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Old 11-16-2010, 10:03 PM
 
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do you need anything special as a american citizen to move and work in the caribbean, and what island from anyones personal exp are the best to live in as a english speaking american.
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY $$$
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do you need anything special as a american citizen to move and work in the caribbean, and what island from anyones personal exp are the best to live in as a english speaking american.

i hear Antigua , Bahamas, and Barbados have a nice American population.
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:56 PM
 
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i was looking to move there first then find a job what kind of work permits do i need to get and are they hard to obtain can i work somewhere before i get one
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Old 11-16-2010, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Macao
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What are you going to do there for work? They are mostly tourist industry types of jobs at incredibly low wages. You have many locals who MUST work in those jobs, and will work at any pay...as they can't get visas to work in the US or other countries.

So, you will have to compete with them.

Unless you have some special skills....or entrepreneural spirit with a lot of capital to get something started...then you have to really know what you are doing.

There are a few american carribbean islands that you can legally work on. But still going to have issues competing with locals for generally tourist-related and customer-service jobs.
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Old 11-17-2010, 09:20 AM
 
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any other help?
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:42 PM
 
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help
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Old 11-19-2010, 01:33 AM
 
Location: Airstrip 1, Oceania
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You haven't said what kind of work you are looking for. Do you have any trade or professional qualifications ? You are unlikely to get a work permit if you are unskilled.
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Old 11-21-2010, 04:49 PM
 
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If you want a place in the Caribbean that's English speaking, have you looked into our own backyard? I mean, we do have the U.S. Virgin Islands They are east of Puerto Rico (also a U.S. territory but English is not widely spoken)
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Old 12-03-2010, 04:08 PM
 
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Tournai, we lived in Nassau, Bahamas from 1983 to 1987. I saw very few jobs for 'ex-pats' where the people weren't sponsored by a bank or other organization. The jobs you may be looking for are all held by locals, very coveted and mostly acquired by nepotism.

I hate to discourage you but that is how it was. Very few Americans worked in any jobs other than those sponsored by a bank.

FWIW, we didn't enjoy living in the Caribbean AT ALL and were very happy to return home to the US.
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:31 PM
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Location: Trinidad
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hi; i'm from Trinidad and i'm not sure where u have in mind but just remember if you want to live in the Caribbean scratch the idea of spending all your time in the sun on a beach, Caribbean people work hard and the best paying jobs are for those holding a tertiary education. generally the most prized are doctors, engineers of all kinds, and with the construction industry rapidly growing architecture falls right in. farming isn't a bad choice if you're in to that however it's only worth it if you're doing it on a large scale with a technological approach. if you heart is really set on it don't get put off by all the media most of the smaller islands are great and wonderful to live. i have a uncle from Holland who's traveled all over the world but on his 1st visit to Tobago (the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago) fell in love and brought a house here and is moving here for retirement next year. i hope this helps and if you need anything else jus ask. Good luck!
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