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Hi there I'm a complete newbie and am looking to move to US but I work in retail for an american company and was wondering if I move to the states with my company, If I don't want to stay with the company after a while can I then get another job or am I tied to them for ever

It's prob a really silly question
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Old Sep 13th 2007, 9:58 am
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Hi there I'm a complete newbie and am looking to move to US but I work in retail for an american company and was wondering if I move to the states with my company, If I don't want to stay with the company after a while can I then get another job or am I tied to them for ever

It's prob a really silly question
First you need to get them to transfer you to their U.S. office as an intra-company transferee using an L-1 visa. You also need them to agree to subsequently sponsor you for a green card once you're in the U.S., which can take a year or two more. If all of this happens then you're free to leave the employer and go on your merry way...

This is how I did it. If there are any other thoughts on this they'll be on their way shortly...

Have you spoken to anyone at work about this yet? You haven't said what you do, but this is only really going to work if you are in a higher management position or have very specialized knowledge within the company.

Good luck Anne Marie!
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First you need to get them to transfer you to their U.S. office as an intra-company transferee using an L-1 visa. You also need them to agree to subsequently sponsor you for a green card once you're in the U.S., which can take a year or two more. If all of this happens then you're free to leave the employer and go on your merry way...

This is how I did it. If there are any other thoughts on this they'll be on their way shortly...

Have you spoken to anyone at work about this yet? You haven't said what you do, but this is only really going to work if you are in a higher management position or have very specialized knowledge within the company.

Good luck Anne Marie!
Yep same for us.
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Thanks for the advice I work for asda who are now owned by walmart and it would be an managerial position
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Thanks for the advice I work for asda who are now owned by walmart and it would be an managerial position
Now why would you prefer to work for Wal-Mart in the US rather than ASDA in Brighton...
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Thanks for the advice I work for asda who are now owned by walmart and it would be an managerial position
Have you talked to them about it? I'm assuming that Wal-Mart must have a huge talent base in their managerial ranks in the U.S. so I'm thinking you'd need to hold a fairly key role to make it work. The two L-1 categories are 'international manager' and 'specialist knowledge'. I came through as 'international manager' as I managed a function that spanned both the UK and US offices and had direct reports at both sites.
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Have you talked to them about it? I'm assuming that Wal-Mart must have a huge talent base in their managerial ranks in the U.S. so I'm thinking you'd need to hold a fairly key role to make it work. The two L-1 categories are 'international manager' and 'specialist knowledge'. I came through as 'international manager' as I managed a function that spanned both the UK and US offices and had direct reports at both sites.
aye, it's going to be a hard sell, and expensive, and walmart is known for it's superbly crap work practices...
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Could work though ! ...... I knwo of a young lady who worked in GAP, Leeds, who made it to Florida with the company
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Old Sep 15th 2007, 12:25 pm
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Cool thanks guys for the info I'm gonna go and try it as a holiday first and see if I like it
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ASDA's head office is in Leeds......
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Yep I know apparently it's really nice I've been to the town hall for a conference to do with Asda
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Yep I know apparently it's really nice I've been to the town hall for a conference to do with Asda
OK

What is your current job title.
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Hi there I'm a complete newbie and am looking to move to US but I work in retail for an american company and was wondering if I move to the states with my company, If I don't want to stay with the company after a while can I then get another job or am I tied to them for ever

It's prob a really silly question
I'm sure you;ll get plenty of advice from us all in here (some might even be useful), so I'll just say "Hi" and welcome to BE......

although I do miss wandering along the stones on the beach in brighton.....
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I'm sure you;ll get plenty of advice from us all in here (some might even be useful), so I'll just say "Hi" and welcome to BE......
although I do miss wandering along the stones on the beach in brighton.....
I bet we know which end as well....
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Old Sep 16th 2007, 10:48 am
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Hehehehe I have just been made a supervisor and am going to be put on next years management training scheme
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