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Jul 3rd 2019, 1:54 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,234
Posted By penguinsix

Re: 19 year old daughter USA visa issue

Hi and welcome,

I think the L2 only works until she is 21 and then it expires (the term of art to google "age out"), but I'll let some others who have more experience with that chime in shortly....
Forum: USA
Jul 3rd 2019, 1:45 pm
Replies: 22
Views: 1,791
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Moving to Portland oregon

Hi and welcome.

As it is only 6 am out on the West Coast at the moment, we'll have to wait for someone with more 'on the ground' experience in Oregon to wake up and reply, but in a more general...
Forum: USA
May 19th 2019, 8:43 am
Replies: 10
Views: 825
Posted By penguinsix

Re: iPhone / iTunes related question.

You can have multiple accounts in multiple countries that download apps to your phone, but you can only be logged into the App Store one country at a time, which means auto-updating will be limited....
May 9th 2019, 2:08 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 689
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Health insurance and vaccinations?

Most public health departments in the US will offer vaccinations for free or at a drastically reduced cost. In some situations, like flu outbreaks, they'll have public vaccinations in a school or...
Forum: USA
May 9th 2019, 1:58 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,265
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Tips on best bank

First--You will probably want to keep one account open in the UK. It's an absolute bear and a half to do from overseas and even if you just keep £50 in your account it will be worth it.
...
Forum: USA
Apr 26th 2019, 5:17 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,231
Posted By penguinsix

Re: HSBC Premier changes

thanks for that. I’ve kind of lost track of what month it is so that just blew past me.
Forum: USA
Apr 26th 2019, 4:32 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,231
Posted By penguinsix

Re: HSBC Premier changes

I generally feel the rates are better than those sites but I don’t do a regular check. Most of my fx is HKD->USD or HKD->GBP and for those pairs the rates from HSBC HK account are better, not to...
Forum: USA
Apr 26th 2019, 3:54 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,231
Posted By penguinsix

HSBC Premier changes

Hi

Not to be an advert, but the issue of banking between the US and UK comes up and I've often recommended HSBC's Premier service as a good way to link US and UK bank accounts and transfer funds...
Forum: USA
Apr 12th 2019, 10:53 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 775
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Redundancy related questions

I have seen some job ads specifically require a person to currently be employed. There can be some real discrimination against those made redundant so you'll be fighting that bias. I'd keep it quiet...
Apr 8th 2019, 1:54 am
Replies: 8
Views: 427
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Drive a Digger.

My friend took a job with Caterpillar in Peoria Illinois writing HR guidelines or something like that, but as part of their first-week orientation, they were taken out to the 'proving ground' and got...
Forum: USA
Apr 3rd 2019, 1:07 pm
Replies: 154
Views: 10,225
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Possible move to Virginia

I was going to mention this too--do a comparison between Ohio on that money and then the DC area, not just coming in cold from a UK salary. Several salary calculators will let you do this so you'll...
Forum: USA
Apr 3rd 2019, 12:19 pm
Replies: 154
Views: 10,225
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Possible move to Virginia

$100,000 in the Northern Virginia / DC area is not that much. $6,000 a month take home, with $2,000/$3,000 going toward rent. The DC area is an extremely expensive place to live, with everything from...
Forum: USA
Mar 28th 2019, 3:38 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 558
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Health insurance, spouse and childbirth

This is a good idea. It could be part of your relocation package, especially since she is already pregnant and you're being asked to relocate in the middle of this.
Forum: USA
Mar 28th 2019, 3:09 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 558
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Health insurance, spouse and childbirth

Hi and welcome, and congratulations on your new arrival.

While you say you will get "comprehensive health insurance" do you really know exactly what that means?

You could still be on the hook...
Mar 27th 2019, 5:16 pm
Replies: 54
Views: 3,261
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Why TESCO failed the USA

In Hong Kong they sold an individually wrapped and boxed strawberry for $21.40 USD each.
...
Forum: USA
Mar 27th 2019, 5:14 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 1,349
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Bringing elderly parents to the US

While the federal government has restrictions on federal public health money being used for new immigrants, as you have discovered, some states allow state funds for medical care to be used for new...
Mar 27th 2019, 5:02 pm
Replies: 54
Views: 3,261
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Why TESCO failed the USA

CNBC emphasized the cultural differences (which I didn't quite get) even pointing out that Tesco sent 40-odd people to the US to "live with Americans" and see how they shopped. I never really thought...
Mar 27th 2019, 4:04 pm
Replies: 54
Views: 3,261
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Why TESCO failed the USA

In the story they made the point a few times that the stores were designed for "UK shoppers" who preferred to shop "daily" vs. American shoppers who preferred to shop in bulk once a week or so. I...
Mar 27th 2019, 3:46 pm
Replies: 54
Views: 3,261
Posted By penguinsix

Why TESCO failed the USA

Interesting piece on CNBC about why Tesco failed in the United States. Several strategic cultural mistakes (i.e. shopping habits of Americans vs. Brits, small store sizes, too much plastic) and bad...
Forum: USA
Mar 23rd 2019, 8:35 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 2,120
Posted By penguinsix

Re: Moving to Brooklyn from London massive overwhelm

Hi and welcome.

What are the plans for university for the older one? That may have a huge impact on your decision, especially as it relates to his fees at a UK university if he is overseas and...
Mar 21st 2019, 1:36 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 3,772
Posted By penguinsix

Name 5 American movies that an expat should see before coming to the USA.

What are five movies that you would recommend to a new immigrant as being essential for understanding American life, culture, etc? I'll take a stab but wondering what other ones people would...
Forum: USA
Mar 15th 2019, 1:46 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 994
Posted By penguinsix

Re: FBAR

The point to remember is if you have more than $10,000 AGGREGATE value accounts overseas, you must report ALL overseas accounts, regardless of value.

So basically:

Example 1:
$5,000 in one...
Mar 13th 2019, 3:14 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 487
Posted By penguinsix

Re: USA office jet 4650 color printer in the UK?

Yea. there is. It's shocking but they really have taken it to this level (well, some printers have taken it to this extreme).
...
Mar 9th 2019, 2:57 pm
Replies: 63
Views: 7,248
Posted By penguinsix

Re: HELP - Job Offer in US

Hi and welcome.

First things first--what sort of visa are they offering you? Anyone and their cousin can get a "job offer" but you will need a visa to legally work here. You do not apply for the...
Forum: USA
Mar 8th 2019, 3:26 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,341
Posted By penguinsix

Re: UK Tv to USA

Seriously, the price at COSTCO is mental. I mean 50+ inches for < $500. I'd seriously consider a £100 offer and getting something new and shiny here.
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