Hello, Portuguese guy here, still in Portugal/Europe but really wishing to move to USA if an opportunity comes up.
Currently working for an IT company (within the Credit Agricole Group) and thinking about becoming a developer since I learned C at the university and could easily pick up a "hot" language if the market justifies it.
Otherwise I love project management and am happy as a PMO, specially working in Change/Transition Management.
How can I get a VISA? Do I need to get a job offer first?

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Always good to see a tuga in the wild.

Yeah, as far as I know you need more than a contract to get a US visa: a company has to sponsor you, meaning that they do the application on your behalf (among other things). It’s tough coming from abroad because they have more than enough talent domestically, and unless you have a specialized skill or knowledge (e.g. PhD) it’s often not worth it for them.

As I see it, your best options are to either get a job in Europe with a company that has offices in the US, then do an office transfer, or do a masters in the US (preferably a STEM one as you get 3 years of OPT without needing sponsorship, instead on just 1).

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Thank you for the tip, I'm gonna add it to my favorites and check it out!

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