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Old 03-02-2011, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Scotland, United Kingdom
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Hi,

I was wondering if anyone could give me any information. I am 20 years old and looking to re-locate to Florida in November 2011. At the moment, I live in Scotland, United Kingdom so you can understand why I need to obtain any information that 's possible.

This year I visited the Area of New Port Richey - I was there for approximately 21 days and got to see quite a bit of the area. My grandparents live in New Port Richey and this is where I will be living once I re-locate until I am able to find myself a steady job and a nice home.

Can anyone give me any information on what New Port Richey is like or any great other surrounding area's to live bearing in mind I will be renting, as I cannot afford to purchase a home. I am still only 20 years old, so therefore would love to live near shops and restaurants, basically an area that has lot's to do.

How is the job situation in this area and the area of Tampa Bay in general at the moment. I am not looking for anything fancy although an Office/Administration job is the field that I am trained in. I currently have a Bachelor Of Arts With Honours in BA (Hons) in Business Administration. This is my honours Degree in the United Kingdom, which is high but I am not sure how this transfers in terms of American Education and Qualifications?

Please any help at all would be much appreciated

Regards,
Raychelle
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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Let's just say that you would probably want to save up and get a place of your own as fast as you can. NPR doesn't have much that would interest a twenty year-old and the drives to Tampa, St. Pete, and Clearwater would get old pretty quickly.
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:53 PM
 
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NPR offers nothing.
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Have you researched which visa you will be moving on? Are your grandparents US citizens or permanent residents? If so, will they be petitioning USCIS on your behalf for you to get a resident work permit?

It's very difficult for Brits to get US working permit visas if they don't have relatives here. Typically you need to find an employer here that's willing to sponsor you, get transferred from an existing position, or possess specific skill sets that are in short supply within the US.

Check the US immigration site for more info:
USCIS - Permanent Workers

To answer your question, the job market isn't good in the Tampa Bay area right now, but it's starting to improve. Some cute little areas for you to check out that have some nightlife might be Tarpon Springs or Dunedin. I'm afraid I don't know a whole lot about NPR itself. If you don't mind moving a little further away, South Tampa is definitely the hotspot for 20-somethings.
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I suggest you look into the visa situation first. If you are looking for an office/administration job I think it will be very unlikely that you will qualify for the type of work visa that most people use (H1B I think it is). To qualify you need to already have an employer who us basically willing to sponsor you t come over. Among other things the employer has to certify that it tried to fill the job locally but couldn't find anyone qualified.

I don't mean to be discouraging, but this really is the first thing you need to do before you worry about the rest.
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:10 PM
 
Location: SARASOTA, FLORIDA
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At your age I would not go for NPR at all.

Way to many other places for people your age.

Keep looking and you will find a place that fits your need, wants and age group.
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:44 AM
 
Location: You know... That place
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Hi,

I was wondering if anyone could give me any information. I am 20 years old and looking to re-locate to Florida in November 2011. At the moment, I live in Scotland, United Kingdom so you can understand why I need to obtain any information that 's possible.

This year I visited the Area of New Port Richey - I was there for approximately 21 days and got to see quite a bit of the area. My grandparents live in New Port Richey and this is where I will be living once I re-locate until I am able to find myself a steady job and a nice home.

Can anyone give me any information on what New Port Richey is like or any great other surrounding area's to live bearing in mind I will be renting, as I cannot afford to purchase a home. I am still only 20 years old, so therefore would love to live near shops and restaurants, basically an area that has lot's to do.

How is the job situation in this area and the area of Tampa Bay in general at the moment. I am not looking for anything fancy although an Office/Administration job is the field that I am trained in. I currently have a Bachelor Of Arts With Honours in BA (Hons) in Business Administration. This is my honours Degree in the United Kingdom, which is high but I am not sure how this transfers in terms of American Education and Qualifications?

Please any help at all would be much appreciated

Regards,
Raychelle
I agree with the others that if you haven't already gotten your Visa situation handled, you need to concentrate on that first.

I live in New Port Richey. I love living here, but I don't think it is really what you are looking for in terms of entertainment. It is definitely suburbia. It is mostly young families, and pretty far from the singles crowd. For that crowd, most people on here suggest South Tampa. I don't know much about that area, so I will let more knowledgeable people tell you about that area. I just wouldn't recommend New Port Richey because I think you would probably get bored here. It is perfect for my lifestyle, but not for singles.

Good luck
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:55 AM
 
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Well time to sounds like a broken record: Clear up your visa issues, and if you are citizen/permanent resident then i'm sorry for bringing that one up. I can almost guarantee that you won't get H1B visa because those are reserved to specialists that US lacks and typically given to people in the tech industry/science research and other high skilled jobs. Unless you have 8 hands for filling, no company will spend money to bring another office guy.

Now lets say you are all set with your legal status, the 20-30 year olds with (good) jobs tend to live in South Tampa where we have places to go/places to run/bike and other do other things. It's close to nightlife, downtown and ybor and also you can get to the beaches in about 30-45 minutes which isn't too bad. Now the rent for 1 bd place is from 650-900+ a month + utilities (~100 cable/internet and 60-100 electricity) so you need about 25-30k salary a year minimum to live here.

If you come here, stay with your relatives untill you get job, then save a little bit of money, since moving is expensive and then look for apartments.

Good luck
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Old 03-03-2011, 11:23 AM
 
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A sneeky route to get a visa to work is to become a graduate student at USF and work part time . (USF is the major college in Tampa). You can get a job with a student VISA. New Port Richy is the suburbs and farmland the last I remember. Scotland to Florida is a major move, however do not stay in New Port Richy, Tampa or St. Petersburg is a better suit for you since you are young. If you are female, you probably can make guys pay for your stuff here .
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Old 03-03-2011, 11:28 AM
 
Location: South Florida
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I agree with what everyone else is saying. New Port Richey is way too far from everything you'll want, including decent beaches. IMO, it's most certainly not worth the lower cost of living.
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