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Forum: USA
May 18th 2019, 2:08 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,080
Posted By markcst

Re: Moving some of my 5 year-time stuff to USA by boat?airplane?

There are places that have calculators and also advise of costs. We walked our mover round our place and he gave a firm quote for the shipping costs. Our simple rule of thumb was no point bringing...
Forum: USA
May 18th 2019, 1:58 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 3,033
Posted By markcst

Re: Moving To US from UK with 14 year old

Firstly be sure of his age at moving and your arrival date. H1Bs are now at issuance for 2020 and normally you can’t start work here (residence which is important for schools) until October of the...
May 17th 2019, 10:03 pm
Replies: 38
Views: 5,738
Posted By markcst

Re: Best visa for me?

The DV Visa option is a pipe dream for you. Just being realistic here. You really need to have a plan to improve your skills and be of merit and use to a US Employer.

To this end an option...
May 17th 2019, 9:47 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 602
Posted By markcst

Re: EAD Evidence & filing

EADs will take some time. They had to introduce a manual renewal scheme of 180 days extension because of the backlog. My family all took around 2 months from the acceptance of the paperwork (which...
Forum: USA
May 17th 2019, 9:44 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,450
Posted By markcst

Re: Tips on best bank

As someone said a Credit Union. That's what I did. There are some very friendly expat ones who will help you build up your credit and lend to you based on UK credit History. That's essential. It...
Forum: USA
May 17th 2019, 9:38 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,167
Posted By markcst

Re: UK Companies - US Based Employees

Just search any G500 UK companies job boards, though be warned a lot of the well known ones have been laying off staff locally like BT for example. (I was one who was severed and had to scramble for...
Forum: USA
Oct 26th 2016, 9:51 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 1,952
Posted By markcst

Re: Processing time for SSN

Texas too. Mine took 2 weeks. I was paid in the UK though for my first 90 days and managed to time my transition to US Payroll for 1st Jan.
Forum: USA
Oct 26th 2016, 9:48 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 1,724
Posted By markcst

Re: National Insurance - worth carrying on with?

Ok I've got 34 full years and a couple of not full years when I was at Uni (so topping them up is gone). I guess a lump sum therefore for one year and I'm good to go? Is it worth more than the 35?...
Forum: USA
Oct 26th 2016, 9:32 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,752
Posted By markcst

Re: L1 Visa, UK Payroll - SSN?

"or" is correct... We took advice from the reputable relocation company who are used by a number of British Dallas Based companies. The licensing office also processed on the basis of "or".

...
Forum: USA
Oct 26th 2016, 8:04 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,752
Posted By markcst

Re: L1 Visa, UK Payroll - SSN?

OK Az is different to Texas. I stand corrected. :)


My wife was able to sign an Affidavit:


"Individuals who do not have a SSN, have never been issued a SSN, or are not eligible for a SSN...
Forum: USA
Oct 26th 2016, 6:39 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,752
Posted By markcst

Re: L1 Visa, UK Payroll - SSN?

I was on UK payroll for three months when I transferred over on my L1. I had to pay BOTH taxes and claim back the UK element (just recently).


It actually makes no real sense, in my book, to...
Forum: USA
Apr 15th 2016, 8:49 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 2,787
Posted By markcst

Re: Unique Situation

Yeah Grade Recovery is usually High School. I didn't do an age check.
Forum: USA
Apr 15th 2016, 7:54 pm
Replies: 56
Views: 2,979
Posted By markcst

Re: Health Care Help - high blood pressure!

Its really important to have a 24 hour HBP test if its not been done. I thought I had white coat syndrome, so did the medics as I could almost meditate myself down to a borderline level. However I...
Forum: USA
Apr 15th 2016, 7:48 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 2,787
Posted By markcst

Re: Unique Situation

Hi I made the move to Dallas 6 months ago. You've asked a lot of good questions heres some answers and advice:


1) If you are not on something like an L1 visa, for example a H1B, that's not a...
Forum: USA
Apr 12th 2016, 4:28 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 694
Posted By markcst

Re: car loans....

Advancial Credit Union for anyone whose building credit. Helps if you have an account with them, as you get a discount. They have a specific ex-pat scheme.


I got 20k pre-approved no problems. ...
Forum: USA
Apr 7th 2016, 9:59 pm
Replies: 26
Views: 2,528
Posted By markcst

Re: Shipping advice

My company used Galleon for air freight, they do sea as well. They, like most, use a local shipper from port to home and ours in Dallas were excellent.


Everything arrives in one piece and I got...
Forum: USA
Apr 6th 2016, 11:49 pm
Replies: 40
Views: 3,138
Posted By markcst

Re: Credit/loans after relocating

Use International Autosource for a car.


Use Advancial for a bank account (and if they see evidence of salary within 3 months into your account you'll get car loans and credit cards, I did). ...
Apr 6th 2016, 5:55 pm
Replies: 66
Views: 5,783
Posted By markcst

Re: United Airlines

Have to do AA for domestic stuff. Seats really uncomfortable even for 3 hour flights. You do get Pretzels now though, even if three times, in 8 flights, I been flown to the wrong airport as they...
Forum: USA
Apr 6th 2016, 5:44 pm
Replies: 126
Views: 16,055
Posted By markcst

Re: When does it get easier? Unhappy in Michigan.

I had that for the first two months, but both my kids have got into a routine and are happy. I wouldn't say ecstatic, but happy.


Once I got my wife mobile with her own car, then that made a...
Forum: USA
Apr 4th 2016, 9:00 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 2,598
Posted By markcst

Re: Getting a job (as a Brit) in the USA

I've already got companies asking to talk to me about jobs from my LinkedIn. All genuine first person recruiters, not agencies. I have to educate them about visas and why I can't take the job...
Forum: USA
Apr 4th 2016, 7:56 pm
Replies: 354
Views: 13,765
Posted By markcst

Re: Thinking of taking a Job in Austin / Chicago or San Fran

I moved over here to Dallas with BT on a similar basis (though I was married with kids). I got a conversion of 1.91 x my UK Salary (standard issue) and they doubled my yearly bonus. Plus I asked...
Forum: USA
Apr 4th 2016, 7:50 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 2,506
Posted By markcst

Re: Selling UK Property as Resident Alien and US citizen Tax implications

You need tax advice but as I understand it having sold my main residence (and we lived in it which is a subtle difference) to come out here, there is no CGT on primary residence.


You rented...
Forum: USA
Apr 1st 2016, 1:52 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 3,017
Posted By markcst

Re: The feeling of being gone.

Actually I don't think it is "populated by those people" from evidence I have seen. Like everywhere a melting pot of human kind.


And the self entitlement I agree with. That's called politics.
Forum: USA
Mar 30th 2016, 5:09 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 1,512
Posted By markcst

Re: Holiday rental Orlando Florida

If you want a place to spend around four weeks a year that's risk free, look at buying DVC points 2nd hand. Lot of people selling those right now, and there is a good market in resale of the points...
Mar 17th 2016, 7:24 pm
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