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  1. Harry Wilkins

    Harry Wilkins New Member

    I am a 16 year old who has aspirations to become a plumber. To me the problem wont be, not having the skills, as I have confidence in myself to do a job well done. One of my main worries is not being able to find work in the one place I've dreamed of working in,. LA. I have dreams of working in Los Angeles as a Plumber and have done most of my homework. However what I can't seem to find anywhere is what the Plumbing environment is like out in California. Someone please help me and fill me in.

  2. snowhead

    snowhead Well-Known Member

    Firstly do you have any entitlement to Live in the USA?

    If not you'll find it virtually impossible to get there and train to do a job that anyone of 10's of thousands of USA Citizens could do.
  3. Harry Wilkins

    Harry Wilkins New Member

    Firstly do you have any entitlement to Live in the USA?

    If not you'll find it virtually impossible to get there and train to do a job that anyone of 10's of thousands of USA Citizens could do.

    What do you mean entitlement? Thanks for the reply.
  4. snowhead

    snowhead Well-Known Member

    Were you born there?
    Are either of your Parents from there?
  5. Matchless.plumb

    Matchless.plumb Trusted Plumber GSR

    If you are not born there isn't easy to get an work visa a lot of requirements to fulfill
  6. Chuck

    Chuck Active Member

    Your current plan is essentially the plot to a 1970s porn movie:

    Step 1: Train as plumber
    Step 2: Move to LA
    Step 3: Do work on Movie Star's house
    Step 4: Marry Movie Star

    but this is only going to work in practice if you change the order a bit:

    Step 1: Marry Movie Star
    Step 2: Move to LA
    Step 3: Train as plumber
    Step 4: Do work on Movie Star's house
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  7. Ric2013

    Ric2013 Plumber

    I think the OP needs to move to LA first. Can't see training in UK and moving to the USA after to be the best solution: his qualifications probably won't be valid in USA so he may struggle to get a contractor's licence (or license, as they'll spell it); his experience will be from the UK so work will be problematic as he'll not be familiar with the fittings and systems in use in the USA.
    Not saying impossible, but if the OP has thought this through, I wonder what he thinks of my comments above?
    This is an interesting thread though: aspiring to work as a plumber in LA is very specific...
  8. KingDoey

    KingDoey Plumber GSR

    The USA is near on impossible to emigrate to from the UK.

    Unless you have family ties or dual citizenship you got no chance I'm afraid. Failing that you need 500,000 dollars in the bank, which at your age I'm assuming you don't have!

    Sorry to burst your bubble but I always wanted to do something like that when I was younger. Got more chance of going to Canada or New Zealand mate
  9. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Immigrating , are you trying to get in or out
  10. Scott_1979

    Scott_1979 GSR

    My mate actually married an American and it was a ridiculous amount of work for him to get accepted into the U.S. There's a lot of hoops to go through, as has been said really difficult without family I'm afraid
  11. plumbandplumber

    plumbandplumber Member

    A lot of the plumbing in The US is different to UK. Apart from this, in most, if not all states, you need to be licenced to be a plumber. In The Uk, you can legally operate as a plumber without any qualifications in the trade. US, you need licence (bit like UK Gassafe) for plumbing, then one for gas/HVAC. All of your work has to be to 'code', and the standards are quite high. Even different states have different codes.

    As said above, unfortunately it's very difficult to live and work legally in The US if you are a foreign national. If you had a skill that has a shortage there, it may be easier. USA isn't short of plumbers though. So unless you're wealthy, have close family connections or marry a Yank, it will be virtually impossible.
  12. Ric2013

    Ric2013 Plumber

    Volunteer on a US project, meet cute hippy girl... ?
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