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TIPS FOR IMMIGRATING TO CALIFORNIA

California: Famous for its gold coast, laid-back stereotypes, tech giant Google, and Hollywood. You can be sure that there is something here for everyone. Being a visitor to California is very different from living here. So if you want to move to Los Angeles or elsewhere in California, here are some things you need to know.

Getting a job is easy; having a career is a different story.

It’s true, it’s easy to get a job here. If all you’re looking to do is get ahead, you can practically walk downtown, and chances are you’ll have a job in no time. There is always a care agency looking for a nanny or caregiver. But what about landing a job that gets you on the career path you’re really looking for? That is a different story.

Rarely does anyone come here and say that they would like to be a clerk or a waiter. There is nothing wrong with those jobs. California, of all places, is known to need them. But if you are a marketer or a teacher it will not be easy.

The best places to live in California

If you plan to move to California there are many options, we present some areas and their advantages.

Camarillo: Best for Families

Located northwest of Los Angeles, Camarillo is just a few miles from the coast. This city is perfect for families who don’t want to stray too far from the working life of the city but are ready to set up camp in a quaint and quiet neighborhood.

Los Angeles: Best for Students

Los Angeles is a relatively young place, with 34% of the city in their 20s and 30s, ideal for students looking to make new friends in the city. Plus, you can expect the streets to be buzzing with life: pubs, clubs, restaurants, quirky places, you name it.

You are probably interested in academic life, right? Well, LA won’t let you down in that department either. In fact, the Golden State is home to nine universities in the top 50 ranking in the US.

San Francisco: Best for Work

A recent study found that San Francisco is one of the happiest cities for people just starting their careers, based on employee satisfaction with co-workers and employers.

Also, before the coronavirus hit the US, the average unemployment rate in the US was just over 4%, while the rate in San Francisco hovers around 3%. While this isn’t a huge difference, it does show that finding a job in San Francisco is a bit easier than it is in other parts of the country. Thanks to nearby Silicon Valley, people who move to San Francisco also have the opportunity to gain experience with some tech giants.

California offers options for everyone. Photo: Edgar Colomba

Health insurance is expensive.

Here, your health is expensive; a visit to the doctor can cost you $200. Imagine if you have a more serious medical need. That’s why you need a health insurance plan, which could cost between $100 and $600 a month. If you get a job that covers health insurance, great! But that’s unlikely in your first year.

Yes, you can get in and out of a hospital for free, but remember that in the US, the government can track your every move. In 2019, Trump stated that people who take too many government benefits and apply for a green card will likely not be approved.

California is not like any other state.

If you know someone from Texas, New York, or Wisconsin, what they say probably doesn’t apply in California.

California is the mecca of difficulties. Everything is expensive. But the whole state is not Hollywood, thank God.

Get a work visa for California

If you are moving to California for work, there are several visa options available, but remember, the vast majority of work-based US visas depend on you having a job offer from a licensed US company before you move. over there.

See the options below:

Nonimmigrant Visas: If you don’t want to live and work in California forever, a nonimmigrant visa should suffice. The most popular options within this category are:

H1-B visa (skilled worker) for professionally skilled persons, lasting for three years but can be extended to six

H2-B visa (skilled and unskilled workers) for people who come to the United States to perform seasonal work or fill a temporary labor shortage, which lasts between one and three

L-1 Visa (Intra-Company Transferee) for people who move to the United States within the same company, with a duration of between five and seven years

Immigrant Visas: These visas generally last for periods of two years before requiring renewal. Once you have found a company in California it is up to them to file the Petition Form l-140 with the USCIS. 

Here are the top three work-based immigrant visa options, in descending order of priority:

E1 First Preference: Persons of “extraordinary ability”.

E2 Second Preference: Professionals with higher education.

E3 Third Preference: Professionals and other skilled workers with at least two years of training/experience, or unskilled workers who fill the shortage.

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