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Old 07-22-2014, 05:42 AM
Location: Australia
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Hi all,

My partner and I are wanting to make a long term dream of ours into a reality.

We're both Australians and have had a strong desire to move to the US for 12 months or so, since we fell more in love with the country when we visited over the Christmas holidays in 2012. It seems that whilst we spent 6 weeks travelling to a range of cities and states, there is still so much of America that we didn't get to see.

Our situation. Whilst we've been in a long-term relationship for 11 years, we are not married. We both work in IT. My boyfriend has a Bachelor of Business and is a Project Manager (also has a long list of experience working as a Business Analyst and specialises in working for utilities - water & electricity - companies). I am currently an IT Test & Release Manager and have roughly 10 years experience working in Testing related jobs. I do not have a degree or any decent qualifications to my name.

Now, on to my list of questions! Any feedback you could provide me would be greatly appreciated.

1. What (if any) Visas would we be eligible for?
2. Is Project Manager considered a 'specialised' job?
3. Is a Test Manager / Test Analyst considered a 'specialised' job?
4. What salary could a Project Manager and Test Manager expect working in the US (ideally in NYC, San Fran, Silicon Valley, Washington DC, Nashville or Texas)?
5. Does one or both of us, need a sponsor prior to getting approval of visa?
6. What is a likely cost of a decent fully furnished rental apartment in a safe area?

With thanks,
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Old 07-22-2014, 05:53 AM
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This should answer your visa questions. E-3 Visa | Embassy of the United States Canberra, Australia
If a US employer considers your skill set "specialized" without the respective degree - there is no way to say. My guess is no.
Salary is generally based on experience and employers need.
Rent - it depends on location, options.
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Old 07-22-2014, 12:24 PM
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You also might want to post your questions on the Legal Immigration forum.
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