Relocation to US for a couple

New / IT xengelx
May 13 15 Comments

I’m a software developer looking to relocate to US with my wife from Europe. She has a great job here - heart surgery operating room nurse.
I know it’s gonna be a tough path for her to follow to get to same position in US.
We both are very hardworking, but I’m 32 and she’s 27 - I just wish we don’t spend another 5-7 years building everything from scratch.
Does anyone here work in healthcare (surgery) or have a spouse that does? Sorry for a broad question, but I’d like to hear any thoughts you have on this and care to share.
Thanks!

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  • Amazon hrwjwtjwtj
    This is a very subjective opinion - personally, I wouldn’t sacrifice her career for the sake of my own (even if she wants me to). Move here only if it would be better for her career too. These things don’t seem to matter much at the outset, but as the time passes your (or her) regret will only grow bigger. Europe is a better part of world, you should consider staying there.
    May 13 1
    • New / IT xengelx
      OP
      Thanks, we are actually considering staying :)
      May 15
  • Airbnb New999hire
    RN will be impossible to ever qualify for a work visa. Literally impossible. It's not a high skilled worker position. If she comes with you she will not be allowed to work. Trump is about to rescind work visa spouse working permissions.

    Even for you the odds are 5-10 percent. What company will hire you when the odds of winning a once a year visa lottery for you are 25 percent and the application costs 15k?

    You can talk to an immigration lawyer but they will tell you the same thing.

    Better bury that dream, cause realistically, It will never happen.
    May 14 4
    • Amazon . 𓂸
      Move on a L1. Boom, problem solved.
      May 14
    • Airbnb New999hire
      Registered nurse will never ever qualify for L1
      May 14
    • New / IT xengelx
      OP
      That’s true. Only good way is if I get an L1. Thanks for the insight!
      May 15
    • Amazon . 𓂸
      What about 'he' gets an L1? 🙄
      May 15
  • Accenture / Eng __xjwg
    to be able to practice as RN she has to take take NCLEX and some states also require CGNFS. while she is working on her RN, if you guys have a family here or knows somebody that works in a clinic or hospital she can probably work there part time as a staff. in nyc you can find clinics that does this which are not really strict w/ immigration docs

    and this takes time. that's why you'll also see doctors from outside of US working as staff in hospitals or RN because they have to take USMLE and all those exams to be able to practice as doctors

    btw i know this because my gf is a nurse and my cousin is a doc here in the US that came from another country
    May 13 2
    • New / IT xengelx
      OP
      Thanks for the info! My dad is a cardiovascular surgeon and would never leave the country for this reason :) I believe it’s a good thing actually, since health care isn’t something to be taken lightly.
      I’ll try to find a job to fully support my wife for as many years as it takes to get NCLEX/RN.
      May 14
    • Accenture / Eng __xjwg
      the RN process takes about 2years. but she can probably do observership or staff work on the process once she get to meet other RNs/doctors when taking review classes
      May 14
  • Lyft pkpq11
    Why come here? Country is run by MAGA
    May 13 2
    • Apple / Eng gtUh6$
      Why ARE you here?
      May 14
    • New / IT xengelx
      OP
      What’s MAGA? :)
      May 15
  • Amazon Poker1
    I think it depends on the kind of nursing degree she has. US is pretty open on giving licenses for foreign educated RN. If your wife has 4 yrs equivalent of Nursing undergraduate degree it should be good however she would still need to pass the RN license exam to be eligible to work as a nurse. Also she needs to have US Visa that allows working.
    These are couple of things i would suggest
    Do research based on the state you are planning to move to. Getting Nursing permit depends on the state and it varies state by state.
    For eligibility from education try to find someone who got the same type of degree in the same country or university as your wife. States will require education/ credit verification.
    Understand visa restriction. If you are in H1B your wife may not be able to work unless you find a hospital who is willing to sponsor for work visa for her.
    May 13 0
  • Oracle k-9
    Check if her experience and qualifications are valued in the US
    May 13 0

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