I had only visited San Francisco once before moving here, so was not 100% sure what to expect. I was surprised at how friendly everyone in our neighborhood was, everyone stopped to talk to you and seemed genuinely interested in you. I think it wasn't until I first went back to England that I noticed bigger differences, the level of customer service is so much higher here especially in restaurants than it is in shops.
"My husband had never been to the US before he met me, but ended up taking several vacations to America and we even had our honeymoon in California. I said, in passing, that it would be interesting to see if we could move to the US, but was not honestly expecting anything to come of it. We thought we’d give it a go, as we did not want to get further on in life and wonder 'What if?'"
Since you are reading this article you are probably either a US citizen hoping to marry a non-citizen, or a non-US citizen hoping to marry an American citizen. Although we will speak in terms of the non-US citizen being British, this is largely for the sake of convenience, and most of what will follow applies equally to citizens of other countries who are residing here in Britain.
A new year provides new opportunities. Time is already flying by – Hard to believe January is gone. It's worth setting out the major opportunities taking place across Britain and the US in 2012. We're thinking about how we in Florida have already contributed to these opportunities, and what else we can do. 2012 promises much. For this year Britain will be at the centre of world sporting and pageantry events and the US at the centre of the political world with the November Presidential elections.
We often receive enquiries from individuals who have suffered United States immigration consequences due to their reliance on erroneous information found on the internet. Whilst much information found on the internet may be accurate, we have become aware of an abundance of visa myths arising out of incorrect information that is perpetuated across the internet on sites ranging from chat boards to government information pages.
Moving to a new country is one of life’s biggest events. Whether one is relocating to take up a temporary work assignment, or permanently immigrating, one’s spouse (or life partner) is normally essential to the equation and will often play a vital supporting role in the process. It is, therefore, essential to ensure in advance that the immigration laws of the country in question recognize this important individual as a proper “spouse” for immigration or visa purposes.
The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) was established in 2009 to screen Visa Waiver Program (VWP) applicants before allowing them to travel to the United States. These prospective travelers are required to demonstrate their eligibility for the Visa Waiver Program by applying for travel authorization via ESTA prior to boarding a plane or vessel bound for the US. Through ESTA, the US government compares the applicant’s personal information against various databases in order to determine whether there is a law enforcement or security reason to deem that person ineligible to travel to the US under the VWP.
Buying a vehicle without doing your research first is like going to a grocery store without a shopping list – you're faced with a huge number of choices, and are likely to end up with whatever appeals to you at the time. Asking friends, family, or strangers for advice isn't much better. What they're driving may suit them but not you, and the chances are they didn't do their homework before buying either. If you want to get a vehicle that meets your needs and won't give you any unpleasant surprises, the ten steps in this article will keep you on track.
Life as a British expatriate in America brings with it many challenges, joys and new experiences. If you come across a British expatriate, you may be tempted to say something that could easily be construed as offensive and inappropriate. There are many common comments that British expats may hear, not just once, but a multitude of times. Some can be quite amusing and can be easily brushed off with a smile and a witty comment in return. But other comments can be harder to digest. So what should you avoid saying to a British expatriate?
"People don’t like where they live currently, and think the US is some sort of Garden of Eden. There’s lots of great things about the US, but there’s lots of bad things about the US also. To focus on the former without considering the latter, is just plain silly. Living in the US is not like vacationing in the US…but, sadly, no one ever believes that until they find out for themselves that it’s true." No 10 in Ian's "Top 10 Reasons Why Immigration Becomes a Burden." Go read the other 9.