The appeal of Florida – the Sunshine State – is obvious to millions of British visitors every year. Attractive exchange rates and cut-price airfares have made this an incredibly popular holiday destination for many years. And it’s no surprise that many of those holidaymakers decide to go a step further and either move to Florida permanently – or at least buy a property as a second home with a sideline in holiday rentals. Steven Parnell shares the do’s and dont’s of buying property in Florida.
"My name was called out at at 9.40am-ish. I followed the lady through a maze of corridors and finally through a door into an office of partioned cubicles ….. before I was allowed to sit down, she asked me to hold up my right hand and swear to tell the truth." Britishexpats member NC Penguin has recently become a US citizen and explains what happened at her Citizenship interview in Charlotte, NC.
The L1 visa is one of the most popular vehicles by which the owners of foreign businesses can obtain permanent status in the United States by expanding operations to the United States. However, if getting ones foot in the door seems easy enough, renewal of the visa frequently turns out to be a nightmare for the applicant who — more often than not — has uprooted hearth and home with the intention of permanently relocating to the United States.
"My name is Kerrie and I am 32 years old. I have been married to John for nearly 12 years and we have two children: Jack who is 10 and Phoebe who is 7."
As our series of interviews continues, Kerrie tells us about her new life in Texas.
I am a 32 year old woman who moved, with my job, to Houston Texas with my husband and two children (aged 10 and 7) in August of last year. Firstly, we’re in the minority of families who have the husband as the "trailing spouse" rather than the wife and that in itself has caused some difficulties, but that’s probably for another article! This one is about the differences we are experiencing in the US from the UK.
I successfully adjusted status yesterday, so I thought I’d share my interview experience. My interview was scheduled for 10am, and we arrived at about 9:30. The USCIS building is at Broad St. in Newark and the parking is behind the building. For AOS interviews you use the side entrance on Walnut Street, so that is where we headed.
We got there about 45 mins early and the line was to the end of the block as the building hadn’t opened. They started letting us in around 7.15am. The signs say that they don’t allow any equipment capable of taking a photograph.
Nothing can help more whilst in the middle of a migration adventure than reading the first hand experience of those that have gone before you. In a new series of articles we interview BritishExpats members and ask them to share their stories. The first in our series is BE member "Wintersong" who has been living in the USA since January 2005.
After six years living in New York, professional American sports are still a mystery to me. This is mainly because keeping up with the football on television is a full time job. The overwhelming amount of Premiership coverage is ironically down to the Australian, Rupert Murdoch. His News Corporation-owned Fox Sports Channel was recently renamed the Fox Soccer Channel in acknowledgment of its majority market.
An overarching point to bear in mind is that in many American companies operating in the service sector tend to only see black and white not shades of grey, and they like forms, lots of them – you do need a good mortgage advisor aware of the differences between American and British mortgages to advise you.