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Old 05-23-2012, 07:11 AM
 
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but can u move for the uk to la without a visa card
Visa Card???? ROFL I hope you don't think everyone was talking about the Credit/Debit Card.
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Old 05-23-2012, 01:38 PM
 
Location: LA South Bay area
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Yes, you can move with or without a Visa card as they take debit card at the Consulate when paying your visa fees. They don't forbid Visa card although you have to leave your wallet at the security when entering the Consulate. Interestingly, you can also pay your visa with a Mastercard
Hope it helps
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:53 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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thanks for the info guys! not sure what part of LA Manning1980?but would like to know places not to go 2!i just wondered what order i should do them in, secure job first or apply for visa!
On most job applications there is a question:

Are you legally entitled to work in the US? (Y/N)

How will you answer this?
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:51 PM
 
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Don't know what your qualifications are, but have you thought of studying here? That's how quite a few people I know ended up being able to legitimately live and work here. It does involve an initial outlay of cash as in order to get a student visa you'll have to demonstrate that you can pay tuition, rent, etc with no initial income coming in, but you get local qualifications and make local contacts for work and it will be much easier to figure out how best to get a work visa or permanent residence when you are here. Plus on an F1 student visa you can usually work up to 20 hours a week (including off-campus with USCIS authorization) and you can take paid work to complete any practical course requirements.

Look at some of the community colleges as well as private courses. For example, Santa Monica College has a program in Kinesiology and Athletics that would set you up for a wide range of health and fitness related positions, including personal training.

Don't just arrive on a tourist visa and hope to figure it out. I do know people who've done that and been able to get work (shared apartments with several of them!), but it's a stressful existence because you could get pulled over for a minor traffic violation and suddenly your life here unravels. And it's much harder than it used to be to get work without documentation and it's extremely hard to change your status from illegal to legal. Not to mention that it would be disrespectful of the country you are hoping to make your home.

There are ways to legally do it, you just have to patiently work your way through the processes. See if you can tap into an online expats community that can put you on to a good locally-based immigration specialist. Look at some of the Australian and New Zealand expat websites as well as the UK ones, they face the same kind of issues. Good luck!
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Old 08-24-2014, 03:40 AM
 
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Is it possible to work as a personal Trainer in the USA with UK qualifications? It maybe so, but I know with certain professions you need conversion courses.
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Old 08-24-2014, 04:55 AM
 
Location: Holland
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I moved from London to LA. Feel free to PM me and we'll talk.
Please do not just answer the questions in a PM, but tell us all how you got to LA. Which visa did you have and how did you obtain it?
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Old 08-24-2014, 05:05 AM
 
Location: Holland
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@adam-5kids, your question belongs in Legal Immigration. This is not an LA issue, but rather an immigration issue.

There are many options for a person to legally move to the US, but keep in mind that none of them is easy. The two easiest ways would be to either marry a US Citizen, but it has to be a legal marriage for legal reasons, in other words they check whether you actually love and know your partner, or to win de DV Lottery. Although I am not sure if the DV Lottery is open for UK Residents.
Next to that, you could become very famous in your own country, and them move to LA with an O1 visa. Or you could apply for a job that needs at least a bachelor's degree (H1-B visa) and even then you will have to parttake in a lottery, because more visa are requested then given out. Or you need to invest $500,000 in an underpriviledged area, or $1,000,000 in a priviledged area. Or you need to buy a business, but that will only give you a visa as long as the business is sustainable and employes a certain number of US Citizens.
Or you go work for a company with branches in both the UK and London and then when you've worked there for at least a year, have risen to a managerial level request a transfer to LA, this would be a L-1 visa.

This picture gives some insight. And you could contact an immigration attorney.
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Old 08-24-2014, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Murrieta California
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but can u move for the uk to la without a visa card

no!
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Old 08-24-2014, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Murrieta California
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im trying to move from england to La to work as a personal trainer . how do you obtain a visa?
You can't. There is no way that a personal trainer will qualify for a visa.
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Old 08-25-2014, 04:19 AM
 
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Ive noticed there are a lot of people from the UK in Santa Monica.
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