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May 31, 2013

William asks…

What do I have to do to get to America?

Hi.

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to travel to America and stay there for a long time, maybe get a simple job somewhere, cruise through the states to see where I fit in best, rent an apartment and what not.
Now, I understand that this kind of endeavor comes with a lot of planning, but I don’t want to run into any unpleasant surprises, so I thought I’d get some information first.

I’m from Holland, which is part of the European Union. Would I be required to get a visa if I’m planning a long-term stay in America? What kind of job opportunities would there be for an immigrant? And how hard would it be for an immigrant to find an affordable place to stay?
Oh, and of course America is big, so to make it easier to answer the questions, I’m mostly looking to stay in NYC.
I know this question may sound a little strange, but it’s really a dream of mine to go to America, seeing as, where I’m living now, is a dull, flat and depressing country. Seriously, there’s nothing here that I’d want to stay for.

Anyway, I hope someone can, maybe, give me some answers or impressions from their own experience with NYC or America in general, or at least some sources of information.

Thanks.

Administrator answers:

Unless you are independently wealthy you will need a job + a work visa to move to the USA. You need a sponsor (employer) for a work visa – you can’t apply for one on your own.

Http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html

Check with US companies in Europe and European companies with offices in the USA. For example, Hilton and Marriott hire international staff as interns.

Netherland citizens can visit the USA for up to 90 days as a tourist, so you could travel for interviews & tests if necessary.

Https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/

http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html

Search “international exchange programs USA” and there should be many links to programs that offer temporary and seasonal work in the US. Examples:

http://www.ccusa.com/country.aspx

http://www.yummyjobs.com/

http://www.bunac.org/

Do carefully check any programs you might be interested in as not all of them are a good deal.

Another option is to go to school in the USA. European citizens can more easily get a US student visa and you MAY be able to work on-campus. Having a USA university diploma or certificate will make applying for jobs easier, and going to school in the US will help you decide if you really want to move here.

Http://www.collegesintheusa.com/

If you decide to go to university in the USA the first step is to identify several schools you might want to attend and make contact with their offices of international students

For example: (though not in NYC)

http://global.tulane.edu/oiss/

http://oiss.uno.edu/

Note that it is equally or even more difficult for an American to move to an EU country.

Good luck!

Ruth asks…

Can I Sue Landlord for getting stuck in the elevator for 2 hours?

I live in NYC and have been living in the same apartment for 26 years. A few years ago, we got new landlords who bought the building and have been neglecting the building and the needs of tenants. I have been cussed and yelled at by the landlord and super intendent for reporting leaks, damages and for calling 311 for no heat or hot water. Also, for calling the police when other tentants would blast loud music on weekdays all night long.
Aside from that, through out the years we’ve had this new landlord, our elevator is never working. I live on the top floor and have had to climb stairs a whole summer after having surgery. When the elevator is working it gets stuck all the time, causing tenants to have to use their hands to push the elevator door closed or manually pull the door open and pull latches outside of the elevator door and where the wires are to get out of the elevator. On numerous occasions, firemen have had to break the door open for people to get out of the elevator.
Just yesturday, I was taking the elevator down from my floor and the elevator suddenly fell one flight down and i honestly thought the elevator was going to fall all the way down to the first floor and I was going to die. But it stopped and got stuck between floors. A few tenants tried to help, I tried to open the elevator door and climb the wall to where i can open the door to get into the hallway, rang the emergency bell, and couldnt reach the latches in the outside of the elevator door. I was stuck for an hour struggling to get out and the super intendent was on vacation so he couldnt help, not that he ever does his job when he’s here anyway. Luckily a friend of mine was waiting for me downstairs and after an hour decided to check on me to see what was taking me so long. She called the police and fire department and it took them another hour to get there, break the elevator glass window which cut my finger, and eventually after trying everything they could, they had to break the door down and pull me up and out of the elevator.
I spoke with a cop who advised me to take legal action against my landlord for this and also said the building has not had its inspections.
Im not sure why they did not fine the landlord.
Now, im thinking about seriously taking legal action but i dont know where to start or if I will be causing more trouble for myself until i can afford to move out, by seeking legal action against my landlord for this. But its just not fair, for years tenants in this buiding have had to deal with the elevator getting stuck and the landlords doing very little to nothing about it. What if it had been children stuck or my 83 year old neighbor. Its horrible that we have to deal with this!
I know most people will say, well just move out. Its not that simple, I’ve lived here my whole life and my rent is very affordable for me in the city because we’ve lived here so long. I dont feel that I should just have to move out for the landlord not doing what he’s supposed to by law and neglecting the building.
Does anyone know what i can do to take legal action and if anything can be done about this? Also, do I have a case if I wasnt actually injured in this incident?
I did go to the emergency room for trauma, anxiety and pain in my head and neck but i have no broken bones. I also did not go in an ambulance I ended up going an hour later when the pain and anxiety wouldn’t go away. Can I sue my landlord for this?

