# Is it easy to find work in the US ?

1. Jun 30, 2005

### oldtobor

I would like to live for a few months in the US. Is it easy to find even a small job like at a mall or whatever where I can make about 800 dollars a month, pay rent for 400 dollars a month and live with the reamining 400 dollars? Could I pull it off ?

I also know some IT, could I easily find a small job as consulting IT, programming always for a minimal, but enough to get by amount of money ? Any state would do, just to have an idea. Thanks for any information.

2. Jun 30, 2005

### Pengwuino

For one person, $400 a month rent is reasonable in most places besides NYC. Getting an$800 a month job with actual skill should be a breeze.

3. Jun 30, 2005

My father rents out a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house for $550 in fresno, CA. He's reluctant to raise rent however.... 5. Jun 30, 2005 ### hypatia work visa You half to apply for a work visa, and in most cases, you half to have a job sponsor you, before you come here. It is a goodly amount of paper work involved, but actually not hard to do. 6. Jun 30, 2005 ### Monique Staff Emeritus First of all he'd have to get a visa and work permission. For a visa you need to show that you are able to support yourself during the time you are there, for the work permission you have to find a sponsor. It depends on the type of work whether you'll be able to get a tax exemption.. I'd guess you won't get if for a job at the mall (research jobs usually have a 2-yr tax exemption). But all depends on what country oldtobor is from.. *edit* I see hypathia beat me to it :P 7. Jun 30, 2005 ### oldtobor I got US citizenship. 50 years old and did some IT work, programming. Maybe far from the big cities in some malls, since housing costs are lower. Do you think I could pull it off ? 8. Jun 30, 2005 ### Astronuc ### Staff: Mentor If one works and lives in the US, one pays federal (FIT and SSI) taxes - no way around it. Foreigners, who 'legally' work in US, pay taxes just like citizens who 'legally' work. By legally, I mean that they work on the books as opposed to off the books. 9. Jun 30, 2005 ### Monique Staff Emeritus No, you can legally get US tax exemption. Information here http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p519.pdf under tax treaty benefits. More detailed information here http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p901.pdf The fact that he has US citizenship will change the whole situation, since he's not an alien Last edited: Jun 30, 2005 10. Jun 30, 2005 ### gravenewworld Good lord only 550 for a 3 br house w/ 2 baths? I am from where Russ lives and my college roomates and I paid$2000 a month for a duplex house w 4 br. and 1.5 bath.

11. Jun 30, 2005

### Moonbear

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Yeah, geez, even in cheap parts of the country, a 3 br, 2 bath house is going to go for about $1000/month easy, more if it has some other nice amenities.$400/month for rent is a bit low unless you're just in an efficiency (which may be plenty if he's just visiting for a bit) in an old run-down building in a noisy part of town. Make that more like $500, and you might be okay, but then that's usually without including utilities. If the place includes utilities, expect it to be closer to$600. Either way, you need to budget for utilities, whether included in the rent or not. If you're only earning $800/month, you're not going to have much left after rent and taxes. 12. Jun 30, 2005 ### stoned go to china man. almost all american companies are based there. but you can still find job at Mcdonalds though. 13. Jun 30, 2005 ### TheStatutoryApe That all depends on where you are. In North Carolina I staid in a house, 4 bedrooms two baths, large kitchen (with appliances), large living room, and I think a quarter acre for about$800 if I remember correctly.

I'm not very well informed about what it's like in other states aside from here in california. I'm pretty sure though that you could find temp work in your field online if you have a good resume. Monster.com or something like that. Just looking for a job when you get here may be a bad idea. Most people don't want to hire someone who wont be around long unless they are specifically looking for short term employees. Also, I hate to bring it up, but my best friends father was looking for a job recently and had a hell of a time because of his age. This may or may not hinder you as well I'm not sure. I'm thinking though if you look online you will be more likely to find a short term job where they wont mind if you have no intention to stay or how old you are.

Not sure if you were considering California at all but most of the areas in and around cities tend to be expensive, depending. The place Penguin is refering to is out in the desert if I remember correctly. Not very close to any major cities like LA, San Diego, or San Francisco. In the area that I live a decent one bedroom is going to run about $800 or more. If you don't mind the ghetto you might be able to find one for around$600 maybe a bit less if you don't mind it being a studio. You can also look for people renting rooms and possible find one for your target of $400, possibly less. Oregon is much cheaper but apearantly it's much harder to find a job. As long as you have skills or don't mind a more menial job it shouldn't be that hard though. When I was there I was told it would be hard to find a job but I still had one working at a grocery store within a week of arriving. I think that job started at$8 an hour and was full time.

14. Jul 1, 2005

### loseyourname

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That's because Fresno has a higher population density of cattle than humans, and it's 700 degrees half the year. I'm paying a little over $1000/month for 2 beds, 1.5 baths in the North Bay and I'm more than happy. oldtobor, you shouldn't have any trouble finding a job that can pay you$800/month, even if its only temporary. I'm only working the summer and I made more than that despite missing just over 2 weeks of work with allergy and asthma attacks last month. My roommate makes that much and only works 2-3 days a week.

15. Jul 1, 2005

### Pengwuino

lol oh what the hell, that wasnt cool haha. And it only gets to 580 degrees in august, i dont know what your talking about.