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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentImmigration · 3 months ago

If i win a green card from the visa lottery, can i be hired in the american police?

Is it hard? How does it work to get a job in the police in America?

3 Answers

  • 3 months ago

    Law enforcement jobs typically require citizenship. Some places may hire legal permanent residents. Police depts. increasingly prefer college graduates, or at least an associate's degree. Preference for US military veterans is common, too. Other law enforcement organizations may require university degree or military experience.

    Many police depts. have waiting lists of 3-5 years to get into their police academy. Since it is perceived as a "steady job" with benefits, it's very popular choice, as are fire dept, emergency medical services (paramedics). So do NOT expect to arrive in US as a DV Lottery winner & get hired. It can take years to qualify, and there are age limits to get hired, too.

    Not knowing your education, experience, age, & other qualifications, no way to tell if this is any remote possibility for your future. Certainly, you will NOT be hired & start work in any hurry, and probably not at all.

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  • 3 months ago

    All federal law enforcement agencies and most state & local law enforcement agencies in the USA require citizenship.   However, > some < agencies will hire someone who is a US Permanent Resident ("green card holder") and this is one of them.

    In the case of NOPD, there is no citizenship requirement because the department was founded in 1798 and the City of New Orleans simply never bothered to make a rule requiring citizenship.  They won't sponsor anyone for a visa, but as long as an applicant has the unlimited right to work in the USA as a US PR they can become a New Orleans Police Officer.  

    Note that the agencies which require citizenship will usually hire US PRs for non-law enforcement jobs.   That means you could work for them as a civilian employee until you get citizenship.  That will also usually get you a hiring preference. 

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  • Foofa
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    3 months ago

    Most US police departments will hire a qualified permanent resident. By qualified I mean you can pass the entrance exam, physical and background check. How hard it is to get this kind of job depends on where you'll be living. Rural PDs often don't hire a large number of people but some city departments can't find enough willing to do the job. Also know that if you happen to be bilingual you'd have an advantage as most PDs are desperate for foreign language speakers (regardless of what language it is).

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