Administrator answers:

You can sue him for your actual monetary damages but the amount you get might not be worth the hassle of having to find another place and move. I would just present the guy with copies of my bills and give him a chance to pay them. If you have insurance you could also let them pay and then go after the guy if they think there is a case for it. In any case, you need to report your landlord to the housing authorities in your city and anonymously request an inspection. If you live in New York City, I’m sure they’ll get right on it….

Linda asks…

Can I sue my landlord for getting stuck in the elevator?

I live in NYC and have been living in the same apartment for 26 years. A few years ago, we got new landlords who bought the building and have been neglecting the building and the needs of tenants. I have been cussed and yelled at by the landlord and super intendent for reporting leaks, damages and for calling 311 for no heat or hot water. Also, for calling the police when other tentants would blast loud music on weekdays all night long.
Aside from that, through out the years we’ve had this new landlord, our elevator is never working. I live on the top floor and have had to climb stairs a whole summer after having surgery. When the elevator is working it gets stuck all the time, causing tenants to have to use their hands to push the elevator door closed or manually pull the door open and pull latches outside of the elevator door and where the wires are to get out of the elevator. On numerous occasions, firemen have had to break the door open for people to get out of the elevator.
Just yesturday, I was taking the elevator down from my floor and the elevator suddenly fell one flight down and i honestly thought the elevator was going to fall all the way down to the first floor and I was going to die. But it stopped and got stuck between floors. A few tenants tried to help, I tried to open the elevator door and climb the wall to where i can open the door to get into the hallway, rang the emergency bell, and couldnt reach the latches in the outside of the elevator door. I was stuck for an hour struggling to get out and the super intendent was on vacation so he couldnt help, not that he ever does his job when he’s here anyway. Luckily a friend of mine was waiting for me downstairs and after an hour decided to check on me to see what was taking me so long. She called the police and fire department and it took them another hour to get there, break the elevator glass window which cut my finger, and eventually after trying everything they could, they had to break the door down and pull me up and out of the elevator.
I spoke with a cop who advised me to take legal action against my landlord for this and also said the building has not had its inspections.
Im not sure why they did not fine the landlord.
Now, im thinking about seriously taking legal action but i dont know where to start or if I will be causing more trouble for myself until i can afford to move out, by seeking legal action against my landlord for this. But its just not fair, for years tenants in this buiding have had to deal with the elevator getting stuck and the landlords doing very little to nothing about it. What if it had been children stuck or my 83 year old neighbor. Its horrible that we have to deal with this!
I know most people will say, well just move out. Its not that simple, I’ve lived here my whole life and my rent is very affordable for me in the city because we’ve lived here so long. I dont feel that I should just have to move out for the landlord not doing what he’s supposed to by law and neglecting the building.
Does anyone know what i can do to take legal action and if anything can be done about this? Also, do I have a case if I wasnt actually injured in this incident?
I did go to the emergency room for trauma, anxiety and pain in my head and neck but i have no broken bones. I also did not go in an ambulance I ended up going an hour later when the pain and anxiety wouldn’t go away. Can I sue my landlord for this?
Dan.. I think falling from the last floor to the bottom would have caused some serious damage, or death! When should I do something about this when im dead?
Mnwomen- would it be fair that I died and couldnt do anything then. Is it wrong for me to want to prevent something horrible like that from happening when they are responsible for having that elevator running and working properly? The Elevator is so old its not just any elevator getting stuck it has needed to be replaced for years and they have been overcharging us in rent for all these things they have to fix and do for us, they pocket our money and not do a damn thing. Why is that fair. So what didnt happen could happen and if it does what the hell am i gonna do when im dead? I appreciate your advice but I cant understand how im supposed to do something when im dead? Why not now, its definatly not my fault that elevator does that all the time to everyone one daily basis.

