Canadian SDE looking to move to SoCal seeking advice...

Aug 17 6 Comments


I married a Californian earlier this year and we decided to switch gears and settle in SoCal instead of Toronto. We're definitely doing the spousal sponsorship route when I get there but I'd prefer to remain employed while minimizing our time apart. What's the best way to go about this? Just get a job offer and get a TN at the border? Is my situation something I should disclose on my applications?

Started grinding leetcode 3 weeks ago so I don't think I'll have enough time to prep for FANG since I'm looking to relocate within the next 2-3 months, if possible. What companies should I target in SoCal?

Thanks in advance.

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TOP 6 Comments
  • Fast Enterprises, LLC $€£¥
    Do not apply for a TN or any other visa that does not allow immigration intent! It will be considered visa fraud when you apply for PR since you're already married to an American and will be moving with them. Best thing to do is get a spousal visa to move to the US and then begin the PR process ASAP. Unfortunately, it is going be 6 months+ before you get the PR or possibly even the work authorization. So, you cannot work unless that happens.

    Your other options are L1 or H1B, but then earliest you're looking at relocating to the US would be in October 2020. The advantage is that you can work from day 1 and are not sitting unemployed for months. But since that timeline is so far out, you might as well start the PR process outside the US through consular processing instead and can probably make the move much sooner. All of this is from my limited knowledge. Your best bet would be to consult an immigration attorney.
    Aug 17 3
  • Amazon RNzf23
    The hard part about getting into FAANG in SoCal is that the offices there have very low head count compare to Bay Area and Seattle.
    Aug 17 0
  • Lyft done2
    You need to couple more years of internships for companies down there
    Aug 17 0