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Old Aug 8th 2008, 5:15 pm   #1
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Hello all,

I'm a qualified and experienced teacher who has been told that he would be able to find work in the US as there is a teacher shortage. I have moved here with my girlfriend (US citizen) who is currently looking for a job. In your view, how likely is it that either a public school or private school would be willing to take on a wee Irish / British teacher like myself?
In the event that I can't get work, I have read that an artist is able to get a visa if they live solely on their 'artistic' livelyhood .. know anything of that?
In that event that that is not a goer ... can I live in the US, supported by my girlfriend, for about 3 years?

Looking forward to your positive and hopeful replies ... or whatever you would like to send!
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Hello all,

I'm a qualified and experienced teacher who has been told that he would be able to find work in the US as there is a teacher shortage. I have moved here with my girlfriend (US citizen) who is currently looking for a job. In your view, how likely is it that either a public school or private school would be willing to take on a wee Irish / British teacher like myself?
In the event that I can't get work, I have read that an artist is able to get a visa if they live solely on their 'artistic' livelyhood .. know anything of that?
In that event that that is not a goer ... can I live in the US, supported by my girlfriend, for about 3 years?

Looking forward to your positive and hopeful replies ... or whatever you would like to send!
You "moved" here with your girlfriend???

You do not have a visa to live here?

You had better return home before your I-94 runs out.

And obviously no working.

Check Pulaski's Ways in the Wiki for visa information...
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In that event that that is not a goer ... can I live in the US, supported by my girlfriend, for about 3 years?

Looking forward to your positive and hopeful replies ... or whatever you would like to send!

It will be simple. As soon as you are married and submit your application to actually move here, you can also apply for a work permit and then you can work wherever you can get hired.
You can live in the US, supported by your WIFE, for as long as you can convince her.

PS: snipped parts are not 'goers'.
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Hello all,

I'm a qualified and experienced teacher who has been told that he would be able to find work in the US as there is a teacher shortage. I have moved here with my girlfriend (US citizen) who is currently looking for a job. In your view, how likely is it that either a public school or private school would be willing to take on a wee Irish / British teacher like myself?
In the event that I can't get work, I have read that an artist is able to get a visa if they live solely on their 'artistic' livelyhood .. know anything of that?
In that event that that is not a goer ... can I live in the US, supported by my girlfriend, for about 3 years?

Looking forward to your positive and hopeful replies ... or whatever you would like to send!
Have you heard of a teacher shortage in the UK and Ireland.........it's the same here..........there is NO teacher shortage.......do not believe what you hear
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I'm a qualified and experienced teacher who has been told that he would be able to find work in the US as there is a teacher shortage. I have moved here with my girlfriend (US citizen) who is currently looking for a job. In your view, how likely is it that either a public school or private school would be willing to take on a wee Irish / British teacher like myself?
In the event that I can't get work, I have read that an artist is able to get a visa if they live solely on their 'artistic' livelyhood .. know anything of that?
In that event that that is not a goer ... can I live in the US, supported by my girlfriend, for about 3 years?


So how long ago did you "move" to the US? What did you say at the border? What is the date stamped on your I-94?

Unless you are in posession of a visa that allows you to work in the US, you won't be getting hired legally by anybody. Even if you had such a visa, you'll find that teaching is a highly regulated, largely unionized profession in the US. Competition is high for jobs in good school districts, I doubt they will be keen to hire a foreigner. Maybe there are teacher shortages in poor, inner city districts, but don't count on finding a job easily.

Artistic visa? Are you an famous, outstanding artist, leader in your field, with a worldwide following, exhibits in top galleries?

Supported by your girlfriend for three years? Nope.


You and your girlfriend need to get to an immigration lawyer immediately before you get into trouble that will be difficult to get out of.
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unless you get a visa or marry and adjust status you wont have ANY right to work in the US and as such i think next to impossible to get a job as you are an illegal immigrant.

fyi - cant get a visa whilst in the us - so if you want to follow that route you will need to make sure you return to the UK before the 90 days are up on the vwp or you will be classed as having overstayed and that makes evrything ten times harder/impossible - as they dont like to give visas to people with proven history of breaking the rules.
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What I recommend if you are willing to marry:

1. Get married... fast (walking the tight rope on legality, but since the OP didn't come here with the intention of marrying...)
2. Have you WIFE get a job immediately with enough income to meet sponsorship requirements.
3. File for greencard.
4. Don't leave the US til the greencard comes through.

What I recommend if you are not willing to marry:

1. Change your location on your avatar to "England".
2. Go home within 90-days.
3. Look for legal work based methods to move to US.

There are other alternatives of course, but they are not legal and so not open for discussion.

Good luck.
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Thank you everyone for your honest replies. Regarding a shortage of teachers I'm looking for work in an innercity where there are indeed teacher shortages ...as there are all over britain hence the huge numbers of Aussies, kiwis, south africans etc who work all over britain. So far, it has been explained to me that the US already looks overseas for teachers and public school systems have been happy to accept applications.
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Thank you everyone for your honest replies. Regarding a shortage of teachers I'm looking for work in an innercity where there are indeed teacher shortages ...as there are all over britain hence the huge numbers of Aussies, kiwis, south africans etc who work all over britain. So far, it has been explained to me that the US already looks overseas for teachers and public school systems have been happy to accept applications.
Innercities are the exception, you are right. Because hardly anyone wants to work there, for safety reasons.........I'm a teacher, I know. But, if this is what you want to do and can do it, then good luck.
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What I recommend if you are willing to marry:

1. Get married... fast (walking the tight rope on legality, but since the OP didn't come here with the intention of marrying...)
2. Have you WIFE get a job immediately with enough income to meet sponsorship requirements.
3. File for greencard.
4. Don't leave the US til the greencard comes through.

What I recommend if you are not willing to marry:

1. Change your location on your avatar to "England".
2. Go home within 90-days.
3. Look for legal work based methods to move to US.

There are other alternatives of course, but they are not legal and so not open for discussion.

Good luck.
Marriage is an option for us and we are considering eloping in Canada. This is not something we would prefer. Has anyone any advice on a shotgun wedding and the process after that?
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we are considering eloping in Canada
Err, note my recommendation 4:

4. Don't leave the US til the greencard comes through.

Bringing yourself a whole world of problems if you do what you suggest.

You'll want to pop over to the Marriage forum for more details if you do want to go the marriage route.

As for shotgun weddings... Vegas is your best bet. Nothing actually illegal about you marrying your girlfriend in the US.

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Marriage is an option for us and we are considering eloping in Canada. This is not something we would prefer. Has anyone any advice on a shotgun wedding and the process after that?
Not sure why you think that "eloping in Canada" would help you to stay legally in the US.

You still have not answered the question about how you entered the US and what your current status is. If you don't want to answer it that's OK, but be aware that if you are here illegally or if you stay longer than you are allowed to based on however it was that you got into the US there can be serious consequences including being removed from the US and being banned from returning for an extended period (which could be as much as 10 years depending on the circumstances)

Sounds like your only practical option is to get married, but you should immediately consult an immigration attorney in order to figure out exactly what your current status is, what your options are, and how you should proceed.
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Certainly no shortage in my part of the US ...
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