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    Default Living and working in Miami without a Green card

    Hi!

    I'm asking for some info about working in Miami.
    I don't have a green card or a working permit (I'm from Italy) but I do have a dream to live in Miami.
    I have money for a good start and I'm willing to do any kind of job.
    Is it possible to find it if I don't have a green card? Do you know employment agencies that are willing to hire people like me?
    I'm expert in publication design (newspaper, magazine, books...), I was an art director in one of the Italian newspapers...
    In the 90's I was working for a Carnival Cruise Line as a waiter so I have experience in this field also.
    Any tips or advice would be a great help,
    thanks!

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    no legitimate business will hire you without your papers...... and ESPECIALLY not an employment agency. For that you must have your green card or work permit.

    you might be able to find some 'cash under the table' work, for a private person; like doing day-labor, cleaning, or painting houses (for example) - but no serious agency or company will hire someone for full-time work without the green card or working papers..... sorry to advise that - they are much more strict about this stuff than they used to be.
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    Default Living and working

    I do have a tourist visa B1/B2

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    The green card would be your best friend if you came to Miami, it's about as valuable as gold.

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    A tourist visa is great to come and visit and have a great time! .... but it does not allow you to work.

    pretty much anywhere you go in the USA, you have to have the green card or work permit to get a 'real' job....

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    No 'real' job will hire someone without a visa or green card I am afraid. You are qualified to do things here, have you thought about getting a visa to come work here rather than do it illegally?

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    You are in a tough field to get a job-related visa, but it's not impossible. Read about the various non-immigrant visas that allow you work in the US:

    http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1271.html

    A tourist visa does not allow you to work, except illegaly, not a good long-term plan.

    You can try for the so-called diversity-visa lottery, which gives out 55,000 green cards per year by lottery. The entries for 2012 are now closed but you can enter for 2013. As far as I know people born in Italy are still eligible. Here's more info:

    http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigra...ypes_1322.html

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    Zoo,

    It sounds like you have a specialist occupation, so you may be able to find an employer in Miami who wants to offer you a job, pay for your H-1B visa petition, and put up with the paperwork. Next to winning the Green Card lottery which is only possible for 2013 and later by now, this is your only chance to get legally employed in the States.

    It may be a small comfort, but for US citizens, it gets even more difficult to move to the EU these days. Let alone for less fortunate souls.

    Globalization, yeah right.


    Dutchie

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    Default Re: Living and working in Miami without a Green card

    Guys,
    thank you.
    I'll do a little research about H-1B visa.
    Thanks Dutchi

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