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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
As someone in an extremely elastic industry I feel that my position is prone to expulsion. So I was thinking about what I would do if I was to be laid off. Ummm I would ski. Now I would have a solid base plan if I was to be a ski bum in Utah. But what if I was to immigrate to a European country? Can I find great/cheap skiing, easy green card, thriving economy with easy to find jobs, english speaking hehe

does such a place exist..probably not
post #2 of 16
FYI: You would emigrate from the US. Once there, you would be an immigrant of that particular country.

I looked into this once. It is very, very difficult for Americans to get work visas in the EU (without a company sponsor). Your best shot might be as an English teacher.

If you need to make some money while doing this, stick to the US.
post #3 of 16
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thats what i was afraid of....getting working visas in the EU. at what point is it worth the hassle? do not need to make money while I ski just cannot hemorrhage what little I have, but if we are all going to hell in a hand basket be great to get the working visa before the flood of the masses. anyway i just hope if they are going to fire me they do it just before ski season rather than after how cruel
post #4 of 16
If you're hoping to come to Europe, our ski season is from November to April in many resorts, or mid December to April in others.
At this stage, if you had a visa, your best bet would be to turn up and hope to get a job due to someone else quitting. There is bar work and hotel jobs to be had, but you need a visa first of all.

Good luck in your quest!
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post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by RonSki View Post
FYI: You would emigrate from the US. Once there, you would be an immigrant of that particular country.

I looked into this once. It is very, very difficult for Americans to get work visas in the EU (without a company sponsor). Your best shot might be as an English teacher.

If you need to make some money while doing this, stick to the US.




Most foreign countries prefer hiring brits to teach english.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Bingers View Post
thats what i was afraid of....getting working visas in the EU. at what point is it worth the hassle? do not need to make money while I ski just cannot hemorrhage what little I have, but if we are all going to hell in a hand basket be great to get the working visa before the flood of the masses. anyway i just hope if they are going to fire me they do it just before ski season rather than after how cruel



You should try coming to the US from Europe, 10 years and almost 40 grand to be a permanent resident. Lawyers actually told us we would be better off moving south of the border for a year then coming across Illegally.
post #8 of 16
If you're flexible enough to return to minimum wage here's one way for an American to get a temporary one year job in the Alps, could lead to better things:
http://www.edelweisslodgeandresort.com/employment.html
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by karpiel View Post
Most foreign countries prefer hiring brits to teach english.

Who do they hire to teach American?
post #10 of 16
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Most foreign countries prefer hiring brits to teach english.
I (American) taught English for four years in Germany, and I did not find this to be true. I had no trouble finding work with proper certification, and I had plenty of American colleagues as well.
post #11 of 16
English english? You mean like this:
(takes a bit to get to the english part)

post #12 of 16
Tog, are you being naughty again?
You know how I like it when you're naughty
post #13 of 16
Europe isn't any better off economy wise then the U.S at the moment. + you're going to get bent over in the currancy exchange.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by ami in berlin View Post
I (American) taught English for four years in Germany, and I did not find this to be true. I had no trouble finding work with proper certification, and I had plenty of American colleagues as well.


Probably varies greatly place to place, my dad is teaching english in China right now and they told him they hire brits whenever possible.
post #15 of 16
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You should try coming to the US from Europe, 10 years and almost 40 grand to be a permanent resident. Lawyers actually told us we would be better off moving south of the border for a year then coming across Illegally.
What "country" in Europe are you from? My colleagues coming from Europe got green card in a couple of years! The quote from lawyers are about 10 grand but he choosed to do the paper work himself. Pretty straight forward stuff (I'm doing it for some of my family members right now).

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Most foreign countries prefer hiring brits to teach english.
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Originally Posted by ami in berlin View Post
I (American) taught English for four years in Germany, and I did not find this to be true. I had no trouble finding work with proper certification, and I had plenty of American colleagues as well.
Seems like your information is off rather frequently?
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Probably varies greatly place to place, my dad is teaching english in China right now and they told him they hire brits whenever possible.
Is your dad a native English speaker? (if you're coming from Europe but not British) My understanding is the Chinese prefer "native English speaker", be they Brits or Americans or Kiwis. But if you're French, they don't care even if you have a Ph.D. in English.
post #16 of 16
sounds like a buyer's market. 'guess that's the case right now for most folks having something to sell. Good time to be a buyer, or on the sidelines.
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