Some common British attitudes would be best left in Britain.
You seem to make judgements about the poster without any evidence to support your assumptions.

With respect, gun ownership is possible in the UK - it is just the criterea is somewhat tougher than the average gun owner in USA is use to.

As a Brit myself I can tell you that growing own food is more common than you think, especially those of us who had reasonable gardens - after all arn't the Brits reknown for their gardens?

I am a Brit who married an US citizen and now preparing to live in Bush Alaska.... I fully expect to deal with changes - learn to use a gun if only for my own safety as bears are not uncommon in the location I will be living.... I know that my husband is an avid fisherman (and i too am learning) and hunter so I guess we will be consuming some of his catches ...does that bother me?......no but I do have some very British common sense about the situation and I try and research as much as I can and that is what the poster is trying to do. Constructive advice is always more useful that assumptions.... after all we all know what assume can do
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Old 08-01-2008, 05:50 AM
 
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You seem to make judgements about the poster without any evidence to support your assumptions.

With respect, gun ownership is possible in the UK - it is just the criterea is somewhat tougher than the average gun owner in USA is use to.

As a Brit myself I can tell you that growing own food is more common than you think, especially those of us who had reasonable gardens - after all arn't the Brits reknown for their gardens?

I am a Brit who married an US citizen and now preparing to live in Bush Alaska.... I fully expect to deal with changes - learn to use a gun if only for my own safety as bears are not uncommon in the location I will be living.... I know that my husband is an avid fisherman (and i too am learning) and hunter so I guess we will be consuming some of his catches ...does that bother me?......no but I do have some very British common sense about the situation and I try and research as much as I can and that is what the poster is trying to do. Constructive advice is always more useful that assumptions.... after all we all know what assume can do
You'll notice I asked him his views and didn't jump to conclusions about him in particular yet. I've been on boards dominated by Brits and others in Europe, my question wasn't unreasonable given what I've read. The fact is the majority in Britain do have very anti-gun ideas and a significant number also dislike hunting/etc.
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Old 08-01-2008, 07:34 AM
 
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I would like to thank you all for your replies so far. It is very encouraging to receive this support and information in such a short time and I really appreciate it.

I would like to respond to some questions/comments before I continue with some further questions.

First of all I would like to clarify that I am not British. I am sorry if it wasn't evident from my initial post. I do live in Britain but I am not British, I am Greek.

In regards to my intentions regarding lifestyle I do want to live a typical lifestyle but not necessarily modern. Providing for my food myself through occasional hunting/fishing or growing vegetables is an idea that appeals to me and my wife greatly so that would be welcome if possible. I am not too picky when it comes to living modern as the main reason why I wish to move to Alaska is the peace and quiet and the rural/nature feeling. I am content with the situation here in UK, have a good salary and very good prospects. I like the people and their culture but living in a place such as Alaska has a great appeal to me and ticks more boxes if you will on the way I dream my life.

I understand that it may be expensive to live there but I do not imagine it being more expensive than UK. One of the main reasons I have been put off by UK is its extreme taxation and expensive-ness of everything. Therefore I am used to high prices and wouldn't consider that as a major roadblock into living there. I also expect them to be lower than UK anyway so that's a good start!

As for gun ownership or hunting practices etc, I have absolutely no problem with it. I have learned to integrate wherever I go and in a few words "when in Rome, do as the Romans do". It is not my intention to go somewhere and try to impose my lifestyle preferences or expect the others to meet my taste, I understand that it is me who has to change and adapt and I am all in for it!

The salary range I mentioned was in dollars. I feel that any job around the 80k $ mark will provide me with a pretty good standard of living and comfort. I would like to thank you for the suggestions on where to look for jobs but I would like to ask a couple more questions.

Since my work experience is concentrating on Transprot Planning I was thinking more of job opportunities working for the state/government. Do you know if that is possible? Apart from private companies would it be possible to have a state agency sponsor visa for a foreign national? Based on your experience do you think it's common or rare to see people being sponsored to come and work/live in Alaska?


Regards,

KG
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