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NoSleepDemon (1521253) writes "Two years ago I immigrated to Canada as a Teaching Assistant to an MSc degree in Computer Games Technology. After two years of working at the University, I'd help put together a games studio, helped a team of students get the opportunity to travel to a games competition in Scotland, and held many community events involving gaming including competitions, LAN parties and even participation in the Global Game Jam — a 48 hour games design competition held globally.
Upon my contract ending this August, I was not offered the position again, as one of the students I had helped through his degree applied for it, and being a Canadian citizen, he got my job. C'est la vie, as they say.
Now I'm unemployed, and my wife is not able to support the both of us on her meager wage. The irony is that there are many companies in this city who would like to employ me, but getting the paperwork sorted out to employ me legally is apparently all but impossible, due to the geographical location of my birth (Croydon, England). My application developer skills include Flash, Flex, C++, C#, DirectX, OpenGL and ASP.Net. I'm also able to teach, but not at a University level as I only have a BSc Hons degree. My question to Slashdot is, have any of you readers been in this situation? What is my best option to gain employment here as a programmer? For instance, would it be legal for me to freelance as a consultant? Would I be able to start a consulting business here? Are there websites that exist that connect developers around the world with companies looking to outsource small projects? I'm rather stumped at the whole situation, and as my wife is Canadian, we have started to go through various immigration processes to get me an open work permit, however all of this takes a long, long time, and our savings will not carry us that far.
Any advice, or sharing of similar situations from Slashdot would be extremely helpful!"