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Old 05-08-2011, 01:12 PM
 
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Hello Everyone!

My husband and I are planning to move in California as most of my friends and family are already all over US.

We chose California due to nice weather.
As you've all heard, UK's winter is bad plus I hate to admit.. life here is very difficult. EVERYTHING IS EXPENSIVE. that's the major reason why we would like to move out.

We've been together for 2yrs, and we still have 1bedroom flat, can't afford to buy a car, and very few savings.. just enough for a holiday.
For the 2 of us, are monthly expenses will be most likely 1,150-250 that would be $1,900-2,000..
All our wages just instantly goes to our bills and rent and food.

We want to save atleast 10,000 for 1yr and move to US..

I'm working as a Nursing Assistant with 3yrs work experience
while my husband is a Senior Recruitment Consultant for 5yrs now + 2yrs experience on Website development & programming..

QUESTIONS:
1. With our field of work.. would it be easy for us to find a job in California?
2. My relatives lives in Vallejo and my cousin told me anywhere within SF BAY AREA will be nice.. but where? As we need places where there's loads of Nursing Homes or Hospitals for my job, and Offices for my husband?
3. We don't want to live in the city as i know like everywhere, it's more expensive.. so what places/county would you suggest for us to land for a year or 2 until we finally get settled at least??
4. Lastly, what visa do we need? My husband is British and British Citizen, I'm a Filipina on a Spouse Visa..

Looking forward to hear from you. Thanks. xxxx
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Old 05-08-2011, 03:23 PM
 
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Hello Everyone!

My husband and I are planning to move in California as most of my friends and family are already all over US.

We chose California due to nice weather.
As you've all heard, UK's winter is bad plus I hate to admit.. life here is very difficult. EVERYTHING IS EXPENSIVE. that's the major reason why we would like to move out.

We've been together for 2yrs, and we still have 1bedroom flat, can't afford to buy a car, and very few savings.. just enough for a holiday.
For the 2 of us, are monthly expenses will be most likely 1,150-250 that would be $1,900-2,000..
All our wages just instantly goes to our bills and rent and food.

We want to save atleast 10,000 for 1yr and move to US..

I'm working as a Nursing Assistant with 3yrs work experience
while my husband is a Senior Recruitment Consultant for 5yrs now + 2yrs experience on Website development & programming..

QUESTIONS:
1. With our field of work.. would it be easy for us to find a job in California?
2. My relatives lives in Vallejo and my cousin told me anywhere within SF BAY AREA will be nice.. but where? As we need places where there's loads of Nursing Homes or Hospitals for my job, and Offices for my husband?
3. We don't want to live in the city as i know like everywhere, it's more expensive.. so what places/county would you suggest for us to land for a year or 2 until we finally get settled at least??
4. Lastly, what visa do we need? My husband is British and British Citizen, I'm a Filipina on a Spouse Visa..

Looking forward to hear from you. Thanks. xxxx
My suggestion. Move into the same town as your family and friends. Let them help you get started on a new life in America. Find jobs if you can before coming over. If you can become a registered nurse before getting here that would greatly increase your chances of landing a job. You could always give this guy a call as he has already made the transition.
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Old 05-08-2011, 03:48 PM
 
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Thank-You, Bulldogdad!
That's what I was thinking as well.. maybe live in a county close to my relatives'.
Regarding that nursing career.. Yes I already have a degree of BSN in Philippines but no license yet. I still need to study here in UK to be a RGN for 3yrs.. If I'll pursue my nursing career, I think I'd just do that in US besides it's too pricey here.. 12,500!
thanks.
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Old 05-08-2011, 04:31 PM
 
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Looks like your timing could not be better.

California's nursing shortage hasn't been fixed - SFGate

I would also get in touch with Kaiser Permanente and Catholic Health Care
West as they are the two largest health care providers in California.


Good luck. California needs nurses. As for your hubby Senior Recruitment Consultant? You mean a head hunter? I would lean on the tech experience right now. PM "yeahthatguy" and ask for some advice. Maybe you'll get lucky.
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Old 05-08-2011, 05:25 PM
 
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Thanks so much. I've been searching for available jobs already.. prospects.
Yes. he is headhunter.

ahhh.. it's really confusing which place to move. My friend from NZ's telling me it's better there than US, while my cousin's telling me US is better.. as always.

We just want to start a better life out of England as we want to have a family too soon..
England is a big NO for raising your children.

You will rent for the rest of your life with no savings.
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:49 AM
 
Location: lyon, france
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Thanks so much. I've been searching for available jobs already.. prospects. Yes. he is headhunter.

ahhh.. it's really confusing which place to move. My friend from NZ's telling me it's better there than US, while my cousin's telling me US is better.. as always.

We just want to start a better life out of England as we want to have a family too soon.. England is a big NO for raising your children.

You will rent for the rest of your life with no savings.
not trying to quash any dreams, but don't get any ideas that california will be a land of milk and honey! i'm a california native, my wife is french, and after living in (and loving) both countries, when it came time to raise a family, the decision to settle in france was a no-brainer. for the same reasons you are putting forward for going to california.

know also that as a nurse you may get a break from immigration, but the general experience is harrowing... even ours was even though my wife's green card was as close to automatic as you can get...as long as we jumped through all the hoops, and those hoops are designed to drive all but the most motivated to despair.

once you make your decision, just stick with it, work hard at your dream, and remember that only the strong survive... and that in CA only the really, REALLY strong survive!
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Old 05-12-2011, 06:36 PM
 
Location: State of Jefferson coast
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We just want to start a better life out of England as we want to have a family too soon..
England is a big NO for raising your children.
Bluddy limeys and their anchor babies!
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:28 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Thanks so much. I've been searching for available jobs already.. prospects.
Yes. he is headhunter.

ahhh.. it's really confusing which place to move. My friend from NZ's telling me it's better there than US, while my cousin's telling me US is better.. as always.

We just want to start a better life out of England as we want to have a family too soon..
England is a big NO for raising your children.

You will rent for the rest of your life with no savings.
New Zealand is nice especially as a place to raise children though both the US and Australia take in a lot of Kiwis because the job market there just isn't very dynamic. NZ can be a bit deceptive too for an outsider looking in because housing costs are cheaper then California but the cost of many day to day essentials is much higher (the whole living on a remote island away from major shipping lanes thing). Personally, as should be obvious by looking at my location field, I'd much rather live in the US.
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Old 05-25-2011, 11:31 AM
 
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Guignol.. thanks for the info. x
I know, America is a BIG country and a lot of people are competing against each other to survive.
My husband and I are planning to move out of UK in 2012. We have talked about it and it was already a mutual decision that UK is not for us.. and as Brenda-by-the-sea has mentioned above, raising your children here is an absolute mistake, as values are way gone!

We have actually 2 options.. either California (suburbian area) or NZ .. as my friends are there too so it wouldn't be too difficult for us to know the place.

By just thinking about starting our life all over again.. it sounds like America is a tough place to begin..

Oh dear, 1year is gonna go really quick.. which is the best place to start a life?
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Old 05-25-2011, 11:35 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Isn't NZ also very expensive? I haven't paid much attention to it, but if Australia is as expensive as it is for food and housing (and it is UP there, child) I would think NZ would follow suit.
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