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Old 12-16-2016, 05:57 AM
 
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Hello everybody,

I have a couple of generell questions about moving to NYC:

-Has anybody informations how hard it is to find a job as a Software Engineer in NYC from abroad? And is it common to get a sponsoring for a working visa if a job offers fits to an foreign engineer?
I guess its not that difficult to find a job as Soft. Eng. in NYC, but I am not a greencard holder. So I have no clue how tough this most important point is going to be.

-What is the average salary for an Software Engineer in NYC? Due to most of the informations spread in the web, a Soft. Eng. earns about 100k annually in NYC. Ist that realistic?

-What is the cost of living in NYC (rent, and daily expenses)? I guess its not even possible to survive in NYC with less than 100k per year because of the high cost of living. I calculate with 3k for rent for a small 500 square foot apartment. Is that realistic in Harlem or a peaceful Brooklyn neighborhood?

Thanks in advance.
Unless the OP has immediate family ties in the area, I don't think it is a good idea to try to come here without a work permit/visa.
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Old 12-16-2016, 06:16 AM
 
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Unless the OP has immediate family ties in the area, I don't think it is a good idea to try to come here without a work permit/visa.
This is good advice.
I only visited NY once and that was long ago in 1981 even back then I see is very hard life there and I only see it as a tourist.
Not sure if OP ever visited the US in person but things have become way harder there over the last decades.
If a US company hires you to work for them or you get send as an expat by a german company those are your best options. You have to have visa to enter to work or study in the US.
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Old 12-16-2016, 06:24 AM
 
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Unless the OP has immediate family ties in the area, I don't think it is a good idea to try to come here without a work permit/visa.


Why not? Hundreds if not thousands of Latino/Hispanics, Asians, and yes even Europeans do it all the time. Did you miss the mayor and city council speaker standing up on news media proclaiming for god and the world to hear NYC is a "sanctuary" city?
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Old 12-16-2016, 06:33 AM
 
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Hello everybody,

I have a couple of generell questions about moving to NYC:

-Has anybody informations how hard it is to find a job as a Software Engineer in NYC from abroad? And is it common to get a sponsoring for a working visa if a job offers fits to an foreign engineer?
I guess its not that difficult to find a job as Soft. Eng. in NYC, but I am not a greencard holder. So I have no clue how tough this most important point is going to be.

-What is the average salary for an Software Engineer in NYC? Due to most of the informations spread in the web, a Soft. Eng. earns about 100k annually in NYC. Ist that realistic?

-What is the cost of living in NYC (rent, and daily expenses)? I guess its not even possible to survive in NYC with less than 100k per year because of the high cost of living. I calculate with 3k for rent for a small 500 square foot apartment. Is that realistic in Harlem or a peaceful Brooklyn neighborhood?

Thanks in advance.

Usual answer is that, no, companies here won't sponsor anyone because of costs, paperwork involved and that there are already enough persons here legally, and or with valid work permits.


However being as that may no small number of persons do come here and work freelance/contractor. This by the way is *NOT* illegal, and is why you see all those Latino/Hispanic persons in vans all over NYC at night cleaning commercial spaces/stores and doing floor buffing/waxing.


There is a large and seemingly growing number of Europeans here in NYC (French, German, British, Italian, etc...) so you never know, it may take some work but you might get plugged into something.


This being said you'll have two immiediate worries; where will you live and how will you pay for things until some sort of steady income can be found.


Your other worry is that after your 90 day maximum tourist stay is over you either have to leave the country or risk being labeled an "over stay". This carries pretty substantial penalties so there is that. Leaving the country and coming back too often likely will also cause immigration to take a closer look at you, and this can lead to your being denied entry as a "tourist".
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Old 12-16-2016, 09:36 AM
 
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I moved from Europe to the US almost 6 years ago. As previous posters said $100K is more than enough for a single person (you didn't mention anything about a family so far).

I would worry more about immigration. Educate yourself about the various visa types. As an EU citizen you can enter the country on ESTA, and you don't need anything for this, just an address (can be a hotel) and $14. But you can only stay for 90 days. A lot of people work on an H1B visa. I'm not familiar with the standards your industry, but it's a commitment for an employer to sponsor you: a lot of paperwork, costs and delays, so I can see that they may hesitate if they don't "know" you, if you don't have above average qualifications or experience etc.
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Old 12-16-2016, 10:32 AM
 
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Hello Folks,

thanks for sharing your informations with me.
Sounds quite like what I have read so far and what I expected.
To provide more personal information:
I am frequently in USA, my last vistit was 3 month ago... Of course I would not want to life in a country that I dont know at all.
I also would never quit my job here without having an equall job offer somewhere else. Actually I am working for Siemens and we are running the NYC Metro System, so I see an oportunity to shift from here to NYC without leaving my company.

Cheers
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Old 12-16-2016, 11:14 AM
 
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That's what you should do -- get your company to send you here. Period.
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Old 12-16-2016, 11:46 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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This is good advice.
I only visited NY once and that was long ago in 1981 even back then I see is very hard life there and I only see it as a tourist.
Not sure if OP ever visited the US in person but things have become way harder there over the last decades.
If a US company hires you to work for them or you get send as an expat by a german company those are your best options. You have to have visa to enter to work or study in the US.
You visited in 1981? My goodness, the city has changed tremendously from that time!
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Old 12-16-2016, 12:00 PM
 
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Usual answer is that, no, companies here won't sponsor anyone because of costs, paperwork involved and that there are already enough persons here legally, and or with valid work permits.


However being as that may no small number of persons do come here and work freelance/contractor. This by the way is *NOT* illegal, and is why you see all those Latino/Hispanic persons in vans all over NYC at night cleaning commercial spaces/stores and doing floor buffing/waxing.


There is a large and seemingly growing number of Europeans here in NYC (French, German, British, Italian, etc...) so you never know, it may take some work but you might get plugged into something.


This being said you'll have two immiediate worries; where will you live and how will you pay for things until some sort of steady income can be found.


Your other worry is that after your 90 day maximum tourist stay is over you either have to leave the country or risk being labeled an "over stay". This carries pretty substantial penalties so there is that. Leaving the country and coming back too often likely will also cause immigration to take a closer look at you, and this can lead to your being denied entry as a "tourist".

Working after being admitted under tourist visa(B1/B2 )or visa waiver program (WT /WB) commonly referred to as ESTA, is prohibited. It may be common, but it makes you no less illegal than someone who works here after sneaking across the border. You will be subjected to removal from the u.s. or refusal at the airport if found out.

With that said companies do sponsor a large number of overseas workers because it is cheaper long term and they have more flexibility with not renewing the contract if it doesn't work out. There are tons of work visas. E, H's, O's and sometimes J (exchange visitor) are all visas that employers use to bring non immigrant workers. Don't be dissuaded. Apply around and see. It seems easier to find an american company overseas or a german company with branches in the u.s and try to get your position transefered through that route. The united nations is also always hiring. Have a look at their job listings to see if anything matches.
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Old 12-16-2016, 04:54 PM
 
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I can't fathom why anyone would want to move to NYC. It's overpriced, overrated, filthy, smelly, congested, etc.. it's over run with homeless and our public transportation system is a disaster.
Repped!
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