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Expats: Living and Working in New York City

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New York stands out for its character cosmopolitan and is considered one of the best cities in the world. It is also the city most populous in the United States and the second most urban-concentrated in North America, after the Federal District of Mexico. It is a city that in many respects trend-setting given their worldwide influence on the mediain the policyin the educationin the entertainment and the fashion.

Working in NYC

To be honest, getting a work visa for EEU is a difficult task that has become even more difficult since the 9/11 attacks. The trick is to get a american company takes notice of you because in that case they will do everything to get it for you.

This is not as difficult or as crazy as it sounds as there is plenty of talent shortage in the US although it usually means that your professional profile must be highly qualified.

Traditionally, the East Coast is more conservative and formal, in terms of dress and manners. It is important to note that if you are used to European holidays, American holidays will surprise you negatively. Most new workers only get one or two weeks of paid holiday a year, which is less than in any other industrialised country except Japan. According to a study by the UN, the average American works 250 hours more than a British worker and 500 more than a German worker per year. The US is the only developed country that considers paid time off a benefit rather than a right.

Most in-demand professions

According to the Forbes magazine The most in-demand professions in the US are handyman: plumbers, carpenters or electricians, mechanics and truck drivers.

On the other hand: nurses and doctors, despite the fact that the latter are among the highest paid professions in the USA.

Moreover, US industry is failing to overcome the lack of engineers. Only 74,000 new engineers leave US universities each year, many of them foreigners who return to their home countries or opt for other countries as a work destination.

The hospitality sector also always has jobs available, as these are the lowest paid jobs, with an average annual salary of $18,000, the amount a US doctor receives monthly.

Senior management is another occupation that is difficult to cover, despite the fact that the average income of this category of workers is $170,000 per year excluding bonuses and dividends paid out by listed companies.

The commercial agent and customer service specialist are also among the most sought-after professionals.

Living in NYC

New York is a rather expensive citywhere renting a room in Manhattan will cost you at least $1,000 per month. A two-bedroom flat is between 4,000-5,000$. Day-to-day living is not cheap either. A decent daily meal can cost around $25 per day. If we also include transport and leisure, we find that in order to be able to live in Manhattan in a good neighbourhood and have quality of life you have to earn a lot of money.

If money is not an issue you can rent a flat in Manhattan. If this area is prohibitively expensive for you and you prefer to live close to the beach, you can try your luck in Staten Island where prices are more moderate or at Brooklyn which also offers moderate prices in quiet neighbourhoods without being too far from the city. If you're looking for a cheap area, you'll have to go further away from the big city block and go to Queens. What is strongly discouraged, as we are sick and tired of seeing in films, is the Bronx.

In short, living in New York The monthly costs are usually around $2,500 assuming you share a flat or between 6,500-7,000$ without flat sharing.

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