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Forum: USA
Yesterday, 1:31 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 787
Posted By penguinsix

Re: I moved last month and I have still so many questions

I believe that you are considered self-employed, in the eyes of the USA, because the employer is not making the necessary tax payments. This is going to cause you a problem in that you are going to...
Yesterday, 1:23 pm
Replies: 417
Views: 20,754
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Covid-19 Vaccination -- Have You Gotten It?

I just got Pfizer #1 at a drive thru facility in Maryland. Was pretty efficient. Felt a bit tired the next day and took a nap, and quite thirsty.
Forum: USA
Mar 31st 2021, 3:52 am
Replies: 37
Views: 1,736
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Relocation Package

Green Card is a major issue. Get that in writing from the get-go if that is a concern. In fact, even if it isn't you might ask for it as you don't know how you'll feel in 3 years.

Relocation money...
Forum: USA
Jan 24th 2021, 7:37 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,486
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Do my UK qualifications transfer to the US?

Probably true, but once they have a US bar they could do what is called "contract attorney" work (i.e. document reviews) where you review boxes and boxes of documents (or in digital terms, TBs of...
Forum: USA
Jan 22nd 2021, 1:44 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,486
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Do my UK qualifications transfer to the US?

If you are willing to do an LLM degree at an American law school, then you could sit for the Bar exam in Texas (or New York) that would get you licensed to practice law. An LLM is a one-year course...
Forum: USA
Jan 22nd 2021, 1:42 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 1,222
Posted By penguinsix

Re: How to find a Short term Rental / Sublease?

I think the term of art here is "corporate apartment". This is what many companies call short-term leases and facilities that you can rent on a month-to-month or part year arrangement.
Jan 19th 2021, 1:46 pm
Replies: 417
Views: 20,754
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Covid-19 Vaccination -- Have You Gotten It?

In DC they have a formal registration process like other places, but at the end of the day if someone didn't show and there is leftover vaccine opened in the pharmacy, they go "if there is anyone in...
Forum: USA
Jan 17th 2021, 7:09 pm
Replies: 26
Views: 3,905
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Using VPN to watch British TV

After years with overplay I switched to Nord. VPN works with BBC but not SmartDNS.
Jan 12th 2021, 7:19 pm
Replies: 49
Views: 2,177
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Immigration with a child

I'm not really sure you need a court order as much as permission. A document between the two of you that says you are allowed to emigrate, signed and witnessed may be sufficient. This may save you...
Jan 8th 2021, 9:20 pm
Replies: 130
Views: 29,973
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Netflix Documentaries

Watched this the other night.

In the 1970s in Detroit, street racers would come out at night and race on the back streets and alleys. Every once in awhile though, a black Dodge Charger Hemi would...
Forum: USA
Jan 8th 2021, 9:17 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 1,707
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Sell or keep UK house

We left a house unoccupied for a number of years. That was a big mistake. We should have rented it or better just sold it. When we returned there was this and that which had to be replaced, and...
Jan 4th 2021, 7:16 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,480
Posted By penguinsix

Re: State taxes after moving to UK

State taxes are a [email protected]#$%@#$%@#$% pain for US expats. I mean, I really really hate this part of working overseas.

As noted, 'it depends' is the correct answer, but in many cases, you'd probably be...
Jan 4th 2021, 1:28 pm
Replies: 40
Views: 2,140
Posted By penguinsix

Re: What did you get for Chrimbo?

Kids got kayaks, bb guns, a board game (Twilight Struggle: The Cold War (https://amzn.to/3pKJ012)) and books (i.e. anything possible to get them off the computer screen)

Wife got a weighted...
Jan 3rd 2021, 10:16 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,307
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Who pays for residential tax?

Never have a renter pay your taxes unless you want to lose your house. You could end up in arrears and have your property sold in a tax lein sale.

Property tax is based on the owner of the...
Forum: USA
Dec 30th 2020, 2:23 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 621
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Foreign Currency Mortgages

Was it HSBC Expat Services? That's the only one I've seen lately.

https://www.expat.hsbc.com/mortgages/
Forum: USA
Dec 20th 2020, 10:27 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,438
Posted By penguinsix

Re: UK Adult Nursing Student wanting to work as RN in NY eventually

Slight spin off—have things like nursing qualification recognition been part of US/UK trade talks (I.e. chlorinated chicken talks)? Was wondering is some harmonized recognition standards are on the...
Forum: USA
Dec 20th 2020, 10:25 pm
Replies: 29
Views: 3,790
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Immigration changes under Biden

I think H1-B reform is coming regardless of who wins what. There is bipartisan demand for reform.

DACA is a priority as well, but I think that will come at a cost of some horse trading.
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Forum: USA
Dec 8th 2020, 9:47 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 2,801
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Moving to NY: two teens year 10 and year 8

We have a wiki on Schooling in the USA that might answer some of your questions.

https://britishexpats.com/wiki/Education:_What_do_I_need_to_enroll_the_kids_in_school%3F
Forum: USA
Dec 8th 2020, 9:41 pm
Replies: 50
Views: 4,528
Posted By penguinsix

Re: What to expect from an employer

As others have mentioned, that's not a great salary, but more to the point, it's pretty clear the company doesn't really have a plan about starting up an entity over here. I'm not necessarily...
Forum: USA
Dec 4th 2020, 8:32 pm
Replies: 50
Views: 4,528
Posted By penguinsix

Re: What to expect from an employer

Have you had a sit down with them about the corporate entity that will be set up to employ you in the USA? I'm sure they'd love to just give you a check each month and be done with it, but it's...
Nov 30th 2020, 2:37 pm
Replies: 173
Views: 8,715
Posted By penguinsix

Re: British vs. American spelling

Guess I'll just have to get used to it. I suppose it is better than just '2'.

Now as for single vs. double spaces after a period, I'll probably never be able to adjust to that one.
Nov 30th 2020, 2:20 pm
Replies: 173
Views: 8,715
Posted By penguinsix

Re: British vs. American spelling

I have also never seen "gantlet" nor have I see 'to' as a substitute for 'too' except for typos, but it may be something more common in modern usage and I'm just an old guy. I've read that mobile...
Nov 25th 2020, 7:28 pm
Replies: 62
Views: 5,398
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Cornavirus ... Have You Tested Positive or Negative?

Our kids have been tested prior to returning to school (and will be tested again after Thanksgiving).

There is a good Reddit for positive tested persons to share "been there done that" stories
...
Nov 25th 2020, 7:22 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 838
Posted By penguinsix

Re: child born in UK have Hong Kong citizenship?

I had a question on that last bit.

If the baby is born in the UK and you are on a spousal (or some other permanent visa) than the child would likely NOT be eligible for Chinese citizenship (and...
Nov 20th 2020, 5:25 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,053
Posted By penguinsix

Re: 2020 UK Christmas adverts

Aldi UK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AL56Z5StIUY
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