So I was an idiot a few years ago, I wanna say 2016, and I overstayed my visa for my now-fiancee, then-girlfriend (she has American citizenship) for a few weeks and eventually got deported. Why does this matter? Well... I’ve always been critical of how things are ran here as anyone should be. I have a good-paying job here (a bit above the average), yet I barely have a savings because everything goes into costs of living here. It’s disgusting how much money I spend just to survive, from taxes to shipping to petrol to housing to food; everything’s overpriced. Then the Chinese and Indian businessmen/corporations come, buy up everything, make everything more expensive, pollute our land/water, outsource everything then hire only other Chinese/Indians at the dairies all while the government (whether National-led or Labour-led) allow and even encourage it (no offense to Chinese/Indian people as there are obviously many great ones but we need to focus on the facts). And for NZers affected, all they try to do is throw money at them or other leftist policies, leaving us with nothing but a homeless population 2x the UK’s and 5x the USA’s, combined with a skyrocketing poverty rate. Although it was present and I knew it was impacting me, I didn’t think it was anything extreme to make me move. But NZ’s recent politics, especially after Christchurch, just makes me sick, and it’s the straw breaking the camel’s back. People here are being convicted up to 10-14 years for even distributing the manifesto or the video, and as sick as the video is, this censorship should be a human rights concern, especially because of how strong an influence the Chinese government has here. And honestly I don’t want to be a part of this when everything else in life isn’t worth a living. So right now, I’m just exploring my options. I get my Master’s degree next month, so I’ve been looking and applying for work in foreign countries just to try my luck, mainly via mutual connections in NZ and Skype interviews. So far I have 2 job offers: three years in Perth (Australia), or three years with a possible permanent position in Boston (USA). I need to respond to both by the end of July. I have Australian citizenship so Perth would be easy... but I hate Perth. It’s in the middle of nowhere and the closest other civilizations are 2500km across the Outback. I’d have to get rid of maybe half the guns my grandfather gave me because Australia bans those makes, which I don’t want to do for obvious reasons. But legally, it’s the easiest to deal with because of my citizenship, and because the standard of living there is still better than NZ, I’d still choose that. But the USA would be a much better choice. My fiancee wants to be by her mum and we’d probably live like half an hour away from her. I’d actually make enough money to have a savings and live. I was looking at rent prices and everything; even in the city it’s cheaper than what I pay now for a poorly-insulated flat, which is insane, although we don’t plan on living in the city. And honestly, while the USA’s foreign policy is quite concerning, the government seems to treat their residents great with freedom of speech and everything. I feel like this is one giant rant. But that all leads to the aforementioned questions. I can’t actually go to an embassy until maybe July, but I’m hoping I can find a few answers before. Would I be able to go to the USA or work there even if I was there illegally from an overstay? And should I make this choice? I feel this is too good to be true, so I’m just wondering if there is anything I should be warned about?