Off topic: Moving from Spain to the U.S, how do I start looking for translation job offers? and where to start?
Thread poster: Virginia Alvarez
Virginia Alvarez
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Nov 30, 2016

Hello,

I am studying a masters in translation in Spain, since that is where I´m from. After it I want to take a course in medical translation because its my passion, but it is possible that next year I'll be moving to the U.S and even though I have been looking, I am unable to find any information about translation jobs, translation agencies or companies where I could send my resume to.

Thank you, any advise or information would be appreciated.

Virginia


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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Have you looked here? Dec 2, 2016

Virginia Alvarez wrote:
I am studying a masters in translation in Spain, since that is where I´m from. After it I want to take a course in medical translation because its my passion, but it is possible that next year I'll be moving to the U.S and even though I have been looking, I am unable to find any information about translation jobs, translation agencies or companies where I could send my resume to.

This site - ProZ.com - has a directory of agencies and other outsourcers. That has to be a very good base for your searches. I doubt very much that you'll find salaried translation jobs in America, though. Personally, I wouldn't restrict myself to agencies physically present in the US. We find our clients online; they send files by email or file transfer; we send invoices by email or through interfaces; payment can often be made electronically. There are a few practical problems to be aware of when dealing with "foreign" clients, but they can all be overcome. I certainly don't see it as a problem in my business. I rarely send two invoices to the same country in a month .


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DarwinE
United States
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Maybe not translating, but interpreting? Dec 7, 2016

If you have medical terminology knowledge, have you considered becoming a medical interpreter? Like Sheila said it'd be very hard to find a concrete job as a translator here in the states. Most translators here are freelancers and even they end up working with agencies outside of the country. You could be a medical interpreter through a call center, or depending on your location you may be able to find a hospital or a clinic that hires in-house Spanish interpreters, but even those positions are few and far between (or so I was told when I was hired as a medical interpreter, apparently our hospital is one of few in the entire nation that has their own live Spanish interpreters)

Good luck!


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Virginia Alvarez
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First of all, thank you... Dec 12, 2016

for your suggestions, however my main goal for the moment is to acquire a visa by means of working as a translator, even if that means not working in the field of medical translation, at least for a while. Between EU it is easy (or relatively easy) to go from country to country, but it seems that living in the US is quite difficult. This is the reason why I wanted to know the various options I have, since I don't want to think that it is impossible.

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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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I thought you'd crossed that bridge Dec 13, 2016

Virginia Alvarez wrote:
my main goal for the moment is to acquire a visa by means of working as a translator, even if that means not working in the field of medical translation, at least for a while. Between EU it is easy (or relatively easy) to go from country to country, but it seems that living in the US is quite difficult. This is the reason why I wanted to know the various options I have, since I don't want to think that it is impossible.

I assumed you had the right to enter and work in the US, either by nationality or by a visa that you had or knew you can get. I'm afraid I don't have any idea of the administration required to gain entry. As I said, you'd be looking at being a freelancer - something I believe is very simple and cheap in the US. But first you do have to get them to welcome you with open arms.


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Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
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Yes, first you'd better ... Dec 13, 2016

... contact the US Embassy in Madrid, c/Serrano 75, 91-587-2200.

Translation work - you might like to look into the construction industry. Rumour has it there's a ginormous wall-building project about to kick in over there. Payment in pesos, though, for some reason.


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Maria S. Loose, LL.M.  Identity Verified
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Canada? Dec 13, 2016

Why don't you look into Canadian immigration rules? Canada seems to have a points-based immigration scheme which gives additional points to trained translators.

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Virginia Alvarez
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I have found some agencies... Dec 13, 2016

that are either looking for translators or open to hire more translators, although I´m reluctant to contact them now, because I haven´t finish my master yet and going to the estates, even though a high possibility, it is still in the air. The reason of moving there is because of my partner who is going with a grant, this is the reason I am not considering Canada although it sounds better.

Thank you


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liviu roth
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It is not that easy Dec 13, 2016

Virginia Alvarez wrote:

for your suggestions, however my main goal for the moment is to acquire a visa by means of working as a translator, even if that means not working in the field of medical translation, at least for a while. Between EU it is easy (or relatively easy) to go from country to country, but it seems that living in the US is quite difficult. This is the reason why I wanted to know the various options I have, since I don't want to think that it is impossible.


In order to get a visa for working as a translator, the hiring agencies must prove to the US Government (ICE) that they were not able to find in the US a US citizen or Permanent resident (Green Card holder) to do the job. In your particular case, SP - EN, the market is full of real translators or interpreters as well as of people who think that they can be good translators or interpreters.

Good luck,
Lee


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Preston Decker  Identity Verified
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E-2 visa Dec 13, 2016

Have a look at this: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/may/16/business/la-fi-smallbiz-visa-20110516

Do note that I believe the E-2, unlike the EB-5 (which requires a 500,000 USD investment), is not an immigrant visa--you could have a business in the US for 20 years with an E-2 and still not be a permanent resident. In fact, there is a movement to try to create the possibility for E-2 holders to eventually apply for green cards, but given the current political environment, this seems unlikely for the time being.

[Edited at 2016-12-13 22:52 GMT]


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