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jws2020
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Hi! My husband and I are wanting to relocate to the VI, we are Canadian citizens and require a job offer to get work visas to relocate. Is there any other Canadians that have done this? Does anyone know of companies that tend to hire foreigners? Thank you and any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Topic starter Posted : September 13, 2011 5:28 pm
Linda J
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You will need a work visa in order to work in the USVI, the same as you would in the states.

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Posted : September 13, 2011 6:46 pm
STXBob
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Do you work in fields that are in high demand in the US? If not, you'll probably have a tough time getting a work visa

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Posted : September 13, 2011 9:35 pm
jws2020
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I know that we need work visas, i have researched this, what I was wondering is if anyone heard of people hiring Canadians? I have my Hotel, Restaurant and Casino Management Diploma with years of experience working as a waitress, cook and with the general public, as well as secretary and administrative duties. Would this make me a good candidate to find a job with a local hotel? Thanks again!

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Topic starter Posted : September 15, 2011 2:04 am
Linda J
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You could certainly call the large hotels and speak to their HR departments. But for such a general background, I doubt they would go to the trouble of getting you a work visa. Doctor, EMT, nurse, yes.

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Posted : September 15, 2011 9:29 am
speee1dy
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there is a casino on STX Divi Carina Bay Casino, you could call the HR dept. they are always looking for workers. I am sure the Carina Resort is as well. Not sure of positions.

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Posted : September 15, 2011 12:10 pm
Afriend
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I'm not saying that as Canadians you it's impossible to get a Work Visa but generally speaking you have to possess a "unique skill" and your potential implorer must demonstrate that there are no US Citizens qualified to fill the position. Since there's always a great many US citizens with the same kind of experience in the Hospitality Industry that you have already living here and looking for employment and even more that would be willing to relocate for a job I'm not sure the general experience you outlined would qualify you for a Work Visa.

Your best bet is to apply for a position with the major resort/hotel chains in Canada that also have places in the USVI's. You might then be able to get an internal transfer to one of the company's hotels/resorts in the USVI. You may find that easier than trying to find employment outright in the USVI's.

Good Luck following your dream.

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Posted : September 15, 2011 5:27 pm
sallyf
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It is not looking good for your plan.

Every fiscal year (October 1st – September 30th), only approximately 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas are made available to qualified applicants under the provisions of U.S. immigration law. that is for the entire US. Employment based immigrant visas are divided into five preference categories. The hospitality trade will be at the bottom of the list and the company will have to prove that they cannot find a US citizen to do the job...most companies will not go to the trouble and expense of this - especially as the USVI is the mecca for US hospitality workers.

As a Canadian citizen, the NAFTA Professional path is open to you...
BUT the profession is must be on the NAFTA list...and you need to show proof of degrees etc.
You must also show proof that your stay is TEMPORARY!!!! The employer will have to write letters detailing your temporary contract.
The NAFTA professions are mainly scientists, doctors, industry leaders etc.
ALL NAFTA professions need a Bachelor's Degree.
the only one in the Hospitality business is...

Hotel Manager

Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree in hotel/restaurant management; or PostSecondary Diploma or PostSecondary Certificate in hotel/restaurant management, and three years experience in hotel/restaurant management

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Posted : September 17, 2011 3:46 am
VentoGT
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I work for Marriott, and I know that visas are only granted to higher level managers with the company. You may want to check with Grand Cayman--for whatever reason, about half the people that are non-locals there are Canadian!

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Posted : September 17, 2011 4:48 pm
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