If you are like me, then chances are you love a good challenge. Living and working abroad certainly can be a huge challenge. These trials and tribulations can range from language barriers, learning cultural customs, getting proper documentation, and the mental challenges of being on your own.
Thanks to modern day bureaucracy and immigration policy, obtaining the necessary travel and work documents can be a complicated process. As someone who has experience working abroad, I’ve had the “pleasure” of waiting in many foreign labor offices with stacks of paperwork, only to be asked to return later with some documents that were missing. Depending on your country of origin and language skills in a new country, this can certainly complicate the matters.
Through this great travel community that I have the pleasure of facilitating, there are many people that have asked about the process of working in the United States. Through some research and experiences of friends wanting their shot at “The American Dream”, I have learned about the Green Card and its lottery distribution process.
The green card allows a person to work in the United States just as a natural citizen. As many foreign work documents go, the Green Card process can be a long and confusing process – especially with the volume of people vying for their chance to get one. Luckily, there are resources and some experts with years of experience to help with this process. One, in particular, that is a great service is http://www.green-card.com, an immigration consulting agency since 1996. As the name would imply, they specialize in helping people obtain a Green Card for the United States. This is all they do, their bread and butter. Which is good to know, because it tells me that all their focus is in one area of documentation and not spread too thin across multiple countries and forms.
If working abroad is something on your dream list, your life’s “Do To List”, you have my full support. There are few things more exhilarating than successfully throwing yourself into the fire of a new experience abroad. Whether your plans are for teaching abroad, in the culinary field, or in a professional office setting, the reward of mustering up the courage to do it is irreplaceable.
I would recommend taking advantage of some of the resources available at your disposal, from services provided by people with a lot of experience in these processes. The result will be less time wasted in foreign labor offices and more time exploring your new home. And that’s the real pay-off, having the freedom to take in all that your new country has to see and do. That’s why we travel, that’s why we jump into the unknown. After all, the most exhilarating life truly does begin outside your comfort zone.