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 Post subject: jobs Opportunities for Canadians
PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 5:16 pm 
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I was just wondering if anybody knows how Canadians can get hired in U.S. do we need to be sponsored or..? I have a GG diploma, any job opportunities you're aware of? any help would be appreciated

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I think you need a visa of some kind.

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hi Alex

Usually you need a job offer first. Then the company that wants to hire you has to work with lawyers who specialize in immigration, to acquire a suitable work visa for you. Simply put, it is up to the company that offers you a job to do all the work.

This effort costs a lot of money even before the employee is actually on the payroll, and so a company would really have to want to hire a foreign national before laying out this initial expense.


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hi Alex

Usually you need a job offer first. Then the company that wants to hire you has to work with lawyers who specialize in immigration, to acquire a suitable work visa for you. Simply put, it is up to the company that offers you a job to do all the work.

This effort costs a lot of money even before the employee is actually on the payroll, and so a company would really have to want to hire a foreign national before laying out this initial expense.


How substantial is this effort/expense?

95% of the advertised gemology-based vacancies in English speaking countries seem to be in the USA (if you exclude Hong Kong as a Cantonese-prerequisite), and if it's a closed shop, it would be very bad for a monolingual English-speaker from Canada/Aussie/UK etc.

Do American employers give the option to maybe 'work off' the expense, in terms of the expatriate swallowing the visa costs himself?

After the FGA, the temptation to tackle the GIA careers search will be strong, as it is the only thorough industry employment portal on the internet. However, it's a lot of time and effort if "only Americans need apply".


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Kyriakin wrote:
How substantial is this effort/expense?


Pretty substantial, for the visas I am familiar with. Those visas require the would-be employee to have some skill-set not readily found in the US population. And so the employer has to address that issue in the visa application... requiring an outside law firm familiar with the process and (usually) requiring some outside consultancy for evaluating the skill-set.

Turnabout is fair play. I was able to work in the UK for a while because a university could show need of my skill-set that was not readily found there. But the visa process took well over half a year to complete.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:27 am 
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Kyriakin wrote:
How substantial is this effort/expense?


Pretty substantial, for the visas I am familiar with. Those visas require the would-be employee to have some skill-set not readily found in the US population. And so the employer has to address that issue in the visa application... requiring an outside law firm familiar with the process and (usually) requiring some outside consultancy for evaluating the skill-set.

Turnabout is fair play. I was able to work in the UK for a while because a university could show need of my skill-set that was not readily found there. But the visa process took well over half a year to complete.


This is the problem. Of course the skill set exists in the US.

There must be 100x the number of advertised gemmology position in the USA than the UK.

In the three years I have been flirting around with gemmology I have seen three advertised UK-based gemmology jobs (AnchorCert, and two others; can't remember where).


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 Post subject: Re: jobs Opportunities for Canadians
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 2:16 pm 
By the way, how does the situation compare in Australia?

With it being part of the UK Commenwealth, is it potentially a more encouraging situation than in the States for a UK citizen?


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 Post subject: Re: jobs Opportunities for Canadians
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 3:31 pm 
Alex wrote:
Hi everyone
I was just wondering if anybody knows how Canadians can get hired in U.S. do we need to be sponsored or..? I have a GG diploma, any job opportunities you're aware of? any help would be appreciated

thanks
Alex


The cost may not be as high as all that. When my no.1 daughter did it, she paid for the visa and employed a specialist lawyer in London to do the donkey work on that and the Green Card. Cost was in hundreds rather than thousands of pounds. Yes, she had a job to go to (a sponsor). The whole thing took less then three months.


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