I’m going to assume in answering this, that you have the legal right to move here and work. Because if you don’t, you’re asking what are the odds for keeping off the INS radar as an illegal immigrant – and that’s a whole different thread.
I’d say the odds of survival are excellent, and of thriving are good. Though… coming from Sweden, your standard of living may already be better than the average American’s. Frinstance, don’t forget you’ll need health insurance here, and it’s pricey. It’s a common benefit for most full-time jobs, but not for part-time jobs and obviously not if you’re thinking of starting your own small business.
If you live in a large urban area or in a college town, you can probably get certified and pick up some extra money as an interpreter for schools, hospitals, law firms, etc.
Plus, if the Republican House version of the proposed immigration legislation becomes law, there’ll be tons of new openings in migrant farming and housekeeping. And we’ll have to hire about a zillion cops to chase down and deport the 12 million or so folks who would be instantly redefined as felons.
Oh yeah, and something that I worry about even though I’m too old for it. America has declared eternal war on terrorism, and our reserves are starting to get a little thin. If we start slinging bombs around at more countries, I could imagine the military draft returning. Are you thinking about applying for citizenship?
Yup, you’re furure’s so bright you better get shades!