Good Afternoon All,
Hoping that I can pick the brains of the US Maritime Professionals among our number.
Sincere apologies if this is a topic that has been flogged to death, but spent some time searching through the forums and couldn’t find the answer I was looking for.
I am a British Marine Engineer with Alien Resident status, currently continuing my journey through the US Immigration process. I currently hold a UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (UK MCGA) Chief Engineer Unlimited license, accompanied with a significant amount of sea time.
I appreciate that I cannot hold a USCG Officer’s license until I am a citizen of the US, but when I do gain my citizenship, will my current qualifications and experience be recognized and count towards applying for an Officer’s License? I hold a Dutch Chief Engineer’s license that was granted due to them recognizing my British qualifications and was provided as a Certificate of Equivalency and am wondering if the USCG would do the same?
I am currently employed in the Maritime Industry and am using my license to it’s full advantage, but once I do gain citizenship, I would be looking to work within the US Maritime Industry, either long or short term, but would like to do so in a capacity for which I have been qualified.
Also, slightly related, I am looking to apply for my Rating’s license in order to build up some additional sea time in the US Maritime Industry, and to help get ahead in life, but would my qualifications be taken into consideration in this instance? I have all current STCW certification and Human Behavior and Crisis Management were obtained through a US based company (have heard this is an issue some times?). I believe I would be looking towards a QMED Rating’s License, but am hoping that being a fully qualified Chief Engineer would carry some weight here?
Many thanks in advance for your time and assistance and I look forward to reading your responses.