I am currently a criminalist in Sydney, Australia. I am attached to a state lab that does trace evidence and DNA examinations. Specifically I have worked in DNA lab, doing lysis, extraction and PCR. Currently I am attached to the chemical criminalistics unit and I examine gunshot residue, glass, fibres, propellants and explosives.
My question relates to the number of job opportunities in the US, specifically around San Fran. An opportunity to relocate has come up and I am curious if US forensic labs typically employ and sponsor foreign workers?
One way to get a jumpstart is to get a certification. Check out The American College of Forensic Examiners Institute. They have numerous certifications with forensic specialties. Their website is www.acfei.com. The phone number is 800-423-9731.