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Old 02-14-2014, 09:04 PM
 
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We are two young professionals (lawyer/social worker) from coooooold central Canada. We'd like to try a move to California.

Any advice on which city would be best for two young professionals (wanting to start a family soon) lifestyle and job opportunity wise? Also how much would an average 2 bedroom 1 bath house cost? Also we've obviously heard its a tough market in Cali...do we have a chance of getting jobs?
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Old 02-15-2014, 02:33 AM
 
Location: Hollywood North
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We are two young professionals (lawyer/social worker) from coooooold central Canada. We'd like to try a move to California.

Any advice on which city would be best for two young professionals (wanting to start a family soon) lifestyle and job opportunity wise? Also how much would an average 2 bedroom 1 bath house cost? Also we've obviously heard its a tough market in Cali...do we have a chance of getting jobs?
There is no demand in the U.S for social workers. Depending on the type of lawyer he is and where he went to school perhaps your husband might have luck being sponsored, although it`s very unlikely. Plenty of lawyers down there too.
I see that you live in Winnipeg. That`s rough. I can understand wanting to get out of that barren tundra. I think your best bet is to move to the Vancouver area or Victoria on Vancouver Island. Year year round mild climate (Canadian standards). Also most of the areas where you`d want to live in California would be much more expensive than Winnipeg and if by some miracle you got a job in your field, social workers are generally paid much less than they are in Canada.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:06 PM
 
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Social worker and lawyer occupations are both applicable occupations for a TN visa. So if you actually can find jobs in California, the visa process itself is relatively easy (all the employer needs to provide is a letter of employment). You apply at the border and it only costs about $50. As for the city, it depends entirely on your lifestyle preferences. LA, SF, and SD can all be excellent places to live but it depends on what you like. Urban or suburban, car or public transit, etc. Focus first on finding jobs.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:42 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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You haven't told us what you want in terms of lifestyle. Do you prefer a smaller town atmosphere near nature, or is a big city with big city amenities what you want? If you want to be in a big urban area, like LA, San Diego or the San Francisco Bay Area, the proceeds from the sale of your home in Winnipeg would probably get you a 1-br. condominium, if that. But at least you could make a sizeable downpayment on a home, and with both of you employed, you could afford home payments.

And there are options in terms of affordability, as long as you don't mind a longer commute to work.

Another question to consider is what type of weather do you prefer. Southern CA is hot in the summers, and mild in the winters. Northern CA is a little cold in the winters, and very comfortable in the summers. Warmer inland, breezy and/or foggy near the coast.
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:36 PM
 
Location: KKKalfornia
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the United States of America produces 80% of the worlds lawyers domestically, we need to be EXPORTING them, not IMPORTING them!
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:17 AM
 
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In terms of lifestyle i would prefer being away from the huge cities as I find that sort of intimidating coming from a town of 700k... But i sense that maybe we should just go anywhere we can find a job... If that's possible. My partner will write the bar so that is a big hassle if he can't end up with a job after.
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Old 02-16-2014, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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We are two young professionals (lawyer/social worker) from coooooold central Canada. We'd like to try a move to California.

Any advice on which city would be best for two young professionals (wanting to start a family soon) lifestyle and job opportunity wise? Also how much would an average 2 bedroom 1 bath house cost? Also we've obviously heard its a tough market in Cali...do we have a chance of getting jobs?
I don't know how immigration/jobs would work for you. But, a town that I've been recommending lately to people like you, is Santa Rosa, CA. I don't know southern CA, so based on northern CA cities/towns, I think Santa Rosa is still a good value. It's about an hour + to SF, depending on the time of day/commute, etc. Santa Rosa is in wine country, very pretty, close to the beach (water is cold in CA, north or south for swimming, but still fun to go to the beach), and very good schools.

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Good luck! I have good friends who live in Oyama now. They just got back from holiday in Mexico. They'd love to move somewhere warmer, too, but all their kids and grandkids are there, so they now just do a winter getaway when they can.
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:01 PM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA
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move to santa monica, bro.
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Old 02-16-2014, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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We are two young professionals (lawyer/social worker) from coooooold central Canada. We'd like to try a move to California.

Any advice on which city would be best for two young professionals (wanting to start a family soon) lifestyle and job opportunity wise? Also how much would an average 2 bedroom 1 bath house cost? Also we've obviously heard its a tough market in Cali...do we have a chance of getting jobs?
A couple good (and beautiful) spots would be the Monterey Peninsula and San Luis Obispo. Both have mild climates (Monterey more like foggy San Francisco, San Luis Obispo warmer and sunnier). They're large enough to have decent shopping, great dining and cultural opportunities. As far as real estate costs - they're very similar to many Canadian cities (kind of expensive like Vancouver or Toronto). A home such as you described would be at least $500,000. $750,000-850,000 isn't out of the question in more desirable areas.
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Old 02-16-2014, 07:14 PM
 
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I agree with the Santa Rosa suggestion, or Marin County (there are smaller towns that are very picturesque, yet near big city amenities), and also the MOnterrey area & San Luis Obispo.

What type of law does your husband practice?
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