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Old 05-11-2011, 02:35 AM
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Hi everyone!

Let me introduce myself: I'm a 19 year old Swedish guy studying to become an engineer in computer science in Stockholm, Sweden. I will take the bachelor degree and the master degree here before I move and try my luck in USA (this means 5 years from now, so I'll be moving ~2015-2017 from Sweden to USA).

I love jazz and classical music, games, sports, beaches and good food.

I have been looking on pictures of Gainesville and also been reading a little bit about the area.

Is there anything I need, should or could know in advance? Like for example what to think of when choosing city, anything particularly good or bad with Gainesville, if I need to apply for some kind of permit or anything else.

BTW: I'm really, really tired of the Swedish mentality and the cold weather ... so I think Gainesville would be perfect seeing the coldest it gets there is the warmest it gets in Sweden.

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Old 05-11-2011, 09:18 AM
Location: Tampa
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Why Gainesville? It's primarily a college town, so you might feel a little left out moving there at 24. Also, since it's a smaller city, there might not be too many jobs for a computer science engineer. You might want to start researching some of Florida's bigger cities for a job like that.
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:35 PM
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Computer science engineer? think Disney World or NASA for the job and Orlando or Daytona/Cocoa Beach area for the residence.
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Old 05-12-2011, 12:10 AM
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Maybe think Tampa, Clearwater or S. Pete... They are bigger and more techie and young areas. Also, Gainesville is very pretty and a nice town. Literally, the people are very nice! Choose what you want and I hope you find a good job. Welcome to FL!
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:16 AM
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...if I need to apply for some kind of permit or anything else.
Yes you most definitely need both a visa and a work permit to move to and work in the U.S. Being an EU citizen it would be much easier to move to and work in an EU country like the U.K. the weather there is not very nice though :-)

I am a Swedish computer programmer moving to central Florida (Orlando or St. Pete) in 2012 myself. I have a much easier time getting the required permits since I am married to an American woman who I have been living with in Sweden for a couple of years. The easiest way for you to get a work permit would probably be for you to get your masters degree from a University in the U.S.

Apply for an F1 visa to study in the U.S.

Graduate from your program.

Apply for OPT allowing you to stay in the US to work for a year.
[url=http://studentaffairs.utep.edu/default.aspx?tabid=53465]Optional Practical Training[/url]

Find a company that is willing to sponsor you for an H1B-visa so you can stay longer then one year.

You could always apply for the diversity lottery. If you are lucky you might win a green card. The only problem is that you would have to move to the States within six months of winning you green card. So there is not much point in applying until you are about two years into your Bachelors Degree.
[url=http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/]Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery[/url]
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:21 AM
Location: North Florida
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Wait 5 years and ask us again. You might change your mind between now and then and this place will not even be the same as it is now. Gainesville would be a good choice if you want to use your skills working in a medical setting or university. Teaching is big here because of the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. We also have 3 hospitals and they employ alot of IT folks. For example, at the VA hospital, all medical records are electronic - no paper files, so I'll bet you'd find a job. Gainesville is a nice size, close to touristy things, but it lacks a tourist feel. We really enjoy living here. Good luck.
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