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Author Topic: US working visa and HIV  (Read 561 times)

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Offline vetton

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US working visa and HIV
« on: June 20, 2014, 01:26:57 AM »
Hi Everyone,

I'm from Australia and on medication but looking to work in the US for two years through the company I work for. Can anyone point me in the right direction/provide any information regarding applying for a working visa in the US and being HIV+?
I don't know much about access to medication in the states but this is my main real concern if this job comes through.

Any advice/info would be great!

Thanks  :)

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: US working visa and HIV
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2014, 08:00:48 AM »
Having HIV should not be relevant. What is relevant for Australians is they have a special work visa program which began under the previous Bush administration that is better that for any other foreign country. It's called the E-3 visa, whereas everyone else has to enter under the H-1B visa:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-3_visa

http://canberra.usembassy.gov/e3visa.html

But like with any work visa, you can't just show up without a job already lined up. You must have employment in the US arranged and the sponsoring employer is involved in the paperwork. You may come to the US on a tourist visa to look for a job and/or have interviews, but you can't apply for the E-3 until you have the job secured -- which means you'd have to travel BACK to Australia to obtain the visa. So by no means is this particularly easy or cheap, unless you can line the job up without first traveling to the US.

Any corporate type position in the US will come with medical insurance that will cover your HIV treatment and prescriptions. But let's say, for example, you are an architect and you get a job in NYC with a small design firm that employees only 15 people, you may have insurance but be required to pay 50% of the monthly premium and the prescription coverage won't be so generous, requiring further expenditures from your salary. These are all things you will want to inquire about from the employer before accepting the position and going through the visa process.

But yes, it's possible to do all of this and even more so for an Australian, as the yearly quotas are more generous.
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Offline vetton

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Re: US working visa and HIV
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2014, 08:50:36 AM »
Thanks for the response, Miss Philicia! I'd never heard anything about the E-3 Visa. Very helpful indeed!  :)

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