I work in the Police in the UK and have recognised qualifications in Crime Scene Investigation, Crime Scene Management and Crime Scene Coordination. I am also qualified in Fire Investigation, Disater Victim Identification, as well as having first and second line management experience in CSI. I have been in the CSI field for 15 years. I would like to move to the states and continue my career, could anyone please provide me with some advice on the best way to do this?
I am a professor of Forensic Science at Albany State University in Georgia and got my degrees from St. Andrews and Leeds (in Biochemistry)
In case it is of help here are a few comments, forgive me if they are somewhat lengthy.
One could say that there are two issues which can be inter-related - (1) getting a work visa or permanent residency and (2) getting a job in the field
There is a visa called H1 for what Americans call "Aliens (i.e. foreigners) of distinguished merit. This involves sponsorship by someone who would employ you. Your 15 years experience could be argued to qualify you as having distinguished merit and your CV may get potential employers to consider you seriously. Some employers have paid the costs of hiring an immigration lawyer to process visa applications for an employee but that can depend on the field of work.
The Americans have a visa lottery system through which one can get permanent residency and therefore the right to work in the USA. I do not remember now if persons from Britain qualify for this because the system seemed to involve nationalities who are lower in numbers in the US population.
The website for the immigration and naturalization service should provide you with all sorts of information and is: http://www.uscis.gov/
The American Academy of Forensic Sciences website has a section that posts employment opportunities (www.aafs.org). They also have an annual conference every February that has international attendees. There is also a website called Crime Scene Investigator. net http://www.crime-scene-investigator.net/employment.html.
The International Association for Identification has branches in most US states: https://www.theiai.org/ The state branches tend to have job opening advertised.
Best of luck. it should work out somehow. Your CSI skills should be in demand here as you know experience is really valued in the field if some of my students had one or two of your years of experience they would have no trouble getting jobs- it is very competitive for those without experience.