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2 Options - US And UK. Which One Should I Choose? Very Urgent!

Hi guys, I’m new to this forum and would like to give a big thumbs-up to the originator and the members.

I need to make a sort of lifetime career/educational decision and need inputs from as many people as possible.

So, I have 2 different student visas to study for an MBA. One is for the US (University of Florida) and the other is for the UK (University of Buckingham,). I’m meant to commence studies at either countries January 2008. I have a Bsc in Business Administration and 4 years of experience. Now, my question is which option should I choose based on the following criteria:

1. Possibility of getting a good job after graduation

2. Ease of eventually obtaining permanent residency

3. Quality of life

Thanks in advance for your contributions.

2 options - US and UK. Which one should I choose? Very Urgent!!!

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@ SweetT

I agree with you for USA but not for UK. Darfur is right about the UK.

UK is a highly segregated State (except you are in london) or in other places with a high number of nigerians.

though this may also exist in the US, I am certain that it is not of the same magnitude.

Media tabloids constantly feed people with negative views about immigrants plus comibined with the fact that you are black and nigerian and young - be careful! all that glitters is not gold.

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@prince _onx u are so damn right. . .

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OP, how did things turn out for you? What choice did you make? how did the financial crisis affect you? how did you weather the storm?

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@Darfur

That is exactly the problem, EGO ! Nigerians have huge ego problems, Western world is about equality and there is no " Ranka dede" from any subordinates. It's really tough, living in Nigeria. Even if you have money, there are armed robbers everywhere, the political systems is highly unstable, there is even higher level of discrimination among the tribes, too much jealous and envy. I'm not saying western world by all means but atleast, they give you a chance to survive and get ahead. I don't know about London, but the USA gives you a very good shot at achieving your dream if you are legal. USA has offered me what Nigeria denied me.

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OK Guy! You can NEVER EVER EVER have 2 student/study visa for 2 different Countries at the same time. Unless you're using two diff passport/names not to talk of U.S and U.K same time.

I can't even believe people are responding to this! GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

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@Darfur

What year did you get deported from London? You sound so angry !

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guy make i tell you something, relax for naija. this na honest yarns. the UK will reduce you to sub human levels psychologically and if you are not fortified with a thick skin you wont be able to stand it. i hear the US is even worse. this is an unfortunate prejudicial combination of being black and being african. add together the fact that you are nigerian, male,young(?) then you see that the system willl be seriously against you.

let me not discourage you. pursue your dreams, but i felt you need to know where you are heading to. so that you dont suffer a shock on arrival which may take 6 months to recover from.

honest thots of mine

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Well on advantage of being in the UK is the medical benefits you can get it for cheap but staying after your visa runs out you would have a hard time getting permanent residency it took my dad like 14yrs if not more in the US education is good but getting around undocumented is easier as in nobody will stop you in the street and ask you for your papers and try to deport you i heard that happens in the uk and you have so many chances to get ahead in the US it seems almost imposible as an illegal in the UK

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No place like The good 'ol USA ! especially Los Angeles, city of angels.

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@Wed123

'O.k, I'm sorry, but I had to let the steam out. My dear friend, US is the "last bus-stop" and most people in the UK will give everything to move over to the states. I'll choose the states in a heartbeart. You're welcome man.'

Er no thanks!

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Omonla, eryck, Bossman, omogidi234, bowa, shescute4 , bignsirim, yodiyokun, almondjoy: thank y'all for your inputs.

For those who have suggested that I do some research, well, this is part of the research, or is it?. It's not like I lack knowledge of the two countries but I want to hear (and confirm) the facts from as many people as possible. And I'm getting a clear picture of it.

@ ksa2much: what is the something you want to discuss with me? We can discuss it right here.

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You will have to investigate the school systems in the different countries to make a wise decision.  Many schools have a system of "payment for degree" programmes and Uk and USA have such schools.  If it is an accredited University within the system, then it does not matter if it is the UK or the USA as long as you get a sound education.

If you were talking of "socio-economics" and opportunities for the future as an immigrant not a student--that is another different matter.

As for getting job opportunites with an "MBA" after graduation.  That is tricky since the market is flooded with MBA holders and unemployment rate is very high due to many factors including "prejudice".   Most people do not trust "Nigerians" in the "business sectors"---world wide----- for reasons we all know about.

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It's either you do not have the visa or you have not done your research.

If you have done your research, we will not be having this conversation, this is a no-brainer.

U.S PERIOD.

As i dey Canada so, I still dey do U.S visa lottery

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Floyd

I am sorry, But i do not think you have either Visa. If you did you will not be having this conversation.

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congrat on ur visa approval well i will advice u to go for the us stuff cos dere is much benefit indere pls kindly mail me got sometin to discuss wit you my email add is ksa2much@yahoo.com thanks

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Am so glad for you for having what thosands of people are dying for.All the same the two are both kool,but i'll want you to make research on the school that is most respected in the course you're going for.It's not about the fun of the country that matters,it's about what they've got to offer.best of luck

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I can only speak for the US. But each country has its advantages and disadvantages.

First of all, Univ. of Florida is a very good school. So, you will not have problems getting a job after getting an MBA from there. Secondly, the US probably has more opportunities for you after graduation, and it's likely easier to get permanent residence. Bottom line, it's easier to make it in the US than in the UK.

On a last note, you will probably see a lot of UK folks that would not mind moving to the US, versus the other way around.

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Much respect to the UK.

But if it was me, I would choose USA. Especially if you are paying for your education with conversion from Nigerian Naira and no scholarships. US schools are definitely cheaper, and Eryck has said it all for everything else.

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@ poster: WTF? are you considering the UK when you have a US visa? seriously? Are you f***ing nuts or what?

O.k, I'm sorry, but I had to let the steam out. My dear friend, US is the "last bus-stop" and most people in the UK will give everything to move over to the states. I'll choose the states in a heartbeart. You're welcome man.

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Guy if your claims are true. I 'll advice u opt for the US.Better quality Of life & any certificate from US has a far greater wieght than any part of the world.B4 u graduate u can find out from how to organise a stay, Congratulations & good luck

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If you already have a student visa for U.K Congrats. I will advice you to opt for U.K. I know for sure In Scotland you have 2 years to work legally after your studies. The rest of the U.K put in motion something similar to that in July 2007 but it is just 1 year. However, you know the difference, you can evade tax In the U.S until you are caught while you cannot evade tax in the U.K. You know the implication of paying tax from the little you have. I am sure you will know that is the reason why our people in the U.S can spend pay "anyhow" so to say unlike the ones in the U.K. The choice is yours.

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