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    Lightbulb Moving to Florida!

    Hello! My boyfriend and I both wish to move down to the Orlando area once we graduate from college. We currently reside in Pennsylvania but we are both city people. He's from San Diego and I'm from New Jersey. We want to be in a family community since we will want to start up a family of our own. We both have jobs lined up for us in Orlando we just need to find a place we will be able to afford.

    We we want a town that you don't always have to drive like here in Pennsylvania, sidewalks are lovely haha. A friendly town with a hint of a busy atmosphere but one that is family friendly is what we are searching for. Any opinions on anything around or near Orlando that fits this description? We heard a lot about winter springs but we believe it may be expensive around there. Anyone know anything about winter springs?

    Thank you you for the help.


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    The commute into Orlando can be heavy depending on the direction you come from.

    Where will your jobs be based as this will be a major factor on picking an area for your home.

    Once you graduate it would be worth coming to the approximate area you want to be. Then try the commute to work in the morning and see what it's like. You will also be able to see the areas you may want to live during the day to get an idea of traffic and other facilities.

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    Dave has a very good idea. If you rent first, you can try out different areas to see what you like. I live in Ocoee (30-40 minutes North of WDW) and it is very nice. Winter Garden, right next to Ocoee, is a bit bigger, with a very nice "old town" area. They have an excellent farmer's market every Saturday (may be seasonal).

    I'll tell you this, the Florida winters are a lot nicer than those in Pennsylvania!
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    Pick a visa


    There are basically NINE ways that you can get a visa to live and work in the US:

    (1) Marriage (or engagement in anticipation of marriage) to a US citizen.

    (2) You have skills that are in short supply in the US e.g. scientific or medical training. A degree is normally a must. Or you have superior specialist skills with at least 12 years experience. (H visas)applications next received on 1st April 2014

    (3) You have an Employer who is willing to transfer you - but even the employer has to make a good case for you - so you have to be a manager unless you fall under category (2) above.(L visas)

    (4) You may get a Green card in the diversity lottery (UK citizens, except N.Ireland, are not generally eligible unless you, your spouse or parents were born abroad or held a different citizenship.

    (5)You own or buy business (does not get you permanent resident status i.e. no green card)You must be a national of a qualifying Treaty countries. The business must have a minimum value of around $150k (more the better) bearing in mind you will need somewhere to live and with any startup business you will need at least 2 years living money as back up. So a figure of $350k would be a nearer minimum (E-2 visas)

    (6)You are an "investor" i.e. you have at least US $1m in assets to bring with you. half of that in a few areas. And your background will be investigated to the hilt. (EB-5 visas)

    (7)You have a close relative (mother, father, brother, sister and no further) who is an US citizen who would sponsor you, approx time this take 2-12 years?

    (8.The R1 visa is available to foreign members of religious denominations, having bona fide non-profit religious organizations in the U.S., for entering the U.S. to carry on the activities of a minister or religious worker as a profession, occupation or vocation

    (9)THE UNUSUAL You are in a position to claim refugee status/political asylum. or You get a member of Congress to sponsor a private bill with legislation that applies just to you.
    The S visa issued to persons who assist US law enforcement to investigate and prosecute crimes and terrorist activities such as money laundering and organized crime


    Recruitment agent will not take you seriously if you are not already in the US. Writing for jobs is really a waste of time; likewise US employers have no idea what foreign qualification are or mean (except Degrees) it may pay you to get your qualification translated into a US equivalent, there are Companies that do this (www.wes.org) ..
    But if you are getting a visa under (2) above then you need a job offer before you can get the visa. Your Employer will be your sponsor this will cost them upward of $5k. So you can see you have to be offering something really special to get considered They may also have to prove to the Dept of labor that tere is no American who can do the job if the position is to be permanent
    DO NOT USE VISA CONSULTANTS


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    Ray9 - did you post in the wrong thread?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray9 View Post
    Pick a visa


    There are basically NINE ways that you can get a visa to live and work in the US:

    (1) Marriage (or engagement in anticipation of marriage) to a US citizen.

    (2) You have skills that are in short supply in the US e.g. scientific or medical training. A degree is normally a must. Or you have superior specialist skills with at least 12 years experience. (H visas)applications next received on 1st April 2014

    (3) You have an Employer who is willing to transfer you - but even the employer has to make a good case for you - so you have to be a manager unless you fall under category (2) above.(L visas)

    (4) You may get a Green card in the diversity lottery (UK citizens, except N.Ireland, are not generally eligible unless you, your spouse or parents were born abroad or held a different citizenship.

    (5)You own or buy business (does not get you permanent resident status i.e. no green card)You must be a national of a qualifying Treaty countries. The business must have a minimum value of around $150k (more the better) bearing in mind you will need somewhere to live and with any startup business you will need at least 2 years living money as back up. So a figure of $350k would be a nearer minimum (E-2 visas)

    (6)You are an "investor" i.e. you have at least US $1m in assets to bring with you. half of that in a few areas. And your background will be investigated to the hilt. (EB-5 visas)

    (7)You have a close relative (mother, father, brother, sister and no further) who is an US citizen who would sponsor you, approx time this take 2-12 years?

    (8.The R1 visa is available to foreign members of religious denominations, having bona fide non-profit religious organizations in the U.S., for entering the U.S. to carry on the activities of a minister or religious worker as a profession, occupation or vocation

    (9)THE UNUSUAL You are in a position to claim refugee status/political asylum. or You get a member of Congress to sponsor a private bill with legislation that applies just to you.
    The S visa issued to persons who assist US law enforcement to investigate and prosecute crimes and terrorist activities such as money laundering and organized crime


    Recruitment agent will not take you seriously if you are not already in the US. Writing for jobs is really a waste of time; likewise US employers have no idea what foreign qualification are or mean (except Degrees) it may pay you to get your qualification translated into a US equivalent, there are Companies that do this (www.wes.org) ..
    But if you are getting a visa under (2) above then you need a job offer before you can get the visa. Your Employer will be your sponsor this will cost them upward of $5k. So you can see you have to be offering something really special to get considered They may also have to prove to the Dept of labor that tere is no American who can do the job if the position is to be permanent
    DO NOT USE VISA CONSULTANTS


    They are both American citizens - so no visa needed, I guess they are looking for guidance on "possible" areas to rent/live.
    Last edited by carolmc; 11-01-2014 at 18:20.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Starfire View Post
    Hello! My boyfriend and I both wish to move down to the Orlando area once we graduate from college. We currently reside in Pennsylvania but we are both city people. He's from San Diego and I'm from New Jersey. We want to be in a family community since we will want to start up a family of our own. We both have jobs lined up for us in Orlando we just need to find a place we will be able to afford.

    We we want a town that you don't always have to drive like here in Pennsylvania, sidewalks are lovely haha. A friendly town with a hint of a busy atmosphere but one that is family friendly is what we are searching for. Any opinions on anything around or near Orlando that fits this description? We heard a lot about winter springs but we believe it may be expensive around there. Anyone know anything about winter springs?

    Thank you you for the help.

    If you are looking to move to Florida, I think the absolute best option is to look at a company that knows what they're doing. There is nothing worse than getting in touch with a company that is just looking to waste your time. I think you need to spend a little time looking at a few online job search companies for your Florida job search. When I was looking for work, the best option I had was hound.com. Hound was the best resource for finding jobs in Florida. If you want a thorough job search, the best option for you is to go to someone at hound.com. That's where I was able to get a job in no time. Good luck!


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