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Old 04-08-2015, 06:55 AM
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Alright, so here's the deal.

I've always liked everything I've heard, read and seen about the US. I currently live in Portugal (Western Europe), and I am 22 years old.
I've already lived in the UK for 2 years, and I actually really enjoyed it. It was completely different from the tiny little country I lived in for all these years, but due to some personal issues I had to leave said country. Nothing legally wrong, no worries.
Digression aside, I've always wanted to at least visit the US, let alone move there. Given I've always worked hard to develop my English as well, which I am quite comfortable with, be it speaking, reading or listening (I've scored an 8/9 on an IELTS exam when I was in the UK), it's always been something I've wanted to do and somewhere I've wanted to be.

Alas, after some researching, I've come to found it won't be as simple as I've wished it to be. Visas are hard to obtain, and it looks like I will need a lot more than what I already have.
Our qualifications here in Portugal are completely different than what the US has, which means anything that is not an university qualification will probably be classified as high as a highschool dropout. I did not go to university.

So, without an university degree or a whole lot of years of experience in a specific field, is it actually possible to move to the US?
As mentioned before, this is something I've always wanted to do, but I've always held back on this dream of mine for reasons such as me not knowing anyone there, or it being too far to be possible, but I'm kind of tired of just dreaming and wasting time. So I just recently started trying to get informed, therefore what I know so far about how to proceed on this is quite limited. I may have no idea just how much harder this will be. But anything helps.
In my current state, I'm guessing this is nearly impossible to achieve, but if anyone knows what needs to be done, be it by personal experience or anything else, I'd be much grateful if you could share it with me.

I honestly have no problem whatsoever if my only option is to start from scrap, living somewhere random flipping burgers and working my way up. It's not like I wouldn't do that here. But if you guys have any specific places, cities/towns or even a general state that you'd recommend starting at or avoiding, that would help too.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-08-2015, 08:05 AM
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I'd look at Austin TX, various cities in North Carolina, Atlanta, DC, and Denver.
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:26 AM
Location: Miami-Jax
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get work as an au pair or at one of the theme parks? I think there are many work programs like that for foreigners, just make sure you do your research on those companies first.

The fact that you speak english well should be a big plus.
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Old 04-08-2015, 11:24 AM
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Bom Dia!

I second the Au Pair recommendation, check out Best Care Au Pair . I know the owners (founded by a former Au Pair herself), amazingly nice people that can help you, and they are planning to launch in 2016. You will need time to prepare your application and credentials so the timing could be perfect. I understand that Best Care Au Pair is much cheaper to apply to than the rivals and will include Portugual, where as several other Au Pair programs do not include Portugal.

At a minimum you could work and study in the US for at least one year legally. That will give you time to decide if you want to try to pursue a longer legal stay in the US or return to Portugal. If nothing else you could reach out to the folks at Best Care Au Pair for advice via their facebook page on what credentials you need, for advice etc.. Best Care Au Pair .

Good Luck!
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Old 04-08-2015, 02:21 PM
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I see, thanks a lot for all the information and links, everyone. It certainly helps.
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Old 04-08-2015, 07:32 PM
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Southern California would be my choice.
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Old 04-09-2015, 04:07 AM
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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Check with US immigration, there are different ways for people to immigrate to the US. Anyone can apply, and sometimes its about waiting. If you can become skilled in a needed area you may get in quicker. I know if you decided to go to school here you can get a student visa, although its temporary. If you are young and willing to jump through the hoops it is probably doable. Immigrating to another country is always tough, but millions do it every year. Come visit the US, make sure you really like it as much as you think you will.
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Old 04-09-2015, 06:56 PM
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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If you get through immigration, move to Philadelphia. It's the best American city and and there are parts of the city that feels similar to England and other parts that are completely unique.
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Old 04-09-2015, 07:56 PM
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Make your first stop North Dakota. Labor is in huge demand, wages are high, and COL is low. Build up some experience.

After that it's up to you. Personally, I would pick some place like Montana just because it's so different from most of Europe.
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