Relocating out of US

Jan 20 29 Comments

I am currently based out of MTV on H1B for sometime. Was bachelor when came but now we are family with a kid. With the new year rethinking about what we want/expect out of our future, the visa and the path to citizenship in US seems like raising uncertainty and lot of unknowns and every time we visit this topic, we find nothing much changed on this regard. So, this year we are giving sincere thought about moving out, if possible.

Some of the options we are primarily evaluating are Singapore, Australia, Zurich and points are the process/path to citizenship, tech industry, col, schools/education, relative pay to US.

We have spent some good time in US and coming here was sort of unplanned but now would like to make a informed decision if we ever make it to move out and the major catalyst is the time here on visa seems indefinite. Of course, no country is perfect for everyone and may be people are ok in living with this uncertainty but want to hear from people who have moved to any of this location or another or who have come from here to help give some perspective.

Any internal transferred Googlers thoughts are most welcome!
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TOP 29 Comments
  • What about Canada?
    Jan 20 10
    • New ddDi37
      @Sjjkwks : this info is hard to get without being a little thick skinned and asking my friends and peers here (I’m yet to ask). Till now blind has been my source of info. Even if like to know salaries across different types of tech employers. Most local ones try to lowball because a lot of talent is available without needing any sponsorship etc.
      Jan 20
    • New ddDi37
      +1 ctheta
      Jan 20
  • EATON / Eng LCMonkey
    Just move to India and work from their Bangalore office. It's not that bad.
    Jan 20 0
  • VMware jigyasu
    If India Is your home country it's a great option, you can be close to family, lots of places to visit in India, only major drawback I see is more pollution when compared to MTV
    Jan 20 1
    • Google hTwh21
      OP
      True, believe me it's not we have neglected it. That's always the first option but it's sad that the pollution and politics affect the daily life so much that we prefer to stay away.
      Also, we are from North so staying in Bangalore would be little closer than Singapore, Australia, etc but won't make much difference.
      Jan 20
  • F5 Networks / Eng go()
    Singapore has no path to citizenship, correct?

    Also, why didn't you consider London or India?

    Follow up:
    What about EB5?
    Jan 20 3
    • Amazon Spartucus
      Didn't they just increase EB5 to 1.8 mil? That's way more ex than 500k. By the time I could afford that, I would be 40
      Jan 20
    • It's hard for Indians to get singapore PR
      Jan 21
  • Australia is one of the best places to raise kids. With aus citizenship, you can get e3 visa which is super flexible.
    Jan 21 1
    • Google hTwh21
      OP
      This seems to be a generous visa for AUS citizens. Didn't know this.
      Jan 23
  • Atlassian jacobaby
    Apply for canada PR. How about google in london.? Zurich is competitive for google internal xfers. London is good ( closer to india assuming u r indian)
    Jan 20 3
    • Expedia Group FRFe41
      Yes, apply before, reason being Canadian PR is merit based and is structured to attract younger people. So even if you are like 37 with a masters degree and such your chances will be slim. The older you get the harder it gets plus it’s getting very competitive which is pushing the cut-off higher. The processing, taking IELTS, getting documents ready and transcripts evaluated will take 3-6 months easily and another 3 months to get the PR. So you don’t really have to even start thinking about moving there till the next 1 year. You have to spend 2/5 years to retain the PR. Which means you will have 3 years to make up your mind and move.
      Jan 20
    • Atlassian jacobaby
      I have applied for PR , because its easy to get PR in canada as opposed to all other developed countries. If u r below 35 then its good, it will boost ur points.
      Also healthcare is free in canada. ( There are some questions around that ) but i will take that anytime than US healthcare
      Jan 20
  • Expedia Group FRFe41
    Singapore has no path to PR and citizenship from what I have heard. You can try Canada as you get PR even without landing and pursue a side gig if you want. You get b citizenship after 3 years. SWitzerland is very selective about PR and it is very tough to get citizenship there unless you are from EU. Australia is similar to Canada in the sense you get PR immediately. Their economy is isolated though so you might want to do some research about the opportunities there.
    Jan 20 2
    • Google hTwh21
      OP
      That's lot of information. Another user also mentioned Singapore having no path.
      Seems like i have misread something which led me to think you can get work visa, and from there go for PR and citizenship.
      Will correct myself.

      Thanks for your comment.
      Jan 20
    • Expedia Group FRFe41
      Getting a visa is easy in SG but not PR esp if you are an Indian. https://www.quora.com/Is-it-easy-to-become-a-Singapore-permanent-resident
      Jan 20
  • Yoe?
    Jan 21 0
  • NBCUniversal melong
    Where’s your home country?
    Jan 20 0

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