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on 3 Feb 2014
Hi again,

So my husband got a job opportunity in Silicon Valley and we will be moving to San Jose later this year.

I will be moving out there with him, but I don't have any IT skills. I have worked as a teacher and reasearch assistant in the past, will there be any opportunities for me in San Jose ?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Shantalie on 6 Feb 2014 - 13:45
Hi Sally.

While San Jose is famous for being the heart of Silicon Valley and most expats relocating there do so to work for hi-tech company, there are plenty of other job opportunities as well.

Education is one of the prominent industries in San Jose. You could look into jobs at local schools or maybe try looking for research assistants post at of California's universties such as Berkley, Stanford or San Jose State.

I have offered you a few ideas but for more information I'd suggest taking a look at our Working in San Jose page.

Good luck with your job hunt.

Sally on 7 Feb 2014 - 06:36

Thanks for the tips. Its good to know that my lack of IT skills won't totally ruin my prospects of finding a job.

Just one more question. I am wondering wether I will automatically be able to work in the USA, because I am here with my husband? What kind of work permit do I need? Will people employ me if I don't yet have the paperwork ready?



Shantalie on 10 Feb 2014 - 07:56
Hi Sally,

Wether you are allowed to work or not will depend on the type of work permit your husband has.

If he is on a H1B visa, you will be not be allowed to work, but only live in the USA with him. If you can find a sponsor though, you can apply for a work permit.

If he is on a inter-company transfer, i.e. an L catergory visa, you will be allowed to work as this visa make a green card application fairly straightforwad.

For more detailed information check out the Expat Arrivals page on Work Permits for the USA

Hope this helps. 


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