Chances of getting a CSI job in America (UK Student)

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Chances of getting a CSI job in America (UK Student)

MissMLondon
I've just completed a Bachelors Degree in Forensic Science, and am currently studying for a Masters Degree (due to graduate in September 2013).

I also have a BTEC in Forensic Science and Crime Scene Investigation, as well as a few other certificates and diplomas in related fields (Latent Fingerprint Analysis, Forensic Osteology, Trace Evidence) and wondered what the chances are of getting a job in the US?

Is the process of transitioning from the UK to the US difficult? Will a work visa be hard to obtain?

I've scoured countless websites, but until I have some idea what area of Forensic Science has work available, my searches are pretty fruitless.

All responses are welcome and greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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Re: Chances of getting a CSI job in America (UK Student)

Steve Staggs
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MissMLondon—

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).

MissMLondon wrote
I've just completed a Bachelors Degree in Forensic Science, and am currently studying for a Masters Degree (due to graduate in September 2013). I also have a BTEC in Forensic Science and Crime Scene Investigation, as well as a few other certificates and diplomas in related fields (Latent Fingerprint Analysis, Forensic Osteology, Trace Evidence) and wondered what the chances are of getting a job in the US? Is the process of transitioning from the UK to the US difficult? Will a work visa be hard to obtain?

—Steve

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