Administrator answers:

Yes you can sue but you might have to pay quite a bit of money in order to do so. Also, there is the chance that these people don’t have any money, and you might go through the trouble for nothing.
You can file a complaint in 8 or 9 ways … Better business bureau, your local neighborhood committee, your city committee, your local chapter of shady businesses, and so on. Ask around where to find them.
The idea is to get these guys out and new landlords in. When you get the new landlords make sure they know the neglect of the former landlords. They might not be told about them otherwise.

Chris asks…

Moving to Brooklyn How is Crown Heights or Prospect Heights?

Hi I currently live in NYC and have lived in the city for the past 4 years. This month I’m planning on moving to Brooklyn, NY so that I can rent my own apartment and be somewhat closer to work. I have a budget of around 1500 a month. I am not familiar with too many Brooklyn neighborhoods and was wondering if any Brooklynites could tell me what they think of Crown Heights, Prosepect Heights, Clinton Hill.

I am looking for a safe fun , affordable neighborhood and I believe there are still a few available in Brooklyn. Thanks for your help!

Administrator answers:

Prospect Heights and Clinton Hill are both very nice (as long as the places you’re looking at really ARE in those neighborhoods – sometimes people will say a building is in a nicer neighborhood to attract renters. Be careful!)

But Crown Heights is more iffy. Look, some of it is okay in terms of safety, but it’s a block by block kind of thing. The housing stock is lovely though.

Donna asks…

moving from new york city to london?

okay i’m a college kid, sophomore and recently i’ve decided that i want to move out of the united states. I live in NYC, born and raised, but I go to school in Philly, I’m coming bk home at the end of the month.

I want to move to London. Have no experience or reference for what im about to do, but I want to, and am planning on moving to London in a couple of months.

Since im unemployed im looking for something that doesnt cost more than 1300 USD a month for rent in London. Also some place that isnt that shady, but hey a little crime wont kill me, I’m a NY’er.

can anyone give me any advice on what the rent is like in london, what area of london you can say are livable and affordable for a single, young guy like myself and is convenient for transportation, since i wont be driving.

and also any advice on how i can search for apartments, and your tips for moving abroad if you done it b4, esp if to london and esp if from NYC to London.

Thanks !!

Administrator answers:

I agree London is a wonderful city… But you have a few things to consider before up and leaving.

1) London is extremely expensive and the currency that is used overthere… The “british pound” is worth almost double to our American Dollar. So when you look as prices in London, you need to double the amount to get an idea what the price is in American Dollars.

2) If you are not a citizen from the UK. You cannot move to London without a VISA. If you go without one, you will only be allow to stay a few months and you won’t be allow to be employed.

To request a VISA, you need to apply for with the British Embassy here in the US. The process is not easy. You have to have good reason, such as a pending employment in the UK, or relatives that already live there.

Here is the link you need with all the info you need on getting a UK Visa….

Http://www.britainusa.com/

Here is a link on Apartments (FLATS) for rents so you can get an idea of how much is cost. Remember to double the amount shown…. Http://www.net-lettings.co.uk/

Hope this helps… Keep me updated on what you end up doing.
-Alex
afernan1@comcast.net

Sandy asks…

Potentially moving to LA, looking for some info?

