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Old Feb 11th 2012, 3:08 am
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I have been offered a new job by a company in the Cinncinnati area, though I would be based further south anywhere around Arkansas and Memphis. The job is related to the steel industry.
Although I have friends in the USA, to ask about life in general, I do not know anything about the area where I will be living. With 2 young children, I will looking for a life in the 'burbs with plenty of open spaces and things to keep them occupied.
Any recommendations on where to/not to live ?
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Old Feb 11th 2012, 6:07 am
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Memphis has some pretty crime-ridden areas. My father lived there for several years and that's one of the reasons he left. Before renting/buying in any area, research the crime stats for the zip code and surrounding areas. Hopefully someone else can be more specific about neighborhoods to avoid.
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Old Feb 11th 2012, 1:33 pm
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What's the visa status going to be?

If it's a company transfer and a L1 visa, the spouse can work....if it's a H1B, you won't be starting till October and the spouse won't be allowed to work.

Don't know if that'll impact your budgeting concerns or not.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure the Memphis area has come up a few times in the past, so you might get lucky and finding a good starting point if you search them out....though city-data.com might be another good starting point too
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Thanks Bluegrass, Bob.

I found a thread from 2010. Germantown was mentioned as a nice place. The downside is the 10 months per year of mozzies. Surviving 5 months of them, in China, is about my limit!

The job would start within the next 2-3 months. Not even thought of the visa types so far - I guess my wife would like a chance to work, to pass the time when the children are both at school.
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The job would start within the next 2-3 months. Not even thought of the visa types so far - I guess my wife would like a chance to work, to pass the time when the children are both at school.
Then it's a company transfer, if you've been with them for a year and in management or have niche company knowledge

If it's a fresh new job, it'll not be happening in your time frame.
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It is a fresh new job, though I know the management as we worked together in the past. As I said, the visa part is not more important to me than knowing where to live : crime free and mozzie bite free. Maybe commuting further would give me a more prefferable home locale. I am "phoning-a-friend" next week.
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It is a fresh new job, though I know the management as we worked together in the past. As I said, the visa part is not more important to me than knowing where to live
Well if it is a job with a new employer you will almost certainly be looking at getting an H1-B visa in which case you will have about 7 1/2 months to figure out where you are gong to live since you won't be starting work until October at the earliest.
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It is a fresh new job, though I know the management as we worked together in the past. As I said, the visa part is not more important to me than knowing where to live : crime free and mozzie bite free. Maybe commuting further would give me a more prefferable home locale. I am "phoning-a-friend" next week.
As mentioned above, the visa is, unfortunately very important as it's the show stopper.

If the job is with a non-profit, research related type company, affiliated with a university, it might be exempt from the H1 visa quota, in which case they could get it straight away for you to start, if it isn't, they can't apply for the visa till April, for a Oct start.

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West Memphis AR is an absolute shithole.
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The company have brought over 2 other Brits in recent years so they know the ropes. The difference this time is that I am not living in the UK and prefer not to revert back to UK residence before relocating as I would have a headache applying for my wife's UK visa....
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