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Your Essential Guide to Moving to the U.S. for Work

We have already talked about the US as a dream study destination for a majority of students. Even more, it happens to be the most popular and sought-after destinations for relocation and work in the whole wide world.

The country’s economy and infrastructure fascinate a large number of people. Thus, more and more people look for options to move to this country that promises flourishing growth and ample opportunities for almost everyone. Having said that, the process of emigrating to the US is neither easy nor a straightforward one. It demands know-how, planning and proper execution of a series of steps.

Scroll down to find everything you need to know before you make a final move of relocating to the US:


It goes without saying that the U.S. has one of the strongest economies in the world that is based primarily on the service sector. The other sectors like manufacturing, also, offer abundant opportunities as these sectors are also booming.

The economy’s major sectors include:

  • Real estate
  • Finance
  • Health and Social Care
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Government


The highest average income in the world is earned by Americans due to the country’s booming economy. It is one of the most alluring factors for people all over the world to move to this country.

Even though, the salaries vary depending on the multitude of factors; the government has fixed a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. And the states like California and Washington have fixed even higher minimum wage.

The highest paid professions in the US are as listed below:

  • Healthcare
  • Directors in large corporations
  • IT and computer science

Cost of Living

It is not practically possible to determine the exact cost of living in the U.S. It is because the cost of living varies greatly from one city to another. As a general rule says, the stay in smaller cities implies the reduced cost of living and vice versa.  But then it also implies low salary packages in smaller cities as compared to major cities of the country.

Work Visa

To be able to work in the U.S. and make a decent living, you need a work permit.

In order to gain a legal permanent work visa, you need to demonstrate a lot of patience as it is a very time-consuming process.

There is another route of entry to the U.S. that is through ‘non-immigrant’ work visa but it only allows you to work in the USA on a temporary basis.

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Permanent Residence Visa

This visa will lead you to the green card. With the green card, you’re allowed to live and work in the US. It eventually leads you to the citizenship of the country. It is a long process and it’s not easy to qualify for this visa.

The safest bet for you to move on this route is to get a sponsorship either from a relative or an employer.


Only your first-degree relatives (lawful residents in the US) are allowed to sponsor your application. Also, the companies are mostly reluctant in sponsoring the candidates as it is a very complicated process.

Non-Immigrant Work Visa

This visa is appropriate for you if you’re looking at working in the U.S. only for a limited time period. Notably, you will still need employer sponsorship for the majority of visas in this category.

H1B Visa

It is the most common visa used by people to move to the USA. Valid for 3 years, it can easily be renewed for up to 6 years. This visa allows you to apply for the green card while you’re living and working in the US. This visa qualifies people with higher education and work experience only.

H2A Visa

The primary reason for the existence of this visa is the shortage of agricultural workers in the US. To be eligible for this visa, you need to be from a country that is there on the approved list. The validity of visa is only 364 days.

H2B Visa

This category of visas is issued to applicants required for seasonal occupations other than agriculture.

Visa Application

All the applications need to be made via the online portal:

Consular Electronic Application Center of the Department of State

You’ll be required to fill in the application DS-160 and submit all relevant documents and photo.

Thereafter, you need to schedule an interview with the consulate.

Finding a Job

In order to succeed at getting a job in the US, you are required to prove your dedication towards the work.

Your resume needs to highlight all your major professional and academic achievements. Basically, you need to distinguish yourself from others and prove what makes you special and distinct.

To be able to find work in the US, you need an extensive research. You need to shortlist companies you’re interested in working for and thereafter, send them your application.

You may scan different job boards or career websites to look for jobs in your fieldwork. The recommended portals are as listed below:

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