Aussie wanting to work in the USA

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  1. V8Wookiee

    V8Wookiee Bobtail Member

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    Hi all. New member to the forums.

    I am keen to get a job in the USA to drive semi's and was wondering if it's still possible to do this?
    All the information I can find on the subject is a few years old now and current info is hard to obtain.

    I have a HR license and am going to get my MC in about 6 months. Will the USA recruit and train drivers with little experience in semi's?

    Not out to make a career out of it over there initially, but if I like it I would be prepared to live over there for a few years or more. I don't expect to make a fortune in the first year or two either.
    Watched a stack of Youtube video's and read a heap online about the pay etc so I dont hold any illusions of making huge bucks as a company driver doing OTR long haul.

    If anyone has done this recently I would love to get some info.
     
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  2. kiwi23

    kiwi23 Bobtail Member

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    Hi V
    Hi V8
    I've found the same too and even tried looking at Canadian jobs.
    I suspect we'll have to find a smaller Co. Maybe an agri contractor .
    Good luck
     
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  3. taxihacker66

    taxihacker66 Road Train Member

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    Someone asked the same question awhile back and someone suggested they ask forum member Blairandgretchen?
     
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  4. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

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    G'day again bloke cobber i'll try and make this sound as nice as possible as you've probably found out from your other thread American's don't mind us Aussies however what really counts is whether you can actually get a visa and a job over there, most folks that come on this web site are usually just drivers no -one apart from me has any experience with the visa program or how to actually apply for them either. You can like me call up a few trucking companies they'll be quite polite with you up to the point when you ask do you have any visa's? Currently with the GFC still lingering in the air the US dept of state is very strict on issuing any H2b visa's purely because they don't want any foreigners taking jobs a US citizen could have. If your patient and wait a few years if there is a boom in the US economy and the transport companies are crying out for drivers they may put pressure on congress to ease the current rules on visa's. The other issue is you don't actually have long haul or interstate experience which will go against you if a company over there does have a visa their going to want to bring over drivers that they don't have to train. At the moment it would be easier to get a visa to go work in Canada most companies there do run into the USA so you'd still get to drive there anyway.
     
  5. kiwi23

    kiwi23 Bobtail Member

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    Thanks Taxi I have p.m. with blairandgretchen and like aussijosh he did suggest trying Canada too. it's a hard task with out really being in 'country '.
    @aussiejosh thanks mate
    For your info there's a slow freight market with our dairy $ crash a.t.m & you're about needing interstate experience the make ourselves more attractive to potential employment opportunities.
     
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  6. V8Wookiee

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    Thanks for the info and replies everybody. I wasn't planning on doing it any time soon. I will wait until I have a couple of years (at least) of interstate here in Aus under my belt before I commit to doing a stint in the states. Just trying to get some knowledge on whats involved.
    I have a lead on a job here running a HR class truck on a 2,000km round trip so fingers crossed that pans out for a few months until I can get my HC/MC and start doing long haul with that.
     
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  7. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

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    Well since Sunday it looks like i'll have to amend something i said i mentioned that i was the only one that new about the H2b visas it looks like another driver (Blair) was also out in the USa on the same visa and knows abit as well. I could write a whole biography on my experience over there just thought i'd keep things concise and to the point mentioning things that may still be relevant. The E3 visa may be worth looking into although your supposed to have a degree or higher however they mention you can have relevant experience so to equal a degree its 3 years experience for every 1 year of a degree meaning a 4 year degree would equal 12 years experience so cross off any new drivers not sure if Professional drivers met the criteria I've thought about phoning a US immigration attorney and just getting their opinion on it.The other option i've not mentioned is if you have enough money i'm talking 100k plus to invest in a business you can apply for an E2 treaty trader visa which Australia is a part of, you are granted the visa if you meet all the criteria meaning the investment must be substantial usually above $100,000 to be safe and the money must be 50% yours so you could technically borrow money to start the business but you must be the majority share holder not the bank, the higher the investment the lower your investment can be though so a $2 million dollar business you could have only 30% of your own capital. Ok keeping this brief will provide more if anyones interested.
     
  8. kiwi23

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    Dang it's not supposed easy. I had read about E 3 didn't know E2.
    It really is about who u know.
    Oh well have two yrs exp so only 10 to go lol...
    Thanks Josh
     
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  9. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

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    Yeah here's hoping huh not sure if they will recognize a truckers experience hence there lies the problem we're not considered professionals what an insult huh? There are quite a few visa opportunities out there some are green card visa's like the EB-5 which was created by Congress in the 1990's, The minimum amount of capital required for the EB-5 visa program may be as low as $500,000 if the investment is made in a commercial entity that is located in a targeted employment area (TEA). The EB-5 project must either be in a rural area or in an area that has high unemployment in order to qualify for TEA designation. High unemployment areas are geographic locations with an unemployment rate that is at least 150 percent of the national unemployment rate at the time of the EB-5 investment. The USCIS requires that EB-5 investments result in the creation of 10 full-time jobs for U.S. workers.
     
  10. kiwi23

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    Totally stink considering the time n money getting trained. The year's of experience are priceless considering when you break down everything we learn - coping with the weather , traffic, lauickest safest routes- locations of shippers -recievers
    And the fact no drivers- no trucks- empty stores- they starve.
     
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