superking wrote:There certainly seems to be a mixed message on this site. SHOULD YOU ARRIVE AND POUND THE PAVEMENT OR SHOULD YOU GET A JOB FROM OVERSEAS YOUR FIRST TIME OUT?
The thing that is not being brought up here, OP, is that if you arrive with no job, any work you do before your work permit arrives will be illegal. That means demo lessons, cover classes, and the inevitable, "you start work now, we apply for permit, everything fine no problem." Reality check; WRONG. You will be working illegally, you COULD be fined and chucked out. Then when you trump back up on here saying what has happened to you there will be a nice shit sandwich waiting, decorated atop with icing the words, "you should have done a thorough search NOOB." Your only legal route if you arrive with no job is to apply for one, don't do a demo, get hired, then sit on your ass for 6 (?) weeks till the paper work is processed. And nobody is going to have that happen to them, except in some VERY rare cases. They will just hire the idiot who DOESN'T know the law, and who will take the fall if any shit does happen to go down. I'm not trying to sacremonger you, just letting you know how it is. School owners either don't know the laws, or don't care about them. In either case, it's YOU on the line if things go to pot.
Really look into the pro's and con's of starting out with a chain school. The main plus will you will be working legally, and you will get some training. Then 6 months down the line you can look for that sweet gig you wanted, safe with your apartment, sense of direction, sense of situation and general better ability to make choices.
There really should be some consistent message about this stuff on this site, because it really depends on who you get bothering to answer your posts as to the type of advice you get, and it is a little boring watching the same old silliness going on. Some will say, 'no noob,' don't take the risk. Others will say, 'screw it bro, take a chance,' but really there should be one message. It's not ok to say, 'buyer beware,' in these situations because this is a legal matter, and people are not being given the full facts of the case, just some autobiographical testimony.
OP, from a legal standpoint, listen to Superking.