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Working in Omaha?

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Omaha at a Glance

Working in Omaha

Omaha has different industries and a vibrant start-up scene, therefore the job opportunities for expats are diverse and numerous, either in the city or in the surrounding areas. Find out how to apply for a job and successfully start a career in this article!

Job Hunting in Omaha

If you are looking for a part-time job or freelance work in sectors such as IT and writing, checking out eBay Classifieds can be a good place to start. You may find it useful to visit the local job office to seek advice on finding employment, especially if you plan on applying for any kind of welfare.

If you are coming to Omaha from outside of the United States, it is recommended that you brush up on the general standards of presenting your resume (or CV) for your chosen sector in order to showcase your talents. For example, in keeping with federal discrimination laws, it is rarely appropriate that you attach a personal photograph to your resume. In the United States, some information that is required in your home country may also be considered unnecessary, such as hobbies.

Work Permits for Omaha

Unless you are already a United States citizen or permanent resident, you must first obtain the correct visa in order to lawfully begin working in Omaha . Should you be caught working without the correct documents or permissions, you could face a lifetime ban from the United States.

If you are moving to the US from abroad, you will have to visit the nearest United States embassy in your home country before you settle down in Omaha. It is wise to book an appointment many months in advance, as the application process — during which you will have to send copies of documents — can be very long, and there is high demand for American visas. The process can be further lengthened by the type of visa you’re applying for; for example, if you are on a youth working holiday visa it can be relatively quick, whereas if you are looking to receive a marriage visa it can take a number of years. For more information, please see our article on US visas.

A social security number can only be applied for once you’ve arrived and acquired your visa. You must fill out documents, including proof of your permission to stay in the United States, and send them off to the social security office or take them there in person. The documents will be processed, and you will receive your number within a certain amount of time.

Local Economy

The economy in Omaha and its surrounding area is quite diverse, in sectors including agriculture, finance, and telecommunications. You may find it to be quite common that people you know commute over to Lincoln, Nebraska's other large city, which is an hour’s drive away.

The city of Omaha also has an emerging start-up scene, meaning that you could be in luck career-wise if you are skilled with programming or PR. For this kind of work, attending networking events is ideal, as you get to create your first impression on potential employers and colleagues in a fairly relaxed setting.

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