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Old Dec 31st 2017, 6:18 pm
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I am stuck between studying masters here in Britain or the U.S and need advice from anyone with experience.

The only reason I would do it in the states is because I want to work and live there after but am worried about the risk of not getting an OPT (I have 3 months to look after graduating) as well as not obtaining a work permit afterwards, I have calculated I would save about £20,000 studying in the UK which is why I am posting to see if anyone has had a similar experience.

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Old Dec 31st 2017, 6:33 pm
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What subject would your master's degree be in?

That will play a very large part in determining your chances of finding employment in the US at the end of it.
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Hmm - I'm not sure how oversubscribed that field is.

What is your undergraduate degree and do you already have an idea of who (or, at least, what kind of company) your ideal employer would be?

If possible you should really try to start targeting specific employers as soon as you start your course.
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Tuition in the States can be very expensive. Have you considered other European countries to pursue your goal? You may find it cheaper.
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As i said my only interest is working and living in the USA afterwards but fear i will not find an OPT and wanted advice from anyone with experience. I have no interest in going to the states only to study.
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As i said my only interest is working and living in the USA afterwards but fear i will not find an OPT and wanted advice from anyone with experience. I have no interest in going to the states only to study.
Sounds awfully risky for £20k.
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As i said my only interest is working and living in the USA afterwards but fear i will not find an OPT and wanted advice from anyone with experience. I have no interest in going to the states only to study.
You don't necessarily need a degree from a US institution to be able to apply for a work visa. Although "local" degrees might be more easily understood, a degree from a U.K. university would be acceptable for something like a H-1B.

Why the USA? Is there anyone here that is pulling you here? I'm just wondering if you have easier immigration options.
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For me the biggest difference would be that most (not all) US Master degrees take 2 years to complete compared with the UK 1 year period in most cases. As others say I would focus on the best quality degree for your chosen field and not the possibility of a visa from the degree. Good quality institution is imho more likely to lead to the type of opportunities you are hoping for.
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You don't necessarily need a degree from a US institution to be able to apply for a work visa. Although "local" degrees might be more easily understood, a degree from a U.K. university would be acceptable for something like a H-1B.

Why the USA? Is there anyone here that is pulling you here? I'm just wondering if you have easier immigration options.
A US masters degree has extra slots for a H-1B.
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You don't necessarily need a degree from a US institution to be able to apply for a work visa.
As he explained he was thinking that he would have an easier time obtaining a work visa if he studied for his Master in the US and was eligible for OPT after graduating. In that way, he has a far better chance of obtaining employment in the US then if he had a degree from elsewhere and no work experience. All would hinge on the work experience for employment if he studied elsewhere.

Why does anyone want to come here. Okay we know that you had no choice being that your husband is not eligible to emigrate to the UK and therefore if you wanted to marry you had to emigrate to the US. Why does anyone want to come to the US, let along a Brit who can enjoy the same standard of living in their country plus medical advantages then they do living and working in the US.

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Ive always wanted to move to the American South particularly Texas but im starting to think the regret of going to America and spending tens of thousands on something I could do in Britain for a quarter of the cost would be worse than the regret of not going to America full stop. Just was curious if anyone was ever in the same boat.
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Would it perhaps be cheaper/less risk to study in the UK and then try to get a job in that field in the UK with an employer that also has offices in America and then try to transfer a few years down the line?
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Ive always wanted to move to the American South particularly Texas but im starting to think the regret of going to America and spending tens of thousands on something I could do in Britain for a quarter of the cost would be worse than the regret of not going to America full stop. Just was curious if anyone was ever in the same boat.

Spending more money on a US degree for the reason that maybe a future employer might find it more acceptable than a degree from a UK university, especially in an IT related field such as Data Science appears to me to be a waste of money. The only advantage I would see is being able to spend time in America earlier rather than later, as I do assume in this field there is and will continue to be demand in certain parts of the USA.

One option would be to get a Master's from UK then apply for PhD program as several often have stipend/work assignments that can cover most or even all of cost at times. Even if you didn't finish the program and sought full time work in your field , it would get you over. ( For that matter, before the UK leaves the EU or even during the transition period), there are several Nordic and Baltic Universities that can make it quote affordable to get post-graduate education. Estonia comes to mind and is a hotbed for start-ups these days.

Few Americans pay for their Master's degrees apart from student loans or employer sponsorship, it can be very expensive.

I suspect in your chosen field there is the potential for remote work, which would possibly permit some sort of work for an American employer, which could lead to an offer of sponsorship.
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Thanks very much for your time writing that .
It is appreciated.
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