Applying for Jobs in America - UK Citizen

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Applying for Jobs in America - UK Citizen

Joanne O'Brien
I  am 25 and currently work for the Police in the UK, and have always wanted to move to America to pursue a Career in Forensic Science / Crime Scene Investigation. I have a BSc Hons in Forensic Science with Biology and have studied a wide variety of modules. Crime Scene Investigation, DNA profiling, Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, Latent prints (fingerprints, footprints, tool marks). I am just wondering if I am eligible to apply for jobs in the USA and how Visa's work.

Any information would be great-fully received.

Kind Regards
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Re: Applying for Jobs in America - UK Citizen

Steve Staggs
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Joanne—

It is definitely possible, but first you must have legal status to work in the United States.

To work as a non-permanent resident in the United States you would have to find an employer who will sponsor you for a temporary worker visa for a job opening they have. Since there are a lot of USA citizens applying for the CSI and forensic jobs, it will be difficult for you to get an agency to go to the trouble of sponsoring you unless you have a lot of experience or a speciality they really want. And most agencies want career employees, not temporary workers.

Another way to work legally in the United States would be to get a Green Card (Permanent Residence). It is possible to get a Green Card through a job offer. (You may be eligible to become a permanent resident based on an offer of permanent employment in the United States. Most categories require an employer to get a labor certification and then file a Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, for you.)

Meanwhile, here is a listing of over 250 Crime Scene Investigator and Forensic Scientist jobs in the United States (the most complete listing on the internet).

Joanne O'Brien wrote
I am 25 and currently work for the Police in the UK, and have always wanted to move to America to pursue a Career in Forensic Science / Crime Scene Investigation. ... I am just wondering if I am eligible to apply for jobs in the USA and how Visa's work.

—Steve

Webmaster
Crime Scene Investigator Network
http://www.crime-scene-investigator.net
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Re: Applying for Jobs in America - UK Citizen

Caroline Davies
Hi,
I am currently a crime scene investigator in the uk with 7years experience, and also have 2years experience in the chemical enhancement lab. I have a degree in forensics. In the last 2years I have been concentrating on crime scene management and also a member of DVI:UK team. My question is, realistically, how likely is it that I will get sponsorship for a work visa, And if it is likely,  would it be best to contact the employers directly or go through a company that specialises in emigration? Many thanks in advance.