Me and my fiance are planning to move to LA in about a year. I’ve only been to LA once and it wasn’t long enough to get a feel for the cities around the area. We’re looking for an affordable 1 bedroom. I’ve researched some of the areas per internet search recommendations (Los Feliz, Pasadena, Echo Park, North Hollywood) and now i’m basically looking for a monthly average on what people pay for utilities (rent, cable, water, gas, internet) etc etc.

Something to keep in mind is that we’re moving from the East Village. Is the average price for apartments/utilities comparable or is LA more expensive (My dad is under the impression that LA is worse then NYC)?
Thanks for all the help guys. Its going be be at least a year and half before we evern consider moving as well as having a combined total saved of at least $10,000. Not including moving expenses. My job would be a transfer and my fiance is an aspiring director whos friends have a production company. The move is more for him becaus he has way more connections on the west coast vs the east.

Administrator answers:

Unless you have jobs lined up that are ironclad and in writing, you really need to think twice or even a third time before you move here.

Apart from the monthly expenses, you will most likely have some up-front expenses that you need to budget for. You will also be required to pony up a security deposit which usually is equal to a month’s rent. Also, since you’ve never lived here before, the utility companies may require a deposit that they will keep for a year, after which time you’ll get the deposit back (and some will even give you interest, too).

Given the state of our economy here in LA, you should know that jobs are few and far between, and just because you are employed today does not mean you will be tomorrow. A smart couple wouldn’t think of moving here without at least 6 month’s of living expenses (around $1,000 for rent, another $250 or so for food, another $150 or so for cable/phone/internet/power, and then you’ll need to pay your car payments if you have them and insurance, so for argument’s sake, let’s say your car is $200 and insurance is around $100, and then you’ll have movies and going out and clothing, and household stuff like paper products and cleaning stuff … We’re looking at around $1800-2000 a month) in case something terrible happens.

If you don’t mind the heat in the summer, then stick with NoHo or Pasadena, or any other place that’s in the valley. Echo Park and Los Feliz are really cool neighborhoods that are close to Downtown, Hollywood, Dodger Stadium, the Greek Theater (fantastic place to see concerts under the stars), the Hollywood Bowl (ditto), and all the rest of Hollywood. They aren’t in the valley so the heat isn’t quite as bad in the summer. If hot weather is a consideration, you’ll want to stick closer to the coast in Santa Monica, Westwood, Mar Vista, Palms (where I live and I love it here), Venice or Playa Del Rey. Rents tend to be more over on the westside, but it’s worth it when the rest of the city is baking at 90 degrees, and we’re a comfortable 78 because of the ocean breezes keeping everything cool.

Best of luck to you !! Start saving !!

James asks…

Neighbourhoods to move to in New York?

I’m moving the NYC in May 2009 and I was hoping to get some opinions on the best neighbourhoods to live in. There will be 2-3 of us sharing the apartment, we all have jobs lined up already and are looking to spend between $1000-$1500 each a month on rent. We’re straight out of university, so looking for a safe, affordable area with nightlife, cafe’s etc. I have heard that areas north of Central Park have been getting better over the years, however realistically for my first place in New York I wouldn’t want to live there.
Thanks in advance for any advice!

Administrator answers:

As you say, you might not want to live right north of Central Park, but i think i can recommend the area northwest of Central Park called Morningside Heights, which is centered around Columbia University, St. Luke’s Hospital, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Manhattan School of Music, and a few other major institutions. The area in particular above 110th Street is on a cliff west of Morningside Park, and on the western edge of the park, you have a great and expansive view over Harlem.

It’s the area between West 106th and West 125th Streets, and west of Amsterdam Avenue to the Hudson River. It’s an academic area with pretty good food and nightlife. With your budget, you might be able to find something decent here. It’s only about 20 minutes to Midtown, and you still feel away from the madness of Midtown while still being in a vibrant Manhattan neighborhood.

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