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Planning to head there from Canada and work illegally in the coming months. I heard its a good place to earn good money and save. Is it easy enough to get bar work if you dont have a working visa? Already have a few contacts there and they said its full of people working who shouldnt be. Wouldnt mind just hitting the irish bars and seeing if they can sort me out.
Planning to live in Union City.

Cheers

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I looked into it a few years ago and apparently a lot of bars will ask for "tri-state experience" which is a bit of a bollocks.

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The aul chefing, KP type work must be on the go as well.

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My brother knows a guy who could get me into construction/demolition but I am not cut out for that kinda work. Im a massive fairy.

Might have to do it though especially if bars ask for experience like that.

Always wanted to live in NYC and now I have the chance so I wanna take it.

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You can always do some construction while, you hear of any bar work etc going, least stop saving being eaten up.

Plus you might actually enjoy it in the end.

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Aye I know mate, youre right. Ive just had a complete volte-face on the issue and I think I will do it. Great way to meet new friends and contacts and june is one damn fine month to be working outdoors.
Illegal immigrants cant be choosers like.

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Plus you could end up ripped as fuck.

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Haha. I COULD do with being ripped.

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Are you set on New York? Fort Lauderdale in Florida is a good spot for Irish to pick up work in the summer. Washing/painting boats. Bar work etc

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new york would be a complete melt in the summer.

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In all the diviest of bars in the US Barman are expected to know a good bit, lotta drinks off the top of your head and have a way with the people. Can make a good wedge in NY.

If you have no experience when you find Irish bars say you will Barback or KP if they have no bar spots. In our place (in NC so more in NYC for sure) Barbacks still came out with 300-400 on a fri/sat night after tipout. Tis a fucking workout mind (keg schelpping, having the bartenders bark at you for shit...) but easy good craic work if thats what your after for the summer.

Be warned though dude, Swiss mate of mine lived illegally for 6 years, house, dog the lat. Pulled over for a traffic stop and ended spending 2 months in a detention centre before getting sent home.

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I worked there w as a barman, you will find it very hard to find bar work without US experience.Its totally different to bar tending here. The amount of peopleI know that just decided to land over to NYC to "do a bitta bar work fora while" and ended up broke and had to come home...

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Massive difference. It's a fairly professional job (with wage too match) whereas here it's devolved into nothing of a trade at all really.

Still have a decent chance at Barbacking, make sure to have your face known a wee bit before asking mind.

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ahhh i would kill to l live in new york, getting onto the greencard lotto asap

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Madden-Melbourne-New York - The Story of a girl with big dreams and aspirations to make it in the world of advertising, if only she can escape her roots

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TRC in SATC in OZ.

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Roots as dark as my soul, roaming round the big apple plagued by the long nights at the bog

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STAY AWAY FROM ME HAMMER RAFFERTY

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would love to do a solid year in NYC as well, easily one of my fav cities

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up there with newry

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worked in NY for two summers (as a beach lifeguard lols), would love to go back. some funny stories. the second time NYC parks & rec didn't even ask to see my visa, so I imagine I could go back to work for another summer without one, and still get paid by the government ffs. agree that it's much harder to get a bar job than it looks. a mate of mine spend a couple of days walking about manhattan with a backpack full of CVs and just handed them into every bar he walked past. ended up getting one alright. much better to walk in, in person rather than emailing etc. online. also don't get fooled into bar-tending courses on gumtree that falsely promise you qualifications to give you a better chance at getting a job. tis bullshit as another friend discovered.

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Worked and lived in NYC for a year back in 2001/02. Easily the best year of my life.

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is it ridiculous hard to get working visas over there these days?

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Ferg, to do 'normal' work its impossible to get a visa, or id be living there mate.

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yeah thats what i've heard

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Cheers folks. Some food for thought there. I think its looking like the construction route for me then. Aye, its more or less impossible to get a working visa there unless you have a skill that no other American can do or a skill no one can do as good as you. Australians get working holiday visas but thats the only country I know who get it. Im sure canadians are cosy enough too.

Always wanted to live in NYC for as long as i can remember. What a place. Every night of the week there would be something to do. You'd never have to eat in the same place twice and still be blown away every time you eat. I wanna go lads.

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see i have canadian citizenship so that might be a goer, would like to live in NYC but I dont fancy starting from scratch in yet another city for a while

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Go for it Ferg. Id say you'd get it easy enough mate. Where you living now?

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Mohammed, if you head to NYC with no job sorted, have at least $5000 back-up with you... Trust me.

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Living in London. Came here from Melbourne in 2010 so not in a hurry to move yet. In a new role in the industry too so need to get some more experience before I leave again. Kinda want to live in canada first then take it from there

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Love canada, hate the winters.

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haha, 5Gs? No way mate. Definitely wouldnt need that. I know it'll be tougher than I expect though. Pretty sure I can get into construction. Gym tonight to prepare.

Canada is class. Tough finding work though. They sort the Canadians out first and there is always stiff competition for any old job.Ii just fancy something chilled out, not looking for a serious career job but even to find bar work isnt easy here in Toronto anyway. Very hard to save up any serious money here to go travelling elsewhere. Nothing like Australia in that regard.

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Ok mate, but if you dont find that construction job....im just sayin.

I lived there mate.

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if i went tho ML, i would be a canadian due to the aul passport

i'm their prodigyal son

i think the qualifications i am working with are recognised there too, my good looks def will be

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I wanna go to Canada but I think I'm too old now. A middle aged holiday will have to do.

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*reassures debley that she is not too old*

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good led.

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Canada is boring tho compared to the US?

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haha

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Lolz Debbie... wise up.

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No seriously though i was checking out the website yesterday, working holiday visas are for 18-30s. Think there's still a chance you can get in if your older but it's slimmer.

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*you're

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Oh aye, you are an aul doll.

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If u have any family in Canada they can sponsor you to come in.

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18-35 afaik. There full for 2012, apply early for 2013

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I too would very much like to live in NY

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How close does family mean ?
Ive aunt, uncle, cousins

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Canada is boring compared to the US. Haha. Youre a joker. Its the second biggest country on the planet, im sure you'll find something of interest there

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Met a girl a few weeks ago who CYCLED from Vancouver to Toronto with her friend. Took them 38 days. Haha, what a living legend. Apparently if you drove non-stop in a car without any sleep or breaks it would take 6 days. Menthol.

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my aunt lives there now and another aunt moved home from there.

I spent my summers there 4-5 times as a kid, summer is fucking amazing if you've a few quid and are in somewhere like toronto.

Winter makes "the thing" looks like a fortnight in tenerife.

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