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Old 08-12-2009, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Fabletown
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My husband and I are Europeans, and are considering to give relocation to the US a try. It's really not easy knowing where to start, trying to get work visas etc. There are probably some states and cities that will be easier to get access to than others, due to unemployment rates etc. Also, we need to take into consideration that the place we find is a good place for our two kids.

Where do you think that foreigners like us would fit in and have a chance of getting decent jobs? (We both have master's degree and several years of work experience, he's into IT management and I'm in the energy industry.) And where is it nice to live?

Also - if you read job applications, would you automatically throw away applications from foreigners? Or do we stand a chance?
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Old 08-12-2009, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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My husband and I are Europeans, and are considering to give relocation to the US a try. It's really not easy knowing where to start, trying to get work visas etc. There are probably some states and cities that will be easier to get access to than others, due to unemployment rates etc. Also, we need to take into consideration that the place we find is a good place for our two kids.

Where do you think that foreigners like us would fit in and have a chance of getting decent jobs? (We both have master's degree and several years of work experience, he's into IT management and I'm in the energy industry.) And where is it nice to live?

Also - if you read job applications, would you automatically throw away applications from foreigners? Or do we stand a chance?
Welcome to the US!

Actually states/cities are all equal in terms of work visas. The only route currently is securing a job first. Fortunately I believe since you're married only one of you would have to do that first. It would be much easier to find a job once you're here versus from afar, but unfortunately one is needed first. If just one of you can find a job first it really would be the ideal situation.

Most metropolitan areas are welcoming of foreigners as large cities are typically very diverse. Finding a place where it's diverse/welcoming and also a good place to raise kids is a bit tougher.

In terms of reading applications, I don't think any major employer would toss yours aside because you're from another country. Many larger companies in fact strive for diversity and different perspectives.

Despite tough economic times, there are areas of the country not experiencing the higher unemployment rates that are so highly publicized.

Some cities with low unemployment rates, a concentration of high tech jobs,
diverse populations and good places to raise a family are:

Madison, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Boston, Massachusetts
Boston - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Richmond, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Suburban Washington, DC
Tysons Corner, Virginia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dulles Technology Corridor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Good luck!
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