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I have a permanent job offer as police lieutenant in France and a 18 months contract one (Volontariat International en Entreprise) in AI as a pre-sale engineer in a French company in New Rochelle, New York.

I'm not sure what to chose yet, I like the police and helping the others. I am already a volunteer firefighter in Paris. Yet I also like to travel and be free as well so I'm gathering information to know what to chose.

Would I be able to become a volunteer firefighter job in the US ? Is it easy to find a job in the US after my contract position if they don't hire me ? Would I need a visa or to become American ?

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    You would need a visa to take a job in the US. Once you're in the US, you ought to be able to join a volunteer fire department if you live in a place that has one. If your employer doesn't keep you on, though, after your 18 month position, you'd need to find a new employer to sponsor you for a work visa in order to remain in the US (unless you get married to a US citizen or permanent resident, in which case your spouse could sponsor you). You will not be eligible to naturalize as American until after five years as a permanent resident (or three if you're married to a US citizen). – phoog Jun 17 at 7:37
  • @phoog Thank you for this insightful comment. I would have a visa through my sponsor : the French company but still, it seems to be a somewhat precarious position compared to the Police lieutenant position in the US. It's a shame, it's not every day that I have a job opportunity in the United States – IggyPass Jun 17 at 15:24
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    You'll have to weigh the stability of being a French civil servant against your interest in travel and freedom. If you move to Westchester County, you'll probably want to look at which towns have volunteer departments (not all do, as far as I can tell) as well as housing options in your price range. You'll probably want to talk to them to gauge how open they would be to a temporary resident on a nonimmigrant work visa joining their ranks, and to get an idea whether and to what extent your experience in Paris will be of interest to them. I suspect some departments will be more open than others. – phoog Jun 17 at 15:35
  • @phoog thanks, I've asked here. This is not directly related but I would be earning around $47000 a year. I heard that life around New York was expensive. Even if I do not have a great life with this style I wanted to know how easily I could live there? Thanks in advance ! – IggyPass Jun 17 at 15:47
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    That should be a separate question. It depends a bit on the lifestyle you hope to maintain. If you're spending a lot of time with the fire department then perhaps you'll be spending less time eating in expensive restaurants :-). How many roommates are you willing to have? How far away from NYC and from New Rochelle are you willing to live? How far away from a train station? Will you need a car? How much travel will you want to undertake? How much do you have in savings, and how much are you willing to draw from that? – phoog Jun 17 at 16:18

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