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Forum: USA
May 10th 2014, 4:24 am
Replies: 29
Views: 1,959
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: What did you do with your 220/240V electrical goods?

On the topic of TV, we brought our Sony TV over as well as a Sony surround amp both work perfectly running off a $70 transformer (1.5 years so far). TV is connected to a cable box as obviously it...
Forum: USA
Mar 6th 2013, 11:14 pm
Replies: 67
Views: 4,993
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: Trader joe's & whole foods question

Up here in our town (I refuse to call it a city like is says on the signs) we have a dilemma. It looks like we'll shortly have a Trader Joes to call our own but at the cost of losing Ace Hardware....
Forum: USA
Mar 6th 2013, 10:47 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,152
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: Daughter starting Kindergarten - already been at school for a year

Just to add my two pennies worth.
We moved to US last October, with long term plans to stay we weren't keen on pushing our son into 1st Grade, but were concerned about half day Kindergarten....
Forum: USA
Jan 23rd 2013, 5:30 pm
Replies: 80
Views: 12,885
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: HSBC bank account

Neither do we! The account was setup because my employer uses HSBC both in the UK and the US, balance requirements have been waived.

kodokan - thanks for the data point, we will be looking into...
Forum: USA
Jan 23rd 2013, 4:49 pm
Replies: 80
Views: 12,885
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: HSBC bank account

Not sure if you are applying for the HSBC Premier or regular account, if it's for Premier then probably worth it, for starters there are no setup fees, I think it was £150 admin charge to setup a...
Oct 4th 2012, 5:11 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,401
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: I-94 POE experiences

I'd agree except just under 5 hours had at the time of booking seemed generous enough!
I also wasn't waving my ticket at other passengers... I had the standard bright orange priority pass that...
Oct 3rd 2012, 8:22 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,401
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: I-94 POE experiences

Agree have no intention of ever filling in the back of the form off my own back, just interested to find out if it was an isolated case and whether to expect it any other POE.
Have travelled...
Oct 3rd 2012, 2:42 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,401
Posted By Steve2.0

I-94 POE experiences

After a recent stressful transit through Chicago airport, late arriving flight from the UK and very little time to get to my internal flight, I was stumped at immigration to be told by the officer...
Forum: USA
Sep 7th 2012, 1:12 pm
Replies: 30
Views: 19,825
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: My experience of VW's Foreign Business Scheme

Any one know of other manufactures offering similar schemes? The rates through AutoSource seem too high so looking for alternatives.

Now I am tempted by a GTI for the second car ;-)

Steve
Forum: USA
Sep 5th 2012, 7:05 pm
Replies: 80
Views: 12,885
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: HSBC bank account

Just received the same news on my US Premier account!!! Coincidence?
US Premier we unhelpful with no advice given - UK international banking team are working to find out what's happened but it's...
Forum: USA
Aug 2nd 2012, 11:09 am
Replies: 4
Views: 1,056
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: Our I-129 has been approved!

Congrats - sounds like we are at similar stages.
Waiting on approval (premium processing) but interestingly we received a provisional interview date at about the same time the application went in,...
Forum: USA
Jul 27th 2012, 1:36 pm
Replies: 80
Views: 12,885
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: HSBC bank account

I know the pain - have just successfully opened my US bank account. But needed to change the names on our FD account to get the necessary proof with full names.

As a follow-up to my original post...
Forum: USA
Jul 26th 2012, 6:56 pm
Replies: 212
Views: 38,150
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: British Houses Vs America Houses

For once I feel like and expert, rather then the one looking for advice....

Having various properties, and just sold my last UK property, I can inform you there do indeed appear to me many...
Forum: USA
Jul 25th 2012, 11:20 am
Replies: 31
Views: 2,963
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: What to Negotiate?

Fragomen the firm dealing with my L1A visa advised me to not travel in the weeks before submitting the application as that could be detrimental and definitely not to travel whilst the application is...
Forum: USA
Jun 29th 2012, 4:23 pm
Replies: 46
Views: 35,823
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: Expat Ride - Car Leasing/Financing for Expats

I've just signed up to Consumer Report along with the add on subscription for "Cars Best Deals Plus" using this the AutoSource quotes look to be within ~$400 of their best price targets, which boost...
Forum: USA
Jun 29th 2012, 9:27 am
Replies: 46
Views: 35,823
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: Expat Ride - Car Leasing/Financing for Expats

I've just had a few quotes through from Int Autosource, have to admit I am not sure how "good" they are compared to what might be achieved haggling at the dealership.

e.g.
2012 Chrysler Town &...
Jun 22nd 2012, 3:47 pm
Replies: 41
Views: 3,207
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: Strange happenings at immigration LAX!

Last year I flew that route once a month for almost a year until the twins were born. Although it did get silly when on a couple of trips I spent more time in the air than I did on the ground in San...
Forum: USA
May 15th 2012, 4:19 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,418
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: Another US Mortgage Question - Sorry

Has to be said some people already believe I am "nuts" for even considering the move...
We have family and friends who all purchased property before their GC's but admittedly the financial markets...
Forum: USA
May 14th 2012, 8:50 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,418
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: Another US Mortgage Question - Sorry

Have sent a PM, thanks.

We are considering North Sammamish in the Washington Lake district, but will reserve further judgement until I get the visa and have a better chance to scout around.
The...
Forum: USA
May 14th 2012, 5:31 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,418
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: Another US Mortgage Question - Sorry

Thanks, yes I will PM as not only are your experiences with family likely to be similar but you are in the area we want to move to - Sammamish...

I realised we would have a hard time getting a...
Forum: USA
May 14th 2012, 1:46 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,418
Posted By Steve2.0

Another US Mortgage Question - Sorry

I'll shortly be moving myself and family (5 of us) to Seattle, I want the family to feel settled and secure as quickly as possible to that end I want to purchase a home as soon as I can.
My company...
Forum: USA
May 7th 2012, 10:01 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,110
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: Temporary Internet providers

We'll be in the same boat soon - I was considering a MiFi unit, has the advantage of allowing multiple devices e.g. laptop and several phones to get wifi access when nearby. I use one (from T-Mobile...
Forum: USA
May 2nd 2012, 8:55 am
Replies: 80
Views: 12,885
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: HSBC bank account

Once again thanks for all the feedback, feel reasonably positive that using HSBC is the way to go. As I am not HSBC Premier I'll report back on how it goes and what benefits it brings over opening a...
Forum: USA
Apr 27th 2012, 5:14 pm
Replies: 80
Views: 12,885
Posted By Steve2.0

Re: HSBC bank account

Thanks for the replies.
There is a branch in Redmond and Bellevue which should be ok for the, hopefully few, times I'll need F2F time with the bank.
Already have an AMEX that will be transferred,...
Forum: USA
Apr 27th 2012, 1:19 pm
Replies: 80
Views: 12,885
Posted By Steve2.0

HSBC bank account

Within the next 4 months I hope to be relocating to the US (Seattle / Redmond area) one of the key tasks is to sort out banking.

I hold a UK HSBC joint account (First Direct i.e. not HSBC premier)...
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